The Russian and the Hungarian teams produced perfect sessions while titleholder Jitaru also won on Day2

10 March 2019 News

The second competition day of the European U22 Boxing Championships saw strong preliminary contests in Vladikavkaz today where the winners advanced to the last 16. The Russian and the Hungarian teams performed perfectly while Romania’s double champion Robert Jitaru survived his difficult moments on Day2.

Boxers who were born in 1997, 1998, 1999 and in 2000 are eligible to attend in the European U22 Boxing Championships in Vladikavkaz. All of the ten women and men weight classes are in action in the European U22 Boxing Championships in the Russian city where 20 winners will be crowned after the finals.

Bout of the day

Romania’s Robert Jitaru won the titles of the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Braila two years ago and in Targu Jiu in 2018. The best Romanian boxer moved up to the lightweight (60kg) and adopted the strength of the punches very quickly in the previous months. The 21-year-old Romanian had difficulties in the first round against England’s Callum Thompson who performed also strongly in the international preparation tournaments. The Romanian boxer moved more on feet from the second round and tried to show his last year’s performance. England’s new hope was more than a competitive rival for Jitaru who survived the first preliminary round finally. Three of the judges picked the Romanian as the winner of their tough contest which was the most difficult in the second competition day.

Surprise of the day

Israel’s Mikhael Ostroumov claimed bronze medal in the last edition of the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Targu Jiu and he was expecting at least to repeat that performance in Vladikavkaz. The Israeli middleweight (75kg) boxer did not find the best fighting range against Sweden’s Adam Chartoi and his opponent took the lead on each scorecard. The Swedish talent, who came from a strong boxing family, continued his powerful performance and eliminated his Israeli rival in Vladikavkaz.

Round-up

Georgia’s Eskerkhan Madiev was gold medallist in the EUBC Championships in 2016 and in 2017 and the welterweight (69kg) boxer arrived to Vladikavkaz as a favourite for the gold medal. Madiev, who is only 20-year-old, started his campaign slowly against Croatia’s Mihael Jugovic but he could increase his tempo from the second round. The Georgian talent did not deliver his very best in his hard first contest but advanced to the next stage in the event.

Lithuania’s Saimonas Banys developed strongly in the recent two years following his good youth results and attended high number of international events to increase his experiences at the welterweight (69kg). The 20-year-old Lithuanian had to meet with a medal favourite Azerbaijan’s Nijat Hasanov but Banys performed over his previous level. The final verdict was split decision to the Lithuanian who has done strong tactical job against Hasanov.

Hungary’s Robert Cservenka won the middleweight (75kg) at the Bocskai Memorial Tournament last month where he defeated their best elite boxer two-time Olympian Zoltan Harcsa as well. The 19-year-old talent, who trains with former star boxer Gyula Alvics, was confident against Poland’s Kamil Lawicki from the first seconds and his aggressive style was uncomfortable for his opponent. Cservenka advanced to the next preliminary round and proved he is among the medal favourites in Vladikavkaz. All of his teammates won their contests in the second competition day made it for perfect for the Hungarians.

Russia’s Aleksei Semykin had strong junior results mainly in 2014 and following a few years of preparations he received the right to compete for his nation in the EUBC level once again. The Russian middleweight (75kg) boxer felt the support of the home crowd and overcame in the attacks his Italian rival Giovanni Sarchioto who is more experienced than Semykin. In spite of the Russian boxer’s low experiences in the continental level, he was able to win all of the rounds in Vladikavkaz. Semykin’s teammates such as Beslan Khamzaev, Vakhid Abbasov and Vladislav Ivanov all won their contests on Day2.

Finland’s Muhammad Abdilrasoon took part already in the Kiev 2013 AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships and he secured medals from various international events in the recent years. The Finnish middleweight (75kg) boxer knew his opponent Germany’s Kevin Boakye Schumann from training camps and used the best tactic in Vladikavkaz. Finland’s lone hope in the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships was efficient and advanced to the last 16 in the competition eliminating his German rival.

Spain’s Pablo Coy qualified for the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and joined to the elite and U22 levels this January and the event in Vladikavkaz is his debut. The 18-year-old Spanish middleweight (75kg) boxer tried to use his longer reach against Croatia’s returning talent Mladen Sobjeslavski. Coy was a bit nervous in the first round but from the second his combinations worked better which meant he could win his narrow opening bout in Vladikavkaz.

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