The Russian stars as Shamonova and Dronov opened their campaign with amazing performance in Roseto degli Abruzzi

20 April 2018 News

The second preliminary day was held in the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Roseto degli Abruzzi where the women boxers also began their road to the quota places and medals. The Russian stars as AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Anastasia Shamonova and EUBC European Junior Champion Aleksey Dronov both started their campaigns with amazing performances in Italy.

Altogether 49 preliminary bouts have been held in the second competition day in Roseto degli Abruzzi. The competition is the first ever EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships for both genders. The number of the youth women and men boxers is 334 from 40 countries in Roseto degli Abruzzi.

Armenia’s has got excellent traditions in the light flyweight (49kg) but their newly crowned Youth National Champion Seyran Yeghikyan is competing in his first international competition in Roseto degli Abruzzi. In spite of his lack of international bout Yeghikyan was able to find the best tactic against Serbia’s Trophy of Podgorica Youth Tournament winner Aleks Karamani in the opening bout of Day2. The Serbian boxer tried to reduce his height disadvantage but his Armenian opponent was tactically better today.

Italy’s Patrick Cappai came from a strong boxing family, his elder brother Manuel is a two-time Olympian elite boxer. The host country’s flyweight (52kg) boxer attended in youth events already in 2017 and launched effective jabs against Hungary’s Tamas Borsos in the first round. The Italian boxer was tactically better than his Hungarian opponent therefore finally his hand was raised after the last gong.

Russia’s Kagir Minatullaev achieved bronze medal in the Kaposvar 2016 EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships and after two years he regained his place in the national squad. The 17-year-old Russian southpaw, who has been boxing since 2010, was a too smart opponent for Italy’s Alessio Cangelosi in a top lightweight (60kg) contest on Day2. Minatullaev just moved up to this category in the recent two months but eliminated his Italian rival winning the bout by split decision.

Ukraine’s Taras Bondarchuk claimed silver medal in the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Antalya but he was not enough satisfied with that result. The 18-year-old Ukrainian lightweight (60kg) boxer overcame Turkey’s Yigit Us in the attacks and took the lead after three minutes. Us, whose elder sister is also a strong boxer, did not find Bondarchuk’s weak point who did motivated boxing on Day2. The final verdict was unanimous decision to the technician Ukrainian.

Norway’s first triumph in the event was achieved by Don Emini at the welterweight (69kg) on Day1 and his teammate Martin Skogheim continued the Northern European country’s strong performance in the second competition day. The Norwegian lightweight (60kg) boxer used the best tactic against Spain’s Enrique Florentino Mejia who had fewer experiences in the international level than Skogheim. The Norwegian talent was quicker also then his Spanish opponent and advanced to the next preliminary round of the event.

Hungary’s Daniel Danyi is a new face in their youth national team but he proved his talent at the Bornemissza Youth Memorial Tournament which he won one and half month ago. The 18-year-old Hungarian lightweight (60kg) boxer moved ahead from the first round and launched brave combinations against Israel’s Fuad Malakh. The Eger-based Hungarian was able to keep continuing his attacking performance until the end of the third round and defeated his Israeli rival by unanimous decision.

Georgia’s Temuri Kimadze achieved silver medal in the Yukov Prizes Youth Tournament in Gomel two months ago but his success against Ukraine’s Vitaliy Stalchenko was one of the biggest surprise of Day1. The Georgian light heavyweight (81kg) boxer did not have the chance to relax after that crucial battle but he was still enough fresh on Day2 to beat Lithuania’s Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament winner Domantas Prismantas in Roseto degli Abruzzi.

Azerbaijan’s Ismayil Yagubov attended in the Agalarov Youth Memorial Tournament, in the Yukov Prizes Youth Tournament and in the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament with successes during his road to Roseto degli Abruzzi. Azerbaijan’s heavyweight (91kg) boxer had to do his very best against Germany’s Bornemissza Youth Memorial Tournament winner Viktor Jurk to join to the next stage of the competition. The final verdict was 3:2 to Yagubov who celebrated his success after the last gong.

Russia’s defending EUBC European Junior Champion and Youth National Champion Aleksei Dronov arrived to Roseto degli Abruzzi as a gold medal contender of the super heavyweight (+91kg). The 17-year-old Russian was confident in the first round against Turkey’s Canberk Istim and launched simply more punches than his opponent. Dronov enjoyed the bout in the third round and did not give any chance to his Turkish opponent.

Croatia’s Nikolina Cacic and Hungary’s Viktoria Matesz both joined to the youth age group this January following their great junior career. The Croatian boxer defeated closely the Hungarian talent in the final of the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament one month ago and they had to meet each other once again in a classical rematch. The result was the same split decision to Cacic in Roseto degli Abruzzi which means the Croatian advanced to the quarter-finals of the event.

Russia’s defending AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion and EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion Anastasia Shamonova defeated all of her rivals in the recent three years and won plenty of international titles. The Russian middleweight (75kg) boxer controlled the first and dominated the second against Hungary’s EUBC European Women’s Junior Champion Gabriella Petrovics in her contest which was ended by the referee in the third.


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