The Ryazanov brothers and Grabic are in top form at the Bornemissza Youth & Junior Memorial Tournament09 March 2018
The winners of the third competition day are advanced to the finals in the 68th edition of the Bornemissza Youth & Junior Memorial Tournament in Eger, Hungary. Slovenia’s Ryazanov brothers both advanced to the finals of the youth part of the competition before Croatia’s Antonio Grabic shocked his strong Russian rival in the semi-finals.
Among the top boxing nations of the world Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, United States of America, Germany and Italy all sent athletes besides to the host Hungarians to the Bornemissza Youth & Junior Memorial Tournament to Eger. The number of the youth and juniors boxers is 269 from 19 countries in the prestigious competition in Eger which is a historical city in the Northern part of Hungary.
In the women’s youth part of the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament Croatia’s Viktor Varga Memorial Tournament winner Nikolina Cacic dominated her semi-final at the featherweight (57kg) against Hungary’s Hajnalka Sipos and will be boxing for the title with another host nation boxer Viktoria Matesz who claimed silver medal in the Nations Women’s Cup in Serbia on January.
Hungary’s EUBC European Confederation Women’s Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist Luca Hamori began the year with a gold at the Golden Girl Women’s Box Cup in Sweden and did not give any chance to her semi-final opponent Anna Kiss and marched to the final of the women’s lightweight (60kg) in Eger.
Serbia’s Youth National Champion Aleks Karamani opened the second competition day with impressive performance at the light flyweight (49kg) when the 17-year-old Serbian talent eliminated Denmark’s Daniel Malik. He tried to use his same aggressive style in the semi-final as well but Slovenia’s Russian-descent Prokhor Ryazanov was able to use effective counter-attacks against him.
Prokhor’s brother Matvey Ryazanov has got also Russian roots but he has been competing for Slovenia in the international competitions. The 17-year-old Slovenian boxer, who moved up to the flyweight (52kg) only in the recent months, dominated his quarter-final against Hungary’s Yu Cheng Jie and continued his winning path against another host nation boxer, Martin Kecskemeti in the semi-final on Day 3.
Montenegro’s Nenad Markovic involved to the national team still back in 2015 and his career highlight was a Top8 rank at the 2017 EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships a few months ago. The 16-year-old bantamweight (56kg) boxer felt the tempo against Italy’s Daniele Oggiano and defeated his well experienced rival in the semi-final which means he will be boxing with Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion Beybars Zheksen for the title in Eger.
Denmark’s Nikolai Terteryan has achieved silver medal in the 2015 EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships and joined to the youth age group this January. The 16-year-old Danish lightweight (60kg) boxer eliminated Netherlands’ youth No.1 Cas Van Peer in the quarter-final and did strong performance also against Germany’s Arian Cekicaj in the last four. His final opponent will be Kazakhstan’s Rakhat Seitzhan in the last competition day.
The first Norwegian boxer who advanced to the final of the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament was Martin Skogheim at the lightweight (60kg) following his close triumph over Hungary’s Alex Jakab. Following his performance his teammate Boxam Youth Tournament silver medallist Don Emini bowed out Sweden’s Andreas Palm and secured his place in the final of the youth welterweight (69kg).
Hungary’s most experienced youth boxer Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament bronze medallist and former EUBC European Schoolboys Champion Tibor Barbosu advanced to the final of the welterweight (69kg) following his success over Istvan Barany. The 17-year-old boxer is aiming for a title in the final competition day before his campaign in the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships.
Germany’s EUBC European Junior Champion and EUBC European Schoolboys Champion Fabian Thiemke controlled his quarter-final against Italy’s Tyson Alaoma on Day 2. The 17-year-old German light heavyweight (81kg) boxer had difficulties in the first round against Hungary’s Richard Egervari but in the second he decided the contest with his lethal right-handed jabs.
Russia’s EUBC European Schoolboys Champion Mikhail Usov joined to the junior age group this January and advanced to the final of the light middleweight (70kg) following his dominating semi-final over Ukraine’s Yevhenii Lupenko. The 15-year-old Russian will be boxing for the gold medal with Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion Yerassyl Zhakpekov which will be a unique dream final in Eger.
Croatia’s Antonio Grabic claimed silver medal in the EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships last July and shocked his Russian rival Ramazan Dadaev in the semi-final of the junior middleweight (75kg). The 15-year-old Croatian will be meeting for the title with Kazakhstan’s Junior National Champion promising star Yevgeniy Prikhodko on Day 4.