The smaller nations won several bouts at the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships on Day2

17 October 2021 News

Two sessions and a longer program was held in the second competition day at the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships in Budva, Montenegro. Besides to the top nations, Greece, Finland, Switzerland, Estonia, Czech Republic, Netherlands and Belgium were also among those nations which won bouts on Day2.

Boxers at the men’s welterweight (67kg), light middleweight (71kg), middleweight (75kg), light heavyweight (80kg), cruiserweight (86kg), and heavyweight (92kg) competed in their preliminary battles on Day2. The EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships is live streamed in the EUBC website as all of the previous competitions in 2021.

Boxers who were born in 2003 and in 2004 are eligible to attend in the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships in Budva. The event will be introduced also the new youth weight categories, the girls can attend in 12 while the boys in 13 different weight classes in Montenegro. The Technical Delegate of the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships is Mrs. Susanne Karrlander of Sweden.

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine are competing in the event in Budva.

The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls were the responsibility of the local organizers in Montenegro avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships.

The bout of the day

Croatia’s Antonio Grabic opened his campaign successfully in the first day of boxing and he had to compete immediately in the next session. The 18-year-old Croatian had all of the power and experiences to do his very best once again on Day2. Grabic had a good start against Armenia’s Surik Hambaryan but this second contest was more difficult for him than the previous one. Grabic had the enthusiasm and the stamina to keep the control in the last gong against the powerful Armenian. The Croatian managed to win the bout and followed his also victorious teammate, Leon Buzik to the next round in Budva. 

The surprise of the day

Isidoros Kefalinos was an unknown boxer in the international stage before the start of the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships but he exceeded all of the previous expectations in Budva. The Greek heavyweight (92kg) boxer met with Hungary’s Bela Szabados in the second day of boxing and he gained the control immediately. Kefalinos was quicker in the exchanges and decided their contest which meant he could advance to the next round as second Greek boxer after Michail Tsamalidis.

The Round-up

Georgia’s Luka Nikabadze is a well-experienced youth boxer who attended several major championships in the previous year. The Georgian attends in the new welterweight (67kg) in Budva and used not only his technical skills but his strength as well. Nikabadze dominated the first round against Moldova’s Adrian Anghelus and following his tough shots his opponent’s ringside abandoned their contest. Another Caucasian favourite in this weight class, Armenia’s Narek Zakharyan also proved his excellent skills against Albania’s Jemin Allmuca and advanced to the next round.

Belarus’ Daniil Tsitko had a strong opponent as first in Budva but he controlled the first round against Azerbaijan’s Nijat Gurbanov at the light middleweight (71kg). The Belarusian decided their contest in the third round when he delivered the first KO success of the whole event. Switzerland’s new sensation, Adam Messibah also impressed in this weight class in Budva on Day2 and eliminated Slovakia’s Ladislav Horvath.

Finland’s Sam Morovati was a newcomer in the national team at the 2019 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships but he spent the recent two and half years with active preparations and competed as many events as possible. The 18-year-old Finnish, who attended at the Kielce 2021 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships, moved up to the light middleweight (71kg) but he impressed against Kosovo’s Leutrim Muli in the second day of boxing. Morovati was better in all aspects of boxing and marched to the next stage of the competition in Budva.

Bulgaria’s William Cholov won the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships two-times but the native talent had to miss the last year’s youth event due to his illness. The middleweight (75kg) No.1 returned with a bronze medal at the Kielce 2021 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships but he was not enough satisfied with his performance and trained more in his gym. Cholov used his tempo well enough against Czech Republic’s Jindrich Janecka and secured his place in the quarter-finals. Another gold medal favourite in this weight class, Russia’s EUBC European Junior Champion Akim Pavlyukov had good performance against Lithuania’s Arvydas Dainys.

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