The Ukrainians and Czech Republic’s Erik Suchy amazed in the finals of the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament14 March 2020
The 10 finals were held in the 15th edition of the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament in Vilnius, Lithuania on the fifth and last competition day. The Ukrainian youth national team impressed with their seven gold medals but Czech Republic’s Erik Suchy also has done remarkable performance in the day of the finals.
The new edition of the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament was one of the preparation events for the upcoming EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships which is scheduled to be held in Budva, Montenegro from April 23. Boxers who were born in 2002 and in 2003 are eligible to attend in the new Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament. The Technical Delegate of the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament was Mr. Dragoljub Radovic of Serbia.
The competition was named after Lithuania’s national boxing hero Danas Pozniakas who claimed gold medal at the Mexico 1968 Olympic Games representing the Soviet Union and also crowned three-times in the history of the European Boxing Championships. During his long and successful career Lithuanian boxing icon Danas Pozniakas won 203 bouts out of his 217 total contests in the ’60s.
The bout of the day
Czech Republic’s Erik Suchy attended strong international events but his development in comparison to his last international appearance, was impressive in Vilnius. He caused a big surprise in the quarter-finals when he bowed out Lithuania’s experienced Nedas Gudomskas at the light welterweight (64kg). The Czech boxer continued that strong performance against Lithuania’s Domas Valentinavicius in the semi-finals. Suchy had to meet in the final with India’s Youth National Champion Ajay Kumar which was one of the most difficult opponents during his career. The Czech boxer’s stamina was fantastic especially in the second part of their fight and won the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament.
The surprise of the day
Ukraine’s Dmytro Molodan claimed silver medal in the 2019 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships in Galati, Romania and in spite of the fact he is new in the youth competitions, he was the main favourite of the flyweight (52kg) in Vilnius. Molodan eliminated India’s Ankit in the semi-finals of the event and started well against his fellow Maksym Horodniuk in the finals. Molodan was tired in the last minutes and his main national rival surprisingly defeated him in Vilnius.
Ukraine’s EUBC European Junior Champion Danylo Dryzhak competes in the youth level but he adopted the longer rounds quickly. The 16-year-old Ukrainian dominated the first round of the final against Lithuania’s Ernestas Sinkevicius and led in each scorecard after three minutes of fight. The Ukrainian light flyweight (49kg) boxer turned up the heat in the second and his tough combinations delivered his gold winning the bout by RSC.
Ukraine’s Yuriy Zakhareiev achieved gold medal at the welterweight (69kg) in the 2019 EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships. He was born in 2002 which means he can still box among the youth boxers this year as well and impressed in the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament. The Ukrainian defeated all of his rivals by large margin of differences excluding his final opponent Lithuania’s Aleksandr Trofimcuk who claimed silver in the EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships. Zakhareiev knew his opponent well and followed the well-built strategy in their top level fight in Vilnius.
Ukraine’s Matviy Razhba achieved also gold medal at the 2019 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships as his teammate Danylo Dryzhak. He was also quickly involved to their youth national team and won his first tournament in this age group in Vilnius. The 16-year-old Ukrainian defeated his main national rival Mykyta Gorbatenko in the final of the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament.
Poland’s lone finalist in the event was Jakub Straszewski who competed at the 2018 and 2019 editions of the EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships. The Polish boxer has done a big surprise in the semi-finals of the heavyweight (91kg) when he eliminated India’s Sourav Yadav. The Polish boxer met for the title of the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament with Ukraine’s Ashot Kocharyan in Vilnius. Both boxers wanted to win their final but the Armenian-descent Ukrainian was slightly better in the title bout.