The Yukov Prizes Youth Tournament opened with 20 tough preliminary bouts in Gomel

19 February 2020 News

The Yukov Prizes Tournament is holding for the men’s youth boxers in the city of Gomel in Belarus where the first competition day contained 20 bouts. The Yukov Prizes Youth Tournament is the first big preparation event for the upcoming EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships which is scheduled to be held in Budva, Montenegro from April 23.

The Belarusian Boxing Federation has got several international events every year and their opening competition is the Yukov Prizes Youth Tournament. Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan joined to the event from the Asian continent and both top nations strengthen the annual Yukov Prizes Youth Tournament.

Bout of the day

Belarus’ Raman Ziazulchyk has got experiences from several international events and claimed silver medal in the Botvinnik Junior Memorial Tournament a few months ago. In the final of that junior event he lost to Uzbekistan’s Chyrchyk-based Aydos Tagaybayev and as an opening he had to face with another boxer from the Central Asian boxing power. The 16-year-old Belarusian bantamweight (56kg) boxer used a strong tactic against Uzbekistan’s promising Temur Rakhmatjonov and he was able to keep the same level until the last gong sharing his power successfully. The finale verdict was split decision to Ziazulchyk who got his biggest scalp during his career beating Rakhmatjonov on Day1.

Surprise of the day

Belarus’ Aliaksandr Lavrushchyk was quarter-finalist at the Anapa 2018 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships but he was not the favourite against his teammate EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Kiryl Levankou who moved up two categories in the recent months. Lavrushchyk had more experiences at the bantamweight (56kg) than Levankou and his punches were stronger than his technician opponent which decided their narrow fight.

The Round-up

EUBC European Schoolboys Boxing Championships silver medallist Danil Masalovich was one of the best Belarusian junior boxers in 2019 who claimed the gold medal at the Botvinnik Junior Memorial Tournament last September. He joined to the youth age group this January and opened his campaign strongly against Russia’s Marat Safin advancing to the nest stage of the middleweight (75kg).

Ruslan Adamonis was also born in 2003 as his fellow Danil Masalovich and competes at the middleweight (75kg) in the Yukov Prizes Youth Tournament. The 16-year-old Belarusian has been attending in the international events since 2017 and his experiences paid off in his opening bout against Ukraine’s Ruslan Mozgovoy. The final decision was 3:2 in the favour of Adamonis who secured his place in the next stage of the tournament.

Uzbekistan’s Login Petrov trains with his father in the city of Navoy and he never lost any single combats yet during his career. The defending ASBC Asian Junior Champion Uzbek attends at the middleweight (75kg) in the youth age group and used his unpredictable footwork in the first day of boxing. The 16-year-old Petrov was better in all aspects of boxing than Belarus’ Danila Sheleg and proved his strength once again.

Uzbekistan’s Jakhongir Zokirov won the gold medal at the Fujairah 2019 ASBC Asian Junior Boxing Championships and returned to Belarus after his title at the Botvinnik Junior Memorial Tournament. Zokirov, whose father Lazizbek was a successful boxer in the ‘90s, is one of the best super heavyweight (+91kg) talents in the whole world but he had to do his very best against Ukraine’s Vasiliy Tkachuk on Day1.

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