Three Europeans are already in the quarter-finals at the AIBA World Boxing Championships

17 September 2019 News

The eighth day of boxing was held at the Yekaterinburg 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships in Russia where two sessions were in the official program. The boxers from the welterweight (69kg) and the super heavyweight (+91kg) advanced to the last 16 but the winners of today’s middleweight (75kg) contests including three Europeans are already in the quarter-finals. The best 120 boxers remained in actions after eight days of boxing including high number of Europeans.

Among the participating 78 nations and 365 boxers, Europe represents the Yekaterinburg 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships with 169 athletes from 36 countries. The following 36 European nations are attending in the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Yekaterinburg: Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.

Bout of the day

England’s Minsk 2019 European Games winner Pat McCormack arrived to Yekaterinburg as one of the gold medal favourites of the welterweight (69kg). The English boxer did not get any medals in the history of the AIBA World Boxing Championships yet and he had to wait for his first bout until Day8. McCormack looked nervous in the first round against Ireland’s Aidan Walsh and did not find the best rhythm. The younger Irish boxed over his previous limit therefore he was more than a competitive opponent for McCormack. The 24-year-old Rio 2016 Olympian English boxer used up all of his previous experiences and mobilized his power in the second part of the bout to beat the surprising Irish.

Surprise of the day

Poland’s male squad is in developing stage and their welterweight (69kg) hope delivered the top sensation of Day8. Filip Wachala is only 21 but he has enough experiences in the international stage to competitive against the best boxers as well. The young Polish had to face with South Korea’s Incheon 2014 Asian Games silver medallist Lim Hyun Chul who competed also in the Europe vs. Asia Dual Match this year representing his continent. The Polish boxer had brave attempts and his smart boxing meant Wachala could eliminate his Korean rival causing a surprise.

The Round-Up

Russia’s London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medallist Andrei Zamkovoi is in top form in the recent one and half year and he was named as one of the top favourites for the gold at the welterweight (69kg). He joined to the international evens more than 10 years ago when his opponent Belgium Nabil Messaoudi did not start his career yet. The 32-year-old Russian needed only 65 seconds to win their contest by KO, proving his amazing strength.

Turkey’s Necat Ekinci not only competed but claimed bronze medal in the St. Petersburg 2016 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and returned to Russia once again. The 20-year-old Turkish moved up to the welterweight (69kg) this year but adopted the strength of the punches quickly. Ekinci impressed against Netherlands’ Delano James in a bout which he won by his better footwork and speed.

Germany’s Nick Bier was added to the national team in the final minute but he started with a success in Yekaterinburg. The 20-year-old German, who also competed in the St. Petersburg 2016 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships as Ekinci, won his second fight eliminating Sweden’s Billy Liljeqvist on Day8. In another excellent contest at the welterweight (69kg), Georgia’s Lasha Guruli was able to keep the best distance against Kyrgyzstan’s Abdurakhman Abdurakhmanov.

Minsk 2019 European Games silver medallist Salvatore Cavallaro had a veteran opponent but the 10-year-younger Italian controlled the fight against Belarus’ Vitali Bandarenka and advanced to the quarter-finals at the middleweight (75kg) where his next opponent will be Brazil’s Hebert William De Conceicao Souza. Russia’s Gleb Bakshi had a tough battle against Ireland’s Minsk 2019 European Games bronze medallist Michael Nevin but he was able to win that difficult and hectic fight.

Armenia’s Arman Darchinyan eliminated England’s Mark Dickinson on Day1 and following that superb success, he is now more confident and bowed out Slovakia’s EUBC European Union Champion Andrej Csemez at the middleweight (75kg) reaching the quarter-finals. His teammate Gurgen Hovhannisyan used his strong punches to stop Austria’s Aleksandar Mraovic at the super heavyweight (+91kg).

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