Toure, Acosta, Terteryan and Bank were the heroes of the youth finals in the Boxam Youth & Junior Tournament14 April 2019
Following the exciting Cologne Boxing World Cup the fourth competition day of the Boxam Youth & Junior Tournament was also finished with the title contests in Murcia, Spain. The fifteen youth finals were held in the last day of the Boxam Youth & Junior Tournament when France’s Shannon Yoka Toure, Spain’s Rafael Acosta Heredia and Denmark’s youth talent were the heroes of Day4.
United States of America, India, France, Ireland, Italy, Hungary, Armenia, Denmark and host Spain were the key nations of the new edition of the Boxam Youth & Junior Tournament. Murcia hosted the last edition of the Boxam Men’s Tournament in 2018 and the city was now the venue of the meeting of the top youth and junior boxers.
Bout of the day
Spain’s Mario Mediavilla (60kg) attended in various international competitions in the recent two and half years starting his road in the 2016 Pinatar Junior Tournament. The Spanish hope won two key contests in the road to the final of the youth lightweight (60kg) in Murcia and had to face with his teammate Rafael Acosta Heredia. Mediavilla started the final slightly better but Acosta returned to the match in time and impressed in the second. The final verdict was depended on their performance in the third round when surprisingly Acosta has done enough to beat his main national rival which was his first big title during his career.
Surprise of the day
France’s Shannon Yoka Toure attended in several international events in 2018 when she spent her first year among the youth boxers. The French welterweight (69kg) boxer had to face in the final with India’s Nations Junior Cup winner Arundhati Choudhary who was named as the Best Asian Women’s Junior Boxer in 2018. Toure knew her opponent’s weak points and used a perfect tactic to control all of the rounds against the world class Indian. The French ringside’s strategy paid off in their final and Toure delivered a sensational victory in the last day of the Boxam Youth & Junior Tournament.
Spain’s Maria Angeles Garcia Gonzalez competed in the last edition of the Boxam Youth Tournament and in the Golden Girl Box Cup in Sweden but she had to face with France’s experienced 18-year-old Rim Bennama. Bennama’s elder brother Billal claimed the gold medal at the Cologne Boxing World Cup today and Rim has done the same strong performance in the final of the light flyweight (48kg) of the Boxam Youth Tournament. Following her impressive combinations the referee stopped their final in the second round confirming Bennama’s RSC success.
Spain’s Tania Medina eliminated Hungary’s favourite Tamara Tarnoczy in the semi-final of the women’s flyweight (51kg) and faced for the title with India’s Nations Junior Cup winner Naorem Babyrojisana Chanu. The younger Indian boxer has done sensational performance in the final of the Boxam Tournament and she won the bout by RSC in the same way as France’s Rim Bennama.
Italy’s Diego Sorrentino is a newcomer in their youth national team but he defeated Denmark’s titleholder Daniel Malik on Day3 in the Boxam Youth Tournament. The Italian flyweight (52kg) boxer faced with United States’ Keith Colon in the gold medal contest and he has done another sensational performance in Murcia. The US boxer was a competitive rival for Sorrentino but the younger Italian caught Colon several times in their final and claimed his first international title.
France’s Benik Melkumian (56kg) won silver medal at the 2018 Boxam Youth Tournament and he arrived back to Murcia to get the title this time. The 18-year-old French talent had a tough road to the finals but he delivered his performance just in the final against Spain’s Ismael El-Brigui Gonzalez.
Denmark’s Nikolai Terteryan (64kg) was quarter-finalist in the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and dominated his final against United States’ Keon Davis. His teammate Bornemissza Youth Memorial Tournament silver medallist Jacob Bank used his longer reach well against Spain’s Reduan Ashain Lemsayah and won the title of the youth welterweight (69kg).