Ukraine’s AIBA World Champion Yuriy Zakharieiev started the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships with strong performance

16 March 2022 News

The third competition day of the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships contained 32 bouts in Porec, Croatia where several of the stars won their contests. Ukraine’s defending AIBA World Champion Yuriy Zakharieiev opened his campaign strongly while Croatia’s best duo as Noa Jezek and Gabrijel Veocic both controlled their bouts on Day3.

The number of the participating boxers is 319 from 39 countries including 103 girls in the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships. Boxers who were born in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 are eligible to attend in the upcoming EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships. The Technical Delegate of the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships is Mr. Viorel Sima of Romania.

The following record number of 39 nations are attending in the 2022 EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Porec: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.

The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, the vaccines check, the mask wearing and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Croatia to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships.  

The bout of the day

Netherlands has new generation of boxers in their national team and Gradus Kraus is the best hope among them. His father was a star in the martial arts in the Netherlands and his son followed his pathway in boxing. The 20-year-old Dutch boxer moved up to the light heavyweight (80kg) following his youth events and proved developments in strength and tactical skills. Kraus faced with Bulgaria’s Kristiyan Nikolov in the last 16 and he knew that he could not reserve power for the later actions against such experienced opponent. Both boxers had attacking strategies in the first round and the judges had hard job to select the winner of their contest. Kraus had still the physical condition to do a great finish and won their preliminary bout by split decision.

The Round-up

Norway’s Martin Skogheim made surprises at the Belgrade 2021 AIBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships where he advanced to the last 16. The 22-year-old boxer competes at the welterweight (67kg) following his change and he had a strong mission in Porec to win a medal for Norway. Skogheim was not enough lucky with the draw as he had to meet with Ukraine’s Yaroslav Mykhalushko who had strong youth results a few years ago. The Ukrainian had the strong fighting spirit, the right tactic and the technical repertoires to win their preliminary contest in Porec.

Denmark’s Nicolai Terteryan caused one of the main sensations at the Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia two and half weeks ago when he won the title of the welterweight (67kg) after beating Kazakh and other stars. The Danish youngster is one of the top weapons in the U22 event in Porec and he made his fans happy following his impressive performance today. Terteryan was not only hard target for Germany’s Chris Marco Djoua Eloundou but he dictated the tempo and won all of the rounds in their meeting.

France’s Hugo Grau moved up to the welterweight (67kg) following his youth tournaments but he returned as his nation’s strong hope in the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships. The French talent, whose elder brother is also member of the national team, met with a dangerous Kosovan rival, Shpetim Bajoku in the third day of boxing. His opponent won several international tournaments but did not find the best tactical options against the tall French. Grau dominated the second round and following his quick actions the Kosovan ringside abandoned their contest.

Hungary’s Istvan Gerzsenyi is their Elite National Champion at the light middleweight (71kg) who worked hard in the recent two years to develop his physical skills. The 21-year-old Hungarian, who trains in the city of Gyor, followed the well-built tactic in the first round against Armenia’s Narek Zakharyan who joined the U22 age group this January. The Armenian was a hard opponent but Gerzsenyi’s third round was decisive in all of the scorecards and advanced to the quarter-finals winning his second bout in Porec. 

Ukraine’s Yuriy Zakharieiev is the defending AIBA World Champion at the light middleweight (71kg) who won the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Debrecen last month. The Ukrainian star will be turning to 20 this year but he is one of the top European boxers in the elite and U22 levels. He met in the last 16 with France’s Makan Traore who had already ring experiences in Porec where he started well in the first day of boxing. Zakharieiev was too strong for the French boxer, he worked in different rhythm and won their contest by large margin of differences.

Croatia’s Noa Jezek will be able to box still in the U22 age group in 2023 but he is such an experienced boxer who is aiming at least a medal in the front of his family. The confident Croatian moved down to the light middleweight (71kg) and won his second contest in Porec, controlling all of the three rounds against Czech Republic’s Adam Valenta. His teammate, Gabrijel Veocic is a gold medal contender at the men’s middleweight (75kg) and eliminated Bosnia & Herzegovina’s Leo Cvitanovic in the last 16.  

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