Ukraine’s Denys Pesotskyy and Yaroslav Samofalov both were too strong for their rivals in the Belgrade Winner Tournament

17 April 2019 News

Following the Cologne Boxing World Cup the Belgrade Winner Tournament is the next step in the road to the Minsk 2019 European Games. Ukraine’s powerful duo Denys Pesotskyy and Yaroslav Samofalov both eliminated theirrivals in the first competition day which delivered also several unexpected results in Belgrade.

Altogether 23 nations are attending in the 57th edition of the Belgrade Winner Tournament from four different continents. 58 women boxers and 99 men athletes are attending in the competition from top boxing nations such as Russia, Kazakhstan, France, Ukraine, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, host Serbia, Croatia, Spain, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Moldova, Tunisia and Australia.

Bout of the day

Ukraine’s Denys Pesotskyy had strong results in the recent five years and the 23-year-old boxer is trying to find his place in their top squad. The Ukrainian moved down to the light welterweight (64kg) which is perfectly matches to her height. Pesotskyy had to face in the first round with Hungary’s Richard Kovacs who is one year younger but he has qualified already to the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships. The Ukrainian boxer was planning to use his strength to stop the Hungarian attacks and the first round delivered world class level of boxing. Pesotskyy has got amazing physical condition and he not only increased his tempo but kept that rhythm until the end of the last gong. The final verdict was split decision in the favour of Pesotskyy who won his key contest in Belgrade.

Surprises of the day

Turkey’s Bayram Malkam achieved silver medal at the 2015 AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships and he showed strong developments in the recent one year but he had to face with Romania’s EUBC European U22 Champion Paul Andrei Aradoaie in the first round of the light heavyweight (81kg). The Turkish boxer moved forward from the first seconds and tried to catch his taller Romanian opponent. Malkam’s combinations, his stamina and amazing fighting spirit were enough to beat his favourite opponent in Belgrade.

Tunisia’s Mekki Ben Said was Youth Olympian boxer in 2014 but as elite he is still relatively new in the national team. The 21-year-old Tunisian faced with Hungary’s former EUBC European Youth Champion Roland Galos at the lightweight (60kg) on Day1 which was another spectacular contest in Belgrade. The Tunisian boxer was aggressive and pressurized his technician Hungarian opponent from the first seconds until the last ones. Ben Said’s efforts were enough to beat one of the gold medal contenders in Belgrade.

The Round-Up

Bulgaria’s Aslahan Mehmedova is a 20-year-old talent who achieved strong youth and U22 results in the recent three years. The Bulgarian moved back to the lightweight (60kg) and opened the Belgrade Winner Tournament with a superb success over Hungary’s Katalin Pribojszki. Her teammate Strandja Memorial Tournament silver medallist Zlatislava Chukanova eliminated another Hungarian, three-time AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships competitor Szabina Szucs at the bantamweight (54kg).

Spain’s Jose Quiles qualified for the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships at the age of 20 and after two years of that event, he was enough experienced to beatAustralia’s Jack Bowen at the bantamweight (56kg). In the same category Russia’s Emil Jechev Youth Memorial Tournament winner Eduard Savvin defeated Hungary’s Nandor Csoka in another top bout in Belgrade.

Ukraine’s Yaroslav Samofalov achieved bronze medal at the Baku 2015 European Games and he spent only a short time in the ring when he met with Northern Macedonia’s Goce Janeski. The Ukrainian welterweight (69kg) boxer knocked out his rival still in the first round and delivered the quickest success of Day1. Another powerful boxer Netherlands’ Artjom Kasparian also used his strength to beat Spain’s Alejandro Camacho in the best bout of the light heavyweight (81kg).

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