Ukraine’s duo Zakhareyev and Razhba were fabulous in the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament on Day4

20 February 2021 News

Twenty-three female and male contests were held in the fourth competition day of the first edition of the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament in Montenegro. Two-time EUBC European Youth Champion Yuriy Zakhareyev of Ukraine won the first male gold medal of the competition while his teammate Matviy Razhba also shined on Day4.

Four finals were held in the fourth competition was which won by Ukrainian, Indian and Uzbek boxers in Montenegro. Fifteen out of the twenty weight categories competed in the fourth competition day at the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament. The town of Budva hosted the 2020 edition of the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships and launched a new international tournament to increase the number of bouts of the local boxers.

The event is a preparation event for the upcoming AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships which will be held in Kielce, Poland on April 10-24. Boxers who were born in 2002 and in 2003 are able to attend in the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament.

The following 13 nations are attending in the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament in Budva: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Georgia, Finland, India, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Boxers can attend in 10 female divisions and in 10 male weight categories at the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament.

The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Budva to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament.

The bout of the day

Ukraine’s two-time EUBC European Youth Champion Yuriy Zakhareyev eliminated his main Uzbek rival in the semi-finals of the welterweight (69kg) and he continued his winning path against Moldova’s Vladislav Gudzi. The Ukrainian moved ahead without any stoppage and pressurized the Moldovan boxer who claimed medals in the recent two editions of the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships. Gudzi’s power were gone to arrange his defense therefore Zakhareyev’s confidence controlled the final and the Ukrainian boxer claimed the gold medal at the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament.

The surprise of the day

Uzbekistan’s ASBC Asian Youth Champion Shokhjakhon Abdullaev arrived to Montenegro as gold medal favourite at the light heavyweight (81kg). Abdullaev, who was born in 2002, is famous of his powerful punches and dominated many of his previous youth contests. The Uzbek boxer landed strong shots in the semi-final but Ukraine’s Matviy Razhba was smarter this time in another world class fight.

The Round-up

Bulgaria’s 18-year-old Yasen Radev is also two-time EUBC European Youth Champion as Yuriy Zakhareyev and he remained at the flyweight (52kg) in the recent two years. The Bulgarian boxer had unpredictable movements in the semi-final of the event in Montenegro which supported his success over Ukraine’s Ruslan Tsykalo. Radev had excellent fighting skills in the bout and will now meet for the gold medal with Uzbekistan’s Shakhzod Muzaffarov in the final.

Russia’s Aleksey Shendrik claimed the gold medal at the Budva 2020 EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships. The Russian bantamweight (56kg) boxer was a hard target in the semi-finals when he met with Ukraine’s Maksym Vlasiuk and opened the contest strongly. Shendrik’s counter-punches were excellent in the bout and he can prepare to the final against Uzbekistan’s Dilshod Abdumurodov who eliminated Ukraine’s second boxer of the category, Dmytro Todorov.

Russia’s EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships silver medallist Tengiz Kotoyan impressed in the semi-finals of the lightweight (60kg) and delivered a sensational performance against Uzbekistan’s Zolotarev Memorial Tournament winner Aydos Tagaybayev in one of the best contests of the day. The technician Russian boxer will be meeting for the gold medal with Ukraine’s Gennadiy Maslennikov in the last competition day.

Montenegro’s Bojana Gojkovic won three titles as junior and youth at the EUBC European Boxing Championships in the recent years. The 18-year-old Montenegrin girl had many difficulties in the first round against India’s ASBC Asian Youth Champion Preeti Dahiya but she turned up the speed in time to turn back their featherweight (57kg) contest. Gojkovic advanced to the final where she will be meeting with Uzbekistan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion Nigina Uktamova.

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