Ukraine’s EUBC European Junior Champion Matviy Razhba won his key contest in the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament12 March 2020
Further 12 bouts in one session were held in the 15th edition of the prestigious Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament in Vilnius, Lithuania. Ukraine’s Matviy Razhba and Lithuania’s Gabrielus Savickas both claimed medals in 2019 EUBC Championships therefore their fight was the most excited on Day3.
The new edition of the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament is one of the preparation events for the upcoming EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships which is scheduled to be held in Budva, Montenegro from April 23. Boxers who were born in 2002 and in 2003 are eligible to attend in the new Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament. The Technical Delegate of the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament is Mr. Dragoljub Radovic of Serbia.
The competition was named after Lithuania’s national boxing hero Danas Pozniakas who claimed gold medal at the Mexico 1968 Olympic Games representing the Soviet Union and also crowned three-times in the history of the European Boxing Championships. During his long and successful career Lithuanian boxing icon Danas Pozniakas won 203 bouts out of his 217 total contests in the ’60s.
The bout of the day
Ukraine’s Matviy Razhba was gold medallist at the 2019 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships where he defeated all of his four rivals. The 16-year-old Ukrainian is attending in the youth age group this year and remained at the light heavyweight (81kg). Razhba faced in the third day of boxing with Lithuania’s Gabrielus Savickas who achieved bronze in the 2019 EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships. The Lithuanian is one of the best hopes of the host nation in Vilnius and he attacked continuously but it was not an easy mission to catch the Ukrainian due to Razhba’s footwork. The Ukrainian was tactically smarter in their top fight and eliminated Savickas winning the bout by split decision.
The surprise of the day
Poland’s Igor Terlecki attended in various international events and he is one of the best youth boxers of his country. The 18-year-old Polish middleweight (75kg) boxer was a favourite at the middleweight (75kg) but he did not find the best fighting range against Ukraine’s Danilchenko Prizes Junior Tournament silver medallist Ilia Tohobytskyi. The Ukrainian boxer won their narrow fight on Day3 which was a small surprise in Vilnius.
Ukraine’s Maksym Vlasiuk competed in several international tournaments in Hungary, in Azerbaijan, in Germany, in Bulgaria and in Croatia in the recent four years and he is now strengthening their youth national team at the bantamweight (56kg). The 18-year-old Ukrainian had to meet in the third competition day with Latvia’s Matvejs Prokudins who was quarter-finalist in the 2019 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships. Vlasyuk landed effective punches in their contest and advanced to the next round of the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament.
Estonia’s Matvey Starikov was born in 2003 in a boxing family as his father Albert was his Baltic nation’s most successful boxer in the ‘90s. The young Estonian talent joined to the youth age group this January but he is such an experienced boxer already in the international events. Following his plenty of medals in various junior events, Starikov maintained the best fighting distance successfully against Scotland’s Gerard McTaggart and eliminated his strong rival at the lightweight (60kg) in Vilnius.
Kyrgyzstan is not a common participating nation in the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament but the Central Asian country can attend on the event this time. Their Yerbol Asandyrov attends at the lightweight (60kg) in Vilnius where he had to face with Lithuania’s Danas Vilkas. The host nation’s boxer attended in the Ricardas Tamulis Junior Tournament in 2018 but he did not have realistic chance to beat the motivated Kyrgyz talent.