Ukraine’s Yuriy Tomyuk eliminated a top Armenian boxer in the Andreev Youth Memorial Tournament06 July 2019
Following the European Games, the competitions for the youth boxers are on the focus in the month of July. The Brandenburg Youth Cup and the Andreev Youth Memorial Tournament are running this week in Germany and in Ukraine. Yuriy Tomyuk is Ukraine’s top youth boxer who defeated a tough Armenian talent in the first day of the Andreev Youth Memorial Tournament in Kharkiv.
Both youth competitions are preparation events for the upcoming EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships which will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria this September. Altogether 63 boxers are competing for the 10 gold medals in the Andreev Youth Memorial Tournament in Kharkiv.
The bout of the day
Ukraine’s Yuriy Tomyuk was gold medallist in the 2017 EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships which is his career highlight. Following his bronze medal at the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships he qualified for the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and competed in Budapest as well. The Ukrainian boxer moved up to the bantamweight (56kg) this year and started against a tough opponent Armenia’s Ruslan Aslikyan as first. The 18-year-old Ukrainian was in top shape but the younger Armenian also proved strong developments which made their contest to the bout of the day in Kharkiv. The final verdict was unanimous decision in the favour of Tomyuk but both boxers will be medal favourites in Sofia.
Surprise of the day
Belarus’ Aliaksandr Kareuski lost his first contest in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Anapa last October but he increased his rhythm in the preparations and caused a small surprise with his technician skills in Kharkiv. The 16-year-old Belarusian was slightly better than Armenia’s Virab Mkrtchyan at the flyweight (52kg) and joined to the next stage of the event.
Armenia’s Artur Sahakyan competed in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Anapa less than one year ago and joined to the youth age group this January. The 17-year-old Armenian impressed in the first day of the Andreev Youth Memorial Tournament and following his clear dominancy over Moldova’s Dmitri Vataman the referee stopped the contest in the first round intheir bantamweight (56kg) bout.
Belarus’ Maksim Pankou took part in two EUBC Championships during his career and his experiences helped him to win the opening bout in Kharkiv. The 18-year-old Belarusian moved up to the bantamweight (56kg) in the recent months and following his dominancy in the first and second rounds over Georgia’s Eldar Gogiashvili, he had a massive advantage in the scorecards. The Georgian ringside abandoned their contest in the third round which means Pankou is now a guaranteed medallist in Kharkiv.
Moldova’s Vladislav Gudzi attended already in four EUBC Championships in the recent years and claimed bronze medal in the strong Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament this April. The Moldovan boxer was too smart for Ukraine’s Roman Markarian in his debuting contest advancing to the semi-finals. In another top light welterweight (64kg) contest Armenia’s Ararat Arutyunyan was too strong for Belarus’ Yan Krukouski.
Ukraine’s Denys Salabay joined to the youth age group this year but his junior experiences were enough to beat Belarus’ Raman Kaziankou winning the bout unanimously in Kharkiv. Another Ukrainian light heavyweight (81kg) boxer Roman Vasyutin also advanced to the next stage of the Andreev Youth Memorial Tournament after beating Georgia’s Luka Matsutadze in the first day of boxing.