Unique Belarusian battle Burym vs. Apanasovich scheduled in the upcoming finals of the Liventsev Memorial Tournament15 November 2019
The 17th edition of the Liventsev Memorial Tournament is the highlight of the European boxing events this week which is running in the Belarusian capital in Minsk. All of the female and male semi-finals were held in the third day of boxing which delivered tough fights and surprises in Minsk. Yana Burym and Yulia Apanasovich both advanced to the final of the women’s flyweight (51kg) which will be a strong selection fight between them.
The Liventsev Memorial Tournament has a stronger brand name and the teams returned to the Belarusian capital to get the titles of the event after the European Games. The following 18 nations are attending in the Liventsev Memorial Tournament: Armenia, Belarus, England, France, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Ukraine. The Technical Delegate of the Liventsev Memorial Tournament is Mr. Maxim Cherticovtsev of Moldova.
Bout of the day
Belarus’ Yana Burym is member of the national female team since 2010 and she had already more than 50 international contests which paid off to her in the recent big events. The experienced flyweight (51kg) boxer eliminated England’s teenage talent Chloe Watson in the quarter-finals and she had another tough fight in the last four when she met with Russia’s Ekaterina Pinigina. The Russian boxer was National Champion at the light flyweight (48kg) and worked hard to reach the final of the Liventsev Memorial Tournament. Burym had the strong stamina in the last minutes and advanced to the final of the category where she will be meeting with her teammate Yulia Apanasovich who eliminated Thailand’s Jutamas Jitpong in another hectic contest.
Surprises of the day
England’s Kerry Davis joined to the national team only this year but she received the chance to box at the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships in Madrid. The 22-year-old middleweight (75kg) boxer developed rapidly in the recent months but she was not the favourite against Russia’s Umakhanov Tournament winner Elena Gapeshina in Minsk. The new English talent landed effective punches from longer distance and eliminated the Russian in Minsk where her final rival will be Belarus’ Alina Veber.
Another English boxer delivered another sensational result in the third competition day of the Liventsev Memorial Tournament. The men’s flyweight (52kg) is a tough category in England and their 22-year-old hope Kiaran MacDonald got his biggest scalp during his whole boxing career. The Englishman had a brave attempt to beat Spain’s Minsk 2019 European Games winner Gabriel Escobar and he succeeded in one of the top fights of the day. MacDonald will be facing for the gold medal with Kyrgyzstan’s ASBC Asian Champion No.1 Azat Usenaliev who eliminated Ukraine’s Dmytro Zamotayev.
The Italian girls amazed at the Zagreb Grand Prix last week and one of their bests Irma Testa marched to the final of the Liventsev Memorial Tournament. The defending EUBC European Women’s Champion at the featherweight (57kg) eliminated India’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Manisha Moun in the quarter-finals and she had to meet with another top Asian, Thailand’s Nilawan Techasuep in the last four. The Italian is a tall boxer in the category but Techasuep has the same physical skills and in that similar game play Testa was better in the semi-finals.
England’s Shona Whitwell had a short break in her career but she returned to the world of boxing one year ago and the 21-year-old talent proved her technical skills in the semi-finals of the Liventsev Memorial Tournament. The tall English girl used her longer reach well in the last four against India’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Shashi Chopra which means she will be meeting for the title with Thailand’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Sudaporn Seesondee.
Spain’s Jose Quiles claimed bronze medal at the Kharkiv 2017 EUBC European Boxing Championships and he found back his glorious way in the recent weeks following his injuries. Quiles celebrated his 22nd birthday last month and looked motivated from the first seconds in the semi-finals of the bantamweight (57kg). His opponent Armenia’s Artur Bazeyan was a competitive one but Quiles managed to win his next success and will be meeting for the gold medal with Kyrgyzstan’s Munarbek Seyitbek Uulu.
One of the physically strongest Ukrainian boxers, Yevhenii Barabanov has done a successful mission in the quarter-finals when he defeated Turkey’s AIBA Youth World Champion Tugrulhan Erdemir. The Ukrainian welterweight (69kg) boxer was still fresh enough in the semi-finals to control the first two rounds against Armenia’s Gurgen Madoyan which means he can box also in the finals. His teammates as Yaroslav Khartsyz, Serhii Horshkov, Robert Marton and Tsotne Rogava all joined to the finals in Minsk.