Van der Pas and Vrankovic defeated top rivals in the first day of boxing at the Golden Gloves Tournament29 November 2019
The 62nd edition of the Golden Gloves Tournament began with 36 quarter-final contests in Pancevo, Serbia which is the highlight event of the week. Netherlands’ Max Van der Pas defeated England’s Carl Fail in the bout of the day at the middleweight (75kg) but Serbia’s teenage talent Milan Vrankovic also boxed over his previous level.
The following 17 nations are attending in the 62nd edition of the Golden Gloves Tournamentin Pancevo: Algeria, Bulgaria, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, England, Ghana, Italy, Moldova, Morocco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Romania, Scotland, host Serbia and Ukraine.
Bout of the day
Netherlands sent their best boxers to the Golden Gloves Tournament to Serbia where their experienced Max Van der Pas had to prove one of his best yearly performance to get through to the semi-finals. The 26-year-old Dutch, who is member of the national team since 2011, began his road in the event with England’s Carl Fail who claimed silver medal in the 2018 EUBC European U22 Boxing Championships. The younger English tried to keep his Dutch opponent long but Van der Pas was enough quick in the bout to catch Fail several times with big shots. The final verdict was split decision in the favour of the Dutch boxer whose pressurizing style paid off on Day1. Van der Pas’ teammate two-times Dutch National Champion Zakaria Elhaj also started strongly at the middleweight (75kg) and bowed out North Macedonia’s Arsim Etemi in the quarter-finals.
Surprise of the day
Serbia’s Milan Vrankovic is a 19-year-old talent who was involved to their squad which attended in the AIBA World Boxing Championships two and half months ago. Since then the Serbian teenager claimed silver medal in the Golden Gong Tournament in North Macedonia but he was not the favourite against Algeria’s Chemseddine Kramou who is one of the bests African welterweight (69kg) boxers. Vrankovic exceeded the expectations once again and eliminated his North African rival in a hectic bout.
Algeria’s Mohamed Flissi achieved silver at the Almaty 2013 AIBA World Boxing Championships and bronze at the Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships therefore he is one of the most experienced boxers in the whole Golden Gloves Tournament. The 29-year-old two-time Olympian had to meet as first with Moldova’s newcomer Nicolae Bunescu and the Algerian controlled all of the rounds against his teenage rival which means he advanced to the semi-finals of the flyweight (52kg).
Netherlands’ Minsk 2019 European Games bronze medallist Enrico La Cruz is one of the best boxers in our continent at the lightweight (63kg) who also started his campaign in the first day of boxing. The Rio 2016 Olympian Dutch boxer lost his final to Thailand’s super talented Atichai Phoemsap in the Eindhoven Box Cup one month ago and he looked more motivated in the Golden Gloves Tournament. La Cruz was better in all aspects of boxing than Cyprus’ Dimitris Christofi and joined to the last four in Pancevo.
Moldova’s Alexandru Paraschiv claimed silver medal in the 2014 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships and the 20-year-old talent is now member of their elite national team. Paraschiv performed better than Czech Republic’s Pavel Polakovic and advanced to the semi-finals in Pancevo. His teammate 2013 EUBC European Championships silver medallist Dmitri Galagot just moved up to the welterweight (69kg) but he proved his best against Netherlands’ Delano James on Day1 winning the bout unanimously.
The heavyweight (91kg) is one of the toughest categories in the Golden Gloves Tournament where all of the four favourites won their contests in the opening day of boxing. The Ukrainian duo National Champion Serhii Horskov and former AIBA Junior World Champion Robert Marton used their strength to win their quarter-final bouts. Italy’s EUBC European U22 Champion Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine had closer fights against Morocco’s Younes Baala while Algeria’s three-time Olympian Abdelhafid Benchabla was better than Cyprus’ Ioannis Kokkinos.