Asanau started successfully but Georgia was the best team in the Liventsev Memorial Tournament on Day110 October 2018
The 16th edition of the Liventsev Memorial Tournament is holding this week in the capital city of Belarus in Minsk. Belarus’ best boxer Dzmitry Asanau started his campaign well in the opening day of the event in Minsk where the Georgians became the best team after the first competition day.
Minsk hosted the 1998 edition of the European Men’s Elite Boxing Championships and the city is ready to organize its next big competition. The Belarusian capital will be hosting the 2nd edition of the European Games in June 21-30 next year which will be one of the highlights for the elite boxers in 2019. The competition is preparation event for the upcoming European Union Boxing Championships and test event for the 2019 European Games.
The Liventsev Memorial Tournament is a preparation and test event for the 2019 European Games which raised his importance up to another level. The following 16 European and Asian nations are taking part in the Liventsev Memorial Tournament: host Belarus, China, Croatia, England, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, France, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Serbia, Ukraine and Wales.
Kazakhstan’s former ASBC Asian Champion Temirtas Zhussupov won his WSB Final match at the light flyweight (49kg) two weeks ago but he attended in the opening day of the Liventsev Memorial Tournament at the flyweight (52kg). The 30-year-old Kazakh veteran was slightly better than France’s talented Billal Bennama and advanced to the next stage of the event in Minsk.
Georgia’s first success in the opening day of the Liventsev Memorial Tournament was achieved by Nodari Darbaidze who fought for the Croatian Knights in the Season VIII of the World Series Boxing. The 21-year-old Georgian, who competed this time at the flyweight (52kg), defeated Ireland’s Regan Buckley reducing the fighting distance successfully.
Belarus’ No.1 Dzmitry Asanau is the reigning EUBC European U22 Champion and he claimed bronze medal at the Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships at the age of 19. The currently 22-year-old Belarusian star used his unpredictable movements and worked well against his teammate Yauheni Shabelnik. Asanau kept the best and safest fighting distance and eliminated Shabelnik in the Liventsev Memorial Tournament.
England’s WSB boxer Connor Loftus moved down to the light welterweight (64kg) and his energetic boxing was too strong for Belarus’ Dzmitry Dziashkevich in the opening day of the Liventsev Memorial Tournament. In the same category Georgia’s defending EUBC European U22 Champion Lasha Guruli was quicker than Belarus’ Maksim Visloukh and his long distance tactic was enough to win the bout.
Miroslav Kapuler started his career in Ukraine but he has been representing Israel in the international events since 2017. The Israeli welterweight (69kg) boxer landed more punches than China’s Jia Wenlong and controlled all of the rounds in Minsk. Besides to Kapuler France’s 19-year-old Milan Prat and Belarus’ Yauheni Makarchuk also won their fights in the opening day of the event.
Belarus’ EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist and Rio 2016 Olympian Pavel Kastramin had to meet against such strong opponent first as Georgia’s EUBC European U22 Champion Eskerkhan Madiev. The Belarusian welterweight (69kg) boxer, who joined to the national team in 2013, has used up all of his previous experiences to eliminate his younger rival.
Georgia’s next victory was delivered by 21-year-old Giorgi Kharabadze who shocked Belarus’ EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships silver medallist Viktar Dziashkevich in the first round of the middleweight (75kg). Georgia’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist 20-year-old Giorgi Tchigladze demonstrated his power against his compatriot Mikheil Bakhtidze and defeated his more experienced rival at the very first time during his career.