Bulgaria and Croatia had tough victories in the semi-finals of the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament

14 July 2019 News

The semi-finals were held in the exciting fourth competition day at the 37thedition of the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament in Subotica, Serbia. The hosts of the next EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships, the Bulgarians and the Croatians delivered fantastic successes on Day4.

Boxers who were born in 2001 or in 2002 are eligible to attend in the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament. This Serbian international event is one of the main preparation events before the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships which will be held in Sofia on September 2-11.

The following 22 nations are taking part in the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament this week: Argentina, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Mongolia, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovenia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.

Bout of the day

Bulgaria will be the host of the upcoming EUBC European Confederation Youth Championships and their team proved their strength in the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament. The two-time EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist Yasen Radev joined to the youth age group only this January but he amazed all experts in Subotica. The 17-year-old Bulgarian eliminated India’s Bhavesh Kattimani in the quarter-final and he had another tough Asian rival in the last four. Radev was highly confident against such strong opponent as India’s Bekzat Amangeldinov and advanced to the title bout. The dream final realized in the men’s flyweight (52kg) as Radev’s opponent will be Brazil’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Luiz Gabriel Oliveira.

Surprise of the Day

Hungary’s Szabina Szabo was gold medallist in the Bornemissza Youth Memorial Tournament last month but she was not the favourite against Russia’s Junior National Champion Alina Kantemirova in the semi-final of the women’s featherweight (57kg). The 17-year-old Hungarian moved ahead from the first seconds and pressurized her Russian rival delivering a tight success in Subotica. Szabo’s final opponent will be Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Mariya Gladkova in the next session.

The round-up

Emi-Mari Todorova was amazing youth boxer at the light flyweight (48kg) in 2016 and 2017 and her replacement in the Bulgarian team is Melek Zakifova who reached also already top international results. The 18-year-old Bulgarian advanced to the final of the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament following her success over India’s Youth National Champion Bharti in the semi-final. Zakifova will be meeting for the title with Kazakhstan’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Anel Kudaybergen who eliminated Hungary’s Zsanett Balogh on Day4.

Italy’s Youth Olympic Games winner and EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion Martina La Piana had a tough quarter-final against Hungary’s Tamara Tarnoczy but she survived the most difficult periods of that match. The Italian flyweight (51kg) boxer delivered much better performance in the semi-finals and dominated her next contest against Serbia’s Ivana Podkonjak. The 18-year-old Italian will be boxing for the gold against Russia’s Nina Brozina who had a tough bout against India’s Minakshi.

Russia’s Nune Asatrian claimed silver medals on both big events at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and in the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Youth Boxing Championships one year ago. On these finals she lost to England’s star Caroline Dubois which increased her motivations for the 2019 events. The 18-year-old Russian lightweight (60kg) boxer eliminated Kazakhstan’s Ulzhanay Mamutova in the semi-finals of the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament and she needs only one more step against Ukraine’s Amina Abramova to be crowned in Subotica.

Italy’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships quarter-finalists Sabrina Er-Raqioui eliminated Russia’s EUBC European Junior Champion Maria Bersteneva in the previous competition day and continued her winning path against Ukraine’s Amina Bulakh in Subotica. The Italian will be facing for the gold with Kazakhstan’s Balzhan Askar at the light welterweight (64kg). Her teammate Melissa Gemini also advanced to the final of the event following her success over Ukraine’s Veronika Korets at the welterweight (69kg).

Russia’s EUBC European Junior Champion Boris Karibian delivered already strong youth results in 2018 but this year he is one of the best European boxers at the bantamweight (56kg). Karibian, who has got strong Armenian roots, landed more punches than his semi-final opponent Italy’s Daniele Salerno and marched to the final of the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament. The Russian hope will be boxing for the gold with India’s newly crowned Youth National Champion Bilotson Singh.

Croatia’s Diego Mamic is a new sensation at the lightweight (60kg) who reached his career highlight advancing to the final of the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament. He eliminated Kazakhstan’s Alikhan Sembay in a hectic contest and will be facing for the title with India’s Ajay Kumar. Croatia’s next finalist will be EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist Gabrijel Veocic who eliminated Poland’s Igor Terlecki in the semi-finals of the middleweight (75kg).

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