Croatia’s Filipi stopped defending champion Aradoaie in the bout of the day in Targu Jiu

26 March 2018 News

The second competition day with its preliminaries was held in the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships in Targu Jiu. Croatia’s No.1 in this age group Toni Filipi stopped Romania’s defending EUBC European U22 Champion Paul Andrei Aradoaie in the bout of the day.

Altogether 45 preliminary bouts have been held in the second competition day of the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships in Targu Jiu. The winners of light flyweight (49kg), the flyweight (52kg) and super heavyweight (+91kg) bouts are advanced to the quarter-finals while the others went through to the last 16.

Spain’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games quarter-finalist Samuel Carmona is one of the main favourite of the light flyweight (49kg) therefore he was confident against Poland’s Jakub Slominski in the first round. Carmona, who is unbeaten in the World Series Boxing, was caught by the Polish boxer in the second round and could not continue his tough performance. The 22-year-old Slominski used up his unexpected advantage in the second round and after the third knock down the referee confirmed the success of the Polish boxer by RSC which was the biggest sensation of the event.

Ruslan Belousov was not member of the Russian junior and youth teams previously but his skills developed rapidly and his aggressive style was effective in the first round against Lithuania’s Arturas Zinkovskis. The 20-year-old bantamweight (56kg) Russian was not able to perform in the same level in the second round but his number of punches were enough to control the bout. The Baltic boxer was involved to their U22 team in the final minute and he was competitive for the Russian talent in the last round. The final verdict was unanimous decision to Belousov who impressed mainly in the opening round.

Azerbaijan’s 21-year-old Tayfur Aliyev was quarter-finalist in the Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships but in the recent two years he had lack of good results. Aliyev returned to the boxing world in top shape and controlled the first round against Ukraine’s U22 National Champion Tamerlan Mirashov. Aliyev’s best round was the second when his counter-attacks were impressed and effective against the attacking Ukrainian. Azerbaijan’s pride advanced to the last 16 of the event beating a top rival in Targu Jiu.

Turkey’s AIBA Youth World Champion and EUBC European Youth Champion Tugrulhan Erdemir joined to the next age group in January and the competition in Targu Jiu is his first one in 2018. The 19-year-old Turkish southpaw felt the rhythm better than his Kosovan opponent, Patriot Behrami and took the lead in each scorecard after three minutes of fight. Erdemir continued his tough performance until the end of the contest and won the bout by unanimous decision.

Albania’s Arjon Kajoshi have done surprises in the 2016 AIBA European Olympic Qualification Event and also in the World Olympic Qualification Event two years ago. The strong Albanian middleweight (75kg) boxer used his close distance fight against Italy’s Giovanni Sarchioto and his hooks worked well in the contest. The Albanian had superb stamina in the third round, caught Sarchioto several times and celebrated his well-deserved triumph after the final bell.

Lancelot Proton de la Chappelle was born in France but has been competing for Belgium in the international events. The 19-year-old middleweight (75kg) boxer, who had more than 110 bouts already, launched single punches to keep the best fighting distance against Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’s Goce Janeski in the first round. The Belgian boxer used his longer reach in the whole contest and won the bout by unanimous decision in Targu Jiu delivering his country’s first success in the event.

Romania’s Paul Andrei Aradoaie was gold medallist at the light heavyweight (81kg) in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships and since that competition he moved up one category. The 22-year-old Romanian had to meet with one of his main rivals Croatia’s unbeaten WSB boxer Toni Filipi who claimed silver in the last edition at the heavyweight (91kg). Their early final was a spectacular, tactical and powerful fight from the first seconds in Targu Jiu. Filipi started the bout better but Aradoaie came back with tough jabs quickly in the second round. The top Croatian boxer knocked down the defending champion twice and the referee stopped the world class contest in the third round.

Hungary’s two-time Bocskai Memorial Tournament winner Istvan Szaka is 19 but he already has done his debut in the World Series Boxing. He met with Ukraine’s two-time U22 National Champion Rostyslav Bilostotskyi and his opponent’s long distance punches were effective in the first round. Szaka’s left hooks worked well in the second round and he tried to raise the number of his attacks in that period. Bilostotskyi had the longer reach in their close bout and advanced to the quarter-finals of the competition.

Spain’s Gabriel Escobar was quarter-finalist in the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships and proved top performance in the recent two years. The EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships silver medallist Spanish flyweight (52kg) boxer felt the rhythm well against Austria’s Mattin Nazary and he was hard target in the bout. Escobar used his virtuoso technique and footwork to eliminate his Austrian rival securing his place in the last eight.

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