Vitolo and Idrissi defended their junior titles in the Boxam Tournament13 April 2019
Following the Cologne Boxing World Cup the third competition day of the Boxam Youth & Junior Tournament was also finished in Murcia, Spain. The junior boxers attended in their finals while the youth hopes fought still in the semi-final stage of the event. Italy’s Giuseppe Vitolo and Denmark’s Elias Idrissi secured their second junior titles in the Boxam Tournament today.
United States of America, India, France, Ireland, Italy, Hungary, Armenia, Denmark and host Spain could be the key nations in the upcoming Boxam Youth & Junior Tournament. Murcia hosted the last edition of the Boxam Men’s Tournament in 2018 and the city is now the venue of the top youth and junior boxers.
Bout of the day
Italy’s Giuseppe Vitolo won the junior light flyweight (48kg) in the 2018 Boxam Tournament in Murcia and returned to the city to catch his second gold medal. The 16-year-old Italian moved up only one category since May 2018 and worked strongly in the final of the flyweight (50kg). Vitolo, who is aiming for a medal in the upcoming EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships, used his speed to find the best angles in the final against Spain’s Jose Daniel Montes which was a tough final for the Italian. Vitolo turned up the heat in time and he was able to defend his throne at the Boxam Tournament.
Surprise of the day
Portugal is not a common participating nation in the international competitions but their National Federation sent young boxers to the Boxam Tournament. Spain’s neighbouring country unexpectedly claimed one gold medal in the junior part of the competition. Denmark’s Harris Aftab led 10:9 in each scorecard of their finals against Portugal’s David Duarte after one round but his opponent increased his tempo in the second. Duarte landed tough punches and his Danish rival was injured following one his tough combinations which meant Portugal won a gold medal in Murcia.
The Indian girls have done tough performance in the female junior part of the Boxam Tournament in Murcia with their three gold medals. Following their successes France’s top female junior Sabrina Belkhadra impressed in the competition and won her next international title. The 16-year-old French boxer was quicker than India’s Sneha Kumari in the final of the junior light welterweight (63kg) winning her next title.
The Spanish head coach’s Sydney 2000 Olympic Games silver medallist Rafael Lozano Munoz’s son Rafael Lozano Serrano eliminated Italy’s Salvatore Di Noto in the semi-finals of the junior pinweight (46kg) in Murcia on Day2. Following that success the 15-year-old Spanish boxer, who attended in the 2018 EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships, had to face with another Italian hope Angelo Grazioso and his stamina was enough to win his first title in the international stage.
Denmark’s best junior boxer Elias Idrissi was also titleholder in the Boxam Tournament as Italy’s Giuseppe Vitolo. Since his last participation at the Boxam Tournament he earned bronze medal at the 2018 EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships. The 16-year-old Danish eliminated Italy’s Christian Chessa in the semi-finals of the junior light bantamweight (52kg) and he was also better than Spain’s Brian Manuel Basilcovich which means he also defended his title.
Among the Danish juniors Elias Idrissi won the title while Harris Aftab took silver medal in Murcia. Their further two boxers had to compete in the junior finals and both won the titles increasing Denmark’s gold medals up to three in the Boxam Tournament. Firstly Victor Hoveling defeated Spain’s Frank Martinez in the final of the lightweight (60kg), secondly Leutrim Muli stopped United States’ Dwyke Flemmings at the light welterweight (63kg). Muli did not give any chance to his US opponent which was ended by RSCI in the first round.
Following the junior finals the men’s youth semi-finals were also held in the third competition day in Murcia. Denmark’s Daniel Malik was excellent in the quarter-finals but he suffered a loss to Italy’s Diego Sorrentino on Day3. France’s Benik Melkumian (56kg), Spain’s Mario Mediavilla (60kg), Denmark’s Nikolai Terteryan (64kg) and his teammate Jacob Bank (69kg) were the bests in the men’s youth program today.