Buza and Roullias knocked out their rivals at the Youth World Boxing Championships18 November 2022
Three sessions took place in the third competition day at the Youth World Boxing Championships in La Nucia, Alicante region in Spain. Albania’s No.1, Ariol Zeneli had a close success in the competition day while Hungary’s Rafael Buza and Greece’s Stylianos Roullias knocked out their rivals.
The organizers and the Technical Delegate of the Youth World Boxing Championships divided the daily programs into three sessions in Spain. Altogether 597 boxers are attending in the Youth World Boxing Championships from 73 nations in La Nucia.
Boxers who were born in 2004 and in 2005 are eligible to participate in the Youth World Boxing Championships in Spain to where all of the five Confederations sent delegations. The event is the first ever World Boxing Championships in Spain and the organizers are working hard to make a remarkable event.
The bout of the day
Albania’s Ariol Zeneli achieved a fantastic silver medal at the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships in Sofia this April. The best Albanian youth boxer is a smart athlete, he works from longer distance and he is a medal favourite in La Nucia. The 18-year-old Albanian had a tough opponent in the Round of 32, Turkey’s Selahattin Cinbulak who had a brave attempt to beat Zeneli on Day3. The Albanian, who came from a boxing family, switched his tempo in the beginning of the second round and that moment was decisive against the Turkish National Champion.
The surprise of the day
Croatia’s Anthony Mirkovic moved down to the light heavyweight (80kg) following his national title and he received the right to represent his nation at the Youth World Boxing Championships. The Croatian was not enough experienced in the international events prior the championships but he had an energetic performance against Bulgaria’s Zhan-Bozhidar Siderov on Day3. Mirkovic landed the better punches and he worked well enough until the very last moments to win the entire contest.
Germany’s new Youth National Champion Miles-Francis Okay is a new face at the men’s flyweight (51kg) but his technical skills guaranteed his success over Guatemala’s Milton Obed Buezo. Poland’s EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships silver medallist Nikolas Pawlik moved up from the minimumweight (48kg) but he controlled the exchanges against Czech Republic’s Filip Horvath. Pawlik had the speed advantage and finished the bout with strong combinations in the third round.
Spain’s EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships bronze medallist Asier Jimenez moved up to the flyweight (51kg) as Pawlik and he needed only 30 seconds to decide his contest against Australia’s Samuel Kay when the ringside doctor stopped their contest. Another host nation’s pride, Enrique Kakulov had a more difficult contest in La Nucia following his opponent, El Salvador’s Samuel Contreras was a competitive rival. Kakulov, who switched from other martial arts, proved an excellent final round, which decided the bout and the Spaniard advanced to the Round of 16 at the light welterweight (63.5kg).
Turkey’s Bilge Kagan Kanli is a strong boxer but his quick RSC success over Colombia’s Juan Diego Bandera was unexpected on Day3. The 18-year-old Turkish boxer shocked the South American in the first minute and the referee confirmed the fastest victory of the competition day. His teammate, Muhammed Halil Dogru eliminated an Indian boxer, Rockey Chaudhary at the light heavyweight (80kg), making a strong day for Turkey.
Denmark’s Lukas Bauer had a dominancy in the first round against Japan’s Shohei Ogino and the 18-year-old boxer finished the welterweight (67kg) contest in the second. Hungary’s Rafael Buza also dominated his contest on Day3, he knocked out Bolivia’s Leandro Nova before the second minute. Another ISF Gymnasiade winner Hungarian, Milan Petriman also won his second contest in La Nucia as his compatriot, following his technical dominancy against Albania’s Jemin Allmuca.
Greece’s defending EUBC Youth European Champion at the light heavyweight (80kg), Michail Tsamalidis controlled all of the three rounds against Azerbaijan’s Fatali Ismayilov and managed to win his opener. His teammate at the light welterweight (63.5kg), Stylianos Roullias knocked out Mexico’s Aaron Amaro Montalvo in the evening session, which was the second classic KO in La Nucia after Rafael Buza’s hard shots.
England’s multiple European Champion Enriko Itauma is the biggest prospect at the super heavyweight (+92kg) in the entire world and he spend a short time in the ring against Slovenia’s Djelon Januzaj when the referee confirmed his RSC victory. Germany’s Brandenburg Youth Cup winner Amin Younes Ouachou also won his contest by RSC in this weight class, he stopped Moldova’s Nicolai Burdiuja in the third round.