Escobar’s world class footwork means a dream final realized in the Boxam Tournament11 May 2018
The elite semi-finals were held in the Boxam Tournament in the fourth competition day in Murcia where two sessions were in the program. Spain’s two-time EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships silver medallist Gabriel Escobar used his world class footwork to win his semi-final in Murcia where Belgium also have got finalists.
Murcia is the host of the Boxam Tournament at the very first time in the history of the traditional Spanish international event. The competition is holding for elite, youth and junior men boxers as well in Murcia where Russia, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, China and Hungary are there from the top boxing nations.
Spain’s Martin Molina competed in the World Series of Boxing and plenty of international events in the recent years. The Spanish light flyweight (49kg) boxer found the best fighting distance late only in the third round and suffered an unexpected loss to Russia’s Volodya Mnatsakanyan who was Youth National Champion in 2016. The final verdict was split decision to the Russian who advanced to the final of the competition. The Armenian-descent Russian boxer will be meeting for the title with China’s WSB boxer Wu Zhonglin.
Spain’s No.1 Gabriel Escobar claimed silver medal in the recent two editions of the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships and started aggressively against Russia’s former EUBC European Youth Champion Ivan Abramov. The 22-year-old Spanish flyweight (52kg) boxer dictated the tempo, used his tricky style and dominated their fight which delivered a clear success for Escobar. The Spanish star will be boxing for the gold medal with China’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist Hu Jianguan in the final tomorrow which could be an unique contest between the two stars.
Spain’s Angel Seda Alvarez was member of their youth national team in the recent two years and joined to the elite age group this January. The Spanish teenager moved up to the bantamweight (56kg) and attacked from the first seconds against Belgium’s Zakaria Boudhi. His Belgian opponent was quick but the 19-year-old Spanish boxer was able to catch him in the second part of the contest and Seda moved into the finals where his last opponent will be a tough one, Russia’s Levan Khasaia.
France’s Lounes Hamraoui is their current National Champion in spite of the fact he is only 20 now. Following his successful youth career Hamraoui quickly adopted the strength of the punches among the elite athletes. The young French lightweight (60kg) talent and his Spanish opponent Cristian Alberto Eusse Vasquez have done a spectacular semi-final in Murcia. Both boxers used infighting style in the second part of the bout which made the bout to a manly battle. Hamraoui was effective in the exchanges and advanced to the final where his next opponent will be Bulgaria’s Kiril Rusinov who eliminated Russia’s EUBC European Youth Champion Vladimir Strygin.
Denmark’s Frederik Lundgaard Jensen qualified for the Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships and after a few injuries he returned at the light welterweight (64kg) with upgraded skills. The Danish boxer used his longer reach against Hungary’s Richard Kovacs robbed who qualified for the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships. Jensen overcame his Hungarian rival in the attacks and the first two rounds and took the lead on the scorecards. Kovacs gave in everything in the third round but his strong finish was not enough to turn back their semi-final. Denmark’s top elite boxer will be meeting for the title with Russia’s EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist Musa Maruev who eliminated Belgium’s Ibrahima Diallo.
Belgium’s Ruben Veciunca began his boxing career only in 2012 but his skills developed quickly in the recent years. The Belgian eliminated Germany’s Jeremy Gonschorek in the quarter-final and he started well against France’s Rayane Yahia Berrouiguet in the semi-final. The Belgian boxer landed powerful punches in the second round and the ringside doctor finished their contest due the injury of the French talent. Veciunca will be boxing for the title with China’s two-time Olympian Maimaiti Tuersunqiong who eliminated Hungary’s Andras Vadasz in a narrow bout.
Hungary’s two-time Olympian Zoltan Harcsa achieved bronze medals in the recent editions of the European Games and EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships and eliminated Germany’s younger talent Vezir Agirman in the quarter-final. The 25-year-old Hungarian middleweight (75kg) boxer overcame Belgium’s Filip Natal in the attacks and after their first round he dominated the fight. Harcsa enjoyed the contest from the second round and will be meeting for the title with Lancelot Proton de la Chappelle of Belgium.
Spain’s Alejandro Camacho is member of the national team since 2014 and used his long range tactic against Belgium’s Magomed Nikarchoev in the semi-final of the light heavyweight (81kg). The Spanish southpaw impressed in the second round with his right-handed hooks and continued his strong performance until the end of the final bell. Camacho won their contest by unanimous decision and will be boxing for the title of his weight class with China’s Chen Daxiang.
France’s EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships bronze medallist Djamili Dini Aboudou Moindze tried to reduce the fighting distance against Spain’s Ayoub Ghadfa Drissi El-Aissaoui in the semi-final of the super heavyweight (+91kg). The 22-year-old French boxer could not dominate his contest against his inexperienced Spanish opponent who is competing only in his second international event. The French boxer had difficulties in the second round but he dominated the third and advanced to the final of the Boxam Tournament. The French boxer will be meeting in the final with China’s powerful Mu Haipeng who eliminated another Spanish hope Martino Rio Gonzalez.
The junior and youth final will be holding in the afternoon session tomorrow and after a short break the title contests of the elite boxers are on the schedule of the evening session.