Finland’s 19-year-old Krenar Aliu caused the main sensation in the EUBC European Union Boxing Championships on Day2

11 November 2018 News

The second competition day was held in the EUBC European Union Boxing Championships in Valladolid, Spain where eleven bouts were in the official program. Finland’s 19-year-old Krenar Aliu caused the main sensation of Day2 when he eliminated France’s Rio 2016 Olympian Paul Omba Biongolo by a quick RSC success.

Altogether 124 boxers are attending for the medals in Valladolid which is the capital of the Castile and Leon community. The welterweight (69kg) and the heavyweight (91kg) boxers were in action in the second day of the EUBC European Union Boxing Championships and the winners advanced to the quarter-finals.

The EUBC European Union Boxing Championships is the main competition for the men’s elite boxers in 2018 and the continent’s top boxers are attending in the event. The first edition of the EUBC European Union Boxing Championships was held in Strasbourg, France in 2003 and after the last Sofia event Spain’s Valladolid is the host.

Ireland’s Kieran Molloy claimed bronze medal in the Kiev 2013 AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships and he was selected to the elite national team this year. The 20-year-old Irish welterweight (69kg) boxer controlled all of the rounds against Belgium’s Boxam Tournament silver medallist Ruben Veciunca and advanced to the last eight.

England’s Pat McCormack is one of the biggest stars of the whole EUBC European Union Boxing Championships in Valladolid. The Rio 2016 Olympian, who claimed gold in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, was a hard target for Croatia’s 19-year-old Petar Cetinic and McCormack enjoyed his debut in this important competition.

Georgia’s EUBC European U22 Champion Eskerkhan Madiev recovered from his eye injury and he proved his very best against one of the most experienced welterweight (69kg) boxers of the European continent on Day2. The 20-year-old Georgian impressed against Czech Republic’s London 2012 Olympian Zdenek Chladek and also secured his place in the Top8.

Spain’s first boxer in action at the EUBC European Union Boxing Championships was Youba Ndiaye Sissokho who had a long break after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Sissokho, who was born in Senegal, used his faster tempo to keep the best fighting distance against France’s 19-year-old Milan Prat. The final verdict was unanimous decision in the favour of the Spanish boxer who won his opening welterweight (69kg) contest in Valladolid.

England’s EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist Cheavon Clarke followed McCormack’s strong pathway and advanced to the quarter-finals of the event. The Jamaican-descent boxer is not the tallest athlete of the heavyweight (91kg) but his speed was the difference when he met with Poland’s Michal Soczynski.

Spain’s Steven Diego Sampo is a new face in the national team but the heavyweight (91kg) talent was too strong for Czech Republic’s Jiri Havel and secured the host nation’s second success in Valladolid. Italy’s Aziz Abbes Mouhidine and Georgia’s Nikoloz Begadze both are only 20 but they won EUBC Championships during their career. The Italian landed effective punches and eliminated a top rival at the heavyweight (91kg).

Finland’s Krenar Aliu achieved bronze medal in the Anapa 2016 EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships but he was not a favourite against France’s Rio 2016 Olympian and EUBC European U22 Champion Paul Omba Biongolo. The 19-year-old Finnish boxer caused the biggest surprise of the second competition day in Valladolid when his lethal punches reached the target. The referee counted the more experienced French boxer and confirmed Aliu’s RSC success still in the first rou

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