France’s Rio 2016 Olympian Paul Omba Biongolo amazed the crowd in the Day1 of European U22 Championships15 March 2017
The EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships started in Braila, Romania where 183 boxers from 31 countries are taking part. Altogether 15 preliminary bouts have been held in the opening competition day when France’s Rio 2016 Olympian Paul Omba Biongolo amazed the crowd.
In the first bout of the whole championships Georgia’s EUBC European Youth Champion Eskerkhan Madiev met with Bulgaria’s Robert Chamasanyan who competed at the 2014 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. The Georgian welterweight (69kg) boxer launched more punches and his body shots stopped the Bulgarian attacks in the first round. Madiev was motivated in one of his first elite bout and won the bout by unanimous decision.
Romania’s welterweight (69kg) No.1 National Champion Marian Pita is member of the national team since 2011 when he was still a junior boxer. The 22-year-old Romanian welterweight (69kg) boxer overtook his opponent Moldova’s Andrei Sanjura in the first and second rounds. The Romanian boxer moved more on feet in the third round and dominated the bout in his first preliminary bout.
Czech Republic’s David Kotrc and Lithuania’ Saimonas Banys both were born in 1998 and competed in the youth tournaments one year ago. The Lithuanian boxer had fast attacks in the end of the first round and he had great punches from closer distance also in the second against the Czech talent. The Lithuanian had stronger punches in the whole bout and advanced to the next stage of the championships.
Italy’s Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games winner Vincenzo Arecchia moved up to the welterweight (69kg) and began his first round better than Croatia’s Mihael Jugovic. The 21-year-old Italian worked from longer distance and controlled the first round. He was focused also in the second three minutes and defeated his younger Croatian rival who did also nice things in the ring.
Hungary’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships quarter-finalist Laszlo Kozak began his contest with two big punches against Austria’s Marcel Rumpler and dominated the opening round in their welterweight (69kg) bout. The Hungarian used the perfect tactic against the Austrian boxer and moved away from Rumpler’s attacks in the second and third round. The 19-year-old Hungarian talent delivered great technician style of boxing and advanced to the next round in Braila where his next opponent will be Germany’s Paul Wall.
France’s Paul Omba Biongolo attended in the last edition of the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Doha and qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The 21-year-old French heavyweight (91kg) boxer knocked down his Russian opponent newcomer Dmitrii Fomin in the first minute and after his second lethal punch the referee confirmed his RSC victor. The French boxer will now face with Albania’s Indrit Laci in the next preliminary round.
Netherlands’ AIBA World Boxing Championships quarter-finalist Roy Korving launched dangerous left-handed jabs and hooks against Bulgaria’s Denis Gaynov in the first round of their heavyweight (91kg) preliminary. The Dutch boxer launched strong punches mainly in the second round and he won his bout by RSC. Korving will now meet with Czech Republic’s Marek Vanecek who eliminated Turkey’s Muhammet Baki Yalcin in a narrow bout.
Russia’s Dmitrii Nesterov was AIBA Youth World Champion in 2014 and showed his skills in the U22 level in Braila. He had to meet with France’s Victor Yoka who is their Rio 2016 Olympic Champion Tony Yoka’s younger brother. The Russian boxer did his job smartly while his French opponent trusted on his physical skills in their contest. Nesterov produced a great finish in the third round and won their middleweight (75kg) bout on all scorecards. The Russian boxer will now meet with England’s new sensation Benjamin Whittaker who was in different level than his Romanian opponent, Constantin Danut Ionescu.
Ukraine’s AIBA World Boxing Championships competitor and former AIBA Youth World Champion Oleksandr Khyzhniak moved back to his previous middleweight (75kg) and claimed the title in their National Championships. The 22-year-old Ukrainian attacked from the first seconds against Germany’s Stephan Nikitin and his fighting spirit delivered to him a place in the last 16 where his next opponent will be Slovakia’s EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Andrej Csemez.
Italy’s WSB boxer Salvatore Cavallaro is also a favourite at the middleweight (75kg) who began his campaign against Bosnia & Herzegovina’s Radenko Tomic in Braila. The Italian boxer tried to reduce the fighting distance from the first seconds and the Bosnian ringside abandoned the bout before the start of the second round. Cavallaro will now meeting with Ireland’s southpaw Keylan Cassidy who defeated Armenia’s Armen Minasyan.
In featured photo: Paul Omba Biongolo FRA