Italy’s Christian Chessa caused the main sensation at the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament on Day102 September 2021
The 39th edition of the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament began with its first competition day in Subotica, Serbia. Twenty-three contests were held in the first day of boxing in the youth event when Ukraine’s Oleksandr Balabin, Italy’s Christian Chessa, Bulgaria’s promising star Radoslav Rosenov and Georgia’s Giorgi Sajaia proved their very bests in Subotica.
The Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament is a preparation event before the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships which will be held in Budva, Montenegro in October. Mr. Viorel Sima of Romania is the Technical Delegate of the new edition of the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament.
The number of the participating nations is 15 in the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament. Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine sent their youth talents to Serbia. Altogether 106 bouts will be held in the competition which is the highlight of the week in the whole boxing world.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls were the responsibility of the local organizers in Serbia to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the new Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament.
The bout of the day
Ukraine’s Oleksandr Balabin won gold medal at the 2020 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships and turned to the youth level this year. The 17-year-old Ukrainian met with Romania’s Iulian Gabriel Dumitrescu in the first round of the middleweight (75kg) and he needed to do his very best to beat his rival. Balabin is a favourite for the gold medal not only in the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament but at the upcoming EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships. The Ukrainian was slightly better in the exchanges in the first day of boxing and he won the narrowest bout of the day.
The surprise of the day
Italy’s Christian Chessa competed at the Galati 2019 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships but he is not an experienced boxer in the international stage yet. The 18-year-old Italian, who trains in the Lombardy region, caused the main sensation of the first competition day. The Italian talent not only had a brave attempt to beat Romania’s EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist Adrian Florin Preda but he succeeded in their featherweight (57kg) contest.
Ukraine’s super talented Aider Abduraimov decided to compete in the new youth bantamweight (54kg) in Serbia and opened his campaign with a strong performance. The 17-year-old Ukrainian was a hard target for Hungary’s newcomer Kruzito Kovacs and landed stronger punches in all of the rounds. Following the standings counts, the referee stopped their contest in the third round and confirmed Abduraimov’s RSC victory.
Georgia’s Giorgi Sajaia is an experienced talent from the international stage who worked hard in the recent three years to reach the level of the top boxers. The Georgian bantamweight (54kg) boxer used his best combinations to beat Ukraine’s Denys Rozdolskyi in an exciting contest. His teammate Luka Nikabadze eliminated Romania’s Dorulet Tiu at the welterweight (67kg) making a strong competition day for Georgia.
Bulgaria’s EUBC European Junior Champion Radoslav Rosenov is a well-experienced boxer despite of his age of 18 and he proved his technical superiority against Romania’s Luis Florin Camen in the first round of the lightweight (60kg). His teammate Krasimir Dzhurov is also gold medallist from the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships therefore his success over Serbia’s Luka Ivic Jukic was not a surprise.