Kramou and Abbasov won their difficult semi-finals at the Golden Gloves Tournament in Sombor29 November 2020
The third competition day with the semi-finals was held at the 63rd Golden Gloves Tournament in the city of Sombor which is located in the Vojvodina region of Serbia. The competition is one of the oldest continuous European tournaments therefore the level of the new edition is also high. Algeria’s Chemseddine Kramou defeated his Cuban opponent in the semi-finals while Abbasov continued his winning path in Sombor.
Algeria and Ghana sent boxers to the Golden Gloves Tournament from the African continent while the Cubans also returned to the Serbian competition after 2019. Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Moldova, North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine are the participating countries from the European continent.
The Golden Gloves Tournament was launched in the end of the ’50s and saw several big champions in the recent decades. An important AIBA 3-star Referee & Judge Course was held during the 61st edition of the Golden Gloves Tournament in 2018 when Russia topped the team rankings. Ukraine’s Viktor Vykhryst and Moldova’s Alexandru Paraschiv were the best boxers in the last 62nd edition of the Golden Gloves Tournament.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Serbia to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the 63rd Golden Gloves Tournament.
Bout of the day
Vakhid Abbasov achieved the gold medal at the 2019 EUBC European U22 Boxing Championships in Vladikavkaz where he proved his fantastic strength. Abbasov did not have chance to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games therefore he switched from Russia to Serbia to achieve his dreams. The new Serbian national team member faced in the third day of boxing with Algeria’s Yougourtha Ait Bekka who moved up to the welterweight (69kg) in the recent months. Abbasov ruled the middle of the ring in their tough contest and the Algerian boxed over his previous level in Sombor. The final verdict was split decision in the favour of Abbasov who remained his gold medal chances alive in the event.
The surprise of the day
Chemseddine Kramou joined to the international events as a junior in 2011 and he needed several years of experiences to reach the level of the best elite boxers. The Algerian welterweight (69kg) No.1 had to face in the semi-finals with Cuba’s Antonio Bisset who is one of the stars of their country. Kramou had the fantastic motivation and fighting spirit in the contest and eliminated his Cuban rival which was an emotional success.
Cuba’s Yoangel Moya won the Bout of the Day in his previous appearance in the Golden Gloves Tournament and following that tough contest, he had to meet with Serbia’s Nikola Lazarevic. The experienced Cuban boxer controlled all of the rounds against the younger Serbian and won their lightweight (63kg) bout unanimously.
Serbia’s 20-year-old Nenad Stojanovic defeated one of the favourites in the second competition day and he had to meet with another European star, Ukraine’s Yuriy Shestak who claimed gold medal at the Kharkiv 2017 EUBC European Boxing Championships. The Ukrainian had to do his very best in the bout but the differences between their experiences decided their lightweight (63kg) contest for Shestak.
Algeria’s Younes Nemouchi has already qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games but he had a tough fight against Serbia’s Sandro Poletan at the middleweight (75kg). In another strong contest in that category, Ukraine’s Dmytro Rybalko defeated North Macedonia’s promising Leo Jovanovski by split decision. Serbia’s ex-Russian boxer Vladimir Mironchikov turned back his contest against Ukraine’s Stepan Hrekul in a hectic battle at the light heavyweight (81kg) and will be meeting for the gold with Serbia’s Sasa Milovac.