Marchuk, Metodiev and the Georgians impressed in the junior finals of the Montenegro Cup23 May 2021
Thirteen contests were held in the fourth competition day at the Montenegro Youth & Junior Cup where several junior talents have been celebrated their gold medals in Budva. Ukraine’s Artem Marchuk, Bulgaria’s Liuboslav Metodiev and the Georgians shined in Europe’s new boxing competition on Day4.
Montenegro hosted the last edition of the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships in November 2020 and they had the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament in February 2021. The President of the Montenegro Boxing Federation Mr. Aleksandr Klemenko and his team work hard to develop the sport in the country. Many European nations joined to the Montenegro Youth & Junior Cup and Palestine also sent a strong team to Budva.
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 Montenegro to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Montenegro Youth & Junior Cup. The Technical Delegate of the competition is Mrs. Susanne Karrlander, the member of the AIBA Women’s Commission.
The bout of the day
Ukraine’s Artem Marchuk is relatively inexperienced in the international level but he advanced to the final of the light bantamweight (52kg) at the Montenegro Cup. The Ukrainian boxer had a strong opponent, North Macedonia’s Petar Arsovski who won several international events and Bulgarian national competitions in the recent two years. The North Macedonian is one of the best boxers in the event but he suffered a loss to Ukraine’s Artem Marchuk in the final.
The Georgian junior boxers are one of the best talents in the whole European continent and their new sensation Gor Ayvazyan delivered their first gold medal in the fourth competition day. The young talent met with Azerbaijan’s Tofig Guliyev in the final of the junior pinweight (46kg) and he was able to beat his regional rival in the Montenegro Cup. In the second junior final of the event, Azerbaijan’s Kenan Babayev defeated Georgia’s Oruj Akhmedovi at the light flyweight (48kg).
Bulgaria’s Liuboslav Metodiev is a well-experienced boxer who has done a fantastic job in the final of the flyweight (50kg) in Budva where he controlled all of the three rounds against North Macedonia’s Leonard Lima. Following that success, Azerbaijan’s Mahammadali Gasimzade worked well against Bulgaria’s new sensation Viktorio Iliev in the final of the bantamweight (54kg). The Bulgarian boxer won several national events but his efforts were not enough to beat the Azeri talent in Budva.
Sweden’s Nick Zulawinski is a new hope who produced wonderful performance in the final of the lightweight (60kg) against Boris Dovedan of Serbia. The Swedish boxer controlled all of the rounds and won the bout by unanimous decision in Budva. Serbia’s Milan Stanojevic kept the control from the first seconds in his final contest against Azerbaijan’s Zija Hasanov and defeated his Caucasian opponent in an excellent welterweight (66kg) contest.
Georgia’s next gold medal was achieved by Giorgi Natroshvili who worked well against Sweden’s Axel Harstedt in the final of the light middleweight (70kg). The Georgian boxer was too experienced for the Swedish newcomer in Budva but both have done good impression. Montenegro’s Mirko Sarcevic landed more punches in the first round than Albania’s Amar Koci and he was able to continue that performance until the last gong of their middleweight (75kg) title contest.