Mester is the master in his first ever AIBA World Boxing Championships27 October 2021
As first, the winners of today’s flyweight (51kg) contests advanced to the last 16 at the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. The boxers at the light welterweight (63.5), middleweight (75kg), light heavyweight (80kg), heavyweight (92kg) and super heavyweight (+92kg) joined to the best 32 following their victories on Day2 which saw 58 preliminary bouts. Cyprus won a historical contest in the second day of boxing while Montenegro’s Petar Marcic and Hungary’s Soma Mester impressed.
The total number of boxers is 510 in the AIBA World Boxing Championships and these athletes represent altogether 88 nations from four Confederations. Among the 88 countries, 38 arrived from the European continent which competes with 246 boxers in Serbia’s capital city. The Technical Delegate of the AIBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships is Mr. Marko Marovic of Croatia.
The bout of the day
Finland’s Nikita Nystedt competed mostly in junior, youth and U22 competitions and received the right to compete in his second AIBA Championships. The 19-year-old Finnish talent took part in Kielce this April and quickly joined to the elite championship where he opened his bout with excellent enthusiasm. Nystedt landed tough shots in the first round against Montenegro’s Petar Marcic and he proved his very best. The Montenegrin started slowly but he was better in every minute and due to his outstanding final round, he was able to turn back the contest against the exhausted Finnish.
The surprise of the day
South Korea’s experienced Lee Jong Seung won the National President’s Tournament this year and regained his place in the national team. The South Korean boxer started well against Croatia’s Mateo Komadina who returned to the squad also a few years of break. The Croatian boxer used up Lee’s fault in the first round and knocked down his opponent who went down to the floor. That was a real turning point in their light welterweight (63.5kg) contest and after that moment Komadina was more confident and effective. The Croatian worked well enough in the second and third rounds to beat a veteran opponent in Belgrade.
Armenia’s Artur Hovhannisyan claimed gold medals at the European Games and at the Cologne Boxing World Cup in 2019 but he had a few injuries after those impressive successes. The Armenian met in the first preliminary round of the flyweight (51kg) with Germany’s Argishti Terteryan who was born also in Armenia. Hovhannisyan moved ahead without any stoppage and used his aggressive style of boxing against the German who received hooks from the Armenian. Hovhannisyan was too strong for the younger German talent and his pressurizing tactic and the two standing counts decided the bout.
Hungary’s Attila Bernath claimed gold medal at the 2018 EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships and the 21-year-old talent was involved to the elite national team one year later. Following his U22 experiences, Bernath joined to his first AIBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships where he opened his campaign against Ireland’s Sean Mari at the flyweight (51kg). Bernath landed nice uppercuts during their infighting bout in the first and third rounds and decided their real battle which was the next tight one in Belgrade.
France’s Lounes Hamraoui competed in several U22 and elite competitions in the recent four years and moved ahead in the national rankings step by step. Following his star teammate, AIBA World Champion Sofiane Oumiha moved down to the lightweight (60kg), Hamraoui has got the chance to show his boxing knowledge in an AIBA World Boxing Championships. The French southpaw had the technical advantage against Nepal’s Bhupendra Thapa who is an older rival with a lot of experiences. The 23-year-old French dominated all of the three rounds and marched into the last 32 of the light welterweight (63.5kg).
Spain’s Adrian Thiam has done his international debut three and half years ago and since that opening, he became the best boxer of the light welterweight (63.5kg) in his homeland. The Spaniard kept the safest distance against Estonia’s Mark Andrejev and landed nice counter-shots in the first round. Thiam was more confident in the second round when he increased his dominancy against the younger Baltic boxer. The 23-year-old Spanish progressed in terms of speed, technique and tactical skills therefore he can continue in the last 32 of the category.
Belgium’s Ziad El-Mohor competed in the recent big championships and he had enough experiences to keep his immediate control in the first round of his light heavyweight (80kg) bout. The Belgian boxer caught Kenya’s George Ouma with clear shots in the first round and he had the advantage after three minutes of boxing. The referee counted his African opponent in the middle part of the bout which increased the confidence of the Belgian boxer. The Kenyan was strong but technically El-Mohor exceeded him which means he delivered Belgium’s first success in the AIBA World Boxing Championships.
Georgia’s Giorgi Kharabadze did not have too much time to rest after this year’s big events but he had the experience to beat Chinese Taipei’s Kan Chia Wei in the first preliminary round of the middleweight (75kg). In the same category Serbia’s 19-year-old Almir Memic felt the support of the local spectators and he exceeded all of his previous level of boxing on Day2 against England’s Lewis Richardson. The Serbian was brave, attacked hard from the first seconds and his stamina delivered for him a success on home soil.
Cyprus sent a team to the AIBA World Boxing Championships where their most experienced boxer is Andreas Kokkinos who competes at the middleweight (75kg). The 25-year-old Cyprian prepared with international events to this competition and tried to control the bout from the first seconds against Slovenia’s Marko Makovec. The Cyprian landed the better shots in the first and second rounds therefore he had the strong advantage before the final period. The Slovenian started the third round with energetic attacks but Kokkinos survived the dangerous moments and won a historical contest for Cyprus.
Hungary’s Soma Mester began boxing only four and half years ago but his hard work was enough for him to reach the level of their elite national team. The 20-year-old middleweight (75kg) boxer met with Trinidad & Tobago’s experienced Aaron Prince who spent the recent one and half decade in international competitions. The young Hungarian gained the control quickly in the first round and worked more than his Caribbean veteran rival. Mester was the master of their contest and advanced to the next stage of boxing in Belgrade.