#Nanjing2014 Youth Olympic Games AIBA quarter-finals recap24 August 2014
The most important event of 2014, the boxing tournament of the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games began its first competition day in China, with the top youth stars in the world such as Kazakhstan’s Abylaykhan Zhussupov and Poland’s Elzbieta Wojcik starting their tournaments at the Expo Centre Hall D in Nanjing.
The Aussie boxer opened the first minute with great punches, but the Ukrainian athlete was able to change his tactics and increase the rhythm of the bout.
Fuimaono could not reduce the fighting distance in the second and final round, which meant their bout continued with Gadzhyiev in control, and ultimately winning.
The Ukrainian hope will be fighting for a place in the final bout against Uzbekistan’s strong Kozimbek Mardonov in the semi-final.
The 17-year-old Kazakh star trains in the city of Karagandy, and had to meet against Romania’s lone qualified boxer Arsen Mustafa in the quarter-final, which was a rematch of the final of the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships.
Zhussupov used strong combinations against his European opponent, and dominated the first and the final round in Nanjing.
His efforts were more than enough to advance to the semi-finals in the Games where he will now meet Hungary’s Richard Konnyu.
Kazakhstan’s second triumph on the opening competition day was delivered by AIBA Youth World Championships silver medallist and ASBC Asian Youth Continental Champion Vadim Kazakov, who eliminated Norway’s only hope in Nanjing, Vegar Tregren in the Light Heavyweight class (81 kg).
The Central Asian boxing power’s third semi-finalist became their defending AIBA Youth World Champion Shalkar Aikynbay, who did not give any chances to Turkey’s Mert Karakilic in their quarter-final bout.
Their Light Flyweight class (49 kg) bout was a clear contest with excellent footwork but in spite of the Turkish boxer’s efforts during the nine minutes he was able to beat Aikynbay in Nanjing.
In spite of the Ukrainian stars extra experience, he was not able to get closer to the taller Italian boxer, who kept him at long range, which led to Arecchia winning the contest and causing a shock in the Games.
Dominican Republic’s Juan Ramon Solano boxer had to meet with Croatia’s top athlete, AIBA Youth World Championships silver medallist Luka Prtenjaca in the quarter-finals in Nanjing in the Welterweight class (69 kg).
The Croatian athlete used better combinations in the opening round and took the lead early on.
Solano, who is a southpaw fighter, put his foot on the gas from the start of the second round, and turned back their top level bout, ultimately winning it by unanimous decision.
After this surprise result his next opponent will be Italy’s confident Vincenzo Lizzi.
The Italian started their bout better, but Ginty’s long hands responded to Floridia’s punches much better in the second round.
A topsy-turvy contest finished with a narrow Irish triumph following Ginty’s better performance in the final round.
Poland’s Elzbieta Wojcik is one of the best Middleweight class (75 kg) boxers in the world, and dominated all of her contests in the qualification event in Sofia where she bagged a gold medal as the top favourite of the category.
Wojcik, who trains in the club of KSW Roza Karlino, fought against native talent Davina Michel who lives in the island of Martinique which is part of France.
The younger French boxer could not use her height advantage in Nanjing, and the Polish athlete smashed her defense very quickly.
Wojcik subdued Michel in their quarter-final contest and advanced to the last four in Nanjing.
“I felt good and I went out there feeling confident and calm as I have fought her twice before today’s bout. It was a good warm up for tomorrow’s fight against Poland’s Elzbieta Wojcik. My winning tactics were to keep at mid to long range and get her with my straight punches. My US opponent, Martha is a tough girl and I think she will take out the fifth spot in her match against France’s Davina Michel. In connection of my semi-final battle I know what I have to do to win the rematch tomorrow,” said Australia’s AIBA Youth World Championships silver medallist Caitlin Parker following her triumph over US Martha Fabela.