Prisciandaro and Matyakubov were fabulous in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships on Day5

18 April 2021 News

Forty-nine contests scheduled in the fifth preliminary day at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Kielce, Poland where the winners secured their places in the last eight. Italy’s Erika Prisciandaro continued her winning path while Ukraine’s Bozorboy Matyakubov eliminated a European Champion in Kielce.

Altogether 414 boxers including 140 women from 52 nations are competing in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Poland. Among the European nations, Armenia, Belarus, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine sent at least 10 boxers to Kielce.

The following 32 European nations are attending in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Kielce: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine.

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 Poland to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. The competition is holding with strict Covid-19 protocols same which used in the recent EUBC Championships.

The bout of the day

The women’s light flyweight (48kg) is always strong for the Asian continent, but Europe’s No.1, EUBC European Youth Champion Erika Prisciandaro proved she is one of the gold medal contenders in Kielce. She had a strong rival, Spain’s Carmen Gonzalez who claimed silver medal at the 2020 EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships in Budva. The small Italian attacked more from the first seconds and tried to dictate the rhythm in the afternoon session. Gonzalez adopted the level of the contest but the Italian was quicker today and Prisciandaro could beat her Spanish rival by unanimous decision.

The surprise of the day

Bulgaria’s EUBC European Junior Champion Krasimir Dzhurov moved up to the light welterweight (64kg) in the recent months and started the first round well against Ukraine’s Bozorboy Matyakubov in Kielce. The Ukrainian boxer had some great international results also but he needed to do his very best to return to the contest in the second round. Dzhurov received a warning in the end of the second period while Matyakubov has done a fantastic finish and eliminated the tough Bulgarian.

The Round-up

Poland’s 18-year-old Natalia Kuczewska opened the afternoon session at the women’s light flyweight (48kg) in Kielce where she met with Germany’s Juliana Kebschull. The Polish girl had the advantage in terms of experiences and she used her speed the control their contest on home soil. The German boxer moved ahead more in the third round but Kuczewska had the footwork to avoid Kebschull’s attacks and won the opening bout of the whole fifth competition day.

Serbia’s EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Omer Ametovic opened his campaign successfully at the light flyweight (49kg) in Kielce. The Serbian boxer met with Morocco’s Hamza Essaadi in the last 16 and he did not underestimate his North African rival. Ametovic had the speed and footwork advantage against Essaadi and as first from his nation, he advanced to the quarter-finals in Poland. 

Russia’s EUBC European Youth Champion Robert Badalian had difficulties in the first round against Kyrgyzstan’s Anvarzhon Khodzhiev but from the second period, he was able to control that difficult light flyweight (49kg) contest. His teammate, another EUBC European Youth Champion Aleksey Shendrik also expected a tough battle against Romania’s Adrian Preda who claimed several medals in the recent EUBC Championships. Shendrik’s footwork was the difference between the two top boxers today and the Russian joined to the last eight of the bantamweight (56kg).

Armenia’s Ruslan Aslikyan has got the experiences from previous international competitions and he was named as medal contender before the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. The Armenians has got strong boxing schools and Aslikyan proved his impressive potential in the last 16 of the bantamweight (56kg). He built up advantage round by round against Ukraine’s Dmytro Todorov and his technical skills were enough to eliminate his opponent in Kielce.

Germany’s Jenin Heck replaced Felicitas Ganglbauer in the women’s light welterweight (64kg) but she arrived in top shape to Kielce. She moved back a few steps before her attacks and some of them reached her Finnish opponent, Lia Pukkila. Her Northern European rival produced a better second round therefore the final verdict was depended on their performance in the last period. Heck landed still enough punches to eliminate her rival in Kielce and advanced to the last eight.

“It was a close contest today but the most important that I could succeed and advanced to the quarter-finals in Kielce. The first round was the best for me today, I felt the rhythm well in the opening minutes. I am expecting another tough battle as next,” commented her triumph Germany’s Jenin Heck short after the contest.

Russia’s EUBC European Youth Champion Mikail Zainulabidov had the clear dominancy in the first round over Iran’s Amirreza Shekari in their men’s light welterweight (64kg) contest. The Russian had excellent defence and he felt the tempo also in the attacks therefore the second round was also clear for him. Zainulabidov received a warning in the bout but his success was not in danger due to his excellent third round.

Ukraine’s EUBC European Youth Champion Mykyta Gorbatenko amazed quickly in the first round against Lithuania’s Gelmius Adomkevicius and the standing count determined the result of their heavyweight (91kg) contest. Following the Ukrainian success, Russia’s Ramazan Dadaev also has done a superb performance in this weight category. The Russian moved up to the heavyweight after the Budva 2020 EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships and demonstrated his power against Turkey’s Emir Buyukdag. His opponent received three warnings due to his gumshield fell out several times and after the third one, the Irish referee disqualified the Turkish boxer. 

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