Record number of five Armenians joined to the schoolboys finals in Sarajevo

20 August 2021 News

The boys’ semi-finals were held in the seventh competition day at the EUBC Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships in Sarajevo following the rest day. Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Romania, Hungary, Turkey, and Moldova have got finalists in the schoolboy part of the continental event. Russia is on the top of the event but Armenia secured record number of five places in the final.

Altogether 274 boxers are attending in the third Confederation’s event of the year after the U22 and junior talents and eight weight classes were in action in the opening day. The Technical Delegate of the event is Mr. Marko Marovic of Croatia while the Sports Director is Mr. Dragoljub Radovic of Montenegro.

Altogether 78 schoolgirls can attend in their thirteen weight classes in Sarajevo while the number of the participating schoolboys is 196 in the sixteen weight categories. The competition period of the EUBC Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships is August 12-20.

The number of the participating nations is 25 in the competition: Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine.

The bout of the day

The Armenians arrived to the venue of the EUBC Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships with powerful team, their young talents have done strong developments in the previous one and half year. Their Vazgen Karhanyan eliminated technician boxers during his road to the semi-finals at the 48kg weight class but he expected a tough battle against Ukraine’s Dmytro Karabtsov. The Ukrainian was competitive for Karhanyan but the Armenian had a well-built strategy which he could use in two out of the three rounds well enough. Karhanyan won the bout by split decision and will be facing for the gold medal with Russia’s Renat Aliev.

The surprise of the day

Andranik Martirosyan is a technician boxer in the Armenian schoolboy national team who and his coaches used the rest day to analyse Russia’s Vladislav Vartanov and found his opponent’s weak points. The Armenian talent started the opening round better and kept the best fighting distance against the Russian who trains in the city of Novosibirsk. Martirosyan had nice footwork in their semi-final, he could follow almost all of the instructions from his ringside and delivered a sensation in the day, beating Vartanov in Sarajevo. The Armenian 57kg boxer will be meeting with Ukraine’s Anatoliy Begunov in the final of the category. 

The Round-up

Hungary’s Rikardo Joni had to box already for the last 16 and reaching the semi-finals of the 40kg weight class, he had to beat three rivals. The Hungarian was still hungry for the next success and he started with good strategy against Greece’s lone medallist and talented Nearchos Petros Konstantinoudis. The Greek boxer tried to work from close distance as in his previous bouts but he was not enough quick this time and could not reach the taller Hungarian. Joni moved a lot on feet and his counter-attacks decided the first semi-final of the 40kg weight class which means the lone Hungarian finalist will be meeting for the title with Ukraine’s Odessa-based Artem Mikhalov who eliminated Russia’s Mikhail Kovalev.

Russia’s Akhmed Aydamirov met in the semi-finals with Croatia’s Ivan Nekic and delivered his best performance just in time in today. He was confident, followed the perfect strategy and the referee counted the Croatian boxer in the second round following Aydamirov’s strong attacks in that period. The Russian had massive advantage after two rounds but he attacked without any stoppage in the third and decided the contest with RSC which means Aydamirov can box for his first European title. The Russian 63kg boxer will have one final opponent for the gold medal, Armenia’s Argishti Hakobyan who proved also strong performance on Day7.

Russia’s Maksim Maksimov lives and trains in the Moscow region in the city of Odintsovo and after his strong performance in the national level, he proved his talent in the EUBC Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships as well. The 14-year-old Russian had a few difficulties in the first 30 seconds against Hungary’s Gergo Deli but he found his rhythm still in the opening round. The taller Russian used his longer reach well and stopped the Hungarian attacks in the first and dictated the tempo in the second. Deli was exhausted in the third which means Maksimov can box for the title of the 75kg with Armenia’s Davit Nikoghosyan.

Armenia’s Karen Petrosyan controlled his quarter-final contest at the 80kg weight class and he was planning to repeat the same performance in the last four. His Belarusian opponent, Kiryl Harbatsenka surprised him with some tactical weapons and used excellent footwork in their semi-final bout. The Belarusian landed good punches from several angles and his daily form was better today in all aspects of boxing. Harbatsenka deserved to advance to the final of the weight class and Russia’s Bayramkhan Ashurov is his last opponent in Sarajevo.

Moldova’s Pavel Zavalisin eliminated a Hungarian boxer in the quarter-finals of the 90kg weight class and met in the last four with his neighbouring opponent, Romania’s Leon Andrei Majer. The 14-year-old Moldovan pressurized his Romanian rival in the first round and landed enough hooks to take the lead. Zavalisin moved ahead and did not let Majer to move away to longer distance therefore the Moldovan boxer’s hand was raised after the last gong. Zavalisin will be facing for the title with Russia’s Sergey Kravchuk who bowed out Ukraine’s Bohdan Boichenko in the second semi-final of the heaviest category. 

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