Romanchuk, Hofstad and Fredriksson amazed in the Junior Nations Cup on Day216 August 2019
The second competition day of the third edition of the Junior Nations Cup for the girls and boy talents saw 30 contests in the city of Vrbas. Russia’s EUBC European Schoolboys Champion Ivan Romanchuk won the bout of the day but Norway’s Sunniva Hofstad and Sweden’s Alexander Fredriksson both impressed with excellent technique on Day2.
Altogether 20 nations registered to attend in the 3rdJunior Nations Cup and all of them arrived to Vrbas to compete for the medals. Following the Official Draw, it is revealed that 51 women and 109 men boxers are attending for the titles in Vrbas. Boxers who were born in 2003 and in 2004 are eligible to attend in this international junior event.
The following 20 nations are taking part in the 3rdJunior Nations Cup: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Kazakhstan, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Ukraine, United States of America, Uzbekistan.
Bout of the day
Russia’s EUBC European Schoolboys Champion Ivan Romanchuk and Hungary’s EUBC European Schoolboys Boxing Championships bronze medallist Mate Horvath both boxers were born in 2004 and spend their first year among the junior boxers. Both of them have got already plenty of international contests which made their bout to one of the most anticipated one on Day2. The Hungarian started their battle with better tactic and stopped the Russian attacks with his longer reach. Romanchuk survived the most dangerous moments and he was able to change his style and tactic in time to turn back their fight which was the bout of the second competition day. The final verdict was split decision 3:2 in the favour of the Russian boxer who advanced to the next stage of the Junior Nations Cup.
The surprise of the day
Serbia’s best junior girl is EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships bronze medallist Aleksandra Tepavac who reached that career highlight in Galati three months ago. The Serbian light welterweight (63kg) boxer had to meet with India’s gold medal contender Dinesh Naik Aashreya on Day2. Tepavac used her height advantage to keep the safest fighting distance and finally she was able to eliminate a top rival in Vrbas.
Russia’s EUBC European Women’s Junior Champion Alena Tremasova did not have an ideal first opponent but she was able to beat India’s Upadhyay Ragini unanimously on Day2. In another top light flyweight (48kg) bout Uzbekistan’s Nations Women’s Cup winner Sabina Bobokulova was slightly better than Hungary’s EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships bronze medallist Laura Kovacs.
Anastasia Kiriyenko won the title of the light flyweight (48kg) in the EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships but moved up one category in the recent weeks. The Russian was enough technician to beat Hungary’s Eszter Marton at the flyweight (50kg) and advanced to the next round in Vrbas. In another Russia vs. Hungary battle Anna Platanova was able to beat Beata Varga at the featherweight (57kg).
Norway’s Sunniva Hofstad claimed silver medal in the last edition of the EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships on May and the 15-year-old prospect ruled the bout against a world class rival, India’s Khushi. The Norwegian light middleweight (70kg) boxer won the bout by unanimous decision but it was more than a confident performance from the Nordic girl who will be competing in the junior level in 2020 as well.
Serbia’s Luka Ivic Jukic controlled all of the three rounds against Montenegro’s Luka Gacevic at the bantamweight (54kg) on Day1 but he did not have more time to recover from that bout as he had to box also on Day2. Jukic met with his teammate Anes Papic which was a closer fight but he eliminated his second rival as well. His teammate Uros Cingelic defeated Romania’s Andrei Pietroi at the featherweight (57kg) with good performance.
Sweden’s best junior male boxer Alexander Fredriksson claimed bronze medal in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships three months ago in Galati. Fredriksson moved up to the featherweight (57kg) in the recent weeks but his speed is enough to beat top rivals as well. The 16-year-old talent, who was born in the Philippines, stopped Bosnia & Herzegovina’s Luka Milovanovic on Day1 and he continued his winning path against Hungary’s Ruben Romai who caused a surprise success on Day1 but Fredriksson was too quick for him.