Romasino and Bobas impressed at the EUBC Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships on Day2

15 August 2021 News

Thirty-three contests were scheduled in the second competition day at the EUBC Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships in Sarajevo. Italy’s Christian Romasino had only five bouts during his career but he was able to start with a success on Day2 when Croatia’s Mateo Bobas also impressed.

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                                                           

Italy’s Christian Romasino had only five contests during his whole career but he was brave and attacked from the first seconds against Croatia’s Matija Berend. The 14-year-old Italian had excellent footwork in the first round and took the lead on the scorecards in their 54kg weight class bout. Romasino received good advices from his coach, Mrs. Valeria Calabrese and he reduced the fighting distance successfully against his taller opponent. Despite of his lack of experiences, the Rome-based Italian worked well enough to eliminate the taller Croatian boxer in Sarajevo.

The surprise of the day

Mateo Bobas arrived from Rijeka to Sarajevo and used his previous experiences to take the control in the first round of the 48kg weight class against Israel’s Idan Ashurov. The Croatian boxer tried to work from longer range and moved more on feet than his Israeli opponent in the first round. Ashurov, who won the Israeli Schoolboys National Championships at the 50kg, moved forward in the second round but only a few of his attacks were successful against the quick Croatian. Bobas did not make any huge risks in the third round and marched into the quarter-finals in Sarajevo winning an emotional bout today.

The Round-up

Hungary’s Schoolboys National Cup winner Rikardo Joni opened his campaign well enough against Italy’s Sasha Mencaroni and won the first bout of the whole championships on Day1. The Hungarian advanced to the last 16 following his success and met with Latvia’s Dmitrijs Klimovs who was smaller than his Hungarian opponent. Joni his longer hands effectively in the first round and kept his Latvian rival on long therefore he had the advantage after one and half minute of fight. The Hungarian looked also quicker and landed the stronger punches therefore Joni won his second contest at the 40kg in Sarajevo within 24 hours.

Croatia’s Dominik Raguz trains in the Brod Boxing Club and he attended national events already two years ago as well. The Croatian talent moved back to avoid his opponent’s attacks, and worked from longer distance in the first round against Czech Republic’s Dorian Kropog. His Czech rival caught Raguz in the end of the first round and the referee counted the young Croatian boxer. The referee stopped the contest to save the Croatian’s health which means Kropog continued Czech Republic’s excellent winning path in Sarajevo.

Simferopol-based Daniil Kravchenko won all of his five contests at the Russian Schoolboys National Championships by unanimous decision this May and earned the title of the event. The 14-year-old Russian tried to dictate the tempo against Hungary’s Andras Horvath and ruled the middle of the ring. Kravchenko pressurized his Hungarian opponent in the first round and he had the confidence to take the control. Horvath moved ahead more in the second round and tried to change his rhythm but Kravchenko was better in all of the exchanges and marched into the last eight of the 44kg.

Ukraine’s Dmytro Karabtsov met in the first preliminary round of the 48kg with Moldova’s Vladislav Burca and tried to dictate the tempo of the bout. The Moldovan was competitive in the first round but Karabtsov increased the rhythm in the second and his jabs reached the target several times. The Ukrainian performed also well in the third round and won the contest by unanimous decision. The winner of their contest will be meeting with Armenia’s Vazgen Karhanyan who dominated his fight against Slovenia’s Aleksandar Bojic.

Romania’s Alexandru Dumitru Suvache was patient in the first round of their 54kg weight class battle against Israel’s Mohammad Ahmad and waited for the best moments to land his shots. The Israeli boxer began the second round in different rhythm but Suvache responded to these attacks immediately and landed the better punches. The 14-year-old Romanian talent used his opponent’s faults to catch Ahmad with perfect timing and control all of the three rounds in Sarajevo making a sensational opening.

One of the Russian boxers eliminated a technician Polish rival in the first day at the EUBC Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships. Another Russia vs. Poland battle was held on Day2 between Mikhail Kovalev and Igor Soczowka at the 40kg weight class. Kovalev demonstrated his power in the first round and his dominancy determined the final result of their preliminary bout. The Russian was declared as the winner of the bout and will be facing for the guaranteed medal with Romania’s Nicolas Stefan Boncu who stopped Bosnia & Herzegovina’s Viktor Legin.

Ukraine’s Ivan Bezuhlyi opened the first round with amazing fighting spirit against Hungary’s Mate Bernath and shocked his rival. The 14-year-old Ukrainian caught his neighbouring rival with tough combinations therefore the referee counted Bernath in the first round. The Hungarian was more competitive in the second but the Ukrainian landed the stronger punches. Bezuhlyi controlled all of the three rounds and advanced to the quarter-finals of the 54kg weight class. Russia’s Avturkhan Mutaliev followed him to the last eight following he bowed out Moldova’s Nichita Mutaf in the next bout.  

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