Russia’s 15-year-old Sergei Koldenkov had a sensational win in the final of the Junior Nations Cup19 August 2019
The female and male finals were held in the fifth day of boxing at the 3rdedition of the Junior Nations Cup in Vrbas, Serbia. Twenty-five champions have been crowned in the event where Russia’s two-time EUBC European Schoolboys Champion Sergei Koldenkov proved his amazing future potential with his great success in the finals.
Altogether 160 boxers including 51 women and 109 men boxers attended for the titles in Vrbas. Boxers who were born in 2003 and in 2004 were eligible to attend in this international junior event in Serbia. The Russians, the Indians and the Kazakhs dominated the Junior Nations Cup with their well-prepared teams in Vrbas.
The following 20 nations took part in the 3rdJunior Nations Cup: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Kazakhstan, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, host Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Ukraine, United States of America, Uzbekistan.
Bout of the day
Russia arrived to the Junior Nations Cup with seriously strong female and male teams and some of them could be real future stars in our sport. The 15-year-old Sergei Koldenkov claimed the gold medals at the EUBC European Schoolboys Boxing Championships in 2017 and in 2018 twice which made him favourite at the light welterweight (63kg). Koldenkov stopped Slovakia’s Ladislav Horvath in the quarter-finals and spent also short time in the ring on Day4 when he met with Serbia’s Uros Milosevic. The Russian had to face for the gold medal against Kazakhstan’s technician Adilzhan Zhandarbek in the final which was one of the best fights in the whole event. Koldenkov started better in the first round but the Central Asian had good responses also in the second. The Russian was slightly better in the last round which meant Koldenkov defeated Kazakhstan’s top boxer in the final.
The surprise of the day
Serbia’s Aleksandra Tepavac claimed bronze medal at the EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships in Galati this May and she was named as a favourite at the light welterweight (63kg). Serbia’s highest ranked female junior boxer was the favourite in the final against her teammate Sara Skapik but she suffered an unexpected loss in Vrbas. The final verdict was split decision to Skapik who defeated her main national rival in a narrow fight.
Russia’s first gold medal in the Junior Nations Cup was achieved by EUBC European Women’s Junior Champion Anastasia Kiriyenko who has done a successful debut at the flyweight (50kg) in Vrbas. The Russian talent kept her focus until the end of the final bell against India’s Anju Devi Khunjamayum and claimed her next international title following the Galati continental event.
Another Russian female hope Valeria Linkova was gold medallist in the 2018 edition of the EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships and claimed silver in the last one three months ago. The Russian light bantamweight (52kg) won all of the rounds in each scorecard against India’s strong Verma Simran and secured the title of the event. Russia’s EUBC European Junior Champion Liana Tarasian defeated her teammate Viktoriya Zastryalina in the next final remaining unbeaten in 2019.
Norway’s Sunniva Hofstad achieved silver medal in the last edition of the EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships in spite of the fact she is spending her first year in the junior age group. The 15-year-old Norwegian light middleweight (70kg) boxer defeated several of her rivals by RSC this year but she expected hard battle against Russia’s Ekaterina Bykova in the final. Hofstad delivered her best performance this year and following the amazing first round the referee stopped their final in the second.
Hungary’s lone finalist in the Junior Nations Cup was Boglarka Varga who had to meet for the title with India’s Manshi Dalal at the middleweight (75kg). The 16-year-old Hungarian attacked from the first seconds and landed enough punches to win the final of the event. The last gold medals in the female part of the tournament was achieved by two Russians, Maria Proskunova and Valeria Vorontsova.
The first Russian title among the male boxers was taken by Danila Shutov who had a narrow success over India’s Chongtham Bishwamitra in the final of the light flyweight (48kg). Elbrus Adygezalov eliminated his main Kazakh rival in the semi-finals of the flyweight (50kg) and following that amazing success, he was motivated against United States’ Ramier Walker in the final. Adygezalov had excellent footwork once again in each of the round and claimed his first big title in 2019.
North Macedonia became the main surprise country in the Junior Nations Cup in Vrbas causing several unexpected results in the recent five competition days. Ilhan Ozmen took bronze medal at the male lightweight (60kg) while his brother Ajhan Ozmen achieved silver at the welterweight (66kg). North Macedonia’s second finalist Emil Jechev Junior Memorial Tournament winner Adrijan Azemi succeeded in Vrbas and defeated India’s Vishal Gupta at the heavyweight (+80kg).