Sofia 2014: AIBA REPORT DAY 518 April 2014
The fifth day of preliminaries in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships saw a lengthy, yet riveting day of boxing occur in Sofia.
On a day of much action and excitement, it was the nation of Chinese Taipei who stood out the most, with incredible performances from their female team, as all of their young hopes advanced to the quarter-finals.
Bout of the day
The Middleweight class (75 kg) is one of the most competitive divisions in this tournament, and Day 5 saw a clash between two of the strongest boxers in the championships.
Ukraine’s defending AIBA Junior World Champion and Agalarov Youth Cup winner Ramil Gadzhyiev faced Ireland’s Luke Thomas, a bronze medallist at the 2011 EUBC European Junior Continental Championships in Keszthely, Hungary.
The Irishman tried to use unexpected tactics against the Ukrainian boxer in the opening round, which caught his opponent off guard.
However, the Odessa-based Gadzhyiev put together some efficient punches from then on, and though Thomas fought hard in the final round, it was the Ukrainian who ultimately proved victorious over his Irish rival in a great match.
Team of the day
The ladies youth boxers from Chinese Taipei can now be thought of as one of the top boxing nations in the world following an amazing team performance on Day 5.
Their Flyweight class (51 kg) boxer Huang Hsiao Wen, a two-time National Champion, started the winning path of Chinese Taipei when she eliminated Poland’s EUBC European Women’s Junior National Championships silver medallist Wiktoria Sadej.
The Australian was fifteen centimetres taller than her Asian rival, and controlled the opening of the contest, but Wu stood firm, and a slight change of tactics allowed Chinese Taipei’s boxer to turn back the fight, eventually winning by split decision.
Chinese Taipei’s AIBA Junior World Champion Chen Nien Chin claimed a bronze medal in the Taipei City Cup last August, ultimately tasting defeat against Kazakhstan’s London 2012 bronze medallist Marina Volnova in a close contest which showcased her great potential.
Chen started her boxing career in 2010, and has only been defeated twice in her career. She met with Bulgaria’s Youth National Champion Mihaela Nikolova on Day 5, and her strong punches in the first round set the standard for the bout, and she eliminated the home favourite.
AIBA Road to Sofia boxer of the day
Syria’s best youth boxer Ahmad Ghossoun was a silver medallist at the ASBC Asian Youth Continental Championships in Bangkok three months ago, which explains his invite to the AIBA Road to Sofia Program.
Ghossoun has been involved with the Syrian national squad since 2011, and following his opening victory in the championships, he was the favourite against Philippines’ inexperienced Sammy Bernabe Junior in their Light Welterweight class (64 kg) bout.
Surprises of the day
Sweden’s Araik Aluje Ismail eliminated Greece’s Alexandros Farrell in the opening round, which was an expected result for the Northern European boxer.
Hungary’s Youth National Champion and Julius Torma Memorial Tournament winner Richard Toth has won eight out of his ten previous international contests, but one of those two defeats was suffered at the hands of Germany’s Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament silver medallist Wladimir Fruehsorger in February.
The 17-year-old Hungarian boxer defeated Kyrgyzstan’s best hope Yktiyar Shabdanbayev in the first round, and went on to win his rematch with Fruehsorger via unanimous decision in his second match in Sofia.
Ones to watch
Poland’s Elzbieta Wojcik earned a silver medal at the last edition of the AIBA Women’s Youth World Championships in Albena, losing in the final to the London 2012 Champion Claressa Shields in a narrow bout.
Australia’s AIBA Junior World Champion Satali Tevi Fuimaono opened with an easy triumph in the first preliminary round, but he had a far tougher proposition on Day 5 against the US Youth National Champion Charles Conwell.
Stat of the day
In the female part of the championships, the preliminaries are over with the three weight classes edging closer to the medal matches.
Quotes of the day
“I went into the ring with the right tactics knowing I could win the bout against the Japanese boxer, and feeling confident was the key in today’s bout. I knew I had the reach on her, so used it to my advantage, and also felt really good in the ring,” said Great Britain’s EUBC European Junior Champion Crystal Barker, who eliminated Japan’s AIBA Junior World Champion Kasumi Saeki on the fifth competition day.
“I felt myself pretty confident, and I was really excited to fight in the Armeec Arena again. My tactic was to work forwards and answer with sidesteps if my Dutch opponent attacked. Sometimes I have got stuck in the fights, but it felt like I handled it good by keeping my arms inside of hers. I will do my very best in the quarter-finals but until that I will relax,” added Sweden’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Agnes Alexiusson following her victory over Netherlands’ Bobbi Been.
One of the most anticipated fights will be held between Kazakhstan’s AIBA Junior World Champion Abylaykhan Zhussupov, and Russia’s European Junior Champion Temirlan Batdiyev at the Lightweight class (60 kg).
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