The Italian boxers shined in the Emil Jechev Youth Memorial Tournament15 March 2021
The Emil Jechev Youth Memorial Tournament was held in Bulgaria parallel with the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament. The Italian boxers were excellent in the new edition of the Emil Jechev Youth Memorial Tournament taking three gold medals in Bulgaria.
Altogether 35 boxers competed in the Emil Jechev Youth Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria representing seven nations: Bulgaria, Italy, Kosovo, Moldova, North Macedonia, Serbia and Switzerland. Italy, Bulgaria, and Serbia won the gold medals in the 5th edition of the Emil Jechev Youth Memorial Tournament which took place only for the male boxers this time.
Boxers who were born in 2002 and in 2003 were eligible to attend in the youth competition which. The Emil Jechev Youth Memorial Tournament was a preparation competition for the upcoming AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships which is scheduled to be held in Kielce, Poland in April 10-24.
The tournament is dedicated to Mr. Emil Jechev the former President of the European Boxing Association and AIBA Vice-President. Mr. Academician Prof. Emil Jechev passed away in Sofia in July 2015 at the age of 88. Mr. Academician Prof. Emil Jechev devoted his whole life to serve Bulgaria’s and the world’s boxing life. He had an outstanding reputation in the International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Boxing Association (AIBA) and all of the regional sport associations in Europe and in Bulgaria.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls were the responsibility of the local organizers in Bulgaria to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Emil Jechev Youth Memorial Tournament.
The bout of the day
Yoan Carlo Angeloni and Bulgaria’s Krasimir Dzhurov both won gold medals at the 2019 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships in Galati, Romania. Dzhurov had difficulties in the quarter-finals with Serbia’s Stefan Camovic but he managed to win that tough battle at the light welterweight (64kg). The two future stars met in the final of the event which was one of the most anticipated contests of the Emil Jechev Youth Memorial Tournament. Angeloni used his longer hands well in the final and despite of Dzhurov’s aggressive attacks, the Italian won their battle by unanimous decision.
Bulgaria’s Yasen Radev is the defending champion at the flyweight (52kg) in the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships who had to meet with one his top regional rivals, Serbia’s Omer Ametovic in the final. The 18-year-old Bulgarian tried to work smarter than the Serbian who moved forward bravely in all of the three rounds. Ametovic, who claimed bronze medals at the 2019 EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships, worked hard but Radev’s technical skills decided their final.
Italy’s Michele Baldassi had excellent junior results and shined in the Emil Jechev Youth Memorial Tournament where he defeated Kosovo’s Luar Aliu in the final of the bantamweight (56kg). His teammate Manuel Lombardi eliminated Moldova’s EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships silver medallist Vladislav Gudzi in the semi-finals of the welterweight (69kg) and continued his winning path in the final against Switzerland’s newcomer in the national team, Adam Messibah.
Bulgaria’s next strong favourite in the age group, Radoslav Rosenov faced in the final of the lightweight (60kg) with Moldova’s Artur Soloviov. The Moldovan eliminated Serbia’s EUBC European Junior Champion Semiz Alicic in the semi-finals but Rosenov was better in all aspects of boxing. Bulgaria’s two-time EUBC European Junior Champion William Cholov recovered and stopped Italy’s Nicola Porrino in the final of the middleweight (75kg) achieving his next international title.