The 22nd edition of the European Youth Championships has finished at the Citywest Hotel Convention Center in Dublin over the weekend and the Russian boxers dominated the event with its six gold medals and five out of their ten participated boxers will be able to compete at the 2012 AIBA Youth World Championships due they born in 1994 and eligible to fight in the youth level next year as well.
Armenia’s AIBA Junior World Champion Koryun Soghomonyan acquired the first gold medal in the Irish capital city at the light flyweight class. He triumphed over Russia’s 17-year-old Gabil Mamedov at the final which ended 13:13 but the Armenian fighter became the luckier. At the last edition of the European Youth Championships Armenia also won a gold medal while Soghomonyan raised the positive boxing image of his country.
AIBA Youth World Championships bronze medalist Vasiliy Vetkin from Novokuybishevsk was the top favourite of the flyweight class and he could realize his golden dreams against Georgia’s Armenian-descent Venetik Eranosyan. Vetkin took a two points leading after the first three minutes, raised his advantage and won the bout by 16:9.
Russia’s Dagestan-based Radzhab Butayev had an extremely hard way to the bantamweight final where he faced against Ukraine’s Youth National Champion Yuriy Shestak from Kharkiv. Both boxers received a warning during the contest which won the 18-year-old Russian Youth National Champion and secured the second gold for his country. Butayev won each of the three rounds with one point and finally claimed the gold medal by 9:6.
At the lightweight class, the only final not to feature a Russian fighter Azerbaijan’s Ahmet Comert Youth Tournament winner 17-year-old Parviz Bagirov claimed the gold medal after beating Lithuania’s Danas Pozniakas Youth Memorial winner Edgaras Skurdelis by 11:8 due his great second round.
Lithuania’s Youth Olympic Games winner and AIBA Youth World Championships bronze medalist Ricardas Kuncaitis had an excellent first round with five point lead against Russia’s 17-year-old Zaur Abdullayev. The Lithuanian superstar won the light welterweight contest by 20:14 and awarded the best boxer trophy in Dublin.
Russia’s European Junior Champion Igor Kharitonov and Ireland’s Brandenburg Youth Tournament’s best athlete, Portlaoise boxer Michael O’Reilly made a spectacular welterweight final. The first round finished 4:4 while the Irish boxer took the short advantage after the second three minutes but the Russian youngster could turn back the fight and won the contest by extremely close 16:15.
Azerbaijan’s Rauf Rahimov lost his final at the 2010 European Junior Championships in Lvov, Ukraine but he could win his second major gold medal contest in Dublin. The 17-year-old Azeri fighter was too strong for Russian Youth National Champion Magomed Madiyev by 17:11. The Azeri boxers’ performance are in increasing stage just before the AIBA World Championships which will be held in their capital city, in Baku next month.
Russia’s Brandenburg Youth Tournament winner Vladimir Korsunov eliminated his top rival, Youth Olympic Games bronze medalist Burak Aksin of Turkey in the quarter-final while he had another hectic battle against Ireland’s Gary Sweeney at the light heavyweight final. The contest showed another spectacular moments for the home crowd but the Russian boxer won the bout by 16:13.
Another Russian unbeaten top favourite, 18-year-old Ivan Veryasov achieved the gold medal in Dublin after beating Ukraine’s Gevorg Manukyan who has been boxing near by the capital city, Kiev. The talented Russian fighter led by 7:4 after the first three minutes and won the heavyweight final by 17:9.
Following the European Junior Championships where there was a Russia vs. Azerbaijan super heavyweight final in Keszthely happened the same story in Dublin. AIBA Junior World Champion and National Youth Champion 18-year-old Gasan Gimbatov secured Russia’s sixth gold medal against Azerbaijan’s Heydar Heydarov whose ringside abandoned the unequal fight after three minutes.
By Tibor Kinces, EUBC