Brandenburg Youth Cup – Kazakhstan claimed two golds
Kazakhstan claimed two gold medals in the Brandenburg Youth Cup
Kazakhstan secured two gold medals in one of the strongest youth international competition of the world in the Brandenburg Youth Cup in Frankfurt an der Oder in Germany. Their strong performance is excellent news for the Central Asian country before the main youth events of next year, the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and the ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships.
Kazakhstanâ€™s National Youth Championships quarter-finalist Aydos Arapov claimed silver medal in the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament in Serbia two months ago where he was defeated by only his teammate ASBC Asian Junior Champion Stoyan Mazur at the Flyweight class (52 kg).
The 17-year-old Kazakh boxer defeated Russiaâ€™s EUBC European Junior Champion Albert Rodionov in the semi-final of the Brandenburg Youth Cup which was his best ever victory over a star rival. Arapov was not enough satisfied with that triumph and turned up the heat in the gold medal bout therefore Irelandâ€™s Shane Flavin could not stop his attacks. The final verdict of their bout was unanimous decision to Arapov who won Kazakhstanâ€™s first gold medal in the Brandenburg Youth Cup in Germany.
Abilkhan Amankul put himself into the spotlight when he defeated AIBA Junior World Champion Rakhat Marzhikpayev in the final of the Kazakh Youth National Championships on February. Since then the 18-year-old Middleweight class (75 kg) boxer won the gold medal at the strong Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament in Anapa, Russia and also in the Four Nations Youth Tournament in Los Alcazares, Spain.
Amankul dominated his opening two bouts in the preliminary and in the quarter-final while he had a tough opponent in the last four. The Kazakh boxer was too smart for Russiaâ€™s Dzhamal Makhmudov in the semi-final while he could continue his amazing winning path in the final against Franceâ€™s EUBC European Junior Champion Louis Toutin who is the best European youth boxer at the Middleweight class (75 kg). Amankulâ€™s triumph was Kazakhstanâ€™s second in the Brandenburg Youth Cup in Frankfurt an der Oder.
Kazakhstanâ€™s Youth National Champion Vasiliy Samchuk had a hectic battle in the quarter-final of the Light Flyweight class (49 kg) against Englandâ€™s Will Cawley but finally the European boxerâ€™s hand was raised who won the whole tournament in the later stage of the youth competition.
Kazakhstanâ€™s Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament winner 17-year-old Sadreddin Akhmedov is spending his first year in the youth age group but he is a top talent. He proved that in Germany as well and defeated by only host nationâ€™s eventual winner Silvio Schierle in the quarter-finals of the Welterweight class (69 kg).
Kazakhstanâ€™s former ASBC Asian Junior Champion Dmitriy Zisko defeated Lithuaniaâ€™s top youth boxer Dovydas Sernas in the preliminary round but he had to meet with Germanyâ€™s Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Champion Peter Kadiru in the quarter-final of the Super Heavyweight class (+91 kg). The 18-year-old Zisko was a competitive rival for the German No.1 but the quarter-final was his final stage in the Brandenburg Youth Cup.