(APR 21) Lausanne, Switzerland,
April 21, 2014 - The quarter-finals of the AIBA Youth World
Boxing Championships took place today in Sofia, where the
winners of the 52 contests secured a guaranteed medal in the
This has been a competition of high quality so far, and today
was no different, with countless contests enthralling the
viewing public, and the calibre can only get higher from here on
Croatia were the team of the day yesterday, and enjoyed another
perfect day in Sofia, while the Italian ladies surprised their
more favoured opponents on the eighth competition day.
Bout of the day
Sweden's defending AIBA Youth World Champion and AIBA Junior
World Champion Agnes Alexiusson has won all of her international
events in recent years, and travelled for the gold medal in
She met with the US hope Jajaira Gonzalez on Day 8, who won the
gold medal at the AIBA Women's Junior World Championships in
Albena last September.
The Californian Gonzalez operated with quick attacks in the
first round, in an attempt to cause discomfort for her taller
These tactics worked, as the 18-year-old Alexiusson struggled to
adapt to the fight, with Gonzalez’s constant attacks
The younger US boxer therefore eliminated the biggest gold medal
contender of the Women's Lightweight class (60 kg) in the
Team of the day
Italy's current AIBA Junior World Champion Irma Testa only began
her boxing career in 2011, and has lost just two contests since
Her skills are obvious, but she had a tough contest on Day 8
against Russia's top youth athlete, the EUBC European Junior
Champion Ekaterina Paltceva, a far more experienced boxer than
her Mediterranean rival.
Paltceva started boxing at the age of 10, but her experience
counted for little against the Italian, who tested her defense
several times with sharp jabs.
The Italian boxer used her reach effectively, and kept good
distance in the fight, which resulted in a place in the
semi-finals, and a guaranteed medal in Sofia.
Paltceva was the last Russian female hope in the championships,
but she can continue the event in the box-offs tomorrow.
Italy's second female sensation in Sofia was the European Union
Women's Youth Championships silver medallist Monica Floridia,
who produced a great performance against Ireland's defending
AIBA Junior World Champion Ciara Ginty, who was named the Best
AIBA Female Junior Boxer of the Year in 2013.
The Italian started the fight better than her star rival, with a
highly motivated performance in their Lightweight class (60 kg)
Ginty performed better in the third round, but it was Floridia's
hand that was raised with a split decision victory, resulting in
the second medal for the Italian ladies in Sofia.
AIBA Road to Sofia boxer of the day
Cuba's Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament silver medallist
Yordan Alain Hernandez has had a brilliant tournament so far,
eliminating his top Uzbek and Russian rivals.
He continued his great progress with a dominating performance
against Ireland's Michael Gallagher in their Heavyweight class
(91 kg) contest.
The Cuban boxer used his height well against the Irish boxer,
who could not reduce the fighting distance, ensuring the AIBA
Road to Sofia Program member won all of the rounds in the
Surprises of the day
Armenia's Anush Grigoryan had previously competed only once at
international level before her arrival in Sofia.
The 17-year-old Flyweight class (51 kg) boxer bagged a silver
medal at the AIBA Women's Junior World Championships last year,
but her opponent in the quarter-finals here was Great Britain's
EUBC European Junior Champion Crystal Barker, a far more
Barker had been in great form in Sofia, eliminating some
potential medal favourites in the tournament, but could not
repeat her previous performances on the eighth competition day.
Grigoryan proved victorious in the contest, triumphing over her
more experienced opponent.
Cuba's current AIBA Junior World Champion and multiple National
Junior Games winner Alayn Limonta Boudet had an unexpected loss
at the Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament in Russia, but had
been back to his fearsome best in Sofia.
The 17-year-old Cuban looked tired after the opening round
against Japan's ASBC Asian Youth Continental Championships
bronze medallist Go Hosaka, and the Japanese sensation continued
to impress, using his better physical condition to eliminate
Limonta and causing one of the biggest surprises of the
Ones to watch
Poland's AIBA Youth World Championships silver medallist, and
EUBC European Junior Champion Elzbieta Wojcik is a very
sure-footed woman boxer who has developed as a boxer in recent
Her second opponent in the competition was Ireland's AIBA
Women's Youth World Championships silver medallist Christina
Wojcik controlled the contest, and and proved she is a gold
medal contender of the Middleweight class (75 kg) in Sofia.
US star Shakur Stevenson is an AIBA Junior World Champion, and
began boxing at the age of 5.
He travelled as a top favourite for gold in Sofia, and has
confirmed those expectations by advancing to the semi-finals,
beating Brazil's lone survivor, the South American Youth Games
winner Carlos Rafael Santos Silva at the Flyweight class (52
The US star proved his skills once again, with world class
boxing on show, and received the right to fight at the Nanjing
2014 Youth Olympics with his victory.
Russia's Dmitriy Nesterov is their current Youth National
Champion at the male Middleweight class (75 kg), and was looking
to become Russia’s second medalist of the tournament.
He did not have an easy contest against Australia's defending
AIBA Junior World Champion Satali Tevi Fuimaono, who was
previously undefeated at international level.
Following Nesterov's strong start in the opening round, the
Austalian boxer took over the lead and fought in his own style
utilising successful tactics.
Nesterov responded well however, and had an excellent final
round to finish their top level bout strongly.
His triumph saw him advance to the semi-finals, the second
Russian to do so after Bibert Tumenov.
Stat of the day
Twenty six nations have secured at least a bronze medal in the
female and male part of the AIBA Youth World Championships in
Kazakhstan have bagged five podium places, while America,
Ukraine and Uzbekistan have four medallists.
Quote of the day
"I feel great myself especially after a feeling a bit flat in my
opening bout in the qualification tournament in Sofia. My tactic
was to make my opponent (France's Davina Michel) miss and make
her pay, and to simply out box her and keep a good defence after
all of my quick attacks. I am just proud to represent Australia
and make my family happy when I will be back home. I hope to
perform just as well in my next bout for the place in the final
on Wednesday," said Australia's Brandenburg Youth Cup winner
Caitlin Parker following her triumph over France's strong Davina
Michel in the quarter-final of the Women's Middleweight class
For the first time in history, an AIBA championships box-offs is
scheduled for the ninth competition day tomorrow. The losers of
today's quarter-finals are disappointed, but all of them have
another chance to qualify for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympics.
"For the men, the top 5 boxers
from the AIBA Youth Boxing World Championships 2014 will qualify
for YOG. For the women, the top 4 boxers will qualify. Box-offs
will be held for 5th-6th boxer classification.
The 6th place was originally reserved for the YOG Universality
Place. However, IOC did not receive any NOC request for this
place which AIBA has no choice to put it back to the quotas from
the Championships. AIBA will therefore allocate two places from
the 4 quarter-final losers via box-off to make a total of 6
quotas in each weight category"