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Adam Arsaev continues Norway’s strong middleweight traditions

After two years of hiatus, the Julius Torma Youth Memorial Tournament returned to the European boxing calendar, Prague is the host of the new 30th edition. Norway’s Adam Arsaev amazed all of the experts with his progress and he is one of the finalists in the Julius Torma Youth Memorial Tournament.

Mr. Viorel Sima of Romania is the Technical Delegate of the Julius Torma Youth Memorial Tournament in the Czech capital. Boxers who were born in 2004 and in 2005 are eligible to attend in Julius Torma Youth Memorial Tournament.

Mr. Julius Torma was a Hungarian-descent star boxer who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1922 but competed for Czechoslovakia in the international competitions several decades ago in the 1940s and 1950s. He earned a gold medal in the London 1948 Olympic Games at the welterweight (67kg) and participated in the 1952 Helsinki and the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

Mr. Julius Torma was gold medallist in the Oslo 1949 European Boxing Championships and claimed further bronze medals in the in the Dublin 1947 and in West Berlin 1955 editions. He defeated Hungary’s three-time Olympic Champion legend Laszlo Papp at the Dublin 1947 European Boxing Championships as the lone boxer in that period.

The bout of the day

Adam Arsaev was born in Chechnya but he represents Norway in the international events and he proved a fantastic performance in the second competition day. Norway’s best female boxer, the two-time EUBC European Youth Champion Sunniva Hofstad competes at the middleweight (75kg) and Arsaev is in this division as well but in the men’s part. Arsaev, who received the best strategic instructions from his father at the ringside, controlled the first round against Czech Republic’s Simon Bartecek. The Norwegian talent was stronger in the exchanges, his footwork was world-class therefore Arsaev can prepare to the final of the weight class in Prague.

The surprise of the day

Czech Republic’s Rafael Hanciuta is a new face in the youth national team, he claimed a silver medal at the Youth National Championships last month. The Czech talent met a neighbour, Slovakia’s Pavol Fleischhacker who represented his nation several times in the international stage. The Slovakian light welterweight (63.5kg) boxer was not able to find the best fighting distance and Hanciuta surprised him in this semi-final bout. The local Czech boxer will be boxing for the title with a Greek talent, Panagiotis Kostouros.

The Round-up

Romania sent a strong team to the Julius Torma Youth Memorial Tournament which is their last preparation event before the start of the IBA Youth World Boxing Championships. Sally Palapiuc is the Romanian youth No.1 at the bantamweight (54kg) and he eliminated Slovakia’s 17-year-old Lukas Vymyslicky first in Prague. The Romanian boxer continued his winning path against Latvia’s Ronalds Kleins and he will now meet for the title Slovakia’s Matus Janicek who eliminated Greece’s Antonios Remus Velles.

Croatia’s Ante Ivan Greguric joined the national team as a schoolboy talent in 2018 and since then he competed all of the EUBC European Boxing Championships moving forward in the age groups. The Croatian lightweight (60kg) boxer eliminated Montenegro’s Tomislav Djinovic in a tight contest but he showed a better performance in the second competition day. Greguric controlled most of the exchanges against Moldova’s Maxim Telipiz and he will now meet for the gold medal Czech Republic’s Tomas Otta.

Greece’s Christos Karaitis earned several medals in the youth competitions this year and he can prepare to his next final. The Greek light middleweight (71kg) boxer eliminated Czech Republic’s Jiri Vacula and his final against Croatia’s experienced Leon Buzik could be one of the highlights of the Julius Torma Youth Memorial Tournament. His compatriot, Michail Tsamalidis is the defending EUBC European Youth Champion and he was too strong for Czech Republic’s Lukas Czelenienko in the semi-finals of the light heavyweight (80kg).