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Hofstad, Yarovyi and Mouflih bowed out strong rivals at the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament  

The 40th edition of the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament opened with thirty-two contests in Subotica, Serbia. Ukraine’s EUBC European Junior Champion Oleksandr Yarovyi eliminated a top Kazakh rival in the first session of the event but Norway’s Sunniva Hofstad and France’s Marwan Mouflih also amazed in the opening of the Tournament.

Altogether 48 women and 141 men boxers are participating for the medals in the new Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament. The event is a preparation tournament for the upcoming IBA Youth World Boxing Championships which will be held in La Nucia, Alicante region, Spain on November 13-27.

Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Montenegro, North Macedonia, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Serbia, Slovenia, Thailand, Ukraine and United States of America are the participating 21 nations at the 40th Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament.

Boxers who were born in 2004 and in 2005 are eligible to attend in the 40th Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament where all of the 25 youth weight categories are in the official program. The total number of the participating nations was 15 in the 2021 Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament which was increased up to 21 in 2022.

The bout of the day

The Ukrainians sent a huge delegation to the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament which is their next step on the road to the IBA Youth World Boxing Championships. Their Oleksandr Yarovyi achieved a gold medal at the 2020 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships and he is one of the aces of their youth squad. Yarovyi was only quarter-finalist at the 2022 EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships but moved up to the light welterweight (63.5kg). The Ukrainian had a fantastic rival, Kazakhstan’s Madiyar Taipakov who earned also several medals in the recent championships and tournaments. The older Ukrainian looked patient in the first round and his game plan worked well against the strong Central Asian. Taipakov had his best round in the third but Yarovyi handled all of the tactical jobs on their meeting and marched to the next stage of boxing in Subotica.  

The Round-Up

Germany’s Denis Bril has strong family connection to our sport and he not only one of their best youth male boxers but he won the U22 National Championships too. The 18-year-old German faced France’s experienced Marwan Mouflih in a top featherweight (57kg) contest which took place in the first session of the event. Mouflih made remarkable performance this year too as Bril therefore their contest was one of the best ones in Subotica. The German boxer had a strong opening but Mouflih not only adopted the rhythm but he was able to increase it minutes by minutes. The 18-year-old French boxer won the contest by split decision and marched to the quarter-finals of this strong weight class.

Momir Trbic has Serbian and Bosnian roots but he represents France in the international events and the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament is a strong chance for him to increase his experiences. The 18-year-old French had excellent tempo in the first round against Serbia’s Nemanja Dragisic and he took the lead in all of the judges’ scorecards. Trbic was more confident from the second round and he managed to win their light middleweight (71kg) meeting comfortably in Subotica.

Italy’s Maria Teresa Sannino was bronze medallist at the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships but she had a powerful and quick opponent on Day1, Thailand’s Lalita Chainarong. The Italian bantamweight (54kg) talent had to do her very best in the first round to land a few effective shots against the 18-year-old Thai. Chainarong was already bronze medallist at the 2019 ASBC Asian Junior Boxing Championships and she switched into a higher tempo on their meeting. Sannino was still enough fresh and motivated in the third round to decide their tight bout in Subotica.

One of the best youth female boxers in the globe, Norway’s two-time EUBC European Youth Champion Sunniva Hofstad has just won the 17th Silesian Women’s Open Tournament last week but she does not have any rest and takes part at the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament. She met first Kazakhstan’s Akzhan Turkistanova who could be a dangerous opponent for Hofstad therefore the strong Norwegian began the bout in different rhythm to shock the Central Asian. Hofstad’s strong shots were decisive in the first round and after the counts, the referee stopped this middleweight (75kg) bout.