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Rafael Lozano Serrano and Yojerlin Cesar won their first contests at the Boxam Youth Tournament

Next to the final part of the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships, another international competition, the Boxam Youth Tournament delighted the boxing fans. The Spanish international event began in Benidorm at the Alicante region with 12 contests and among the stars, Spain’s Rafael Lozano Serrano won his first challenge.

The President of the Spanish Boxing Federation Mr. Felipe Martinez decided to arrange an international tournament, the prestigious Boxam prior the main event, the IBA Youth World Boxing Championships which will be held in Spain for the fist time.

Boxers who were born in 2004 and in 2005 are eligible to attend in the youth part of the competition in Benidorm. The last edition of the Boxam Youth Tournament was held in Crevillente, Alicante region in November 2021 and the event moved this time to the famous tourist place, Benidorm.

The Spanish Boxing Federation will be hosting an international training camp before the start of the IBA Youth World Boxing Championships from the last days of October until November 13. The first competition day of the IBA Youth World Boxing Championships will be November 15 in La Nucia, Spain.

The bout of the day

Spain’s best youth boxer, Rafael Lozano Serrano won the title at the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships in Budva one year ago and he returned to the minimumweight (48kg) after a break. The 18-year-old Spaniard enjoyed his comeback to the international events following his Cuban training camp. Lozano followed the instructions of his father and opened the first round well enough against Puerto Rico’s Juanma Lopez De Jesus. The Puerto Ricans are building up their next generations of boxers and Lopez was competitive in their meeting but Lozano had the right responses to win the contest.

The surprise of the day

Italy sent a strong team to the Boxam Youth Tournament and their minimumweight (48kg) boxer, Salvatore Attrattivo arrived to Benidorm to increase his international experiences before the IBA Youth World Boxing Championships. The Italian was the favourite against Spain’s newcomer Daniel Iniguez but the local boxer surprised Attrattivo in the first bout of the entire Boxam Youth Tournament. Their contest was attractive for the crowd and surprisingly Iniguez won the challenge by split decision.

The Round-up

Italy’s Alessio Camiolo represented his nation already at the 2017 EUBC Schoolboys European Boxing Championships and the 18-year-old boxer is one of their highest hopes in the Boxam Youth Tournament. Camiolo faced France’s promising Bilal Benali and he took the lead on the scorecards after three minutes of fight. The Italian flyweight (51kg) boxer landed the better shots than Benali and he had the experience to handle all of the tactical jobs in their contest. The final verdict was unanimous decision in the favour of the Italian who proved his smart boxing in Benidorm.

Scotland sent their best youth boxers to the Boxam Tournament and their No.1., Aaron Cullen opened his campaign in the competition on Day1. The Scotsman won several of his previous international contests with his excellent stamina and turned back many of his fights. Cullen started the first round against Spain’s Hugo Gomez in higher speed and he landed his tough jabs to keep the best distance. Cullen demonstrated his technical skills in the first round and he was able to work in the same level through the three rounds.

France’s Yojerlin Cesar achieved a silver at the 2020 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships in Sofia and he returned to the Bulgarian capital as a youth boxer this April. The 18-year-old French was not satisfied with bronze medal at the recent EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships and worked hard in the previous months to increase his technical and tactical skills. Cesar had a tough first opponent, Brazil’s Jomario Da Cruz and he found the best weapon against the South American in the second round. The French landed decisive shots in the third round and the referee confirmed his RSC success.