Michal Zatorsky comes to the fore in Vilnius Youth Tournament


Michal Zatorsky sits atop of the podium (photo source Santiago Nieva)

Slovakia's rising star, 18-year-old Bocskai Memorial Tournament silver medallist Michal Zatorsky from Nitra is considered to be one of the best elite boxers that the country has ever produced and that despite his tender years. Michal Zatorsky, who is coached by Pavol Hlavacka, a multiple National Champion in his heyday, defeated Sweden's tough Omar Abdul Majid in a closely fought battle that ended 11:9, claiming his country's only gold medal at the 7th Danas Pozniakas Youth Memorial Tournament in Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania.

Seven other nations claimed at least one gold medal during these championships where boxers born in 1994 and 1995 were eligible to fight. The tournament was the first major preparation event before the long road of the forthcoming AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships which will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, in October this year, shortly after the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Danas Pozniakas, after whom the tournament is named, was a successful Lithuanian boxer who competed for the Soviet Union and became Olympic Champion in 1968, while he also claimed three gold medals at the European Championships.

Ukraine's Berdichev Youth Tournament silver medallist Vadim Kudryakov defeated Czech Republic's 17-year-old elite team member Stanislav Bradac in the semi-finals before triumphing over Kazak newcomer Abduzamat Kuantay to secure the first gold medal of the competition.

France's Youth Golden Gloves of Vojvodina winner Samuel Kistohurry showed great footwork in Vilnius to take the Flyweight title, defeating Lithuanian favourite, 18-year-old European Youth Championships bronze medallist Viktor Komkov.

Sofiane Bomiha, another Frenchman, acquired the second gold medal for his country by beating Russia's Pavel Borisov in the Lightweight final. Borisov had surprisingly eliminated Greece's Strandja Memorial Tournament bronze medallist Alexandros Tsanikidis during the quarter-final stages.

Lithuania's best youth boxer, European Junior Championships bronze medallist Eimantas Stanionis, had moved up from Bantamweight to Light Welterweight earlier this year and will have been delighted with his performances in this division after defeating Ukraine's Artem Solovyov in the final. Solovyov was the one to eliminate the division's top favourite, Georgia's 17-year-old European Junior Championships silver medallist Jemal Shalamberidze.

Ukraine's Oleksiy Kazim-Zade achieved his first tournament victory in the Welterweight class where he demonstrated his power against Lithuania's Artur Filipovic. Poland's Arkadiusz Szwedowicz also recorded a career highlight in Vilnius when he claimed the Middleweight gold medal after beating Greece's Polyneikis Kalamaras in the  final.

Georgia's European Junior Champion Aleksandr Dokvadze eliminated Germany's AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Roman Fress before overpowering Norway's Joakim Sliwa 17:8 in the final.  Sweden's top youth boxer, Nordic Champion Hampus Henriksson missed out on a podium finish during this tournament.

Russia's Nikita Gavrilyuk won the gold in the Heavyweight division as he outclassed Slovakia's 17-year-old European Junior Championships quarter-finalist Michal Urban while Ukraine's European Youth Championships silver medallist Bohdan Blazhko triumphed over Lithuania's Danielis Makarevicius in the Super Heavyweights.

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