Hosts Russia secured a remarkable haul of gold medals at the EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships in Anapa between 1-9 November. Infront of their home crowd, the team won an impressive 14 golds out of a possible 18, repeating their feat of 2012 achieved in the same city.

Boxers born in 2001 and in 2002 were eligible to compete, and it was the young Russians who showed the current rude health of the sport in the country with a domineering display. Among the few other nations to find success, the brother of Ukraine’s 2014 champion Dmytro Maidakov – Yuriy – won gold medal at the same 65kg weight, and Tigran Shatverovi won Georgia’s first title at the competition since 2006 by beating local boy Ruslan Martynenko.

England’s Adam Hussain took the 38.5kg gold in Hungary one year ago, and it was his 14-year-old team-mate Cameron Paul who was able to repeat his success in Anapa.

“I felt quite nervous and under pressure, but at the same time relaxed as I had everything to gain and nothing to lose. It was very close throughout, almost like a high intensity, physical chess match, and like a battle of techniques and ring craft. However, after watching it back several times, I believe that it was my straight shots, movement and speed which gave me the edge in the fight,” said England’s new champion Cameron Paul.

List of the winners in the EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships

 38.5 kg: Cameron Paul, England

 40 kg: Nikita Rebrov, Russia

 41.5 kg: Boris Karibyan, Russia

 43 kg: Mukhamed Vakhayev, Russia

 44.5 kg: Tigran Shatverovi, Georgia

 46 kg: Vsevolod Shumkov, Russia

 48 kg: Nikolai Marinichev, Russia

 50 kg: Sergei Shelomentsev, Russia

 52 kg: Artur Mirabyan, Russia

 54 kg: Sergei Kluyev, Russia

 56 kg: Dzhambulat Bizhamov, Russia

 59 kg: Yaroslav Bezsolov, Russia

 62 kg: Iaroslav Mikhailushko, Ukraine

 65 kg: Yuriy Maidakov, Ukraine

 68 kg: Ilia Bogatirev, Russia

 72 kg: Nikita Chirvon, Russia

 76 kg: Mansur Nikerkhoyev, Russia

 +76 kg: Kirill Basalayev, Russia