AIBA Youth World Championships - Day 5


Podium dream is over for three medal contenders at the 1st AIBA Youth World Championships Guadalajara 2008.

The quarterfinals, staged on Day 5 in the "Unidad Deportiva L√≥pez Mateos", marked the end of the world competition for Romania's Ciprian Apodaresei (51kgs), Ukraine's Volodymyr Savenko (75kgs), and Cuba's Juan Garcia in the 60kgs division.

Expectations were maintained instead by some of the top boxers performing in the Gymnastic Complex of Guadalajara: Kazakhstan's Daniyar Yeleussinov successfully advanced by outscoring Ukraine's Viacheslav Gudenko 16:5 in a key clash in the light weight class (60kgs), while in the heavy weight division bout (91kgs) featuring the medal contenders Erislandy Savon (CUB) and Alexander Korabkov (RUS), the nephew of legendary three-times Olympic Champion Felix Savon was up to his name by winning 11:3.

Hope of medals for Apodaresei (ROU) ended by a great performance from Bunyodbek  Mashrapov (UZB) who proved too good for his opponent in the fly weight division.

After knocking out Russia's Aleksandr Kuznetsov in the preliminaries, another podium contender had then to surrender to the outsider, Mashrapov.

Another upset was caused by Ireland's Raymond Moylett, in the 60kgs weight category. After Welsh Fred Evans, it was the turn of another favorite boxer to give a place on the podium to Moylett, Cuban Juan Garcia beaten clearly 10:2.

Surprising win also was in store for Germany's Enrico Koelling in the middle weight category (75kgs), being able to outclass the team captain of Ukraine Volodymir Savenko, Cadet World and European Champion, by 10:1 points.

Among those who made sure of a medal by reaching the semifinals include the much awaited Mexican Oscar Molina and Uzbekistan's Boturjon Mahmudov in the 69kgs weight class, Kazakhstan's Ivan Dychko (91kgs), Russia's Grigoriy Nikolaychuk (48kgs) and Dimitry Bivol (75kgs), as well as Cuba's Recio Rey (75kgs) and Jose Angel Larduet (81kgs).

Rest day in store on Thursday, before 22 battles for the finals will take place on Friday, semifinal day of a riveting 1st AIBA Youth World Championships 2008.