Serbia's up and coming 21-year-old AIBA World Championships quarter-finalist Branimir Stankovic triumphed in his weight division at the Golden Gloves Tournament before crowning a glorious week by being presented with the best boxer trophy in front of his home crowd in Belgrade. The Serbian boxer had moved up from his original Lightweight class to compete in the Light Welterweight category for this competition.
During the quarter-final stages, Stankovic overcame the strong challenge of Spain's Jonathan Alonso before being victorious against F.Y.R. of Macedonia's Saso Leskaroski in the semi-finals. It was a lot of pressure for such a young athlete to handle but he was immense in the final as he defeated former Russian National Champion Maksim Ignatyev 11:10, winning in the process the only gold medal for the host nation at this event.
Bocskai Memorial Tournament silver medallist Vislan Dalkhayev won the Bantamweight title in Belgrade after beating Serbia's 17-year-old big future hope Vanja Bacic by a narrow 13:10. The Serbian teenager is sure to be a amongst the medal contenders at the AIBA Youth World Championships next year.
Russia's Vyacheslav Shipunov won each of the rounds against Serbia's newcomer Sergej Rackov in the Lightweight final. Spain's Youba Ndiaye Sissokho was then awarded the Welterweight gold medal in his first international tournament after Serbia's Nemanja Lukacevic was forced to withdraw.
21-year-old AIBA Youth World Championships bronze medallist Dmitriy Bivol secured a silver medal at the annual Russian National Championships and here in Belgrade his technique saw him dominate the three rounds against Bosnia & Herzegovina's Darko Kucuk to win this gold medal contest 11:3.
Russia's Ivan Klimov knocked down Serbia's veteran Vuk Milisav Simic twice in the Heavyweight final first round and with Simic continuing to struggle containing his opponent early in the second, his corner threw in the towel with Klimov leading 9:3.
Sergey Kuzmin was a gold medallist at the 2010 European Championships in Moscow but failed in his opening contest at the 16th edition of the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Baku, thus failing to qualify for the Olympic. Kuzmin knocked down his opponent Serbia's Radivoje Joksovic in the first round of the final Super Heavyweight contest before powering to a golden victory at the Pinki Zemun Hall in Belgrade.
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