The 2018 Youth World Championships get underway with 34 entertaining bouts in Budapest

August 21st, 2018 / IBA

Tuesday afternoon saw the first day of action in the 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships, with 34 bouts and the Opening Ceremony getting the tournament in Budapest underway in style.

Three rounds from Day One

Round 1: African boxers in control
The talent was on display form the first bell on this first day of competition, with Algeria’s Faris Djaballah delivering a powerful statement of intent on Youth World Championships debut in the light flyweight (49 kg) category. The African boxers delivered impressive performances following this first bout with notably Ethiopia’s light flyweight (49 kg) Alayu Mekonnen Endashaw, making history for his country, by defeating Ecuador’s Jonathan Merchan.

Round 2: Brazilian’s sensation
Flyweight (52 kg) AMBC Youth Champion Luiz Oliveira had a tough first round against Russia’s Boris Karibian, but the Brazilian showed his strong potential in this competition, proving he could walk on his grandfather’s steps Servilio De Oliveira, who was bronze medallist in Mexico 1968 Olympic Games.

Round 3: What a punch!
Ukrainian Karolina Makhno’s bout against Hungarian Barbara Szintai-Major in the women’s Light Heavyweight (81 kg) category, was a quick one. The Ukraine boxer’s strong punches let the bout to stop in the first round, after the referee gave her first victory of the event by RSC.

For all results from day 1, click here!