We don’t usually cover a lot of Amateur Boxing here at FGB, but the amateur scene is the foundation for the whole of boxing, and it too often gets overlooked. Today saw the conclusion of the World Championships in Milan, Italy. I just wanted to quickly rundown some of the big news and results coming out of the tournament.
The two standout performances of the championships came from 2008 Olympic gold medalists Vasyl Lomachenko of the Ukraine and Roberto Cammarelle of Italy.
Featherweight Lomachenko won the Val Barker Trophy for most outstanding boxer in Beijing, and was an overwhelming favourite to take his first world championship here. He easily outpointed Russian Sergey Vodopyanov 12-1 in the gold medal match. The guy is just in a different league to everyone else in amateur boxing at the moment. I’m sure there’s a lot of interest from promoters to turn this kid pro. He’s still only 21. If he does want to make that switch, there will still be plenty of time for him to do so after the next Olympics in 2012.
Super Heavyweight Roberto Cammarelle beat Roman Kapitanenko by 10-5. Cammarelle boxed superbly in front of his home town crowd. The atmosphere at each of his fights this week was amazing, and he came out of the championship looking like a huge star. This was his second World championship win, and the performance also earned him the best boxer of the tournament trophy.
America’s Frankie Gomez had to settle for silver at Light Welterweight after losing 8-2 to Roniel Iglesias of Cuba. Gomez (17) was one of the youngest fighters at the championships, and looks like an excellent prospect for the next Olympics. He’s a really gritty pressure fighter with a good ability to make his opponent fight his type of fight. Team USA is undergoing a rebuilding process after a really disappointing performance in Beijing. Gomez was the only member of the team to medal, but there does seem to be a handful of good prospects there to work with.
Russia were the most dominant team overall in the championship taking home a grand total of eight medals (2 bronze, 4 silver, 2 gold).
Full list of medal winners
1. Serdamba Purevdorj (Mongolia)
2. David Ayrapetyan (Russia)
3. Li Jiazhao (China) and Shin Jong Hun (South Korea)
1. McWilliams Arroyo (Puerto Rico)
2. Tugstsogt Nyambayar (Mongolia)
3. Ronny Beblik (Germany) and Misha Aloyan (Russia)
1. Detelin Dalakliev (Bulgaria)
2. Eduard Abzalimov (Russia)
3. John Joe Nevin (Ireland) and Yankiel Leon Alarcon (Cuba)
1. Vasyl Lomachenko (Ukraine)
2. Sergey Vodopyanov (Russia)
3. Oscar Valdez (Mexico) and Bahodirjon Sooltonov (Uzbekistan)
1. Domenico Valentino (Italy)
2. Jose Pedraza (Puerto Rico)
3. Koba Pkhakadze (Georgia) and Albert Selimov (Russia)
1. Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo (Cuba)
2. Frankie Gomez (USA)
3. Uranchimegiin Mönkh (Mongolia) and Gyula Káté (Hungary)
1. Jack Culcay-Keth (Germany)
2. Andrey Zamkovoy (Russia)
3. Botirjon Mahmudov (Uzbekistan) and Serik Sapiyev (Kazakhstan)
1. Abbos Atoev (Uzbekistan)
2. Andranik Hakobayan (Armenia)
3. Vijender Kumar (India) and Alfonso Blanco (Venezuela)
1. Artur Beterbiyev (Russia)
2. Elshod Rasulov (Uzbekistan)
3. Jose Larduet Gómez (Cuba) and Abdelkader Bouhenia (France)
1. Egor Mekhontsev (Russia)
2.Osmai ACOSTA DUARTE (Cuba)
3. John M’Bumba (France) and Oleksandr Usyk (Ukraine)
1. Roberto Cammarelle (Italy)
2. Roman Kapitanenko (Ukraine)
3.Viktar Zuyeu (Belarus) and Zhang Zhilei (China)