25 February 2011
Vikas Krishan Yadav Awarded Best Young Athlete of the Year in India
India's biggest boxing hope, reigning AIBA Youth World Champion and newly crowned Asian Games winner 19-year-old Vikas Krishan Yadav, has been awarded best young athlete of the year in his home country.
Leading sports magazine Sports Illustrated announced their Sports Persons Awards for 2010 and their trophies were presented in Bangalore, with the Indian Boxing Federation taking two awards. Next to Vikas Krishan Yadav the Secretary General of the Indian Boxing Federation, Col. Muralidharan Raja, was awarded as Administrator of the Year.
India's new talent was born in Singhwa Kwas village, Hisar district, on February 10, 1992. Vikas Krishan joined the Bhiwani Boxing Club when he was only 11 and started the sport under the tutelage of Jagdish Singh, although he admits his mother is probably his best coach since she always motivates her son to train even harder.
Yadav was only when he appeared at the 2007 AIBA Cadet World Championships in Baku and claimed the gold medal after beating strong US boxer Louie Byrd in the semifinal and Ciprian Apodaresei of Romania in the final.
Krishan continued his success at the 2008 Children of Asia Games in Yakutsk where the continent's best junior boxers and Russia competed for the medals. The young Indian competitor thrashed his opponents and picked up the best boxer trophy at the event.
In 2009 Vikas Krishan moved up into the next age group and claimed the gold medal at the annual Indian Youth National Championships - a performance he repeated at the 2010 Asian Youth Championships in Tehran.
At the last edition of the AIBA Youth World Championships in Baku he competed as the main favorite in the lightweight class. Krishan dismissed opponents such as Slovakia's Patrik Rajcsanyi, Ireland's Michael O'Reilly and Thomas Vahrenholdt of Germany on his long road to the final.
For the gold medal he faced Lithuania's rising star Evaldas Petrauskas and both boxers went for the gold at full speed. The hectic contest finished 4:3 and Krishan Yadav claimed India's second gold in the history of the Youth World Championships.
Vikas Krishan made his debut at the Indian Elite National Championships last year in June and secured his first title, but his biggest opponent from Baku, Evaldas Petrauskas, struck back at the Youth Olympic Games, leaving Krishan with the bronze medal in Singapore.
The Indian head coach added Vikas to the national team therefore he could take part in his first major international elite tournament at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou. The young Indian athlete made the top of the podium in the event after beating strong rivals such as Uzbekistan's Beijing Olympian Khurshid Tajibayev in the semifinal and titleholder Hu Qing of China in the final.
Vikas Krishan Yadav's main target for this year is to secure an Olympic quota place at the AIBA World Championships in Baku, where the best-ever Indian team will be taking part in September - probably with the country's most famous sportsperson, Vijender Singh.
Surprises at the Kazakh National Championships
Talented boxers caused surprises at the 20th anniversary Kazakh Men's Elite National Championships this year in the former capital city of the country, in Almaty.
The finals began with a sensation when Taraz-based Azamat Isakulov defeated AIBA World Championships bronze medalist and Asian Games silver medalist Birzhan Zhakipov in a close, hectic contest by 4:3 in the light flyweight division.
Newly-crowned National Champion Ali Baybozov will undoubtedly achieve success at international level. The Mangystau boxer defeated strong Nursultan Koshegulov by 3:1 in the final after former National Champion Olzhas Sattybayev and Asian Junior Champion Anuarbek Bayzhanov were eliminated in the preliminary rounds.
Lightweight titleholder 20-year-old Aydar Amirzakov advanced to the final after hard bouts where he had to face former National Champion Gani Zhailauov of Taraz. Amirzakov led by 3:1 in the contest but Zhailauov made an excellent comeback, equalized the bout and landed his final scoring punch in the last second to clinch a 4:3 victory. Former Asian Youth Champion and Grand Prix Usti nad Labem Tournament winner Samat Bashenov was eliminated by Zhailauov in the semifinal as well.
North Kazakhstan's best boxer, Arman Rysbek, who was quarterfinalist at the last edition of the championships, unexpectedly advanced to the final where he outpointed Karaganda's great hope, reigning National Champion Almat Serimov.
The capital city's squad, Astana, finished first in the team ranking while Dzhambul region acquired the runner-up position and Kostanay the third place. In Serik Sapiyev's absence Daniyar Yeleussinov was awarded the best boxer trophy in Almaty.
Irish Boxing News
By Bernard O’Neil
WARD BEATS EGAN IN ELITE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Joe Ward is new Elite light-heavyweight champion of Ireland following a thrilling win over 2008 Olympic silver medalist Ken Egan at the National Stadium in Dublin tonight.
Egan, who was aiming for his 11th Elite title in a row, went down under a superb left hook from Ward in the third and final round as the Moate BC Westmeath teenager carved out a sensational 11-6 victory.
Egan ceded four points after receiving two public warnings for dropping his head and shoulder in the second and third rounds of this encounter. However, Ward was on top in the third and deservedly had his hand raised in victory by a five point margin.
Meanwhile, European champ Paddy Barnes recorded a convincing 9-1 decision over Evan Metcalfe to claim his fifth successive title at light-flyweight.
Michael Conlon came from behind to beat Chris Phelan 11-7 in an excellent flyweight contest. Phelan was 5-1 up early in the second round but Conlon turned things around in spectacular fashion to claim his first Elite crown.
In the middleweight category, Darren O'Neill made it three-in a row with a 7-4 decision over Jason Quigley in a repeat of the 2010 final which O'Neill also won.
Tipperary heavyweight Con Sheehan, meantime, had to overturn a first round deficit to beat Galway's Patrick Corcoran 9-3 to makes it four on the trot for the Clonmel BC.
The St Mary's club in Dublin took home the lightweight title after David Oliver Joyce was disqualified for a low blow in the third versus Michael McDonagh.
Tyrone McCullagh, a bronze medal winner at the European Championships in 2010 was hoping to make it a hat-trick for Belfast and a double for the Holy Family versus John Joe Nevin, a bronze medal winner at the 2009 AIBA World Championships.
But Nevin - despite a late surge from McCullagh - never looked back from opening up a 2-0 first round lead. Tonight's win make it four on the trot for the Cavan BC bantamweight.
The light-welterweight crown went to 2008 European bronze medalist Ross Hickey at the expense of Philip Sutcliffe. The first round of this clash finished 3-3, but Sutcliffe took two thudding right hooks in the second, the first of which obliged the Crumlin BC man to take a standing count.
Hickey, who has had a fantastic tournament, was also celebrating on the double this evening as he accepted the boxer of the tournament award to the musical backdrop of Tina Turner's "Simply The Best".
Sutcliffe then went down under a combination in the third as Hickey posted a convincing 14-4 decision in the battle of the former Elite champions.In the only female Elite final of the evening, Sinead Kavanagh beat Patricia Roddy 13-34 to claim the middleweight crown for the Drimnagh BC.
World and European champion Katie Taylor received a walkover in the lightweight category.
Defending super-heavyweight champ Cathal McMonagle was 3-1 in arrears at the end of the first against Athlone BC prospect Kenneth Okungbowa.
But the Holy Trinity man leveled in the second en route to recording as 12-5 victory in the final contest of the evening.
USA Boxing to Hold the Historic Last Chance Qualifier, July 4-9, in Cincinnati, Ohio
By Julie Goldsticker February 23, 2011
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Elite Olympic style boxing will return to Cincinnati, Ohio, July 4-9, for a key stop on the road to the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the Last Chance Qualifier. The tournament will provide a final opportunity for all of the male Olympic hopefuls who have not previously qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Boxing. USA Boxing will once again work with Cincinnati’s R & R Promotions to put on a first-class event. The week of exciting Olympic-style boxing action will take place at the Taft Masonic Center.
“The Last Chance Qualifier will be one of the most exciting tournaments we host this year,” USA Boxing Executive Director Anthony Bartkowski said. “The stakes couldn’t’ be any higher with the final 10 Olympic Trials berths on the line. Cincinnati is the perfect host city for an event of this caliber. Andrew Williams and the R & R Promotions’ team have put on several top-notch events over the past few years and this tournament will be no different.”
In the past, USA Boxing has held multiple open qualifying tournaments, broken up by geographical region to determine the final U.S. Olympic Team Trials slots, but will hold only the Last Chance Qualifier as a final opportunity for hundreds of Olympic hopefuls throughout the United States in 2011. The open tournament will showcase high-level Olympic-style boxing action and tremendous drama as hundreds of male boxers chase their dreams of competing in London.
Cincinnati has played host to several key USA Boxing events over the past several years, including the Midwestern Trials in 2007 and the 2010 Under 19 National Championships in February of 2010. The city enjoys an outstanding boxing history with seven Cincinnati boxers competing in the Olympic Games over the past 20 years. The Queen City’s own Rau’shee Warren is currently seeking his own spot in the record books by becoming the first U.S. boxer in history by competing in three Olympic Games.
"R&R Promotions is excited that USA Boxing has chosen to return to Cincinnati for a key stop in the qualifying process,” R&R Promotions CEO Andrew Williams said. “We look forward to showcasing the city’s tremendous boxing heritage and are hopeful that our own back-to-back Olympian Rau’shee Warren will earn his third Olympic appearance and showcase the boxing talent we have here in Cincinnati."
U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Men’s Boxing qualifying began at the 2010 National PAL Championships and will include victors from the Armed Forces Championships, National Golden Gloves Championships, the top four finishers from the USA Boxing National Championships as well as the Last Chance Qualifier champions.
While women’s boxing will make its Olympic debut in 2012, the Last Chance Qualifier tournament will feature solely men’s boxing due to the differing Olympic qualification schedules. As women’s international qualifying will not begin until the Spring of 2012, the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for women’s boxing are slated to take place in early 2012.
Full Last Chance Qualifier schedule and ticket information as well as competitor lists will be released over the summer.
USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing, is the United States’ member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).