Poland vs Lithuania: AIBA Report
Last Updated on Friday, 11 March 2011 15:20
Written by Alexander Zammit
Friday, 11 March 2011 15:12
The Polish elite boxing team won over their Lithuanian counterparts in the close friendly match which was held in Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki on February 27, where the new local heavyweight star, Michal Olas thrashed his neighbouring rival.
The 21-year-old Warsaw-based competitor has had only 22 fights in his short career after moving to amateur boxing from kickboxing in 2009. Despite his inexperience he secured a bronze medal at the Polish National Championships last year and claimed a valuable second place at the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in February.
Michal Olas had a more experienced opponent in Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki but was still too strong for Aidas Petruskevicius of Lithuania. The referee stopped the unequal contest in the second round and this success was more than important to the Polish final victory in the friendly dual series.
Poland's former AIBA Junior World Championships bronze medalist 22-year-old Mateusz Mazik is aiming for the major upcoming events and certainly helped his chances of being called to the national squad. In the opening bout of the dual Mazik thrashed Lithuania's Ruslanas Jefremovas by 7:1.
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Polish National U20 Champion Mateusz Kostecki caused a huge surprise in Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki when he triumphed over Lithuania's Gytis Vaitkus who competed at the 2009 AIBA World Championships.
In the light welterweight class the two contests finished as a draw between Poland and Lithuania. Firstly experienced 25-year-old Aurimas Naudzius defeated Konrad Bystron by points but Polish National Champion and Bocskai Memorial Tournament silver medalist Michal Syrowatka then won against Deividas Kliucakas.
Lithuania's best boxer Egidijus Kavaliauskas has competed at the Beijing Olympic Games and reached the quarterfinal at the 2009 AIBA World Championships in Milan. He had a strong Polish opponent, Piotr Sielawa, in Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki. The qualified and experienced Lithuanian won the bout but he had to work hard for the victory.
Lithuania's relatively unknown middleweight boxer Donatas Macanskas unexpectedly won over Polish National Champion and Feliks Stamm Tournament winner Kamil Szeremeta by 3:2 therefore the guest team still had chance to beat the visitors after this bout.
World Combat Games silver medalist strong Tadas Tamasauskas defeated Polish National Championships bronze medalist Piotr Witczak by 15:7 in the light heavyweight division, allowing Lithuania to equalize the overall scores.
Polish National Championships silver medalist young Patryk Brzeski won the last fight of the friendly encounter against Marius Sperauskas in the super heavyweight category after two rounds when the Lithuanian ringside abandoned the contest. The local team were therefore able to celebrate the victory over their neighbors.