Seventeen-year-old boxer Akash Tuqir was crowned European Youth Champion this weekend, after beating Armenian Badalyan Vahe at 52kg at the Hala Millennium Arena in Poland.
Tuqir had made light work of earlier opponents, including Spain’s Jose Quiles Brotons and Filip Meszoros of Slovakia. He beat Ireland’s William Donohue to eartn a place in the final, where he secured a convincing win over the Armenian finalist.
It was the Merridale ABC boxer’s debut for England, and after winning silver medals in several England Boxing championships, he has proven to be a force to be reckoned with on the international stage.
Akash was the only England boxer to medal in the competition, with some good performances from the rest of the team failing to translate to wins. The quarter finals saw Bradley Strand lose to Jordan Guerra Camacho of Spain at 56kg, while Ben Whittaker was beaten by Irishman John Joyce following a split decision at 75kg, and Daniel Dubois earning an unfortunate disqualification during his 91kg+ match against Poland’s Kamil Mroczkowski.
266 boxers, representing the following 37 countries, took part: Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia Herzegovina, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Spain, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Finland, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Monaco, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, Norway, Greece.
England’s team was:
52kg Akash Tuqir (Merridale Boxing Club)
56kg Bradley Strand (Kirkby)
64kg Mathew Rennie (Manx ABC)
69kg Carl Fail (Far Cotton Boxing Club)
75kg Benjamin Whittaker (Wodensborough)
91+kg Daniel Dubois (Islington)
56kg Bradley Strand beat Michael McDonagh (Wales) pts split
75kg Ben Whittaker beat Peter Nosic (Bosnia) TKO1
64kg Mathew Rennie beat Stefan Markovic (Bosnia) pts unan
52kg Akash Tukir beat Jose Quiles Brotons (Spain) TKO2
75kg Ben Whittaker beat Giovanni Sarchioto (Italy) pts unan
56kg Bradley Strand beat Dzmitry Dziashkevich (Belarus) pts split
69kg Carl Fail beat Silvio Schierle (Germany) pts unan
91kg+ Daniel Dubois beat Aleksandar Georgie (Bulgaria) TKO1
64kg Mathew Rennie lost Eskerkhan Madieu (Georgia) 3:0
69kg Carl Fail lost to Muhammad Abdilrasoon (Finland) 2:1
52kg Akash Tukir beat Filip Meszoros (Slovakia) 3:0
56kg Bradley Strand lost to Jordan Guerra Camacho (Spain) 3:0
75kg Ben Whittaker lost to John Joyce (Ireland) 2:1
91kg+ Daniel Dubois lost to Kamil Mroczkowski (Poland) DISQ
52kg Akash Tuqir beat William Donohue (Ireland) 3:0
52kg Akash Tuqir beat Badalyan Vahe (Armenia) 3:0