Lithuanian Eimantas Stanionis (20 y.o.) has won gold medal of the European Boxing Championship
On August 15, in the finals of the 41th European Championship underway in Bulgaria, in men’s weight category under 69 kg the Lithuanian boxer defeated Belarusian Pavel Kastramin by a technical knockout.
The Lithuanian athlete from the start of the fight attacked his rival with more accuracy while Belarusian boxer had to be treated twice for bleeding from a cut eyebrow. After another contact, the referee stopped the fight in the third round and announced Stanionis the winner.
All three judges saw the Lithuanian athlete have an advantage in the first two rounds, as well.
Stanionis’s win in the tournament earned him a trip to the World Championship.
It should be remembered that the bronze medal in the weight category under 64 kg was taken by Lithuanian Evaldas Petrauskas.
A total of 220 boxers from 41 countries took part in the European Championship. The winners of the top six places in the European tournament receive a trip to the World Championship. The best boxers will go on to battle at the World Championship where the winners will earn a trip to the next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Since the restoration of independence, only Vitalijus Karpačiauskas won the European championship gold for Lithuania. His triumph took place in 1993.
European boxing final – Eimantas Stanionis vs Pavel Kastramin
Lithuania’s Eimantas Stanionis had a very successful youth career with many tournament victories, plus a top 8 place at the 2012 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Yerevan, Armenia.
Although Stanionis is young, he is not a rookie, having already fought in more than 120 contests during his career even though he is only aged 20.
Stanionis likes to boxing at mid-range, putting pressure on his opponents using his fast movements.
He has powerful punches, and maintains excellent defensive movements behind a tall guard.
The Lithuanian welterweight enters APB very motivated after having won his second Lithuanian National Championship, and the silver medal in the European Union Championship where he lost against Bulgaria’s Simeon Chemov.