EUBC Under 22 European Boxing Championships 2018 – Targu Jiu (ROM), 24th March/2nd April 201822 March 2018
Back to Romania also for the second edition. With the onset of the women.
Tournament in Targu Jiu. Increase of nations, from 30 to 36, and of entered, over 200. First women’s edition with 25 countries and 71 athletes.
The intuition of EUBC President, Mr. Franco Falcinelli, confirmed successful. After the first edition in Braila, important city in the delta of Dunarea, with the accession of 30 countries and 188 boxers, the second one, organised in Targu Jiu, has excedeed the previous data. Nations have risen to 36 and athletes are over 200. Emblematic is the renewal of athletes: of the ten winners 2017, only three will attempt an econre. the Bulgarian Fly Asenov, the Romanina Bantam Jitaru and Georgian Welter Madiev. The defending champions of 49 kg are absent, the English Horn, the Russian Askerov (60), the English McCormack (64), the Ukrainian Khyzhniak (75) world champions Elite in Hamburg (Ger) last December, the Romanian Arodoaie (81), the French Omba (91) and the German Super Heavy Kadir.
Romania, the host team, shows up with 10 athletes, like Germany, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. Nine boxers represent Italy and France; eight Spain, Croatia and Moldova: seven Armenia, Belgium, Poland, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan and Lithuania; six Georgia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Serbia and Belarus ; five Austria and Israel; four England, Ireland, Finland, Albania and Slovakia; two Bosnia and Herzegovina, Estonia, Greece, Sweden and Netherlands; one Montenegro and Latvia.
In 2017 eight countries went up on the top of the podium and eighteen got to the medals. Romania and England wons two golds, one for Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany. In Targu Jiu, the balance at the top seems even wider.
Most of competitors is national Champion. To keep an eye on: in Light Fly the spanish Carmona and the Ukrainian Ovsiannikov; in Fly Asenov (Bul) defending champion, Bennana (Fra), Escobar (Spa) e Cawley (Ing); in Bantam, the Romanian Jitaru, winner in 2017, Moore (Irl), Petrosyan (Arm) e Aliyev Aze); in Light Batyrgaziev (Rus), Asanau (Bie), Petrosian (Ucr) e Bucsa (Mol); in Light Welter, Guruli (Geo), Fedorov (Rus), Erdemir (Tur) e Baryshnik (Ger); in Welter everyone in contention against Maidev (Geo), determined to have seconds, want to try Prat (Fra), Guler (Tur), Wall (Ger), Kozak (Ung) and Savostyan (Rus); in Middle, absent the Ukrainian Khyzniak, winner in 2017 and World Champion, they will try Nesterov (Rus), Dziashkeish (Bie), Schierle (Ger), Huseynov (Aze) e Hakobyan (Arm); in Light Heavy the Russian Radzhabov, is the favourite, Yagmur (Tur), Hrekul (Ucr) e Kazakis (Ger) will try but there are other strong names; in Heavy, Romanian Aradoaie, went up in weight class will try to hit gold but he will find many dangerous opponents: Filipi (Cro), Williams (Ing), Kulinenka (Bie), Menchkov (Bull), Gadzhimagomedov (Rus); in Super Heavy, miss the German Kadir, but there are Mraovic (Aus), Aziz (Ita), Aboudou (Fra) very dangerous, Hovhannisyan (Arm) greatly improved, as well as Muravin (Rus) and many other. Many categories present over 70% of new names.
To be at the onset, the women tournament responded great. Russia is the only prominent absent, the other 25 nations represent the best of Europe: Turkey (9), Italy (8), Poland (7); Romania, Ireland e Bulgaria (5); England, Ukraine, Azerbaijan e Hungary (4)in the heavy categories there are few athletes.