Newsletter EUBC by President Franco Falcinelli – June 2018

24 June 2018 Featured

Dear Boxing Friends,

many are the news that characterise the month of June.

From the point of view of competitive activity, in this month, important International Events will be held in Bulgaria, Germany, Georgia and Russia. Deserve special attention theEUBC Women’s European Boxing Championships just ended in Sofia (Bulgaria- 4/13 June 2018), in addition to the boxing activity with 3 International Tournaments.

Among various appointments, is important to remember the 2018 Aiba Coaches Commission which took place in Assisi (Italy) 8 and 9 June 2018.

European Boxing Championships 

In 2018 EUBC Women’s European Boxing Championshipsonly 5 nations out of 32 won the gold medal. The surprise, Finland, and the confirmation, Bulgaria.

The EUBC Women’s European Boxing Championships ended with the final night that upset the odds of many matches. Russia reached the semifinals with nine of the ten boxers, only excluding Sandakova, in 75 kg, defeated by valued Dutch Fontijn, silver in 2011 and gold in 2014, which pulled off the second European triumph at the expense of young Ukrainian Borutsa, in the final.

In the semifinals the Russian team had lost Kuleshova (54) and Dynnik (64) 19 years old, the youngest of the team, overtaken, by a nose (3-2), the Turkish Caliskan.

The other seven were in the final with the odds. On the ring the things went differently than forecast. Only Paltceva (48), Soluianova (51) and Urakova (81) win the gold. The other four stop to silver.

Honor to two Finnish: Potkonen (60) beat the Russian boxer Beliakova (3-2) after a balanced match and Gustafsson (69) on the second attempt, won by strength against the southpaw Russian Iakushina, from more elegant boxing, but ended up tired in the final round. In the past, Finland had never won the European title. This time he made an encore. Congratulations.

Curious is the history of the two finalists in the 57 kg. The Russian Abramova, 60 kg gold in 2016, has dropped category, while the Bulgarian Petrova, regular in 54, went up in 57. The match smiled at the local, supported by hometown supporters, but also by more initiative.

During the award ceremony, nice entr’acte, for the champion who accepted the proposal by her boyfriend, with much applauses for the engaged couple.

Finally, the Italian Severin (+ 81), after the silver in 2014 and the waiver of boxing for playing rugby, is back on the ring and won the gold claiming three matches, while the Russian Tkacheva, 19 years old, debuted in the European Championships.

Russia, first in the medals standing, is followed by Bulgaria that did the honors for the second time in a row, always in Sofia, setting up an excellent Championships, from all points of view. Great merit of President Krasimir Ininski and his excellent collaborators. The Bulgarian President has a past of very good boxer. In ‘90 he was a part of national team and in 1992 attempted to qualify to Barcelona Olympic Games. He took part in the tournament in San Pellegrino (Italy), but was eliminated with 3-2, from the Italian Riccio, after three intense and spectacular rounds.

The European Medal standings, after the last edition in Sofia, sees the following Top Ten classification:

  1. Russia (44-20-31)
  2. Turkey (12-17-34)
  3. Ukraine (8-12-35)
  4. Romania (8-4-25)
  5. Bulgaria (7-4-7)
  6. Italy (7-2-12)
  7. France (6-10-16)
  8. Ireland (6-0-3)
  9. Hungary (5-11-17)
  10. Norway (5-5-4)

Overall, went up on the podium at least once, 27 Nations. Special thanks to Anna Laukkanen, Technical Delegate, all ITOs and Alexander Egorov, EUBC ED, Dmitry Gaistruk, EUBC Competition Manager.

The Championships gave the pass for the 2019 European Games, assigned to the city of Minsk, Belarus, the capital that in 2013 organized the EUBC Elite European Championships fifteen years after the first time. The first ten classified boxers will attend the Games in the following categories: 51, 57, 60, 69 and 75 kg, 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games recognized categories.

I would like to express deepest thanks to all National Federations that have sent boxers to this important event and great admiration of the whole EUBC Executive Committee for its valuable contribution to the development of women’s boxing in our continent.

2018 EUBC Women’s Commission Meeting in Sofia

Bottom row from left: Susanne Karrlander, Franco Falcinelli, Tatyana Kirienko. Top row from left: Mutlu Gulsev, Emilia Grueva, Olga Domuladzhanova, Jovan Panic, Barbara Sanko, Amanda Coulson.

During theEUBC Women’s European Boxing Championshipsgathered the EUBC Women’s Commission, chaired by Ms Susanne Karrlander and with the presence of Emilia Grueva, AIBA Women’s Commission Chairwoman, andFranco Falcinelli, EUBC President.

The Commission has been looking at many aspects of the development of women’s boxing in Europe, manifesting great satisfaction for the high and qualified number of participants at the European Championships, but also for the continuous increase  of women’s activity in Europe, starting with “Schoolgirls”.

Emilia Grueva has also invited the members of the Commission to consider the new format proposed by AIBA, the “Mixed Double Boxing” which aims to promote particularly the Gender Equality in our sport.


2018 Aiba Coaches Commission (8/9 June, Assisi, Italy)

On 8 and 9 June 2018, in Assisi (Italy) took place the 2018 Aiba Coaches Commission.

It’s been two days of intense work under the guide of the Chairman Adam Kusior, in which were discussed high-value technical and organizational issues.

From right: Si Heon Park, Mihail Takov, Valentyn Ostyanov, Otmane Fadli, Adam Kusior, Franco Falcinelli, Santiago Nieva, Maxim Certicovtev, Konstantin Koptsev, Patricio Gaspi, Ervin Kade

An issue of particular relevance, launched by the AIBA Interim President, Mr Gafur Rahimov, in the recent meeting in Dubai “Mixed Double Boxing” has been carefully examined by the Coaches Commission, which provided important tips to make at best this important innovation in future international competitions.

To the drawing board, besides Franco Falcinelli, EUBC President, took part:

chairman Adam Kusior (Poland) and the members Otmane Fadli (Morocco), Patricio Gaspi (Philippines), Maxim Certicovtev (Moldova), Ervin Kade (Estonia), Konstantin Koptsev (Russia), Santiago Nieva (Sweden), Valentyn Ostyanov (Ukraine), Si Heon Park (Korea), Mihail Takov (Bulgaria).

The Commission has also accepted the proposal of AIBA to achieve in Assisi the “Technical School Academy” that will host the training of Officials and Managers of the Olympic Boxing.




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June 4/13- EUBC Women’s European Boxing Championships (Sofia, Bulgaria)

June 5/13- XXth International Umakhanov boxing Tournament (Kaspiysk, Russia)

June 13/18- 2nd International tournament named after David Kvachadze (Tbilisi, Georgia)

June 19/24- Chemistry Woldcup of Olympic Boxing (Halle, Saale, Germany)



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