All of the three titleholder girls advanced to the finals of the EUBC Junior Boxing Championships01 June 2019
The first part of the semi-finals with 26 female bouts was held in the sixth competition day at the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships today. The winners of today’s contests are finalists and all of the three titleholders as Russia’s Valeria Linkova, Montenegro’s Bojana Gojkovic and Poland’s Zofia Stachowiak advanced to the gold medal matches remaining their chance alive to defend their thrones.
The host of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships is the city of Galati, Romania where boxers who were born in 2003 and in 2004 are eligible to attend in the event. The event will be holding fort both genders and after five preliminary and quarter-final days the semi-finals and finals will be closing the event.
The following 35 nations are taking part in the event with 400 boxers: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.
Bout of the day
Ireland’s Marie Chloe Gabriel began boxing four years ago but she is already four-time National Champion in her homelands. The 16-year-old boxer, who was born in Mauritius, surprised Italy’s EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist Lucia Elen Ayari with her strength in the first round in spite of their difference between the international experiences. The Irish flyweight (50kg) boxer demonstrated her power and landed clear punches mainly in the second and third rounds. Gabriel eliminated a top rival and will be facing with another one for the title against Russia’s reigning EUBC European Junior Champion Valeria Linkova.
Surprise of the day
Bulgaria’s Diyana Al-Shaar won their national title this year but the current EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships is her first main international competition. The Bulgarian light heavyweight (80kg) boxer found her best rhythm in the middle of the first round and following that moment she landed more punches and destroyed Ukraine’s Natalia Hodyk’s defence. The Bulgarian girl shocked her Ukrainian rival and advanced to the final of the event where she will be facing with Turkey’s Asude Ediz Ece.
Robyn Kelly began her boxing career at the age of 6 and the three-time All Irish National Champion tried to keep the control in the first round against Russia’s Anastasia Kirienko. The battle of the southpaw boxers was the first fight in the sixth competition day which delivered a strong tactical fight. Kelly caught her Russian opponent in the second round with left-handed hooks but Kirienko returned still in time to turn back the result. The Russian light flyweight (48kg) boxer performed superbly in the third round and her great finish was enough to win the first fight of the day. Kirienko will be meeting in the final with Italy’s Federica Lombardo who eliminated Germany’s Jessica Vollmann.
Montenegro’s defending EUBC European Women’s Junior Champion Bojana Gojkovic arrived to Galati as a top favourite for the gold medal at the girl’s light bantamweight (52kg). Mr. Nikola Ruzic’s pupil tried to use her tricky style and excellent footwork to avoid her opponent’s attacks but Wales’ Zoe Andrews adopted the rhythm of the bout. The Budva-based Gojkovic was a hard target for the Welsh girl and her counter-punches reached the target. Gojkovic advanced to the final of the weight class and remained her chance alive to defend the throne but Italy’s Sophia Mazzoni will be a tough opponent for the gold medal.
England’s Sacha Hickey claimed bronze medal in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Anapa and she arrived to Galati to get the title of the featherweight (57kg). The English southpaw was waiting for the best angles against Romania’s Mihaela Cristina Ciobanu and caught the local opponent in the first round. The Romanian did not feel the tempo against her taller English rival therefore Hickey can box for the gold medal with Russia’s Alina Pushkar.
Italy’s Viola Piras, who had her first contest only in 2017, had hard road to the semi-finals of the girl’s light welterweight (63kg) where she had to meet with Serbia’s last remained hope Aleksandra Tepavac. The Italian increased her rhythm in the second round and the referee had to count the tall Serbian in that period following Piras’ attacks. The Italian talent shocked her Serbian rival with tough jabs and she won their semi-final by RSC. Piras will be facing for the gold medal with Ireland’s Winnie McDonagh who used strong strategy against Germany’s Ani Manukyan today.
Norway’s Sunniva Hofstad and Estonia’s Jana Vill both are their nations’ lone medallists in Galati. Both boxers had strong results in the schoolgirl age group and had won their quarter-finals by RSC. In their meeting the younger Norwegian dictated the tempo from the first seconds and ruled the middle of the ring. The Norwegian light middleweight (70kg) boxer caught her Baltic opponent with tough combinations in the third and following the standing count it was no doubt that Hofstad was better today. Her final opponent will be Poland’s defending champion Zofia Stachowiak who spent less than one round in the ring when she met with Romania’s Beatrice Melania Moldovan.
Hungary’s Laura Fanni Kovacs celebrated her 15thbirthday with a guaranteed medal in Galati during the quarter-finals but her next opponent was a top one, England’s Shelby-Marie Lee in the semi-finals of the girl’s pinweight (46kg). The English girl was quicker than her younger Hungarian opponent and controlled all of the rounds with rapid attacks. Lee was better today in all aspects of boxing and will have such strong opponent in the final as Russia’s EUBC European Schoolgirl Champion Alena Tremasova.
Russia’s Liana Tarasian won the Central Region’s Junior Championships and after the Junior National Championships this year. The Kursk-based boxer started strongly in the first round against Ireland’s Aaliyah Butler and landed high number of jabs. Tarasian controlled all of the periods in their unequal bantamweight (54kg) semi-final and celebrated her success after the last gong. Tarasian will have a tough final opponent Latvia’s Nikolina Boke who eliminated Poland’s Nikola Prymaczenko by large margin of differences.
Poland’s Barbara Marcinkowska arrived to Galati from Torun with high expectations following her top performance in the previous events. She attended in the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament in Gliwice last September which supported her development. The Polish boxer moved up to the middleweight (75kg) and did not give any chance to her Ukrainian rival Anzhela Kvartsiana. The 16-year-old Marcinkowska’s final opponent will be Russia’s EUBC European Schoolgirl Champion Valeria Vorontsova who bowed out Ireland’s Dearbhla Tinnelly.