Artingstall and Smith bowed out strong rivals in the Ulan-Ude 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships on Day1

04 October 2019 News

The Ulan-Ude 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships started with its first competition day following the remarkable Opening Ceremony. Among the 57 participating nations 24 are Europeans in Ulan-Ude where 84 boxers represent our continent. England’s new sensation Karriss Artingstall and Ireland’s Ceire Smith had superb triumphs in the first day of boxing.

The following 24 European nations are attending in the Ulan-Ude 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Yekaterinburg: Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland, host Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.

Bout of the day

England’s Karriss Artingstall achieved a surprise silver medal at the Madrid 2019 EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships five weeks ago which was the result of her hard preparation in the Army. The 25-year-old English featherweight (57kg) boxer launched strong jabs in the first round against United States’ Cuban-descent Yarisel Ramirez who also had effective shots in that period. The younger US girl was not enough confident in the second part of the bout and did not response well to the English attacks. The English southpaw landed tough right-handed jabs in the third round which means she bowed out a good opponent in Ulan-Ude opening her way to the further actions.

Surprise of the day

Ireland’s Ceire Smith won her opening contest at the Madrid 2019 EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships but following that she was eliminated by Turkey’s eventual winner Busenaz Cakiroglu a few weeks ago. The Irish boxer, who has been attending in the international events since 2010, used her longer reach to control the opening round against Australia’s Commonwealth Games silver medallist Taylah Robertson. The Aussie boxer won the Boxam Tournament this May but she was not able to repeat her technician performance and Smith’s strength controlled their flyweight (51kg) fight on Day1.

The Round-Up

Serbia’s 25-year-old Nina Radovanovic was quarter-finalist at the Madrid 2019 EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships and she was near to get a historical medal in the continental event. The Serbian flyweight (51kg) boxer had to meet as first with Burundi’s Ornella Havyarimana who competed already at the Jeju 2014 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. Radovanovic used her aggressive tactic to take the control quickly and worked through all of the nine minutes with enthusiasm in Ulan-Ude defeating her African rival by large margin of differences.

Bulgaria’s Gabriela Dimitrova claimed several medals in international events but her career highlight is a bronze medal from the Sofia 2018 EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships. The 24-year-old Bulgarian flyweight (51kg) boxer was seeded as No.8 in the category and opened her campaign against a promising European rival England’s Tori-Ellis Willetts who joined to the national team this year. Dimitrova was better than last time in the Madrid 2019 EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships this August and eliminated her dangerous English rival on Day1.

Italy’s Camilla Fadda lost to Mongolia’s Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg at the flyweight (51kg) but her teammate Alessia Mesiano worked better and delivered a success for her nation in the opening day. Mesiano, who claimed gold medal at the Astana 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, had to box in the first day against El Salvador’s lone boxer in Ulan-Ude, Yamileth Solorzano. Mesiano replaced EUBC European Women’s Champion Irma Testa in this event but she was well-prepared and dominated the opening fight at the featherweight (57kg) against the Central American boxer.

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