Asenova and Yonuzova arranged perfect day for Bulgaria in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships

07 October 2019 News

The winners of the fifth preliminary day of boxing advanced to the last eight at the Ulan-Ude 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Russia. EUBC European Women’s Champion veteran Sevda Asenova and her younger teammate Melis Yonuzova have done perfect day for Bulgaria.

The following 24 European nations are attending in the Ulan-Ude 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Yekaterinburg: Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.

Bout of the day

Bulgaria’s first success on Day5 was delivered by their EUBC European Women’s Champion veteran light flyweight (48kg) boxer Sevda Asenova who eliminated Algeria’s Fatiha Mansouri. The best bout of the day was produced by her young compatriot Melis Yonuzova and Uzbekistan’s Maftunakhon Melieva. Yonuzova won the European elite title in 2018 at the age of 19 and in Ulan-Ude she returned to the light welterweight (64kg). The Bulgarian youngster was never stopped attacking in her contest but Melieva also felt the distance in the first round. Both young talents gave in everything and the final verdict was split decision in the favour of Yonuzova who progressed since the last international event.

Surprise of the day

Scotland’s has done its debut in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships at the New Delhi 2018 edition where their boxers achieved their first bout triumphs last November. Their light welterweight (64kg) boxer Megan Reid exceeded her previous level of boxing in terms of technique and tactic when she met with Vietnam’s ASBC Asian Women’s Boxing Championships bronze medallist Ha Thi Linh. The Vietnamese boxer was the absolute favourite of their contest but Scotland’s pride was able to beat her experienced Asian rival winning the bout by split decision.

The Round-Up

England’s Demi-Jade Resztan reached her career highlight in the Madrid 2019 EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships where she claimed silver medal. The English light flyweight (48kg) boxer controlled the first round against Uzbekistan’s Gulasal Sultonalieva and she looked confident in the opening. The younger Uzbek increased her tempo in the second round and moved ahead more in comparison to the first period. Resztan used counter-attacking style in the third and landed nice hooks to stop the 20-year-odl Uzbek which means she advanced to the quarter-finals in Ulan-Ude.

Italy’s Roberta Bonatti has been attending in the international events since 2013 and she was bronze medallist in the last edition of the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships. The seeded Italian was a hard target for Germany’s veteran Anne-Marie Stark in the first round of their light flyweight (48kg) bout. The German tried to catch her Italian opponent in the second but she was not enough fast to make it happen. Bonatti changed to in-fighting style in the third and she was better also on that game advancing to the last eight of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.

Russia’s Sofia 2018 EUBC European Women’s Champion Ekaterina Paltseva lost her opening bout in the last edition of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships therefore she was motivated in her first fight on home soil. The 22-year-old Russian controlled the opening round against United States’ Hawaii-based Breanna Locquiao. The local favourite had a world class footwork and Paltseva landed a heavy hook in the third round which decided their light flyweight (48kg) contest. Her teammate, 20-year-old Ekaterina Dynnik worked well against Australia’s Jessica Messina and advanced to the next stage of the light welterweight (64kg).

Italy’s Angela Carini claimed silver medal in the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships and also the same result in the strong Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament this year. The 21-year-old Italian moved down to the light welterweight (64kg) but she looked quicker in the first round than India’s Manju Bamboriya. In the battle of the southpaw fighters Carini’s combinations were better while the Indian newcomer was unable to reach her level. The Italian acclimatized to her new weight class quickly and eliminated her tough Asian rival in Ulan-Ude.

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