Bonatti and Cagirir won the closest bouts of the opening day at the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships27 August 2019
Following the Opening Ceremony and the Flag Parade of the participating nations, the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships started with 12 contests in Madrid. Italy’s Roberta Bonatti won the closest fight of the day while Turkey’s Ayse Cagirir eliminated a gold medal contender on Day1.
The event will be taking place in Madrid’s suburb region in Alcobendas City which will be the first continental championship in Spain since 1971. The EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships is also a preparation event for the Ulan-Ude 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.
Altogether 136 elite female boxers from 31 nations are taking part in the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships: Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Georgia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.
The bout of the day
France’s Gloria D’Almeida and Italy’s Roberta Bonatti both had good results in the youth age group but they are already members of the elite national team. The Italian southpaw tried to moved closer to her taller French opponent in their light flyweight (48kg) bout which was a repeat match following their first meeting in 2017. Bonatti won that contest two years ago but the 19-year-old French was more prepared this time. D’Almeida used her longer reach effectively in the second round but Bonatti started the third with a strong jab. The Italian was aggressive in the third round and eliminated her younger French rival winning the bout by split decision.
Surprise of the day
Bulgaria’s two-time EUBC European Youth Champion Emi-Mari Todorova fought out her place in the national elite team at the very first time following she defeated EUBC European Women’s Elite Champion veteran Sevda Asenova twice this year. The Bulgarian light flyweight (48kg) boxer had a four-year older rival Turkey’s Ayse Cagirir who advanced to the quarter-final in the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. The Bulgarian landed strong hooks in the first round but Cagirir knew her opponent and tried to keep better fighting range. Todorova started the second with a good shot which mobilized Cagirir’s extra power to turn back their fight with amazing rhythm mainly in the final round which was a small surprise in the current event.
Spain’s best female boxer Laura Fuertes was named as medal favourite of the light flyweight (48kg) before the start of the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships. The 20-year-old Spanish girl was more experienced than Hungary’s Szilvia Toth who is a debutant in the European level. Fuertes landed a strict left-handed punch in the third round when the referee counted the Hungarian twice within short time. Toth survived the most dangerous moments but the winner of the opening bout of the whole event was Spanish No.1.
England’s Demi-Jade Resztan was bronze medallist in the 2018 EUBC European U22 Boxing Championships and looked motivated against Serbia’s Sandra Maran in the preliminary round of the light flyweight (48kg). The English southpaw caught her Serbian opponent quickly in the first round but Maran also replied with one tough punch. Resztan was even smarter in the second round, followed her steps carefully but landed enough punches to beat her Serbian rival in Madrid.
Russia’s Iulia Chumgalakova replaced defending champion Ekaterina Paltseva in the national team at the light flyweight (48kg) therefore she was motivated in the first preliminary round. The 22-year-old Russian met with Norway’s newcomer Perzin Nazari and her world class footwork dominated their fight in Madrid. Another favourite of the lowest weight class is Romania’s Steluta Duta is already 37 but she won the European title four-times previously. The Romanian veteran was too aggressive to the taller Croatian, Zeljana Pitesa and advanced to the quarter-finals.
Two contests were held for the last 16 at the lightweight (60kg) on Day1 and among them the first was won by England’s Commonwealth Games silver medallist Paige Murney who stopped Spain’s Melissa Gonzalez Tudge using her tough jabs. In the second lightweight (60kg) preliminary bout Ukraine’s new national team member Hanna Okhrey met with Hungary’s Kata Pribojszki. The 29-year-old Ukrainian worked hard to reach the level of the national team in the recent years and she was slightly better than her Hungarian rival.
Russia’s Youth Olympic Games winner and two-time AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Anastasia Shamonova is only 19 but she was quickly involved to the elite team. Shamonova lost only two international bouts during her whole career and worked confidently against England’s new national team member Kerry Davis. Shamonova caught the taller English rival in the second round and continued her dominancy until the end of the last gong which means she can box in the next quarter-final stage as well.