Bonatti and Rudolf were the heroes of Day4 at the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships

31 August 2019 News

Nineteen contests have been held in the fourth competition day at the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships in Madrid today. The winners of the light flyweight (48kg) bouts advanced to the semi-finals in the Spanish capital and they are guaranteed medallists. Italy’s Roberta Bonatti delivered a surprise beating Romania’s four-time champion Steluta Duta before Slovenia won a historical contest.

The event is taking place in Madrid’s suburb region in Alcobendas City which is 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

Spain’s best female boxer Laura Fuertes advanced to the quarter-finals of the light flyweight (48kg) with top performance where she had to face with Ukraine’s Seed No.1 Hanna Okhota who achieved silver medal at the New Delhi 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. The Spaniard started the bout with high motivation but Okhota’s counter-punches arrived with perfect timing in the first round. The 20-year-old Spanish talent increased her rhythm and delivered her best ever performance in the front of the home crowd but the Ukrainian landed enough punches to win one of the most difficult fights of the day. Okhota will be boxing in the semi-final with England’s Demi-Jade Resztan who eliminated Belarus’ Yana Burym landing nice hooks.

Surprise of the day

Italy’s light flyweight (48kg) Roberta Bonatti has got enough experiences in the elite level in spite of the fact she is only 22. The Italian had to meet with Romania’s four-time EUBC European Women’s Champion veteran Steluta Duta who had more than 400 contests during her career. The Romanian used her aggressive style from the first seconds but Bonatti’s footwork was enough good to avoid most of Duta’s attacks. The Italian gave in everything to this narrow fight and eliminated one of the most successful boxers of this weight class.

The Round-up

Poland’s Karolina Koszewska claimed the gold medal in the Minsk 2019 European Games following she returned from the professional world. The Polish veteran had to meet with England’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Sandy Ryan as first in the welterweight (69kg). The Polish boxer was 10cm taller than her English rival and tried to keep Ryan long to win their tactical game today. England’s 11-year-younger pride moved closer in the second and third rounds and her impressive finish was enough to beat Poland’s top boxer in Madrid.

Czech Republic’s most experienced female boxer Martina Schmoranzova defeated Norway’s young hope Madeleine Angelsen in the Grand Prix Usti nad Labem a few months ago which was such a narrow fight. The Czech welterweight (69kg) boxer was waiting for the best attacking angles while Angelsen tried to rule the middle of the ring and control their re-match in Madrid. Following two tactical rounds, the young Norwegian started the third with heavy punches but Schmoranzova’s counter-attacks decided their contest.

Turkey’s two-time EUBC European U22 Champion Busenaz Surmeneli moved down to the welterweight (69kg) which is more fit to her body. The Turkish boxer started her first bout in Madrid with powerful shots but she was counted following by a heavy French punch. Surmeneli gave in everything in the second and caught France’s Emilie Sonvico several times with tough jabs and hooks. Both boxers attacked strongly in the third round but in that game Surmeneli was better and advanced to the last eight.

Ireland’s Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympian Christina Desmond returned to the national team and replaced Grainne Walsh. The 23-year-old Irish southpaw had to meet with Netherlands’ new National Champion at the welterweight (69kg) Leonie Van Leeuwen who is a debutant in the international stage. Desmond dominated all of the rounds against the newcomer Dutch hope and advanced to the quarter-finals. The Irish boxer will be meeting for the medal with Russia’s Darima Sandakova who eliminated Hungary’s Vivien Budai.

Skye Falzon has got strong Australian roots but she has been representing Malta in the international competitions. She became the first Maltese female boxer who attended in an EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships. Falzon moved down to the featherweight (57kg) and met with Slovenia’s Vida Rudolf who achieved silver in the Golden Girl Box Cup this year. The Slovenian used up her experiences to control the bout from the first seconds and eliminated Malta’s first female boxer in Madrid.

Spain’s Jennifer Fernandez won contests at the Boxam Tournament and also at the Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament therefore she was the top favourite against Romania’s 19-year-old debutant Eszter Torok. The Spanish featherweight (57kg) boxer caught her Romanian opponent quickly and the referee counted Torok twice already in the first round. Fernandez continued her dominancy and following the third standing count, the referee stopped their unequal contest. The local boxer will be meeting in the quarter-finals with England’s Karriss Artingstall who bowed out France’s seeded Mona Mestiaen.

Italy’s AIBA Youth World Champion and two-time EUBC European U22 Champion Irma Testa attends in her best category at the featherweight (57kg) in Madrid where she proved her virtuoso technique. The 22-year-old Italian was a hard target for Ukraine’s veteran Iulia Tsyplakova while her counter-attacks were effective today. Testa enjoyed the final round and played with her Ukrainian rival in the third which means she can meet for the guaranteed medal with Turkey’s Esra Yildiz.

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