Bulgaria’s Stoyka Petrova – The winner takes it all13 June 2018
The seventh and last competition day was held in the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Russians and the Bulgarians won both three gold medals in the competition and reached the top of the team rankings.
Stoyka Petrova not only one her weight class in Sofia but in the most emotional moment in the whole competition she received a marriage proposal during the medal ceremonies and the Bulgarian star boxer could follow the former ABBA song: “The winner takes it all”.
Altogether 10 exciting bouts have been held in the last competition day in Sofia which was held in one session. Finally 146 boxers from 32 countries were attending in the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships in Sofia where 10 champions have been crowned and the female athletes proved strong development since the last edition.
Russia’s super talented Ekaterina Paltseva joined to the national elite team last year following a superb junior and youth career and she was able to dethrone Bulgaria’s current EUBC European Women’s Champion Sevda Asenova in Sofia. The 21-year-old Russian boxer is among the European new waves and her efforts mainly in the second part of the bout meant Paltseva was crowned as first in the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships.
Russia’s EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion Svetlana Soluyanova is a newcomer in the national elite team but after six years of hard work she reached the top of the podium among in the continent once again. Their current National Champion eliminated the Seed No.1 of the category Ukraine’s Rio 2016 Olympian Tetyana Kob during the preliminary stage and she was able to beat Turkey’s EUBC European U22 Champion Busenaz Cakiroglu in the closest final of the last competition day.
Bulgaria’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Stoyka Petrova won her last European title in Bucharest four years ago but she regained her throne at the bantamweight (54kg). The Bulgarian was so motivated in the final of the continental event against France’s lone finalist Delphine Mancini and it was not a question her hand was raised after the last gong. Petrova received a marriage proposal during the medal ceremonies and following her approval her common life with Boril can opens a new career.
Bulgaria’s defending EUBC European Women’s Champion Stanimira Petrova eliminated France’s Mona Mestiaen in the semi-final and she was waiting for her semi-final with high confidence. Stanimira Petrova, who moved up to the featherweight (57kg) in the recent half year, had longer reach than Russia’s strong Daria Abramova which was worked well in each of the round. Stanimira’s second European title was Bulgaria’s next gold medal in the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships.
Finland’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist Mira Potkonen eliminated her main rivals as Italy’s EUBC European U22 Champion Irma Testa and Ireland’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Kellie Harrington during her road to the finals. The Finnish lightweight (60kg) boxer, who won all of her contests since November 2016, had to meet in the dream final with Russia’s AIBA Women’s World Champion Anastasia Beliakova. Potkonen was nervous in the opening round but her stamina was enough to win their tactical final in Sofia claiming her European title.
Bulgaria’s EUBC European U22 Champion Melis Yonuzova is one of the most sensational teenage boxers at the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships who was still hungry after the semi-finals. The 19-year-old Bulgarian eliminated Denmark’s favourite Yvonne Bek Rasmussen in the quarter-finals, she stopped Ukraine’s former AIBA Women’s World Champion Maria Badulina-Bova in the last four and dominated her final against Turkey’s Sema Caliskan.
Finland’s next top boxer Elina Gustafsson joined to the national team only in 2014 but two years later she claimed bronze medal in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Astana. The Finnish welterweight (69kg) boxer defeated a Russian boxer Saadat Abdullaeva at the Astana 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and she was able to do the next success this time over Rio 2016 Olympian Iaroslava Iakushina.
Netherlands’ Rio 2016 Olympic Games silver medallist Nouchka Fontijn arrived to Sofia as the top favourite of the middleweight (75kg) and she was able to realize her mission in the Bulgarian capital. The Dutch boxer dominated all of her contests including her semi-final against Germany’s Sarah Scheurich and her final when she faced with Ukraine’s Mariya Borutsa. Fontijn was in different level and celebrated her next gold after the last gong winning the bout by unanimous decision.
Russia’s Maria Urakova attended in her first ever EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships in 2014 but she lost her preliminary bout in Bucharest. The Russian light heavyweight (81kg) boxer returned to the national team and to the continental events with different skills and delivered a small sensation when she defeated Turkey’s defending champion Elif Guneri in the final.
Italy’s Flavia Severin achieved silver medal at the 2014 EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships and she trusted on her experiences in the final of the heavyweight (+81kg) against Russia’s Kristina Tkacheva. The 12-year-older Italian was patient and she knew the best tactic against the AIBA Youth World Champion Russian teenager. Severin was effective in their final and celebrated her first ever European title after the last bell in Sofia.