Coronciuc, Horvat and Pipia won the first female bouts at the EUBC Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships16 August 2022
The female boxers began their campaigns at the EUBC Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships in Erzurum, Turkey on Day2. Moldova’s 2021 silver medallist from Sarajevo, Xenia Coronciuc amazed in one of the first female contests in this championship where Croatia’s Lorena Horvat and Georgia’s Nana Pipia all started with excellent triumphs.
Following the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships, the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships and the EUBC European Men’s Elite Boxing Championships, the next continental event will be held for the schoolboys and schoolgirls.
The competition period of the EUBC Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships is August 12-20. Following the rest day, the 29 finals will be held on August 20. The Technical Delegate of the EUBC Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships is Mr. Viorel Sima of Romania.
The following 28 nations registered to attend at the EUBC Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine.
The bout of the day
Xenia Coronciuc achieved a silver medal at the 2021 EUBC Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships in Sarajevo one year ago but she is still in this age group this year due to her year of birth is 2008. The Moldovan is the best female boxer among the schoolgirls in her homeland and she began her campaign at the 64kg weight class against Ireland’s Alannah Kenny. Her opponent won Irish national events where women’s boxing is in a golden age currently but Coronciuc was better in two rounds and the Moldovan marched to the next stage of boxing.
The women’s boxing life in Georgia is in developing stage and their female boxers earned medals in the EUBC European Boxing Championships in the recent one and half year. Nana Pipia is their new talent in the schoolgirls age group and she competed in the first female bout of the competition. The 14-year-old Georgian had a Polish rival in Erzurum, Michalina Kotyza and despite her low number of bouts, Pipia had an emerging performance in their meeting. The Polish girls are always brave and strong but Pipia found the best option against her and won this 60kg contest in Erzurum.
The female 70kg is a strong weight category at the EUBC Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships and two tough contests were held in the second day of boxing. Ukraine’s Sofia Novikova was the first winner in this weight class, she eliminated Lithuania’s Karina Mackeviciute controlling most of the exchanges. The Croatians had a few excellent female boxers in the heavier weight categories and their new hope, Lorena Horvat celebrated an amazing success against Turkey’s Melisa Eroglu in the last schoolgirl contest of the day.
Georgia’s Akaki Basaria eliminated his Hungarian rival in the first competition day but he had to compete already in the next session due to the busy program of the 50kg weight class. The 14-year-old Georgian knew the venue, the environment and the ring following his first success in Erzurum which facts paid off on Day2. Basaria celebrated his next success, he was better than Turkey’s Muhammed Refik Tuncer and advanced to the quarter-finals in the championship. His next opponent for the guaranteed medal will be Ukraine’s Tymofii Sydoruk who bowed out a Moldovan boxer, Igor Nazarov.
The English boxers made strong impressions at the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships, EUBC European Men’s Elite Boxing Championships and Commonwealth Games earlier this year. The English schoolboys returned to the boxing map after 2019 and proved strong performance in the first competition day. George Francis eliminated his first rival during the opening bout of the entire championship and he continued his winning path on Day2. The 14-year-old English won two rounds against Azerbaijan’s Ali Baghishov and due to his excellent speed, he is now quarter-finalist in Erzurum.
One of the biggest stars of the schoolboy part of the championships is Nearchos Petros Konstanioudis from Greece. He achieved a bronze medal at the 2021 EUBC Schoolboys European Boxing Championships in Sarajevo and he won the title in the first Gheorgheni Open less than two months ago. The 14-year-old Greek was energetic once again, he landed three-times more shots than his opponent from Georgia, Vakhtang Todua. It is always hard to beat a Georgian boxer but Konstanioudis dominated all of the three rounds on Day2.