Croatia, Greece, Georgia, Hungary, Spain and Sweden are also won quarter-finals besides to the top countries in Targu Jiu

28 March 2018 News

The winners in the fourth competition day are guaranteed medallists in the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships in Targu Jiu. Croatia, Greece, Georgia, Hungary, Spain and Sweden are also among the medallist nations while Italy is leading that ranking after the first part of the quarter-finals.

Altogether 44 quarter-final bouts have been held in the fourth competition day of the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships in Targu Jiu. One of the most exciting part of the whole competition was a great show in the Romanian city where the second part of the men quarter-finals and the women semi-finals are scheduled for Day5.

Hungary’s Alexandra Viglasi joined back to the national team after two years of hiatus and proved energetic boxing against Poland’s Angelika Krysztoforska who switched from athletics to our sport two years ago. The 19-year-old Hungarian flyweight (51kg) boxer launched several successful uppercuts in the first round and she continued her dominancy until the end of the final gong. The final verdict was unanimous decision to the Hungarian boxer who deserved her success which means she is already a medallist in Targu Jiu.

Bulgaria’s Emi-Mari Todorova won two gold medals in the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Youth Boxing Championships previously and after more than 100 contests she felt the tempo against Ireland’s National Elite Champion Shannon Sweeney in their quarter-final at the light flyweight (48kg). The best Bulgarian woman boxer overcame his Irish opponent in the attacks and landed clear punches in each round. Todorova proved her talent once again and advanced to the last four of the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships.

Romania’s top woman boxer in this age group Cristina Cosma had plenty of experiences from the previous international competitions therefore she was the favourite against Bulgaria’s two years younger Plamena Ivanova in their featherweight (57kg) contest. The 21-year-old Romanian launched lethal punches already in the start of the bout and following the second count the referee stopped their unequal contest in the first round confirming Cosma’s RSC triumph in the front of the home crowd.

England’s Ebonie Jones had excellent junior and youth career, won several medals in the continental events and joined to their Talent Program. The 19-year-old English bantamweight (54kg) boxer used a different tempo in the first round against Latvia’s Amanda Millere who was still in the youth level last year. Jones used her close distance and aggressive style from the first minutes and she was able to win their contest by unanimous decision.

Sweden’s Katrin Noren is not enough tall at bantamweight (54kg) but she is hard attacker and puncher which she showed in her quarter-final against Turkey’s Rabia Orucoglu. The 21-year-old Swedish boxer, who defeated Russian and Ukrainian boxers during her career as well, and she was able to find the weak points of her Turkish opponent today. Noren advanced to the last four following her triumph as lone Swedish boxer in Targu Jiu.

Azerbaijan’s Maryam Jabrailova was quarter-finalist in the Astana 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and she was more experienced than Bulgaria’s 18-year-old Melis Yonuzova. The Azeri light welterweight (64kg) boxer was taller and tried to use her safest distance in the first round but the Bulgarian teenager came back with tough punches in the second. Yonuzova was still fresh in the third and her youthful enthusiasm was enough to turn back their contest and eliminated her favourite rival in Targu Jiu.

Germany’s Omar Salah Ibrahim was quarter-finalist at the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships and he used his much longer hands to keep the best fighting range against Romania’s Florin Balteanu who moved down to the light flyweight (49kg) since their U22 National Boxing Championships. The German boxer moved away from the Romanian attacks and his counter-punches caught Balteanu in the first and second rounds. The 19-year-old German continued the same long distance tactic and won their contest by large margin of difference.

Spain’s Gabriel Escobar was quarter-finalist in the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships and claimed silver medal in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships. The Spanish flyweight (52kg) boxer used his dynamism in his quarter-final against Ukraine’s Rostyslav Bilostotskyi and he was a hard target in the whole contest. The 22-year-old Escobar did better footwork in the whole contest and secured Spain’s first medal in Targu Jiu.

Italy’s Francesco Iozia lost to Israel’s strong Ahmad Shtiwi as a youth boxer but he was able to build up better tactic with his coaches against his rival. The Italian light welterweight (64kg) boxer was patient in the first round but he changed his tactic increasing his tempo in the second. Iozia, who competed successfully in the St. Petersburg 2016 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships, gave in everything and did revenge against his Israeli rival.

Italy’s Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games winner Vincenzo Arecchia eliminated Hungary’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships quarter-finalist Laszlo Kozak and Estonia’s Pavel Kamanin in the previous rounds during his road to the quarter-final. The 22-year-old Italian welterweight (69kg) boxer was quicker than Israel’s Miroslav Kapuler and following his hard first round he was more effective from the second. The final verdict was split decision to Arecchia who won his third contest in Targu Jiu.

Croatia’s Bocskai Memorial Tournament bronze medallist Marko Milun switched from kick-boxing to boxing only two years ago but his development was quick. The 22-year-old Croatian super heavyweight (+91kg) boxer started his quarter-final against Poland’s Kamil Bodzioch with tough jabs and controlled the opening minute. Following his serious punches, the ringside doctor stopped their contest in the first round due the injury of the Polish boxer.



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