Cyprus and Greece are among the gold medallist countries at the Nations Women’s Cup where Russia dominated the junior finals

20 January 2020 News

The first part of the finals was held in the fifth competition day at the 9th edition of the Nations Women’s Cup in the city of Sombor, Serbia. The schoolgirls, the junior and the youth boxers were in action for the titles in the Nations Women’s Cup. Cyprus and Greece were also among the gold medallist nations but the Russian team proved the best performance in the junior finals.

The first edition of the Nations Women’s Cup was taking place in Sombor eight years ago in 2012. The Olympic Qualification Events will be held in the months of February and March therefore the interest is higher for the preparation tournaments than in a non-Olympic year. Altogether 193 boxers from 25 countries are attending in the new edition of the Nations Women’s Cup including new female boxing nations as Cyprus and Mali.

Bout of the day

Laila Abdullatif claimed the gold medal in the Tbilisi 2019 EUBC European Schoolgirls Boxing Championships which was Cyprus’ first ever title in a continental event. The Cyprian girl is still at the schoolgirl age group also in 2020 and arrived to the Nations Women’s Cup as favourite of the 40kg weight class. Abdullatif won her continental title in this weight class but her final opponent was another promising European hope, England’s Sophie Harker who claimed also gold at the Tbilisi 2019 EUBC European Schoolgirls Boxing Championships but in the 36kg category. The Cyprian boxer proved her amazing tempo in the first round and Harker also landed good shots in the first minute of boxing. Abdullatif increased her rhythm in the second round and won the battle of the European Champions in Sombor.

Surprise of the day

England’s Jessica Keaton was gold medallist at the Tbilisi 2019 EUBC European Schoolgirls Boxing Championships as her teammate Sophie Harker and also received the right to box at the Nations Women’s Cup. The English girl moved up one weight class in the recent half year and met for the gold medal with Greece’s Ioanna Kantzari. Keaton did not find the tempo in the first round and she had disadvantage in the scorecards. The Greek girl exceeded all of the previous expectations and landed stronger punches which meant Kantzari won their final by RSC.

The Round-Up

Russia’s Renata Mingalimova could be the next junior sensation of the strong country who won the 2018 edition of the EUBC European Schoolgirls Boxing Championships which was a historical event. The 15-year-old Russian eliminated Serbia’s Ivana Cizmar in the semi-finals and met for the gold of the junior pinweight (46kg) with France’s Lindsay Jerpan. Mingalimova controlled all of the rounds and proved her strength and future potential in their respective final.

The next junior gold medal in the Nations Women’s Cup was achieved by Polina Spirina of Russia who stopped Serbia’s Andjela Ilic in the final of the light flyweight (48kg). Her teammate Daria Kostkina had to do her very best to beat Serbia’s Sara Cirkovic but finally her hand was raised after the last gong. The fourth-in-a-row Russian gold medal was taken by Very Yurchenko who controlled her final against Greece’s Eleni Cholidi.

Russia’s Karina Korobova was gold medallist at the Albena 2018 EUBC European Schoolgirls Boxing Championships and she is now member of their junior national team. The 15-year-old boxer competes at the bantamweight (54kg) and following her tough semi-final against Italy’s Maria Teresa Sannino, she claimed the gold in Sombor. Korobova was stronger than France’s Junior National Champion Mayssa Belkhadra in the final and earned the next gold medal for Russia.

Russia’s Zukhro Umarbekova had to meet also with a top opponent but she managed to win the junior featherweight (57kg) following her success over China’s Zhang Tingting. Nadezhda Golubeva amazed the crowd of the Nations Women’s Cup where she dominated all of the rounds against England’s Abby Briggs at the lightweight (60kg). EUBC European Junior Champion Valeria Vorontsova defeated her Russian teammate Angelina Simakova in the final of the heavyweight (+80kg).

England’s Megan Bainbridge was the main favourite for the gold of the youth light flyweight (48kg) and she accomplished her target against Russia’s Youth National Champion Alena Stepanova. Montenegro’s two-time EUBC European Junior Champion Bojana Gojkovic had a tough job against Greece’s Antonia Giannakopoulou at the bantamweight (54kg) before France’s top youth boxer Sthelyne Grosy defeated Russia’s Alena Kantemirova in another exciting final.

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