Czech Republic, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Greece among the medallist nations at the EUBC Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships16 August 2021
The EUBC Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships turned into its medal phase in Sarajevo where 32 quarter-finals were scheduled in the fourth competition day. Czech Republic’s Julie Polednikova won the bout of the day when Bosnia & Herzegovina and Greece were also among those nations which earned medals.
Altogether 274 boxers are attending in the third Confederation’s event of the year after the U22 and junior talents and eight weight classes were in action in the opening day. The Technical Delegate of the event is Mr. Marko Marovic of Croatia while the Sports Director is Mr. Dragoljub Radovic of Montenegro.
Altogether 78 schoolgirls can attend in their thirteen weight classes in Sarajevo while the number of the participating schoolboys is 196 in the sixteen weight categories. The competition period of the EUBC Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships is August 12-20.
The number of the participating nations is 25 in the competition: Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine.
The bout of the day
Julie Polednikova opened her campaign with a quick success in the preliminary stage of the EUBC Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships. The Czech girl, whose elder sisters are also boxers, moved back continuously in the first round against Lithuania’s Austeja Stulginskaite to land punches from her best distance. Her Baltic rival adopted the rhythm and she moved ahead without any stoppage but Polednikova had better technical skills. The Lithuanian was exhausted in the third round which was decisive between them therefore Polednikova is a medallist in Sarajevo.
The surprise of the day
Bosnia & Herzegovina is the host of the EUBC Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships but their boxers were not successful in the opening three preliminary days. Their best schoolgirl, Dunja Vuksic tried to keep the distance against Hungary’s Dora Nemeth and worked hard to take the lead after one and half minute. The Hungarian schoolgirl, who trains in the small town of Koszeg, moved ahead but her defensive skills are not enough yet to win international bouts. Vuksic landed nice hooks in the third, she won the contest by unanimous decision and earned a medal for Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Poland’s Maria Gutkowska and Turkey’s Nisanur Ozturk competed for the medal at the quarter-final of the women’s 40kg weight class in the opening bout of the fourth competition day. The Polish boxer used her longer reach in the first round and she reached the Turkish youngster earlier in their exchanges. Gutkowska landed tough hooks and she had advantage after two rounds in Sarajevo where she gave in everything to get the medal. The Turkish boxer had to go to the medical corner in the third round twice and following Gutkowska’s lethal shots, the ringside doctor stopped the bout.
Poland’s Karolina Deregowska had to compete also for the semi-final as her teammate, Maria Gutkowska. The 14-year-old Polish girl dominated the first round against Serbia’s Sasa Berklovic who has been counted by the referee. The Serbian girl survived the most dangerous Polish attacks but Deregowska had massive advantage after one and half minute in their 46kg quarter-final. The Polish girl was never stopped attacking in their bout and she had strong multiple shots also in the second round. Berklovic was able to box until the last seconds but Deregowska earned the guaranteed medal in Sarajevo winning the bout by unanimous decision.
Italy’s Anita Borghi won their Schoolgirls National Championships in the month of May and she prepared well to the continental event where she met with Lithuania’s Enrika Mikneviciute. The Italian boxer’s left-handed jabs controlled the first round of the bout which was the next challenge for a medal in Sarajevo. The Lithuanian boxer knew that Borghi will launch her tough left-handed shots but she was not able to organize her defence to avoid these jabs. Borghi moved more on feet and the 13-year-old talent from Emilia Romagna advanced to the semi-finals at the 46kg weight class.
Kristina Borisenko was born only in 2008 but she won four contests by large margin of differences in the Russian Schoolgirls National Championships three months ago. The 13-year-old Russian southpaw landed effective left-handed punches in the first round against Czech Republic’s Amalie Lantova. The Krasnodar region’s boxer spends her first year among the schoolgirls but she has amazing technical skills. Borisenko dictated the tempo and she could reach her Czech opponent from all of the possible angles. The Russian boxer won all of the three rounds in each scorecard by 30:27 in total which means she is medallist at the 48kg weight class in Sarajevo.
Turkey’s Eda Nur Ilhan is a newcomer in the international stage but she spent less than 40 seconds in the ring against Serbia’s Sofija Grubisic in their 48kg quarter-final. The 14-year-old Turkish girl shocked her Serbian rival with her energetic rhythm and the referee stopped the bout before the middle of the first round. The next bout was also decided earlier than the final gong, Ukraine’s Maria Panasenko was too experienced for Italy’s Giulietta Marongiu in the same weight class. The Ukrainian stopped her Italian opponent after one minute using her better technical skills to beat Marongiu who had only two contests before the event.
Russia’s Valeria Ryzhova lives and trains in the Sverdlov region and won five contests in their Schoolgirls National Championships which guaranteed her participation in Sarajevo where she met with Israel’s lone girl, Malak Fashfasha. The Israeli boxer moved ahead but she stepped into the best fighting range of the Russian talent who had excellent technical repertoires. Fashfasha received also a warning but she did not give up the contest and tried to box over her previous limits in Sarajevo. Ryzhova landed her single jabs with perfect timing and eliminated her Israeli opponent winning the 51kg bout by unanimous decision.
Hungary’s Rikardo Joni won two contests already at the EUBC Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships in Sarajevo and he met for the medal with Belarus’ Siarhei Zayats. The smaller Belarusian tried to reduce the fighting distance in the battle of the southpaw boxers. The taller Hungarian overcame Zayats in the attacks and after the busy first round he calmed down and used his strategy better. Joni was a hard target for the Belarusian boxer in the third round which decided their contest in Sarajevo. The final verdict was unanimous for Joni who achieved Hungary’s first medal among the schoolboys.
Greece’s Nearchos Petros Konstantinoudis and his Czech quarter-final opponent, Dorian Kropog, both proved strong technical performance in the first preliminary round. The Greek youngster is a small but energetic boxer who landed punches from all possible angles and took the lead on the scorecards. The Greek boxer was quicker than his Czech rival and continued the same strong performance until the end of the bout. Konstantinoudis had strong physical skills to eliminate Kropog today and achieved a medal for Greece.