Daria Kozorez is Moldova’s first ever finalist in the history of the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships

21 April 2021 News

The 40 semi-final bouts were held in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Kielce, Poland where all of the women and men weight categories were in action today. Moldova’s EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion Daria Kozorez has done an impressive job in the semi-finals and became the country’s first finalist in this level.

Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Italy, Czech Republic, Turkey, France, Latvia, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Armenia and Hungary became medallists from the European nations. Altogether 414 boxers including 140 women from 52 nations are competing in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Poland where 334 contests are concluded until the end of the seventh competition day.  

The following 32 European nations are attending in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Kielce: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine.

The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Poland to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. The competition is holding with strict Covid-19 protocols same which used in the recent EUBC Championships.

The bout of the day

Moldova’s defending EUBC European Youth Champion at the heavyweight (+81kg), Daria Kozorez moved forward in the first round in her semi-final against Kazakhstan’s strong Yeldana Talipova and took the lead on the scorecards. Kozorez had the fighting spirit and she tried to overcame Talipova in the attacks which worked also for her in the final minutes. Kozorez became Moldova’s first athlete who advanced to the finals in the history of the AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships.

The surprise of the day

Poland’s Natalia Kuczewska became the first European finalist in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Kielce. The Polish girl attacked from the first seconds until the final bell when she met with Thailand’s Thipsatcha Yodwaree in the semi-finals of the light flyweight (48kg). The Southeast Asian boxer knew more about boxing, she had excellent technical skills but today Kuczewska’s fighting spirit decided the contest. The Polish boxer will be meeting for the gold medal with India’s Gitika who eliminated Italy’s EUBC European Youth Champion Erika Prisciandaro.

The Round-up

France’s last remaining boxer in Kielce, multiple international tournament winner Sthelyne Grosy met with Thailand’s Panida Kawkankhun in the semi-finals of the featherweight (57kg). The French girl and her Thai opponent delivered the same level in the first tactical round but Grosy could increase the rhythm in the second. The smaller French landed effective hooks against the Thai who could not repeat her quarter-final performance this time. Grosy advanced to the final where she can meet with India’s ASBC Asian Youth Champion star Poonam who is the main favourite in Kielce.

Russia’s defending EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion at the light welterweight (64kg), Azalia Amineva impressed in the whole AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and she started well against Poland’s Wiktoria Tereszczak in Kielce. The Russian had a clear first round, technically she dominated the contest against the local hope and after six minutes, she had a massive advantage. Amineva produced an amazing performance once again and she can box for the gold medal against Uzbekistan’s Mokhinabonu Abdullaeva.

Poland’s Barbara Marcinkowska had a tough quarter-final contest against Russia’s EUBC European Youth Champion Anastasia Kholueva and after that quarter-final, she had to do her very best once again in the last four of the welterweight (69kg). The Polish girl met with Kazakhstan’s Elite National Championships bronze medallist Zhasmin Kizatova and let her Central Asian opponent on short distance. Marcinkowska’s tactic paid off in that tough contest and advanced to the finals where she will now meet with India’s Arundhati Choudhary.

Turkey’s Busra Isildar won the EUBC European Boxing Championships as junior and youth in 2017, 2018 and 2019 therefore she is one of the favourites in Kielce. The Turkish girl moved down to the light heavyweight (81kg) but she had the strength against Poland’s Martyna Jancelewicz. Isildar has got athletic skills following her strong preparation and controlled all of the three rounds in the semi-final against the host nation’s talent. The 18-year-old Turkish boxer will be boxing for the gold medal with Russia’s Ksenia Olifirenko who defeated Kazakhstan’s Assel Sagatova in a narrow bout.

Russia’s EUBC European Youth Champion Robert Badalian controlled the first round against Azerbaijan’s Nijat Huseynov and he was a hard target for the Caucasian light flyweight (49kg) boxer. The 18-year-old Russian had a few difficulties in the second round but he returned with excellent counter-punches in the third round. Badalian eliminated his Azeri opponent and he needs only one further step to be crowned in Kielce where Kazakhstan’s Sanzhar Tashkenbay will be his last opponent.

Ukraine’s Bozorboy Matyakubov reached his career highlight in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships where he controlled all of the three rounds against Kyrgyzstan’s last remaining boxer, Zhantoro Tashiev. His Kyrgyz opponent was satisfied with his semi-final place and he could not repeat his previous performance in this contest. Matyakubov celebrated his success after the last gong and will be meeting for the title with Kazakhstan’s Sabyrzhan Akkalykov.

Ukraine’s two-time EUBC European Youth Champion Yuriy Zakharieiev is a virtuoso boxer who had an exciting semi-final against Cuba’s Dany Lafos at the welterweight (69kg). The Ukrainian talent was highly motivated against his Cuban opponent and he found Lafos’ weak points in the contest. Zakharieiev will be facing for the gold medal with Russia’s Chezrav Ashalaev who made a great finish in the third round against Uzbekistan’s Alokhon Abdullaev and he can prepare to the re-match against the Ukrainian.

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