Duta and Nemtsova knocked out their final opponents in the Vejle 2007 European Women’s Boxing Championships22 September 2020
The sixth edition of the European Women’s Boxing Championships was held in Vejle, Denmark in 2007. Between 2001 and 2007 six editions of the European Women’s Boxing Championships were organized by various cities to develop the female part of boxing. Romania’s Steluta Duta and Russia’s Yulia Nemtsova delivered two KO triumphs in the day of the finals.
Vejle hosted the record-breaking European Men’s Boxing Championships in 1996 which was the lone qualification event for the Atlanta Olympic Games. After 11 years of break the European Championships returned to Vejle but this time the women boxers could attend in the continental event.
The number of the weight classes was 13 in 2007 as in the previous four editions of the European Women’s Boxing Championships. The first competition day of the 2007 European Women’s Boxing Championships was October 15 in Vejle where the finals were scheduled on October 20. Following the 26 semi-finals, a rest day was held on October 19 before the finals of the 6th European Women’s Boxing Championships.
A new record was set up in terms of number of boxers following 137 female athletes competed in the 6th European Women’s Boxing Championships in Vejle. The 2007 Vejle edition was the first when in one weight class the number of the boxers was more than 16 therefore at the featherweight (57kg) two rounds of preliminaries were scheduled.
The following 26 nations attended in the 2007 European Women’s Boxing Championships in Denmark: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.
Russia, Turkey and Ukraine were the three nations which attended with maximum number of 13 boxers in Vejle. Romania sent 12 boxers to the Vejle 2007 edition, only the middleweight (75kg) was their gap in the event. Belgium made its female debut in the European Women’s Boxing Championships in 2007 while Bulgaria and Croatia returned to the event after four years of break. The host Danish team competed in the European Women’s Boxing Championships with nine boxers.
As in the previous five editions, the Russian team topped the medal standings in Vejle with their 10 medals including six gold. Romania, Sweden, Ukraine, Hungary, Turkey, France and Ireland all won one weight classes in the 2007 Vejle edition. Romania claimed seven medals in the event which ranked them No.2 behind the Russian team.
Poland, Bulgaria, England, Norway, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands were also on the medal table of the Vejle 2007 European Women’s Boxing Championships. Bulgaria, England and the Netherlands never claimed any medals in the history of the European Women’s Boxing Championships. Two top powers as Germany and Italy attended in the Vejle 2007 edition but both failed to get any medals in Denmark.
Romania’s Steluta Duta was the titleholder at the pinweight (46kg) and she was able to defend her throne in Vejle. The 25-year-old Romanian knocked out Bulgaria’s first ever finalist in the history of the event, Sevda Asenova in the title bout. Russia’s Olesya Gladkova was titleholder at the light flyweight (48kg) but she lost her quarter-final to Hungary’s Monika Csik on their re-match. The Hungarian was never stopped until the gold medal of the weight class which she achieved following her success over Romania’s Lidia Ion.
Sumeyra Kaya claimed gold medal for Turkey at the light bantamweight (52kg) in 2006 and achieved another European title in 2007 but at the flyweight (50kg). The Turkish boxer defeated Poland’s Ewelina Pekalska in the third final of the Vejle 2007 European Women’s Boxing Championships. Ukraine’s Viktoriya Rudenko won gold at the 2003 Pécs edition and after four years of break she returned to the top of the podium in Vejle following her success over Sweden’s Shipra Nilsson.
Russia’s Sofya Ochigava has done a revenge to Poland’s Karolina Michalczuk to her defeat in the 2006 edition and regained her throne at the bantamweight (54kg). The Russian boxer was slightly better than England’s Nicola Adams who developed rapidly between the two editions of the event. Ochigava’s teammate Elena Gorshkova defeated her main rival as Denmark’s Malene Nielsen and Norway’s Ingrid Egner at the featherweight (57kg) which was the most crowded category with 18 boxers on the entry list.
Ireland’s lone female boxer of the event Katie Taylor became three-time European Women’s Champion at the lightweight (60kg) in Vejle after her 21st birthday. The Irish boxer was in top shape and defeated her final opponent, Switzerland’s Sandra Brugger in the final of the event. France’s Lucie Bertaud caused a surprise at the light welterweight (63.5kg) with her successes over Denmark’s Yvonne Baek Rasmussen and Sweden’s Klara Svensson.
Russia’s Irina Poteyeva had a tough semi-final against Netherlands’ Marichelle De Jong but she managed to win her difficult fight in the last four. The Russian welterweight (66kg) boxer had an easier triumph in the final over Poland’s Oliwia Luczak which she won by 12:1 in Vejle. Her teammate Yulia Nemtsova returned to the national team and dominated the light middleweight (70kg) in Vejle where she won the final against Romania’s Luminita Turcin by KO in the third round.
Sweden’s Anna Laurell returned to the European Women’s Boxing Championships after two years of hiatus and quickly won the middleweight (75kg) after beating Russia’s 2006 champion Maria Yavorskaya in the final. The fifth Russian gold medal was achieved by Anna Gladkikh who had a narrow triumph over Ukraine’s Irina Komar at the heavyweight (80kg). Hungary’s three-time European Women’s Champion Maria Kovacs was not able to win her next final against Russia’s Elena Surkova in Vejle and claimed silver medal at the heavyweight (86kg).
List of the winners in the 2007 European Women’s Boxing Championships
- Pinweight (46kg): Steluta Duta, Romania
- Light flyweight (48kg): Monika Csik, Hungary
- Flyweight (50kg): Sumeyra Kaya, Turkey
- Light Bantamweight (52kg): Viktoriya Rudenko, Ukraine
- Bantamweight (54kg): Sofya Ochigava, Russia
- Featherweight (57kg): Elena Gorshkova, Russia
- Lightweight (60kg): Katie Taylor, Ireland
- Light welterweight (63kg): Lucie Bertaud, France
- Welterweight (66kg): Irina Poteyeva, Russia
- Light middleweight (70kg): Yulia Nemtsova, Russia
- Middleweight (75kg): Anna Laurell, Sweden
- Light Heavyweight (80kg): Anna Gladkikh, Russia
- Heavyweight (86kg): Elena Surkova, Russia