England and Italy on the top with three titles while Lithuania earned a historical gold in the EUBC European Women’s Youth Boxing Championships10 September 2019
The first part of the finals, the 10 title contests for the women’s boxers were held in the afternoon session of the seventh competition day at the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships in Sofia. England and Italy both claimed three gold medals while Lithuania achieved a historical female title in the event. The Best Women’s Boxer Trophy was achieved by Italy’s Youth Olympic Champion Martina La Piana.
The following 37 nations and 339 boxers took part in the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.
Bout of the day
Croatia’s lone finalist in Sofia, AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Nikolina Cacic had tough road to the finals. The Croatian moved down to the bantamweight (54kg) in the recent months to reach her first European title. The 18-year-old Croatian was not enough fresh in the first round against Ireland’s Niamh Fay who eliminated Romania’s No.1 Bianca Cobzaru in the last four. The Irish boxer was never stopped attacking and she was more confident than the experts expected. Fay felt this could be her best chance and her attempts in the attacks were effective mainly in the first and second rounds. The Croatian favourite landed more punches in the third and she tried to turn back their fight but Fay has done enough to win the best female bout of the finals.
Surprise of the day
Bulgaria’s best female boxer EUBC European Junior Champion Melek Zakifova was the main favourite before the start of the event at the light flyweight (48kg). The Bulgarian boxer had to meet in the final with Italy’s Erika Prisciandaro who eliminated the defending champion Ireland’s Daina Moorehouse. The Italian southpaw started the bout with aggressive tactic and ruled the middle of the ring surprising the Bulgarian in the first round. Zakifova used counter-punches to stop those Italian attacks and tried to move more on feet to avoid Prisciandaro’s shots. The Italian boxer worked hard in all of the three rounds and defeated the main favourite in Sofia achieving her career highlight.
Italy’s reigning EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion Martina La Piana won four contests during her road to the final of the flyweight (51kg) in Sofia. The Youth Olympic Games winner Italian was planning to defend the European title in her next challenge against Ukraine’s surprise Viktoria Fabuliak. La Piana was confident in the first round and caught her Ukrainian rival several times with tough jabs. Fabuliak tried to keep La Piana long but the Italian was better in footwork and her previous experiences against the best in the world paid off in this final. The final verdict was unanimous decision in the favour of La Piana who claimed her third-in-a-row European title.
Following Russia’s Alina Kantemirova’s close success at the featherweight (57kg), a top final was held in Sofia. England’s Youth Olympic Games winner, AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion and defending EUBC European Youth Champion Caroline Dubois is the best future hope in our continent who advanced to the next finals in Sofia as well. The 18-year-old unbeaten English lightweight (60kg) boxer met with Russia’s Nune Asatrian which was the repeat final of last year’s edition and the Budapest 2018 AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships. Dubois won three EUBC titles already during her career since 2016 and achieved her fourth in Sofia winning their third tight re-match.
England’s next finalist in Sofia was Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Champion and the defending champion of the light welterweight (64kg) Gemma Richardson. The 18-year-old English was 15cm smaller than her final opponent, Germany’s No.1 Stefanie Von Berge but she tried to reduce the fighting distance from the first seconds. The German boxer’s tactic was simple in this final, to keep her unbeaten rival on long and operate with counter-punches. The German boxer used smart boxing in the final but Richardson’s impressive finish was enough for the English girl to win their narrow fight. Richardson claimed her third European title during her career.
Italy’s Melissa Gemini eliminated tough rivals during her road to the finals at the welterweight (69kg) including Russia’s No.1 as well. The Italian, who impressed in the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament two months ago, was quicker in the first round than Hungary’s lone finalist in Sofia, Viktoria Ambrus. The 18-year-old Hungarian used better tactic in the second and attacked more but received punches from the Italian counters in that period. Ambrus gave in everything in the third and caught Gemini with tough shots but her efforts were not enough to turn back the final which means Italy claimed three gold medals in the female part of the finals in Sofia.
Lithuania’s Gabriele Diekontaite moved down to the middleweight (75kg) just before the start of the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships which was a fantastic decision as she advanced to the final of the continental event. Diekontaite met in the finals for the gold with Turkey’s Sena Erdogan who had a brilliant success in the semi-finals against France’s top favourite Youth Olympic Games silver medallist Tallya Brillaux. The Turkish boxer moved ahead strongly in the first round but the Lithuanian adopted the rhythm of the bout quickly. Diekontaite has done a fantastic final round and won Lithuania’s first ever title in the history of the EUBC European Women’s Youth Boxing Championships.
England’s EUBC European Junior Champion Emily Asquith joined to the youth age group this January and impressed in her second continental final against Turkey’s Elanur Sagit. The 17-year-old English girl controlled the first and second rounds but she was still able to raise that tempo therefore she claimed her next European title winning the light heavyweight (81kg) final by large margin of differences. Turkey’s EUBC European Junior Champion Busra Isildar dominated the last final against Ukraine’s Maria Kryvonis at the heavyweight (+81kg) claiming her third continental title.