England, Russia, Montenegro, Ireland, Germany, Poland and Turkey won the titles in the women’s finals in Anapa16 October 2018
The 13 women finals were held in the seventh competition day of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Anapa, Russia. England, host Russia, Montenegro, Ireland, Germany, Poland and Turkey claimed the titles of the women’s finals in the event.
Anapa hosted the event previously in 2013 and in 2014 and after four years the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships returned to the Russian city. This new edition of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships was the first ever competition when the women and the men boxers can attend together within one event.
Turkey’s Junior National Champion Gamze Soguksu advanced to the final of the pinweight (46kg) but she was not able to keep her semi-final performance and the first gold medal of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships went to England’s Alex Brown who worked well in the final and looked fresh. Russia’s Valeria Linkova claimed the first gold medal of the host country following her success over England’s Megan Bainbridge at the women’s light flyweight (48kg).
Montenegro’s best female talent Bojana Gojkovic was born only in 2003 but she is one of the most experienced junior boxers in the whole continent with several international tournament titles. Gojkovic, who trains with coach Nikola Ruzic, could continue her fairytale and defeated Italy’s Lucia Elen Ayari in the final of the flyweight (50kg). Bojana Gojkovic’s success is Montenegro’s first women’s gold medal in the EUBC level.
Following Alex Brown’s success the second English female title was taken by last year’s silver medallist Courtney Marie Scott after beating Russia’s top junior talent Diana Yermakova at the light bantamweight (52kg). Ireland’s Ellie Gartland reached her career highlight with her gold medal in Anapa where she was too quick for Romania’s Ana Maria Gheorghe at the bantamweight (54kg).
Ireland’s second title in Anapa was delivered by Golden Girl Box Cup winner Lauren Dempsey short after Gartland’s triumph. The Irish featherweight (57kg) boxer had to meet in the final with Russia’s Azalia Amineva which was not an easy job for Dempsey. The Irish talent and the Russian had strong exchanges in the first round and their final was a spectacular one in Anapa. Dempsey used her amazing stamina and motivation to beat Amineva which was a small surprise in the day of the finals.
Germany’s lone gold medal in the whole event was achieved by Ilona Sarembo who used a well-built tactic to beat Ireland’s Sinainn Glynn at the lightweight (60kg). The next impressive performance in the event was delivered by Russia’s Maria Bersteneva who dominated her final against Serbia’s Nina Stajkovic. The referee had to count the Serbian talent in the second round and Bersteneva kept continue her pressurizing tactic in the third and celebrated her title after the final bell.
Russia’s next gold medal was achieved by Luiza Orets at the welterweight (66kg) who stopped Italy’s Miriam Tommasone using her powerful punches in the final. Tommasone attended in her first international event and the final in Anapa was only her 10th contest during her career therefore the silver medal is more than she expected.
Poland’s Junior National Champion Zofia Stachowiak claimed the next gold medal in the women’s part of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships where she was slightly better than Ireland’s Lisa O’Rourke. Poland’s next brilliant moment was done by Daria Parada who had effective punches against Russia’s Margarita Zueva and claimed the title of the middleweight (75kg).
England’s new sensation Emily Asquith arrived to Anapa as a gold medal favourite at the light heavyweight (80kg) and she realized her mission dominating her final over Poland’s Martyna Jancelewicz. Turkey has got great tradition at the heavyweight (+80kg) in women’s boxing and their new promising hope Busra Isildar was too strong for Poland’s Silesian Women’s Open Junior Tournament winner Oliwia Toborek.