Escobar, Walker, Oumiha, Csemez and the McCormack brothers shined in the finals of the EUBC European Union Boxing Championships19 November 2018
Following eight competition days the finals was held in the EUBC European Union Boxing Championships in Valladolid, Spain. The finals were taking place in the impressive new Cupula del Milenio where the crowd saw Spain’s local hero Gabriel Escobar’s success and Ireland’s Kurt Walker’s surprise.
Altogether 124 boxers attended for the medals in Valladolid which is the capital of the Castile and Leon community. In the ninth competition day all of the ten weight classes were in action and the winners are the new champions of the European Union. England topped the team rankings with their four gold medals but Italy, Spain, Ireland, France and Slovakia were also able to get a title in Valladolid.
The EUBC European Union Boxing Championships is the main competition for the men’s elite boxers in 2018 and the continent’s top boxers are attending in the event. The first edition of the EUBC European Union Boxing Championships was held in Strasbourg, France in 2003 and after the last Sofia event Spain’s Valladolid is the host.
Italy’s Federico Serra eliminated his Spanish rival Martin Molina in the semi-final of the light flyweight (49kg) and he prepared such a strong bout against Georgia’s EUBC European Youth Champion Sakhil Allakhverdovi but his opponent was unable to box against him. The Italian, who had experiences in the World Series Boxing, walked over to the gold medal in Valladolid. Italy’s second gold medal in Valladolid was taken by 20-year-old Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine who defeated Croatia’s No.1 Toni Filipi at the heavyweight (91kg).
Spain’s first finalist in the EUBC European Union Boxing Championships was two-time EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships silver medallist Gabriel Escobar who is among the best flyweight (52kg) boxers in the entire world. The 22-year-old Spanish star worked better than England’s William Cawley and his unpredictable movements were the key of his success in Valladolid. The final verdict was unanimous decision to the Spanish youngster who celebrated his next title in the front of the home crowd.
The biggest sensation of the finals was delivered by Ireland’s EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships bronze medallist Kurt Walker who kept his focus until the end of the last gong against such strong boxer as England’s AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Peter McGrail. The English boxer is the defending EUBC European Champion at the bantamweight (56kg) but Walker found the best tactical elements against his English rival and earned Ireland’s lone title in Valladolid.
France’s team captain Rio 2016 Olympic Games silver medallist and AIBA World Champion Sofiane Oumiha raised the level of the EUBC European Union Boxing Championships with his excellent technique and boxing knowledge. The 24-year-old French dominated his road to the finals and for the gold medal of the lightweight (60kg) he defeated England’s multiple international tournament winner Calum French controlling all of the rounds.
Following England’s silver medals, the McCormack brothers achieved their first gold medals at the EUBC European Union Boxing Championships in Valladolid. Firstly, EUBC European U22 Champion Luke was too strong for Italy’s Paolo Di Lernia in the final of the light welterweight (64kg) and has done enough to win his next title. Secondly, the Commonwealth Games winner and Rio 2016 Olympian Pat McCormack was able to win the final of the welterweight (69kg) following his performance against Spain’s second finalist Rio 2016 Olympian returning Youba Ndiaye Sissokho.
Slovakia was sent also a team to the EUBC European Union Boxing Championships and their No.1 Andrej Csemez exceeded all of the expectations in Valladolid. The 20-year-old Slovakian middleweight (75kg) boxer impressed in the recent three years but his efforts against England’s EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships silver medallist Carl Fail were delivered for him a gold medal.
England amazed the crowd in two further categories, firstly at the light heavyweight (81kg) and after that success at the super heavyweight (+91kg). Benjamin Whittaker lost only three contests in the recent two years and his long distance tactic meant that England’s 21-year-old hope was able to beat Romania’s EUBC European U22 Champion Paul Andrei Aradoaie in the final. Frazer Clarke arrived to Valladolid as the main favourite of the super heavyweight (+91kg) and he had done successfully his last workout against Bulgaria’s Petar Belb