F.Y.R. of Macedonia achieved its first medal at the Plovdiv 2006 European Boxing Championships which was dominated by the Russians

14 September 2020 News

The 36th edition of the European Boxing Championships was held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria which took place in the middle of the Beijing 2008 Olympic cycle. Russia claimed nine gold medals in the 2006 edition repeating their 2002 and 2004 performances. Iceland has done its debut in the European Boxing Championships while developing F.Y.R. of Macedonia achieved its first ever medal.

The open system has been used in the Plovdiv 2006 European Boxing Championships where fights of 11 weight classes were on the official program. The first competition day of the 2006 European Boxing Championships was July 14 in Plovdiv while the finals were held on July 23. A rest day was held in the event after the semi-finals on July 22.

The total number of the boxers was 236 in the Plovdiv 2006 European Boxing Championships which strong figure showed the highest interest from the National Federations. There were two rounds of preliminaries in all of the 11 weight categories in the 36th European Boxing Championships in Bulgaria.

The following 40 nations attended in the 2006 European Boxing Championships in Plovdiv: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, England, Estonia, Finland, France, F.Y.R. of Macedonia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.

Azerbaijan, host Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine attended with maximum number of 11 boxers in the Plovdiv 2006 European Boxing Championships. Belarus sent 10 boxers to the event but Germany, Poland, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Armenia and some others are also sent big delegations to Plovdiv.

Iceland never competed in any editions of the European Boxing Championships but Breidfjord Gunnlausson (75kg) made their debut in Plovdiv. Serbia and Montenegro separated a few weeks before the start of the 2006 European Boxing Championships and both nations represented their new nations in Plovdiv.

The Russians claimed 9 gold medals in the 2002 Perm and in the 2004 Pula editions and their team repeated that amazing performance in the 2006 Plovdiv event which was their third successful championships where the host city’s first alphabet starting with P. Host Bulgaria and Ukraine were the only two nations which could get gold medals besides to the powerful Russians.

Azerbaijan, Armenia, Finland and Italy had finalists in the Plovdiv 2006 European Boxing Championships. Belarus, Hungary and Romania bagged each two bronze medals in Plovdiv. Croatia, England, France, F.Y.R. of Macedonia, Georgia, Germany, Ireland, Scotland and Turkey all secured one bronze medal in the event. F.Y.R. of Macedonia never achieved any medals in the history of the European Boxing Championships but their Veli Mumin (48kg) took a bronze in Plovdiv.

Russia’s Sergey Kazakov won the light flyweight (48kg) in the 1998, in the 2002 and in the 2004 editions while his replacement David Ayrapetyan continued his nation’s winning path in Plovdiv where he defeated Italy’s Alfonso Pinto in the final. His teammate Georgiy Balakshin achieved his third European title in Plovdiv after beating Azerbaijan’s Samir Mammadov in the final of the flyweight (51kg).

Belarus’ 2002 champion Khavazhi Khatsigov and France’s Ali Hallab were eliminated already in the preliminaries of the bantamweight (54kg) which opened Russia’s Ali Aliyev’s success in this division after stopping Hungary’s Zsolt Bedak and Bulgaria’s local favourite Detelin Dalakliev. Russia’s fourth-in-a-row gold medal was achieved by 20-year-old Albert Selimov who had a dominancy over Azerbaijan’s Shahin Imranov in the final of the featherweight (57kg).

Aleksey Tishchenko was Olympic Champion in Athens two years before the Plovdiv event where he bagged his first European title. The 22-year-old Russian dominated the lightweight (60kg) in Plovdiv including his final over Armenia’s Hrachik Javakhyan. Bulgaria’s Boris Georgiev was silver medallist at the Tampere 2000 European Boxing Championships at the age of 18 which he changed into gold in Plovdiv. The host nation’s star defeated his main rivals as Romania’s Ionut Gheorghe and Russia’s Oleg Komisarov.

Russia’s welterweight (69kg) star Oleg Saitov was retired after the Athens 2004 Olympic Games but his replacement Andrey Balanov won the gold of the category in Plovdiv as Turkey’s Bülent Ülüsoy, Ukraine’s Oleksandr Stretskiy and Bulgaria’s Spas Genov were unable to stop him. Russia’s seventh gold medal was taken by Matvey Korobov at the middleweight (75kg) where he defeated Ukraine’s promising Oleksandr Usyk and Azerbaijan’s Rakhib Beylarov.

Russia’s Artur Beterbiyev stopped Ireland’s Kenneth Egan and Ukraine’s Ismail Syllakh during his road to the gold of the light heavyweight (81kg). Ukraine’s lone gold medal in Plovdiv was secured by Denys Poyatsika who landed tough shots in the final of the heavyweight (91kg) against Russia’s Roman Romanchuk. Russia’s duo Lezin and Povetkin dominated the super heavyweight (+91kg) in the previous 10 years but their newcomer Islam Timurziyev also impressed and bagged the ninth gold of his nation in Plovdiv after beating Finland’s 22-year-old Robert Helenius in an exciting final.

List of the winners in the 2006 European Boxing Championships

  • Light flyweight (48kg): David Ayrapetyan, Russia
  • Flyweight (51kg): Georgiy Balakshin, Russia
  • Bantamweight (54kg): Ali Aliyev, Russia
  • Featherweight (57kg): Albert Selimov, Russia
  • Lightweight (60kg): Aleksey Tishchenko, Russia
  • Light welterweight (64kg): Boris Georgiev, Bulgaria
  • Welterweight (69kg): Andrey Balanov, Russia
  • Middleweight (75kg): Matvey Korobov, Russia
  • Light heavyweight (81kg): Artur Beterbiyev, Russia
  • Heavyweight (91kg): Denys Poyatsika, Ukraine
  • Super Heavyweight (+91kg): Islam Timurziyev, Russia
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