Finland’s Mira Potkonen eliminated Italy’s Irma Testa on the highlight of Day3 in Sofia08 June 2018
The third competition day was held in the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. Finland’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist star Mira Potkonen defeated one of her main rivals Italy’s Irma Testa which was the highlight of the third competition day.
Altogether 24 preliminary bouts have been held in the third competition day in Sofia where the winners are advanced to the last eight. Finally 146 boxers from 32 countries are attending in the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships in Sofia where 10 champions will be crowned on June 12.
France’s Delphine Mancini is one of the most experienced boxers at the bantamweight (54kg) who claimed bronze medals in the last editions of the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships and also in the European Union Women’s Championships. The 31-year-old French boxer was too strong for Netherlands’ newcomer Anouk Echteld and Mancini can continue her road to the finals.
Belarus’ Yuliya Apanasovich claimed bronze medal in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships two years ago which was a great sensation in Sofia. The 22-year-old Belarusian bantamweight (54kg) boxer did enough in the preliminary round when she met with Greece’s young talent Foteini Plea and after Mancini she also secured her place in the last eight.
Finland’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist Mira Potkonen is one of the best boxers at the lightweight (60kg) in the whole world and arrived to Sofia after several international tournament titles. The Finnish veteran is unbeaten in 2018 therefore she was highly confident against Italy’s Rio 2016 Olympian Irma Testa in Sofia. The Italian boxer won the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships on March but she was not enough competitive to Potkonen in their top bout.
Ireland’s Kellie Harrington achieved silver medal at the Astana 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and moved down to the lightweight (60kg) in the recent one year. The Irish boxer, who is trying to replace five-time AIBA Women’s World Champion Katie Taylor in the squad, was highly confident against Czech Republic’s Katerina Humlova in the third competition day.
Moldova’s Cristina Cravcenco was quarter-finalist in the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships and she reached the same among the elite boxers as well in Sofia. The 19-year-old Moldovan lightweight (60kg) hope had to meet in the preliminary stage with another teenager Spain’s Melissa Noemi Gonzalez Tudge and in spite of her difficulties in the third round Cravcenco was able to beat her rival.
Russia’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist and AIBA Women’s World Champion Anastasia Beliakova was seeded as No.2 in the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships and could be Finland’s Mira Potkonen’s main rival in Sofia. The Russian lightweight (60kg) boxer, who is member of the national elite team since 2010, has done a successful first step and eliminated Denmark’s Ditte Frostholm.
England’s Ebonie Jones took the title at the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships in Targu Jiu and she is among the favourites of the bantamweight (54kg) in Sofia. The 20-year-old English talent took the control in the first round quickly but Hungary’s Szabina Szucs also increased her rhythm in the second. Jones landed the effective punches in their bout and the young English hope bowed out her experienced Hungarian rival.
Finland’s next top boxer besides to Mira Potkonen is Elina Gustafsson who claimed bronze medal at the Astana 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. Gustafsson had to meet in the preliminary stage with Poland’s former European Women’s Champion veteran Karolina Koszewska-Lukasik and the Finnish boxer knew how to handle her height disadvantage in Sofia. Gustafsson moved ahead without any stoppage and her uncomfortable style delivered for her a place in the last eight at the welterweight (69kg).
Germany’s Nadine Apetz claimed bronze medal at the Astana 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and arrived to Sofia as a gold medal favourite at the welterweight (69kg). The German No.1 did not find the best fighting range against Belarus’ Alina Veber in the first round and her coaches also felt she needs to change her rhythm quickly. Apetz moved more on feet from the second round and defeated finally her well-developed Belarusian rival in Sofia.