Finland’s Mira Potkonen knocked out her rival as first boxer at the Ulan-Ude AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships

07 October 2019 News

The top quality of boxing continued on the fourth preliminary day at the Ulan-Ude 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Russia. The host nation’s pride Natalia Shadrina and Germany’s Irina Schoenberger both won their contests with impressive performances but Finland’s No.1 Mira Potkonen marked the day as the icon following her rare KO success in Ulan-Ude.

The following 24 European nations are attending in the Ulan-Ude 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Yekaterinburg: Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.

Bout of the day

Russia’s Natalia Shadrina has been waiting for many years to receive the right to attend in a top international competition. The Russian lightweight (60kg) boxer, who replaced Jeju 2014 AIBA Women’s World Champion Anastasia Beliakova, is a local hope who lives and trains in Ulan-Ude. The 29-year-old Shadrina won plenty of international tournaments in the recent three years and her hard trainings resulted a strong success for her on Day4. The Russian boxer was strongly motivated against India’s former AIBA Women’s World Champion Sarita Devi Laishram in a bout where both athletes had the same fighting style. Shadrina knew the best tactic against her veteran Indian rival from the first minute and won the key fight of the fourth competition day.

Surprise of the day

Germany’s Irina Schoenberger reached good results in the recent years but she has strong concurrency at the middleweight (75kg) in the national events. Following her narrow losses to Sarah Scheurich, she moved up to the light heavyweight (81kg) and used her technical skills in her opening bout to beat India’s National Selection Trials winner Nandini Thakur. The Indian women boxers are among the bests in the world but Schoenberger managed her success landing several tough jabs in their preliminary bout.

The Round-Up

Finland’s Mira Potkonen has done perfect year before the start of the Ulan-Ude 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. She won the titles at the Minsk European Games and also at the Madrid EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships this year. The Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist is the Seed No.1 at the lightweight (60kg) in Ulan-Ude who met with an old rival, Switzerland’s Sandra Brugger. Potkonen dominated the first round but in the second she landed a lethal punch and the referee confirmed her KO success which was the first in the event.

Ireland’s two-time EUBC European U22 Champion Amy Broadhurst was competitive for Finland’s Mira Potkonen in the semi-finals of the Madrid EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships a few weeks ago and arrived to Ulan-Ude confidently. The Irish boxer replaced their injured defending AIBA Women’s World Champion Kellie Harrington in the national team but she proved her amazing fighting spirit once again. The 22-year-old Irish caught her rival Germany’s Maya Kleinhans quickly in the first round and continued her strong performance until the end of the final gong.

Poland’s Aneta Rygielska claimed silver medal at the light welterweight (64kg) in the last edition of the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships. Following her AIBA Women’s Youth World Championships’ title, the Polish boxer needed six years to get a top result among the elite competitions. Rygielska moved back to the lightweight (60kg) in Ulan-Ude and opened her campaign in the last 32 with an excellent performance against neighbouring Belarus’ Ala Yarshevich. The final verdict was unanimous decision in the favour of Rygielska who proved, she is among the medal contenders in this event.

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