Finland’s youth hope Vilma Viitanen – I had a lot of international sparring experiences before Budapest

16 August 2018 News

Finland’s best woman youth boxer 17-year-old Vilma Viitanen will be the lone boxer from her Northern European country in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships but she has got realistic medal chances in Budapest.

Viitanen, who joined to the youth age group this January, had an unlucky draw in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Roseto degli Abruzzi where she met with eventual winner Caroline Dubois of England in the preliminary stage but she is now well-prepared to do big things.

Vilma Viitanen, who began boxing in 2009, was silver medallist in the 2017 EUBC European Confederation Women’s Junior Boxing Championships in Bulgaria and after more than 60 bouts during her career she is an experienced boxer at the women’s lightweight (60kg).

“My key elements for the preparation to the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships were a lot of sparrings building up my strength and self-esteem. We used on basic fundamentals during our trainings and getting international sparring experiences.  

Jarkko Pitkänen leads my trainings and we have done things we wanted to do before the start of the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. We had the final training camp in Edenderry in Ireland where I met with a lot of youth girls.

I expect that the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships is going to be really great experience for me where I can reach my limits against the bests in the whole world. Everyone from the globe is going to be strong in Budapest but I think the best ones in the final stages will be from the European continent in my weight class.

I started boxing when I was 8-year-old. My grandfather boxed and my father went sometimes to the boxing gym to practice too therefore the boxing is part of my life since my childhood. Boxing brings to my life determination, ambition, good friends and happiness.

About a year ago I moved from my small town Mikkeli to Tampere where the boxing traditions are better and I can train with more boxers so I am waiting for that benefit in Budapest,” said Finland’s best woman youth boxer Vilma Viitanen about her preparation for the event and how she started our beloved sport.


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