Fourteen nations claimed guaranteed medals in the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships10 June 2018
The fifth competition day was held in the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria where the second part of the quarter-finals were on the official program. Fourteen nations advanced to the semi-finals in Sofia where such bit stars as Netherlands’ Nouchka Fontijn, Finland’s Mira Potkonen, Bulgaria’s Stoyka Petrova and Russia’s Anastasia Beliakova are all remained in actions.
Altogether 22 bouts have been held in the fourth 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.
The following 14 nations have got at least one medal after the quarter-finals of the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships in Sofia:
– Russia: 9 medals
– Bulgaria: 6 medals
– Turkey, Ukraine: 4 medals
– Italy: 3 medals
– Belarus, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland: 2 medals
– Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Wales: 1 medal
Russia’s Svetlana Soluyanova is a newcomer in the national elite team but she could be the country’s next big weapon at the Olympic flyweight (51kg). Their current National Champion eliminated the Seed No.1 of the category Ukraine’s Rio 2016 Olympian Tetyana Kob in the preliminary round and used her height advantage against Norway’s Veronica Kim Losvik in the quarter-finals. The final verdict was unanimous decision to the Russian boxer who is now a guaranteed medallist in Sofia.
Bulgaria’s Gabriela Dimitrova and Greece’s Aikaterini Koutsogeorgopoulou met each other in the final of the Strandja Memorial Tournament this February which was won by the local boxer. The two promising youngsters had to meet each other in the quarter-finals of the flyweight (51kg) in Sofia once again but their repeat match was won by Dimitrova with the same strong tactic.
Finland’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist Mira Potkonen eliminated a top rival Italy’s Irma Testa with superb performance during the preliminaries and she was highly confident against Poland’s Aneta Rygielska in the quarter-finals. The Finnish lightweight (60kg) star won the quarter-final by unanimous decision and will be meeting with a top rival Ireland’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Kellie Harrington who defeated Ukraine’s Iulia Tsyplakova in the last eight.
Russia’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist and AIBA Women’s World Champion Anastasia Beliakova could be Finland’s Mira Potkonen’s main rival at the lightweight (60kg) who had difficulties in the first round against Belarus’ Alla Yarshevich in Sofia. The 25-year-old Russian turned up the heat from the second and she was able to beat her Belarusian rival in a close bout. Beliakova will be facing in the semi-finals with Bulgaria’s Denitsa Eliseeva who had easy job against Moldova’s Cristina Cravcenco in the last eight.
Poland’s Lidia Fidura is member of the national elite team since 2008 when she was 18 and she decided to move up to the heavyweight (+81kg) in the recent one year. The experienced Polish boxer moved ahead without any stoppage from the first seconds and she defeated Hungary’s EUBC European U22 Champion 19-year-old Adrienn Juhasz in the quarter-finals of the continental event.
Bulgaria’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist and EUBC European Women’s Champion Stoyka Petrova had to meet with a 13-year-younger rival England’s defending EUBC European U22 Champion Ebonie Jones in the quarter-finals of the bantamweight (54kg). The Bulgarian used up all of her experiences to find the best attacking positions therefore finally her hand was raised after the final bell.
Germany’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Nadine Apetz was not in top shape during her preliminary bout but she did much better in the quarter-finals against Azerbaijan’s Maryam Jabrayilova. The German welterweight (69kg) boxer destroyed her opponent’s defence quickly and celebrated her triumph after the final bell. Apetz will be boxing for the final with Russia’s Iaroslava Iakushina who eliminated Wales’ Commonwealth Games runner-up Rosie Eccles in Sofia.
Netherlands’ Rio 2016 Olympic Games silver medallist Nouchka Fontijn is one of the best middleweight (75kg) boxers in the whole world who arrived to Sofia in perfect form. The Dutch boxer did not met with Russia’s Darima Sandakova during her career but after the first tactical round she knew how to beat her younger rival. Fontijn marched into the semi-finals following her clear triumph and will be boxing with Germany’s Sarah Scheurich who bowed out Poland’s Youth Olympic Games winner Elzbieta Wojcik.