German and Ukrainian surprises at the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships on Day318 October 2021
The girls started also their campaigns in the third competition day at the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships in Budva, Montenegro. Germany’s Nikita Putilov and Ukraine’s Iryna Melnik caused the main sensations of Day3 following their successes over gold medal favourite boxers.
Boxers at the women’s flyweight (50kg), bantamweight (54kg), featherweight (57kg), lightweight (60kg), light welterweight (63kg), welterweight (66kg), middleweight (75kg), furthermore the men’s minimumweight (48kg), flyweight (51kg) and super heavyweight (+91kg) fought for the quarter-finals on Day3. The EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships is live streamed in the EUBC website as all of the previous competitions in 2021.
Boxers who were born in 2003 and in 2004 are eligible to attend in the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships in Budva. The event will be introduced also the new youth weight categories, the girls can attend in 12 while the boys in 13 different weight classes in Montenegro. The Technical Delegate of the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships is Mrs. Susanne Karrlander of Sweden.
Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine are competing in the event in Budva.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls were the responsibility of the local organizers in Montenegro avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships.
The bout of the day
Spain’s Rafael Lozano Serrano achieved silver medal at the 2020 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships and joined to the youth national team this January. The 17-year-old Spaniard is a gold medal contender at the men’s minimumweight (48kg) but he had a tough opening bout against Armenia’s Tumas Tovmasyan. The Armenians arrived to Budva with a strong team and Tovmasyan tried to stop the Spanish attacks and used counter-punches. Lozano used his virtuoso footwork against the Armenian and worked well enough to win this impressive bout in Budva.
The surprises of the day
Armenia’s Hovhannes Papazyan claimed silver medal at the Kielce 2021 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and he lost in the final only to Uzbekistan’s biggest talent, Jakhongir Zokirov. The Armenian super heavyweight (+92kg) boxer arrived to Budva as one of the gold medal contenders but he was shocked in the preliminary stage by Germany’s Nikita Putilov. Papazyan moved forward but his German opponent was smarter and eliminated a favourite boxer in Budva.
Czech Republic’s Claudia Totova was silver medallist at the 2020 EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships and returned to Budva to get an even better result. The 18-year-old Czech bantamweight (54kg) girl impressed in the preparation tournaments but she was not able to repeat that performance in her debuting contest in Montenegro. Ukraine’s Iryna Melnik surprised her with excellent tactical repertoires and her strategy worked well in the bout which was enough to beat the favourite Totova.
Russia’s Nadezhda Golubeva won the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships twice and opened her youth career with a national title. The 17-year-old Russian lightweight (60kg) boxer impressed in the first round against Cyprus’ newcomer Iliana Hadjivasiliou. Golubeva was stronger and more experienced but her Cyprian opponent had the stamina and fighting spirit to work until the last gong. The final verdict was unanimous decision for Golubeva who is the main favourite of this weight class in Budva.
Czech Republic’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Veronika Gajdova is a native talent in our sport, and she used her height advantage well enough against Poland’s Julianna Rutkowska. The 18-year-old Czech was smart and controlled the bout from longer distance therefore she advanced to the last eight. Another talented girl, Moldova’s Cristina Chiper had a tough battle in the same lightweight (60kg) but she managed to win her preliminary bout against Sweden’s Duna Sipel.
Italy’s Michela Caccamo produced strong results in the recent two and half years and opened the first round against Hungary’s Barbara Megyeri with strong technical performance. The Italian bantamweight (54kg) boxer had difficulties in the second part of the bout but she was able to manage to win that difficult contest. Her teammate, Carlotta Abbate had good strategy against Finland’s Suvi Tujula and won a second important contests for the Italians on Day3.
Netherlands’ Luna Beeloo impressed in a few junior and youth international tournaments in 2019 and in the beginning of 2020 but she could not compete events due to the pandemic. The 18-year-old Dutch boxer used that period to strengthen her technical and physical abilities to reach the level of the best athletes of the light welterweight (63kg). The Dutch talent worked hard in her opening bout against Ukraine’s experienced Alina Siedova and defeated her tough rival.