Germany’s Mei-Li Folk delivered the best performance of the day at the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships

08 July 2021 News

The women’s medals are revealed in the fifth competition day at the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia where today’s winners are all semi-finalists. Germany’s Mei-Li Folk proved one of the best performances in the quarter-finals and managed to win her contest with impressive technical skills.

The number of the participating boxers is 335 including 111 girls in the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, host Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine are the participating nations of the event.

Girls and boys who were born in 2005 and in 2006 are eligible to attend in the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships in Tbilisi. Georgia’s capital hosted the 2019 edition of the EUBC European Schoolboys & Schoolgirls Boxing Championships and a top event returns to Tbilisi after two years of break.

The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Georgia to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships Tbilisi 2021.

The bout of day

Germany’s Mei-Li Folk is one the most experienced boxers in their female junior national team who has excellent defensive skills and used her longer hands against Italy’s Elektra Cartacci in the first round of their bantamweight (54kg) contest. The German southpaw had strong technical advantage in their contest and she landed nice combinations while Cartacci was on long. The 16-year-old German had world class performance in her second contest in Tbilisi and eliminated the Italian.

The surprise of the day

Romania’s Amalia Nita had a tough opponent in the quarter-finals of the light welterweight (63kg), Russia’s Kristina Galnykina who arrived to Tbilisi with perfect pedigree. The Russian talent not only won all of her national events but she dominated also the Nations Junior Cup in Serbia. The Romanian talent exceeded all of the previous expectations with her hard work and surprised Galnykina. Nita had emotional performance in the third round which was decisive between them and eliminated the Russian boxer in Tbilisi.

The Round-Up

Russia’s Anastasia Akhunova won their Junior National Championships and the Nations Women’s Junior Cup in Serbia before the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships. The 15-year-old Russian met with Italy’s Sofia Orlando in the quarter-finals of the pinweight (46kg) and controlled the first round. Akhunova was patient, she landed punches only when she had perfect angles in the bout and after four minutes she had massive advantage against the Italian. The Russian boxer reserved her power in the third round for later actions and became her nation’s first guaranteed medallist in Tbilisi.

Italy’s Graziella Schininina was Junior National Champion at the pinweight (46kg) this year but the 15-year-old talent moved up one category following the decision of their head coach, Valeria Calabrese. The Italian started the first round better against Ukraine’s Vladyslava Solovianova and fought from close distance. The Ukrainian was not able to use her longer hands well in the first and second rounds therefore Schininina had strong advantage after four minutes. The Italian competes only in her second international event but she is a guaranteed medallist at the light flyweight (48kg) in Tbilisi.

Russia’s Renata Mingalimova won the 2018 edition of the EUBC European Schoolgirls Boxing Championships in Albena, Bulgaria and she amazed in all of her events in the recent three years. Mingalimova is the defending EUBC European Junior Champion who won all of her international contests during her career. The 16-year-old Russian competes at the flyweight (50kg) in Tbilisi and opened her campaign with a tough performance against Hungary’s Adrienn Drobilits. Mingalimova controlled all of the three rounds against the inexperienced Hungarian and advanced to the semi-finals of the weight category.

Another favourite at the flyweight (50kg), Ukraine’s EUBC European Schoolgirls Champion Aurika Kostrytska also proved a strong performance in the fifth competition day. The 16-year-old Ukrainian met with Turkey’s Hiranur Ozturk and controlled the exchanges with her longer hands from the first seconds. Kostrytska had stronger shots in the second when the referee counted the debutant Turkish boxer. Ozturk had the fighting spirit but Kostrytska’s technical advantage decided their contest in Tbilisi. In the same weight category, Italy’s Ginevra Benetazzo had a narrow success over Romania’s Carmen Cocos.

Serbia’s Dragana Jovanovic defeated Moldova’s Irina Ciubova in the semi-finals of the 2020 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships and the two boxers met once again in a unique re-match. The Serbian bantamweight (54kg) talent defeated Ciubova by RSC last November and she tried to control the exchanges from the first seconds. Jovanovic increased her tempo in the second and Ciubova was not able to reply to those attacks. The Serbian girl was confident and defeated the Moldovan talent once again in their repeat match which means Jovanovic is medallist at the second time.

The favourites of the women’s lightweight (60kg) all worked hard in the quarter-finals of the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships. Russia’s Daria Novinskaya spent only one minute in the ring against Hungary’s Fanni Deak and the Italian referee confirmed her RSC success. Italy’s EUBC European Schoolgirl Champion Valentina Marra was too strong for Germany’s Celine Broccolo and will be meeting with the Russian in a re-match within one-month difference. Romania’s Andrea Sebe also impressed in the quarter-finals, she stopped Lithuania’s Guste Grigalaityte after one minute of fight. 

Finland’s last remaining boxer in the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships, Viivi Jokinen tried to overcome her Serbian rival, Anastasija Boskovic in the attacks and fought bravely in the first round. The Finnish welterweight (66kg) boxer started the second round with a great shot but her Serbian rival adopted that rhythm. Boskovic used her longer hands better in that period and returned to the match. The 15-year-old Serbian shared her power well and eliminated Jokinen in a narrow contest therefore she can meet in the last four with Russia’s Daria Panova.

Italy’s Maria Teresa Sannino claimed gold medal at the 2019 EUBC European Schoolgirls Boxing Championships and returned to Tbilisi as a junior. The 16-year-old Italian had a smaller opponent, Turkey’s Pinar Ozkan but moved forward and wanted to fight. Sannino is one of the gold medal contenders at the light welterweight (52kg) and she boxed well enough to control the first and second rounds. Sannino was dominant in the third round, she landed punches from all angles therefore the Italian is a guaranteed medallist.

Russia’s defending EUBC European Junior Champion Karina Korobova is the main favourite of the featherweight (57kg) but she had to do her very best against Belarus’ Alina Kardziushova in their quarter-final. The taller Belarusian worked well in the bout therefore Korobova had to step into the gas to eliminate Kardziushova and earn a guaranteed medal in Tbilisi. Another top contest in this weight category was held between Ukraine’s Polina Mishchenko and Italy’s Luisa Acconcia. The Italian boxer had excellent rhythm in the opening minute but Mishchenko had enough experiences to regain the control and win the fight.

Azerbaijan’s best female hope Emili Rzayeva won an international junior event, the Botvinnik Memorial this year and arrived to Tbilisi with strong expectations. The Azeri southpaw moved forwards smartly in the first round and reached Poland’s taller Karolina Kuhn with some good shots. The 16-year-old Polish boxer felt that she needs to work more on feet and tried to keep Rzayeva on long in the next period. Kuhn’s counter-punches were better in the second round and her jabs controlled the third therefore Poland earned a medal at the light welterweight (63kg) in Tbilisi.

The quote of the day

“I felt very strong today, after 30 seconds I found the right distance still in the very beginning of our quarter-final. I could see all of the movements of my opponent and I could box my style and I was sure that I will win this contest. Now, I feel very good, confident and I am ready for the gold medal,” commented her success Germany’s Mei-Li Folk who proved one of the best performances in the fifth competition day.

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