Germany’s Viktoria Sawatzki performed strongly in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships on Day1

10 October 2018 News

Following the General Weigh-in and the Official Draw the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships started with its first competition day in Anapa, Russia. Germany’s Viktoria Sawatzki delivered one of the best performances in the opening day defeating her rival by large margin of differences.

Anapa hosted the event previously in 2013 and in 2014 and after four years the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships returned to the Russian city.  This new edition of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships is the first ever competition when the women and the men boxers can attend together within one event.

England’s Courtney Marie Scott claimed silver medal in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Junior Boxing Championships in Sofia and arrived as a favourite to Anapa. The 16-year-old English light bantamweight (52kg) boxer controlled her rounds against Greece’s newcomer Antonia Filippa Giannakopolou and advanced to the next stage of the continental event.

Ireland’s Niamh Fay is member of the national team since 2015 when she was only 13. The 16-year-old talent won the gold medal in the Golden Girl Box Cup starting the year with a great international success. The Irish girl looked energetic against Latvia’s best woman talent Nikolina Boke and her speed was the difference between them today. Boke was a secret favourite at the light bantamweight (52kg) but Fay was broken her dreams on Day1.

Romania’s Mihaela Gabriela Manea will be celebrating her 15th birthday only next month but she looked better than Hungary’s Barbara Megyeri in the first exchanges. The Romanian used her longer distance successfully in the first round and landed clear punches in their flyweight (50kg) contest. The Hungarian turned up the heat and did a great finish but her efforts were not able to turn back the narrow fight.

Hungary’s Slovakian Women’s Junior Box Cup winner Szabina Szabo was more experienced than Moldova’s Maria Manolova and she started the first round well against her opponent. The 16-year-old Hungarian bantamweight (54kg) boxer was too static in the final minutes and the Moldovan youngster was able to turn back the bout.

Viktoria Sawatzki has got Kazakh roots but she trains and fights for Germany and she has got already 35 bouts in spite of her age of 15. The German boxer was more confident in the first round than Hungary’s Petra Szabo in their featherweight (57kg) contest. The German southpaw landed quicker punches in the third round and the referee counted Szabo which determined Sawatzki’s clear triumph in Anapa.

England’s newcomer in their female squad Sacha Hickey won their Junior National Championships and the British Three Nations Junior Championships this year. The English talent had to meet with Azerbaijan’s Zeynab Rahimova in the first round of the women’s featherweight (57kg). Her southpaw stance and longer hands were uncomfortable for the lone Azeri female boxer in Anapa which means Hickey can continue her road.

Russia’s Eduard Voskanian controlled the middle of the ring and caught Turkey’s Gokay Ulimas a few times in the first round of their men’s light flyweight (48kg) bout. The current Russian Junior National Champion had difficulties against his Turkish rival but his advantages were enough to keep the triumph in Anapa.

Georgia’s 14-year-old Luka Nikabadze arrived from the city of Kutaisi to the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships. Nikabadze, who attended in four international competitions in the recent one year, felt the tempo well in the first round against Moldova’s Vladislav Gorbatiuc and his tactical repertoire made him to win. His next rival will be Romania’s Tavi Dobre who is a strong hope at the men’s flyweight (50kg).

Russia’s Evgeny Zhorov is two-time EUBC European Schoolboys Champion and quickly adopted the level of the junior boxers and secured his place in the team following his national title. The 15-year-old Russian opened the first round against Hungary’s Aron Szollosy in style but his opponent also stepped into the gas. The Hungarian, who is spending his first year in the junior level as Zhorov, surprised his Russian rival with his enthusiasm but the Russian had still the stamina to keep the triumph on home soil.



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