Gojkovic and Beeloo were the heroes of Day3 at the 9th Nations Women’s Cup18 January 2020
The third competition day at the 9th edition of the Nations Women’s Cup saw 38 fights in the city of Sombor, Serbia. The schoolgirls, the junior and youth hopes and the elite boxers all were in actions in the third day of boxing. Montenegro’s two-time EUBC European Junior Champion Bojana Gojkovic eliminated her main Russian rival on Day3 while Netherlands’ newcomer Luna Beeloo delivered the top sensation of the session.
The first edition of the Nations Women’s Cup was taking place in Sombor eight years ago in 2012. The Olympic Qualification Events will be held in the months of February and March therefore the interest is higher for the preparation tournaments than in a non-Olympic year. Altogether 193 boxers from 25 countries are attending in the new edition of the Nations Women’s Cup including new female boxing nations as Cyprus and Mali.
Bout of the day
Montenegro’s coach Mr. Nikola Ruzic built up strong junior and youth teams in the recent years and their highlight could be coming soon at the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships which will be held in Budva in the end of April. Montenegro’s two-time EUBC European Women’s Junior Champion Bojana Gojkovic stopped Serbia’s Marija Lalic in the second competition day but her next rival was in different level. She had to meet with Russia’s No.1 Liana Tarasian who claimed also gold at the 2019 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships. Gojkovic started their battle strongly and she kept continuing the world class level until the final gong.
Surprise of the day
Netherlands’ Luna Beeloo competed only in her homeland in the recent one year and she is a newcomer in their national team. She is a talented youth girl at the light welterweight (64kg) but the Nations Women’s Cup is her first big international competition. The 17-year-old Dutch girl had a strong opponent Serbia’s EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist Nina Stajkovic and in spite of the previous chances, Beeloo eliminated the local favourite, joining to the last four.
Russia’s Renata Mingalimova won the 2018 edition of the EUBC European Schoolgirls Boxing Championships which was a historical event. The 15-year-old Russian competes at the juniors now and she started strongly against Serbia’s Ivana Cizmar. Mingalimova landed lethal punches in the first minute and the Serbian ringside abandoned their unequal fight quickly which means the Russian talent will be boxing for the gold of the junior pinweight (46kg) with France’s Lindsay Jerpan.
Russia’s Karina Korobova also claimed gold medal at the Albena 2018 EUBC European Schoolgirls Boxing Championships and she is now member of their junior national team. The 15-year-old boxer moved up to the bantamweight (54kg) and she had a tough semi-final against Italy’s Maria Teresa Sannino in Sombor. Following her success, Korobova will be meeting for the title of the Nations Women’s Cup with France’s Mayssa Belkhadra who controlled her semi-final against Romania’s Nicoleta Banciu.
Italy’s Giordana Sorrentino is 19 but she has got already enough experiences from the junior, youth and U22 international events. The Italian bantamweight (54kg) boxer delivered one of her best performances and her developments meant that Sorrentino was enough strong to beat China’s Liu Jiaqi. Serbia’s Dajana Grmusa, Italy’s Giulia Lamagna and India’s Maisnam Meena Kumari Devi also advanced to the semi-finals in this category.
Italy’s next top boxer in action was EUBC European Women’s Champion and Rio 2016 Olympian Irma Testa who is one of the best featherweight (57kg) athletes in the whole world. The 22-year-old Italian used her smart boxing against Croatia’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Nikolina Cacic who is newcomer in the elite competitions. Testa won their contest unanimously but Cacic proved her talent in their quarter-final contest.