Great day for Romania in the quarter-finals of the Balkan Women’s Tournament14 October 2018
The 4th edition of the Balkan Women’s Tournament continued with its second competition day in Botevgrad, Bulgaria where 29 quarter-final contests were in the official program in two sessions. The best Romanian women boxers such as Steluta Duta, Claudia Nechita, Lacramioara Perijoc and Cristina Cosma all won their contests on Day2.
Botevgrad, which is located in the Western part of Bulgaria, is the host at the very first time the previous editions were all held in their capital city in Sofia. The Bulgarian Boxing Federation hosted the event firstly in 2015 to raise the number of the international possibilities for the female boxers.
The youth and the elite female boxers can take part in the Balkan Women’s Tournament in Botevgrad where high number of non-European countries is also sent their teams. The Balkan Women’s Tournament is a preparation event before the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships which will be taking place in New Delhi in November.
Bulgaria’s EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion Emi-Mari Todorova joined to the elite age group this January and started her campaign well against Algeria’s Roumaysa Boualam and advanced to the semi-finals of the light flyweight (48kg). The 19-year-old Bulgarian talent is an energetic youngster who is expecting a bright future in our sport.
Bulgaria’s EUBC European Women’s Champion Sevda Asenova is a veteran boxer at the light flyweight (48kg) but she is still in the top. The 33-year-old Bulgarian eliminated Thailand’s Women’s National Champion Ratchaneekorn Seekadon on Day1 and continued her winning path against Russia’s Ozoda Temirova in the quarter-finals. Another veteran Romania’s Steluta Duta spent a short time in the ring against Bulgaria’s Denitsa Ruseva and saved power for the later actions besides to her triumph.
Romania’s Claudia Nechita won the Golden Belt Tournament two weeks ago and arrived to Botevgrad as a secret favourite for the gold at the flyweight (51kg). The 25-year-old Romanian eliminated Sweden’s EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships silver medallist Lise Sandebjer on Day1 and she was even better against Morocco’s Yasmine Moutaki in the quarter-finals.
Bulgaria’s Gabriela Dimitrova is in developing stage, she has won the Strandja Memorial Tournament this February and achieved bronze in the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships four months ago. The 23-year-old flyweight (51kg) boxer eliminated Serbia’s Nina Radovanovic and Thailand’s Jutamas Jitpong in the recent two days and she is now in the semi-finals.
Bulgaria’s EUBC European Women’s Champion and AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Stoyka Petrova had a strong rival as first but she landed tough punches and eliminated Morocco’s Rio 2016 Olympian Zohra Ez-Zahraoui. In the same bantamweight (54kg) Russia’s Galina Chumgalakova was slightly better than Thailand’s 19-year-old Bunyanut Machai.
Romania’s Lacramioara Perijoc is a key boxer at the featherweight (57kg) and the 23-year-old hopeful defeated Serbia’s Jelena Zekic using her powerful attacks. Her main rival in the whole Balkan Women’s Tournament could be Bulgaria’s AIBA Women’s World Champion and EUBC European Women’s Champion Stanimira Petrova who had an easy success over her young teammate Plamena Ivanova on Day2.
Romania’s youngest female team member EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships silver medallist Cristina Cosma also proved her skills as Nechita and Perijoc when she met with Sweden’s Jelena Jelic. In another lightweight (60kg) bout another youngster Bulgaria’s 19-year-old Aslahan Mehmedova proved her talent and bowed out Algeria’s Imane Khelif in Botevgrad.
Bulgaria’s next promising star 19-year-old Melis Yonuzova delivered the main surprise of last EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships this June when she claimed the gold medal. Following her first success over Puerto Rico’s experienced Stephanie Pineiro she attacked from the first seconds against Russia’s Anastasia Esman and stopped her opponent before the final gong at the light welterweight (64kg).
Sweden’s former AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Love Holgersson returned to her successful pathway this year after an injury and dominated her opening fight against Romania’s Ionela Nane. In another middleweight (75kg) bout France’s Alexandra De Hutten enjoyed her fight against Serbia’s Sandra Danicic and the referee confirmed her RSC success in the second round after her tough blows.