Historical gold medal for Slovakia a the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships23 March 2022
Following the rest day, the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships continued in Porec, Croatia with the women’s finals. Twelve champions celebrated their gold medals in the event and a new flag bearer, Miroslava Jedinakova achieved the first ever title for the Slovakians during the history of the competition.
The number of the participating boxers is 319 from 39 countries including 103 girls in the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships. Boxers who were born in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 are eligible to attend in the upcoming EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships. The Technical Delegate of the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships is Mr. Viorel Sima of Romania.
The following record number of 39 nations are attending in the 2022 EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Porec: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, the vaccines check, the mask wearing and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Croatia to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships.
The bout of the day
Slovakia’s Miroslava Jedinakova had good results as youth boxer in 2018 and since then she built up her experiences and technical skills to be one of the best in their national team. The Slovakian light welterweight (63kg) boxer was their second female finalist in Porec and started strongly against Turkey’s Gizem Ozer. Following Jedinakova’s strong uppercuts, the referee counted the Turkish boxer in the middle of the first round but Ozer survived those moments. Ozer had one minute rest in the break and she received strong advices therefore the second round delivered opposite result and impression. Jedinakova was patient in the third round and she landed her shots with perfect timing to win Slovakia’s first ever EUBC European U22 title.
The surprise of the day
Croatia’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Nikolina Cacic achieved strong results at the elite and U22 competitions and she qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games at the age of 20. Cacic was the main favourite for the gold medal at the flyweight (52kg) but she had difficulties already in the first exchanges when she met with Turkey’s Hatice Akbas. The Turkish boxer found the weak points of the Croatian talent’s defence and landed not only clear shots but strong ones too. Following Akbas’ tough combinations the referee stopped the bout and confirmed the Turkish boxer’s RSC triumph.
The Turkish girls impressed in the recent major championships and their next generation contains strong hopes too. Their Erivan Barut is absolutely newcomer in the international stage but the young minimumweight (48kg) boxer advanced to the finals of the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships after beating the favourite, Italy’s Erika Prisciandaro in the last four. She moved ahead in the title contest against Slovakia’s Nicole Durikova who tried keeping her Turkish opponent on long. Barut ruled the middle of the ring and won their final which means she won her first big international event during her career.
Ireland’s Lisa O’Rourke achieved silver medal at the 2018 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships and bronze among the youth boxers one year later. The Irish girl could not compete too many times in the recent two years but she worked hard in the training camps to increase her boxing knowledge. O’Rourke had longer hands in the final of the light middleweight (70kg) than Poland’s experienced Daria Parada which was one of the most important factors between them today. Parada moved ahead without any stoppage but her defensive skills were not enough to beat O’Rourke who earned a gold medal for Ireland.
Poland’s Martyna Jancelewicz achieved bronze medal at the Kielce 2021 AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships on April 2021. Two months later, the Polish girl defeated Romania’s Alexandra Maria Petcu in the final of the light heavyweight (81kg) and become EUBC European U22 Champion. The two boxers advanced to the finals in Porec too and met each other in a repeat match to decide the next U22 title. Jancelewicz was quicker in the exchanges in the first round and her hooks were decisive in that period. The Polish boxer opened the second round with tough shots and the referee had to count Petcu, which guaranteed Jancelewicz’s second European U22 title.
Italy’s next finalist, Giordana Sorrentino developed rapidly following her youth age and produced wonderful years in 2020 and in 2021. The Italian talent competed at the light flyweight (50kg) in Porec where she not only advanced to the final but she had the strong strategy to win the last challenge. Sorrentino met with the two-years-younger Pihla Kaivo-Oja of Finland who has wonderful technical skills despite of her age of 19. The Italian was smaller but moved closer several times in the first round to land her shots while the Finnish girl worked hard with jabs. Sorrentino had the experience to handle this tactical final bout and won the U22 European title in Porec.
Germany’s Jenin Heck competed successfully in the Kielce 2021 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and won medals in some other international competitions but she is not an experience boxer yet. The German talent moved down to the lightweight (60kg) where she met with Romania’s EUBC European Youth Champion Loredana Andreea Marin. Heck had the strong strategy and she followed it in the first round with German precise and took the lead on the scorecards. Marin used her excellent technical skills in the second part of the bout but Heck was patient and she had the stamina to win this European final.
Germany’s Stefanie Von Berge arrived to Porec as titleholder in the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships and she was confident during her road to the final of the welterweight (66kg). She defeated Hungary’s Luca Hamori in the semi-finals of the last edition in Roseto degli Abruzzi on June 2021 and the German met with her rival once again but this time in the final. Hamori was patient in the first round and did not make any risks against the taller German boxer but did not land enough punches to take the lead. The Hungarian chosen different tactic in comparison to their last meeting but Von Berge stepped into the gas and controlled the second round with confident style of boxing. The 21-year-old German landed several clear shots in the third and defended her U22 throne in Porec.
Ukraine’s Karolina Makhno reached fantastic results between 2015 and 2018 when she boxed in the junior and youth age groups. After a few poor years, the Ukrainian found her way back to the national team and advanced to the final of the middleweight (75kg) in the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships. Makhno had a smaller and tough opponent in the final, Ireland’s former EUBC European Junior Champion Aoibhe Carabine who had aggressive attacks in the first round. Makhno used her distance better in the second and third rounds to win the European U22 title off the coast of the Adriatic Sea.