Hungary’s Maria Kovacs won her third title at the Warsaw 2006 European Women’s Boxing Championships16 September 2020
The fifth edition of the European Women’s Boxing Championships was held in Warsaw, Poland one year after the Tonsberg event in 2006. Russia’s Olesya Gladkova and Ireland’s Katie Taylor were the only two winners out of the 13 who defended their thrones after the 4th edition. Hungary’s Maria Kovacs became three-time European Women’s Champion in the Warsaw 2006 edition.
The number of the weight classes was 13 in 2006 as in the previous three editions of the European Women’s Boxing Championships. The first competition day of the 2006 European Women’s Boxing Championships was September 4 in Warsaw where the finals were scheduled on September 9. Following the 26 semi-finals, a rest day was held on September 8 before the finals of the 5th European Women’s Boxing Championships.
Record number of 126 female boxers attended at the 5th European Women’s Boxing Championships was in Warsaw, Poland. The following 22 nations attended in the 2006 European Women’s Boxing Championships in Poland: Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Hungary, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.
Host Poland, Russia and Ukraine were the three nations which attended with maximum number of 13 boxers in Warsaw. Turkey sent 12 boxers to the event, only the light welterweight (63kg) was not covered by their coaching staff in the Polish capital. France, Hungary, Italy, and Romania also competed with large teams in the Warsaw edition. Iceland, Spain and Wales made their debuts in the level of the European Women’s Boxing Championships in 2006.
The Russians were on the top of the continent in the previous competitions and their team also won the first place in the medal table in 2006. The Russians earned 12 medals including four gold in the Warsaw 2006 European Women’s Boxing Championships. Turkey became runner-up with their two gold medals while Poland, Hungary, France, Romania, Norway, Denmark and Ireland also earned one title in Warsaw.
Record number of nine nations shared the 13 titles and also impressive 16 countries claimed at least one bronze in Warsaw. Ukraine took two silver and three bronze medals in the Polish capital but the title was missing from their collection. Israel, Switzerland, Finland, Italy, Sweden and the Czech Republic were also on the medal table.
Steluta Duta replaced European Women’s Champion Camelia Negrea at the pinweight (46kg) in their national team but the 24-year-old new talent stormed through on all opponents including Italy’s Valeria Calabrese and Poland’s Ewelina Pekalska. Russia’s defending champion Olesya Gladkova was too fast for Sweden’s Jenny Hardings and Hungary’s Monika Csik in the final stages of the light flyweight (48kg).
Italy’s three-time European Women’s Champion Simona Galassi turned to professional in 2006 which opened the success for 2005’s silver medallist Hasibe Ozer of Turkey for the gold of the flyweight (50kg). The Turkish boxer defeated Russia’s Viktoriya Usachenko in the final winning the bout by 14:8. Her teammate Sumeyra Kaya triumphed over her main rivals as Finland’s Maarit Teuronen and France’s Saliha Ouchen claiming Turkey’s second gold medal in Warsaw.
Poland’s defending champion at the bantamweight (54kg) Karolina Michalczuk eliminated her main rival Russia’s 19-year-old Sofya Ochigava in the semi-finals of the category. Following that exhausting battle, the tough Polish boxer was too tired in the finals and the gold medal was captured by 2004’s silver medallist Kari Jensen of Norway. The second Russian gold medal was achieved by Elena Karpacheva who stopped Switzerland’s lone finalist Dina Burger at the featherweight (57kg).
Ireland’s fantastic female boxer Katie Taylor arrived to Warsaw as titleholder of the lightweight (60kg) where she defeated all of her four opponents making herself as double European Champion. The 20-year-old Irish boxer bowed out her main rival Turkey’s Gulsum Tatar in the semi-finals and overwhelmed Russia’s Tatiana Chalaya in the final. A Nordic boxer Norway’s Cecilia Braekhus won the light welterweight (63.5kg) in the 2005 edition which gold remained in that region following Denmark’s Vinni Skovgaard took the title in Warsaw one year later.
France’s Aya Cissoko robbed to the best boxers of the continent in 2006 and defeated all of her more experienced rivals including Russia’s Irina Poteyeva and Ukraine’s Olesya Kozlan at the welterweight (66kg). Russia’s Olga Slavinskaya dominated her final over Israel’s first ever female medallist Natalia Ostroumova at the light middleweight (70kg). Her teammate Maria Yavorskaya used up the opportunity that Sweden’s Anna Laurell missed the Warsaw event and won the title of the middleweight (75kg) triumphing over Ukraine’s Olga Novikova.
Poland’s Beata Malek showed her impressive developments in the Warsaw edition where she demonstrated her power against the titleholder of the light heavyweight (80kg), Russia’s Galina Ivanova. Hungary’s Maria Kovacs won the title of the heavyweight (86kg) in 2003 and in 2004 but lost her final in Tonsberg one year before the Warsaw edition. The 25-year-old Hungarian was stronger in Warsaw and defeated all of her rivals by large margin of differences taking her third European title.
List of the winners in the 2006 European Women’s Boxing Championships
- Pinweight (46kg): Steluta Duta, Romania
- Light flyweight (48kg): Olesya Gladkova, Russia
- Flyweight (50kg): Hasibe Erkoc, Turkey
- Light Bantamweight (52kg): Sumeyra Kaya, Turkey
- Bantamweight (54kg): Kari Jensen, Norway
- Featherweight (57kg): Elena Karpacheva, Russia
- Lightweight (60kg): Katie Taylor, Ireland
- Light welterweight (63kg): Vinni Skovgaard, Denmark
- Welterweight (66kg): Aya Cissoko, France
- Light middleweight (70kg): Olga Slavinskaya, Russia
- Middleweight (75kg): Maria Yavorskaya, Russia
- Light Heavyweight (80kg): Beata Malek, Poland
- Heavyweight (86kg): Maria Kovacs, Hungary