Ireland’s Kellie Harrington is one of the heroes of the day at the European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event

07 June 2021 News

The fifth competition day of the European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event was held in Villebon-sur-Yvette, France where many of the winners qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. Russia’s Gabil Mamedov, Ireland’s Kellie Harrington, and Great Britain’s stars were the heroes of the next competition day.

After the start in London, the best 176 boxers remained in action in the European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event. Altogether 16 boxers earned their quota places for the Tokyo Olympic Games in London and further 61 spots will be decided in Villebon-sur-Yvette.  

The bout of the day

Ireland’s Kellie Harrington claimed gold medal at the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and returned to the Qualifiers in time following her injury. The Irish lightweight (60kg) boxer used the best tactic against France’s aggressive Maiva Hamadouche who had amazing professional career in the recent years. Harrington kept her small French opponent on long in the first round and she landed high number of effective hooks in the second. The Irish star was technically better than the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships silver medallist Hamadouche and earned the quota for Tokyo. Harrington will be meeting in the semi-finals with Turkey’s Esra Yildiz who eliminated Hungary’s Kata Pribojszki.

The surprise of the day

Armenia’s best boxer Hovhannes Bachkov is European Games winner, EUBC European Champion and bronze medallist from the 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships. The Armenian lightweight (63kg) boxer had a tough Russian opponent, EUBC European Boxing Championships silver medallist Gabil Mamedov in the last 16. The Armenian Seed No.1 and the Russian produced an excellent opening round and landed several punches. Mamedov caught Bachkov with a tough shot and the ringside doctor finished their contest therefore the Russian earned the quota place for Tokyo.

The Round-up

Belarus’ European Games winner Dzmitry Asanau is their best boxer who met with Denmark’s Nikolai Terteryan in the last 16 of the lightweight (63kg). The 25-year-old Belarusian met with strong Danish resistance in the first round when the boxers produced equal performance. Asanau used his distance better in the second round and reached Terteryan from counter-attacking range. The Belarusian was also better in the third round against the promising Danish and earned the quota place for Tokyo.

Germany’s powerful Ammar Abduljabbar won contests in the 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships and he tried to use his aggressive attacks in the first round against Israel’s Konstantin Pinchuk who claimed gold medal at the 2014 EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships representing Ukraine. The Israeli heavyweight (91kg) boxer used his height advantage well in the second round therefore Abduljabbar had to give in everything in the third to turn back their contest. The German had fantastic stamina in the third round and his efforts was enough to win one of the closest contests of the day.

Russia’s defending AIBA World Champion Muslim Gadzhimagomedov is the Seed No.1 at the heavyweight (91kg) who is one of the stars of the competition. His young French opponent, EUBC European Youth Champion Florentin did not respect his Russian opponent in the first round and had a brave attempt to beat Gadzhimagomedov. The Russian stepped into the gas in the second round and his jabs worked well and he produced also an excellent third in Villebon-sur-Yvette.

Great Britain’s Cheavon Clarke claimed silver medal at the Kharkiv 2017 EUBC European Boxing Championships but he had a tough opponent in the last 16 of the heavyweight (91kg). Clarke was not enough shape in the first part of the contest against Armenia’s Narek Manasyan but his great finish guaranteed his place in the quarter-finals. Greece’s Vagkan Nanitzanian proved an impressive performance in this weight category and controlled all of the rounds against Belgium’s Victor Schelstraete.

Great Britain’s Charley Davison is relatively inexperienced who returned to the national team after a break. The flyweight (51kg) boxer impressed in the first round against Poland’s European Games silver medallist veteran Sandra Drabik. The Polish girl moved forward from the first seconds as in all of her previous events but received punches from counter-attacking range. Davison proved amazing technical development and outpointed the more experienced Polish boxer in all of the rounds. Davison advanced to the semi-finals of the category and qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

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