Israel, Poland and Romania caused surprises in the third day at the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships

29 November 2020 News

The girls began their campaigns in the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria where 24 bouts were on the schedule of the third competition day. The winners of today’s contests are guaranteed medallists in the continental event and the fifth and second sessions delivered several surprises.

The re-scheduled competition moved to Bulgaria’ capital where all of the requirements, experiences and professional organizational team are waiting for the participants. Boxers who were born in 2004 and in 2005 are eligible to attend in the EUBC Junior European Confederation Boxing Championships in Sofia.

The following nations are attending in the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships Sofia 2020: Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Israel, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine.

The European Boxing Confederation’s medical and safety rules are very strict in the whole competition as it was followed in Montenegro. The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Bulgaria to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the EUBC Junior European Confederation Boxing Championships.

The bout of the day

The Polish girls always have the potential in all age groups and their new junior team contains also talented boxers. Julia Wasiakowska did not have any easy opponent as first as she had to meet with Russia’s Vera Yurchenko who won already international events and claimed silver medal at the 2018 EUBC European Schoolgirls Boxing Championships. As all of the Polish women boxers, Wasiakowska was brave in the first round and landed effective punches. Yurchenko received good advices from her coaches in the first break and used her jabs better than in the opening two minutes. The 16-year-old Russian jumped into the best attacking distance and her jabs were dangerous for the Polish girl who could not follow up and answer those single shots. Yurchenko controlled also the third round therefore she is guaranteed medallist at the light bantamweight (52kg).

The surprises of the day

Serbia’s best junior girl Sara Skapik achieved bronze medal at the 2018 EUBC European Schoolgirls Boxing Championships and arrived to Sofia as one of the favourites at the light welterweight (63kg). The 16-year-old Serbian did not find the best fighting distance against Poland’s Silesian Women’s Open Junior Tournament winner Juliana Rutkowska. The Polish talent never boxed out of her country yet but exceeded the expectations with her strong performance and eliminated Skapik in Sofia.

Bulgaria’s Viktor Lambev was one of the favourites of the host nation’s team before the start of the competition and he had high hopes at the light bantamweight (52kg). Lambev is only 15 but he had more than 60 contests and remained unbeaten this year in all of his events. Following these previews, Israel’s Abdel Raouf Abd El Jawad shocked the Bulgarian talent and used his longer reach well. The 15-year-old Israeli boxer had the speed and technical skills to win the tactical bout keeping Lambev long.

The Round-up

Lithuania’s Aureja Adomaityte is their best junior girl who won the National Championships several times. The Lithuanian talent began the quarter-final against Serbia’s Sara Cirkovic better and took the lead on the scorecards. The Serbian had enough international experiences already to change her tempo in the beginning of the second round and overcame the control of the bout. Cirkovic, who was born in Bosnia & Herzegovina, caught Adomaityte with strong punches in the third round and turned back their contest in Sofia.

Bulgaria competes with four girls in the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships where their Vidin-based 16-year-old Inna Tsvetkova met with Spain’s Nerea Arroyo in the quarter-finals of the featherweight (57kg). The Spaniard was smaller than her Bulgarian opponent but she has the dynamism to reduce the fighting distance. Tsvetkova, who won the last two national events, used her longer reach in the bout and the judges picked her as the winner of the tight bout.

Czech Republic’s Daniel Danicek won his opening contest in the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships in Sofia on Day1 and prepared well against Israel’s Safi Abo Shaaban in the key quarter-final. The Czech talent tried to work from closer distance while the Israeli boxer trusted on his longer reach. Abo Shaaban found his best rhythm quickly and kept his 16-year-old Czech opponent on long therefore he became Israel’s first guaranteed medallist in Sofia.

Russia’s Ivan Tikhonov and Spain’s Enrique Kakulov both won their first contests in the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships on Day1. The 15-year-old Russian controlled the first round with quicker punches and he was still able to increase his rhythm in the later parts of the bout. The referee counted the Spanish boxer two-times in the third round which was Tikhonov’s best round. The final verdict was unanimous decision in the favour of the younger Russian boxer who advanced to the last four.

Bulgaria’s Lyuboslav Metodiev opened the second session in the third competition day with great performance against Israel’s Farid Hreish at the light flyweight (48kg). The 15-year-old Bulgarian overwhelmed his Israeli opponent and won the bout by unanimous decision in Sofia. Metodiev will be boxing in the semi-finals with Spain’s best junior boxer Rafael Lozano Serrano who used his energetic boxing against Czech Republic’s Filip Horvath.

Russia’s Stepan Shalapanov was involved to the travelling team just before the start of the event but the light bantamweight (52kg) boxer proved his skills in Sofia on Day3. Shalapanov faced with Slovakia’s 15-year-old Matus Janicek who has got strong future potential but his experience level is not the same yet as the Russian one’s. Janicek had a few nice jabs in the bout but Shalapanov was too strong for him today.

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