Italy’s Irma Testa eliminated her main rival in the day of the quarter-finals at the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships12 March 2019
An important competition day was held for the women’s at the European U22 Boxing Championships in Vladikavkaz today where the winners are advanced to the semi-finals and all of them are guaranteed medallists. Italy’s titleholder Irma Testa eliminated her main rival at the quarter-finals of the featherweight (57kg) today and among the developing female nations Belarus and Georgia also claimed medals in Vladikavkaz.
Boxers who were born in 1997, 1998, 1999 and in 2000 are eligible to attend in the European U22 Boxing Championships in Vladikavkaz. All of the ten women and men weight classes are in action in the European U22 Boxing Championships in the Russian city where 20 winners will be crowned after the finals.
Bout of the day
Following the defending EUBC European U22 Champion Rebecca Nicoli’s success another Italian titleholder shined in the fifth competition day of the event. The Rio 2016 Olympian and former AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Irma Testa moved back to her best category and arrived to Vladikavkaz as a favourite at the featherweight (57kg). The 21-year-old Italian started slightly better than Russia’s National Champion and EUBC European Youth Champion Liudmilla Vorontsova and used her longer reach in their top bout which was an early final. Testa kept continues her strong tactic and eliminated one of her main rivals in the event winning their key quarter-final by split decision.
Surprise of the day
Belarus has sent a developing women’s boxing team to the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships to Vladikavkaz but one of their young hopes competed over her previous level and advanced to the semi-finals on Day5. The 19-year-old Darya Asmalouskaya attended only one EUBC continental event during her career but she was unable to win any international contests out of Belarus yet. The Vitebsk-based welterweight (69kg) boxer changed her series in Vladikavkaz where she eliminated a more experienced rival, Hungary’s Vivien Budai in their quarter-final which means Asmalouskaya is now guaranteed medallist.
Russia’s Ekaterina Paltseva is the defending EUBC European Women’s Elite Champion at the light flyweight (48kg) therefore she is the main gold medal contender in Vladikavkaz. The 22-year-old Russian controlled the first round with her strong combinations against Azerbaijan’s Gunel Rahimova. The Azeri boxer is inexperienced in the international stage but her skills were enough to box until the end of the final gong. The Russian southpaw moved more on feet and Paltseva finished their contest with a strong left-handed jab therefore her hand was raised after the confirmation of the decisions.
Ukraine’s Anastasiya Lisinska claimed silver medal in the Sofia 2017 EUBC European Confederation Women’s Youth Boxing Championships and joined to the U22 level this January. Lisinska’s opponent was a powerful boxer Austria’s Deshire Kurtaj for the guaranteed medal in Vladikavkaz. The Ukrainian bantamweight (54kg) boxer moved ahead and tried to catch her taller Austrian rival who switched from other sports to boxing only a few years ago. Kurtaj was a competitive opponent therefore the three-year younger Ukrainian had to do her very best to reach the semi-finals in Vladikavkaz.
Georgia has got strong men’s boxing team but the women’s part of our sport is not enough successful yet. Their Ana Khunjua has written history at the Sofia 2018 EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships where she won her opening bout which was Georgia’s first ever success in a continental event. The 19-year-old Khunjua has done another superb job and achieved Georgia’s first ever medal in women’s boxing following her triumph over Belarus’ Aliaksandra Karpovich.
Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli is EUBC European U22 Champion, AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion and EUBC European Youth Champion therefore she is one of the biggest names at the female part of the Vladikavkaz event. The Turkish boxer moved down to the welterweight (69kg) and tried to keep the best fighting distance on her quarter-final from the first seconds. Her opponent was Germany’s two-time AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Alina Popp who joined to the U22 level this January. Surmeneli used up all of her experiences to control their quarter-final which means she is now guaranteed medallist in Vladikavkaz.
France’s middleweight (75kg) No.1 Davina Michel was Youth Olympian in 2014 and following a few poor years she could raise her activeness in the recent months. The French boxer tried to keep the distance against Poland’s Agata Kaczmarska who claimed gold medal at the light heavyweight (81kg) of this U22 event one year ago. Michel received high number of punches in the first round and the 20-year-old Polish boxer was still able to raise her number of attacks in the second. Kaczmarska destroyed Michel’s defence in the second round and won their quarter-final whic