Kolesnikov, Halinichev and Shamonova defended their thrones in the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships

26 April 2018 News

The important qualification event the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships finished in Roseto degli Abruzzi where 9 men and 4 women boxers are qualified for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games. Russia’s Ruslan Kolesnikov, Ukraine’s Maksym Halinichev and Russia’s woman’s youth No.1 Anastasia Shamonova were able to defend their thrones in the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships.

Altogether 20 crucial final bouts have been held in the seventh competition day in Roseto degli Abruzzi. The competition was the first ever EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships for both genders together.

The number of the youth women and men boxers was 334 from 40 countries in Roseto degli Abruzzi and among them 13 have qualified for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games. The best 52 women and 70 men boxers have qualified for the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships which will be held in August.

Italy’s defending EUBC European Women’s Junior Champion Martina La Piana had an amazing preparation to the event and she could realize her dreams. She was one of the main favourites of the women’s flyweight (51kg) in Roseto degli Abruzzi but she had to win five tough contests in the event. The 17-year-old Italian eliminated England’s tough Simran Kaur and Russia’s Liubov Sharapova during her road to the finals where she met with Bulgaria’s defending Champion Goryana Stoeva. The younger Italian kept her focus from the first seconds until the final gong and knew the weak points of her Bulgarian opponent. The final verdict was unanimous decision to La Piana who qualified for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

Italy’s strong favourite at the women’s bantamweight (54kg) Biancamaria Tessari competed in several international youth competitions in the recent one year and her experiences paid off in the competition. She eliminated Ukraine’s EUBC European Confederation Women’s Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Anastasia Lisinska, Hungary’s Emilia Kondakor and Bulgaria’s Elina Georgieva during her road to the finals. The 18-year-old Italian was still enough hungry for her next success and her stamina was enough to beat Turkey’s powerful Aycan Guldagi who is a new face in their national team.

Slovakia’s two-time EUBC European Women’s Junior Champion Jessica Triebelova won all of her international events in the recent one and half year and she did confident style of boxing in Roseto degli Abruzzi. The 17-year-old Slovakian featherweight (57kg) talent, who was the Best Boxer at the Golden Girl Box Cup this February, dominated her semi-final against Germany’s Sophie Alisch and did her very best in the final when she met with Ireland’s Dearbhla Rooney. The Slovakian youngster, who is spending her first year among the youth boxers, was still energetic in the final and realized her golden dreams. Triebelova won her third European title during her career and qualified for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

England’s two-time EUBC European Women’s Junior Champion Caroline Dubois joined to the youth age group only in January and had the same career route as the Slovakian star Jessica Triebelova. England’s best woman youth boxer eliminated Finland’s EUBC European Confederation Women’s Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist Vilma Viitanen, Czech Republic’s Natalie Polednikova and Germany’s Stefanie Von Berge during her road to the finals. The 17-year-old English lightweight (60kg) talent had to meet with Russia’s EUBC European Women’s Junior Champion Nune Asatrian for the title and she expected a hard battle against her rival. The English boxer started their final in different rhythm and destroyed Asatrian’s defence quickly which meant Dubois could win their gold medal contest easily.

Anastasia Shamonova is one of the biggest youth stars in the whole world who won all of her big events in the recent three years and arrived to Roseto degli Abruzzi as a top favourite of the middleweight (75kg). The defending AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion, AIBA Women’s Junior World Champion and EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion Russian had a closer semi-final against France’s Talya Brillaux but after that contest she was more focused in the final when she met with Albania’s new sensation Elsidita Selaj in the final of the championship. Shamonova ruled their exchanges and claimed the gold medal in the event by large margin of difference.

Ukraine’s AIBA Women’s Junior World Boxing Championships runner-up Karolina Makhno claimed silver medals also in the recent EUBC European Women’s Youth and Junior Boxing Championships therefore she decided to move up to the light heavyweight (81kg) to win her first title. The strong Ukrainian, who started her career at the age of 7, dominated her semi-final against Turkey’s Sagit Elanur and she was able to beat Russia’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Championships silver medallist Anastasia Rybak in the final, winning her first ever EUBC title following the plenty of silvers.

Hungary’s Debrecen-based Attila Bernath advanced to the final of the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships and claimed silver medal. The 18-year-old Hungarian light flyweight (49kg) boxer eliminated Georgia’s Luka Kublashvili, Poland’s Pawel Brach and Ireland’s Jude Gallagher during his road to the finals. The Hungarian talent’s hand was like a machine gun in the final when he met with Russia’s Dmitriy Batyay. He launched several successful combinations in their final and following his silver Bernath secured his first gold medal in the EUBC competitions.

England’s No.1, Commonwealth Youth Games winner and EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Ivan Hope Price was one of the best boxers in the whole competition in Roseto degli Abruzzi. He was in a different level than his rivals at the men’s flyweight (52kg) and captured his second EUBC title following his gold among the juniors in 2016. England’s pride was confident in the final of his category against Ireland’s Dean Patrick Clancy and won their contest by unanimous decision which meant Price was the first boxer among the men boxers who could qualify for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

Ukraine’s defending EUBC European Youth Champion Maksym Halinichev arrived to Roseto degli Abruzzi to defend his throne. Halinichev, who moved up to the bantamweight (56kg) since the last Antalya edition, eliminated Albania’s Muhamet Qamili in the semi-final and continued his winning path in the Italian continental event. The 18-year-old Ukrainian started better than Italy’s Daniele Oggiano in the final of the championship and took the lead in each scorecard. The Dutch referee gave warning to the Italian who did his very best but Halinichev was too quick for Oggiano which meant the Ukrainian defended his throne.

Russia’s AIBA Junior World Champion Ilia Popov was involved to the national team in 2014 when he was in the schoolboys level and achieved plenty of gold medals in the international events. The experienced Russian boxer competed at the light welterweight (64kg) now and eliminated Moldova’s Constantin Ursu in the semi-final of the continental event. Popov used his amazing footwork in the final against England’s new national team member Hassan Azim and landed tough punches in the first round. The 18-year-old Russian was impressed in the second round and knocked down his English rival and the referee stopped their contest confirming Popov’s RSC success.

Italy’s super talented Naichel Millas lost only three contests during his whole career and he was one of the favourites at the middleweight (75kg). Millas was bronze medallist in the Kaposvar 2016 EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships when he was spending his first year among the junior boxers. The 17-year-old Italian middleweight (75kg) boxer eliminated Israel’s Yan Zak, Slovakia’s Lukas Ferneza, Belarus’ Vadzim Andreyeu and England’s Conner Tudsbury during his hard road to the finals. Millas used his smart tactic against Russia’s EUBC European Youth Champion Daniil Teterev in the final and his stamina was enough to win his first EUBC title.

Russia’s defending EUBC European Youth Champion Ruslan Kolesnikov lost only one international contest in the recent one year and did enough once again to win his light heavyweight (81kg) in Roseto degli Abruzzi. The 18-year-old Russian, who trains in St. Petersburg, defeated France’s Axel Yoka, Azerbaijan’s Zaur Musayev, Italy’s Tyson Alaoma and finally England’s Karol Itauma with his powerful punches. Following Ukraine’s Maksym Halinichev, Kolesnikov became the second who could defend his throne in the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships.

Russia’s defending EUBC European Junior Champion and Youth National Champion Aleksei Dronov arrived to Roseto degli Abruzzi realized his golden chances at the super heavyweight (+91kg). The 17-year-old Russian was confident during his road to the semi-finals where he eliminated his main rival, Croatia’s EUBC European Junior Champion Josip Biletic. Dronov, who is spending his first year among the youth boxers, did not give any chance to Belarus’ Uladzislau Kshavitski and celebrated his next EUBC title.




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