Laura Fanni Kovacs celebrated her 15th birthday with a guaranteed medal in Galati31 May 2019
The second part of the quarter-finals with 51 bouts was held in the fifth competition day at the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships today. The winners of today’s contests are guaranteed medallists and joined to semi-finals. Hungary’s Laura Fanni Kovacs celebrated her 15thbirthday with a success on Day5 when several of the top boxers marched into the semi-finals.
The host of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships is the city of Galati, Romania where boxers who were born in 2003 and in 2004 are eligible to attend in the event. The event will be holding fort both genders and after five preliminary and quarter-final days the semi-finals and finals will be closing the event.
The following 35 nations are taking part in the event with 400 boxers: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.
Bout of the day
Romania’s best male junior boxer Adrian Preda was silver medallist in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Anapa but he had to do his very best against Latvia’s new surprise Matvejs Prokudins in Galati. The Romanian bantamweight (54kg) boxer was not enough shape in the first round and his Latvian opponent used well his longer reach. Preda turned up the heat still in time and won their tight contest by split decision and will be facing in the semi-final with Sweden’s No.1 Alexander Fredriksson who eliminated Moldova’s Ianus Caravan.
Surprise of the day
Hungary’s Laura Fanni Kovacs eliminated a top rival in the preliminary stage of the girl’s pinweight (46kg) and continued her tough performance also in the quarter-finals. The Hungarian girl met with Ireland’s strong Breda Marie Quilligan in the last eight and used her longer reach well enough to get the best fighting distance. Kovacs won their contest by unanimous decision and celebrated her 15thbirthday with a guaranteed medal in Galati and will be facing with England’s Shelby-Marie Lee as next.
Germany’s Hamsat Shadalov is member of their elite national team at the lightweight (60kg) and his younger brother Malik is also a boxer and proved his very best in the quarter-finals of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships. The pinweight (46kg) boxer overcame Italy’s Angelo Grazioso in the attacks and took the lead in each scorecard after two minutes of fight. Shadalov moved ahead more and controlled their quarter-final which means he will be meeting with Romania’s Cristinel Costel Mazareanu.
Ireland’s Marie Gabriel began boxing four years ago but she is already four-time National Champion in her homelands. The 16-year-old boxer, who was born in Mauritius, dictated the tempo from the first seconds against Czech Republic’s Veronika Zajicova. Gabriel’s best round was the third and she won their quarter-final by large margin of differences in Galati which means she will be meeting with Italy’s strong Lucia Elen Ayari in the semi-final of the girl’s flyweight (50kg).
Ukraine’s Roman Litvinov won the Danilchenko Prizes Junior Tournament this year and the Pokrovsk-based boxer proved strong performance in the previous part of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships. The 16-year-old flyweight (50kg) boxer had already more than 150 bouts and his experiences paid off in his quarter-final against Azerbaijan’s Zaur Gahramanov. Litvinov’s next opponent will be Russia’s Aleksei Starodubtsev in the last four of this division.
Viktoria Sawatzki’s family moved from Kazakhstan to Germany but she started to box in her new home as a small child. Following several years of experiences in our sport the German lightweight (60kg) boxer is now favourites in Galati and following her opening contest she performed even better in the quarter-finals. The 16-year-old German was too strong for Italy’s Carlotta Abbate and dominated their fight from the first seconds. Sawatzki landed lethal punches in the third when the referee stopped their contest which means she will be facing with Belarus’ Maryna Muliarchyk in the semi-finals.
Germany’s EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships silver medallist John Liam Bielenberg lost to Ukraine’s Volodymyr Horzov in the semi-final of the boy’s lightweight (60kg) but his teammate Marcel Mangold worked much better in his quarter-final at the welterweight (66kg). The German boxer used his height advantage well enough against Moldova’s Maxim Ivascenco and controlled the whole fight in all aspects of boxing in Galati. Mangold’s next rival will be Ukraine’s Kyrylo Taran who was slightly better than Bulgaria’s Kosta Simeonov.
Russia’s EUBC European Schoolgirl Champion Alena Tremasova joined to the junior age group this January and quickly involved to the junior squad. The 15-year-old Russian had strong tactic against Ukraine’s Anna Andrushchyk and advanced to the semi-final of the girl’s pinweight (46kg). Her teammate Valeria Linkova dominated the next quarter-final against Bulgaria’s Zhana Ognyanova and she is also a guaranteed medallist.
Latvia’s Nikolina Boke trains with her father Oskars Bokis and attended high number of international events in the recent years getting several titles on these occasions. The Latvian bantamweight (54kg) boxer had to meet with Sweden’s Zehra Milli in the quarter-final who was a competitive rival for her. The 16-year-old Latvian increased her rhythm in the second round and her jabs were the differences between them today. Boke claimed Latvia’s first medal in Galati where her next rival will be Poland’s Natalia Prymaczenko.
Hungary’s Rebeka Dobos attacked from the first seconds against Ukraine’s Anna Sezko and ruled the middle of the ring in their lightweight (60kg) quarter-final. The 16-year-old Hungarian girl pressurized her Ukrainian opponent and won their tough contest in Ring A. In the opposite side in Ring B another Hungarian lightweight (60kg) boxer shined in the same time, last year’s bronze medallist from the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships Ferenc Samu did not give any chance to Moldova’s Stefan Vozneacovschi