Marchese, Charaabi, Carini and Iozia delighted the Italians fans in the finals of the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships28 June 2021
The seventh and last competition day was held at the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Roseto degli Abruzzi, Italy where the event finished with its 20 finals. The Italians delighted their fans with four gold medals following Giovanna Marchese, Sirine Charaabi, Angela Carini and Francesco Iozia claimed their titles.
All of the 10 women and 10 men weight categories were in action in the last competition day when the gold medals have been shared between nine nations. Altogether 22 nations claimed at least one medal including smaller National Federations as Finland, Israel, Lithuania, Moldova, the Netherlands and Slovakia.
The total number of U22 boxers was 285 in the first European continental event of the year including 92 young ladies. The Technical Delegate of the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships was Mr. Maxim Cherticovtsev of Moldova.
Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales sent their boxers to the event.
The bout of the day
Italy’s Francesco Iozia was more experienced in the final of the men’s lightweight (60kg) than Netherlands’ Mustafa Akraa but his rival eliminated most of the favourites in Roseto degli Abruzzi. The Italian boxer reached the Dutch talent in double defence and caught his opponent with excellent jabs. Akraa started the second round in different tempo but Iozia’s physical condition was enough to win the title of the weight class. The next Italian, AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Angela Carini was also amazed in her emotional final and defeated Russia’s Anna Anfinogenova at the women’s welterweight (69kg) which was the last female title bout of the day.
The surprise of the day
Russia’s Akhtem Zakirov is a small boxer at the men’s flyweight (52kg) but he claimed already silver medal in their Elite National Championships. The Russian boxer surprised most of his opponents with his pressurizing style but Ukraine’s Youth Olympic Games silver medallist Maksym Halinichev found the best weapon against him in the first round. The Russian coaches changed Zakirov’s tactic in the first break and he produced a wonderful second round. The Ukrainian had strong attempts to stop the smaller Russian but Zakirov claimed the gold medal with energetic performance.
Italy’s Giovanna Marchese was quarter-finalist at the flyweight (51kg) in the Guwahati 2017 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and she attended in EUBC competitions as junior and youth boxer. The Italian talent moved down to the light flyweight (48kg) and ruled the middle of the ring in the first round of the final against Ukraine’s Olah Shalimova. The Ukrainian received strong advices in the first break and she used her rhythm better in second but Marchese worked well enough in the third to win the tight final.
England’s lone finalist in the whole EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships is AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Gemma Richardson who moved down to the lightweight (60kg). She eliminated her main rival, Russia’s Elite National Champion Nune Asatrian in the semi-finals and prepared to her fifth European final in Roseto. Richardson pressurized her Ukrainian rival, Amina Abramova in the first and second rounds and she had massive advantage after six minutes of fight. The Ukrainian proved also her progress but Richardson earned the gold medal with tough performance in the final.
Russia’s Ivan Stupin claimed the gold medal at the 2016 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships and after a few years he received the right to attend in a big event once again. The Russian U22 National Champion had difficulties in the first round against Ukraine’s Maksym Molodan therefore his opponent led in the scorecards after three minutes. The Russian welterweight (69kg) boxer moved more on feet in the second and attacked without any stoppage. The Ukrainian was a hard target and despite of Stupin’s great finish and uppercuts, Molodan took the title of the weight class.
Poland’s Martyna Jancelewicz claimed bronze medal in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Kielce two months ago and she was quickly involved to their U22 national team. The Polish light heavyweight (81kg) boxer met with Romania’s Balkan Champion Alexandra Petcu who lives and trains in the UK. The 19-year-old Polish was too experienced for the Romanian and her hooks in the second round destroyed Petcu’s defence who could not repeat her previous performance. Jancelewicz was excellent in the final and celebrated Poland’s first gold medal in the U22 events since 2018.
France’s Caroline Cruveillier produced a fantastic year in 2019 at the age of 21 when she claimed silver at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and gold at the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships. The French bantamweight (54kg) boxer was highly confident against Italy’s Giulia Lamagna and she dominated the first round. The tough Cruveillier ruled the exchanges in the second round in the battle of the southpaw boxers. Lamagna bagged several medals in the international tournaments but Cruveillier destroyed her dreams and the French defended her throne.
Sirine Charaabi joined to the national team in the recent one year and she has done top performance during her road to the finals at the women’s featherweight (57kg). The Italian had a younger rival in the final, Finland’s Vilma Viitanen who used her clear boxing in the first round but Charaabi overcame her a few times successfully. The 20-year-old Finnish boxer turned up the heat, she moved ahead more in the second but Charaabi reached her with hooks. The Italian talent felt the distance and she claimed her nation’s second gold medal in the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships.
Armenia’s Artur Bazeyan was quarter-finalist at the 2018 EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships in Roseto and after three years he returned to the city. He moved up to the bantamweight (56kg) and as his career highlight, he advanced to the final of the event and met with Ireland’s Adam Hession. The 21-year-old Armenian controlled the first round against his opponent and landed the better and the stronger punches. Bazeyan felt that he can finish their final in the second round and his powerful shots was enough to stop the Irish talent in Roseto.
The quote of the day
‘I felt myself very comfortable today in the final and I am so happy that I could keep my focus until the end of the fight. I believe that I was better round by round that’s the reason of my next gold medal. I am so happy and proud of my performance despite of the hard year due to my injuries and the Covid-19. My next target is the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and to win my weight class there,” said France’s confident Caroline Cruveillier after her final contest.