Moldova produced perfect day in the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships07 September 2019
Another marathon competition day was held in the Sofia Sports Hall which is the venue of the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships. Altogether 55 preliminary contests were held in the third day of boxing in the Bulgarian capital where Moldova remained unbeaten while several of the gold medal contenders marched to the last eight.
The following 37 nations and 339 boxers are taking part in the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.
Bout of the day
Croatia’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Nikolina Cacic moved down to the bantamweight (54kg) in the recent months and arrived for the title of her category. The 18-year-old Croatian could not use her best distance in the first round against Hungary’s experienced Hanna Lakotar and she was in trouble on the scorecards after three minutes of fight. The first ever Croatian girl, who claimed a medal in an AIBA Championship, turned up the heat in the second round and changed her rhythm. The two-time EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships bronze medallist Hungarian was competitive for Cacic but finally the Croatian was able to eliminate a top rival.
Surprise of the day
Russia’s Angelina Glebova attended already more than 10 international tournaments during her career in spite of the fact she is only 18. The Russian bantamweight (54kg) boxer was the favourite against Romania’s Bianca Cobzaru prior their contest but Glebova did not find the best fighting distance in the first round. The Romanian felt that she has the chance to do a surprise today and mobilized all of her power to catch the Russian. Cobzaru exceeded all of the previous expectations and bowed out of the way her Russian opponent in Sofia.
Team of the day
Moldova’s Vitalie Prisacaru and Belarus’ Stanislau Karankou had an amazing fight at the bantamweight (56kg) in Sofia where they had high number of exchanges. The 17-year-old Moldovan had impressive stamina in the third round which decided their narrow fight in the Bulgarian capital. His teammate Adrian Bucsa was faster than Slovenia’s Nejc Petric and landed several hooks in the first and second rounds. The Moldovan lightweight (60kg) boxer was able to keep his best rhythm until the end of the final gong and also marched to the quarter-finals as Prisacaru. Moldova’s third success on Day3 delivered by their best Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament bronze medallist Vladislav Gudzi who used his longer hands to beat Lithuania’s Erikas Laurikietis.
Ukraine’s Viktoria Fabuliak attended high number of preparation tournaments to increase her international experiences before the start of the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships. The 18-year-old Ukrainian flyweight (51kg) boxer expected a tough battle against Latvia’s EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships bronze medallist Viktorija Silke but her job was easier today. Fabuliak delivered her best performance this year with perfect timing and following her strong attacks the referee counted the Latvian in the third. Fabuliak won the bout unanimously and will be meeting for the medal with Hungary’s Tamara Tarnoczy who has done revenge against Spain’s Tania Ramos Medina.
France’s Jeyssa Marcel won several international tournaments during her junior and youth career and arrived to Sofia in top form. Her coach Julien De Santa Barbara built up a strong strategy against Russia’s Youth National Champion Nina Brozhina and Marcel was able to follow it from the first round. The French did not let the younger Russian box from longer distance and her speed was the difference today. The 18-year-old French advanced to the quarter-final of the flyweight (51kg) where she will be meeting for the guaranteed medal with Italy’s Youth Olympic Games winner Martina La Piana.
England arrived to the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships with world class female team and their Simran Kaur, who competed in the last edition in Roseto degli Abruzzi, used her height advantage to beat Serbia’s Ivana Podkonjak at the flyweight (51kg). Her teammate EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist 17-year-old Courtney Scott dominated her bantamweight (54kg) fight over Bulgaria’s newcomer Blagovesta Georgieva and the referee stopped their contest in the second round.
England’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion and defending EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion Gemma Richardson is the top favourite of the light welterweight (64kg) in Sofia. She had to face as first with Ireland’s Evelyn Igharo which was the repeat match of the final of the 2018 EUBC European Women’s Youth Boxing Championships. England’s pride landed punches from all possible angles and demoralized her Irish opponent quickly which meant Richardson defeated Igharo once again by large margin of differences. In the same category Hungary’s best woman hope Luca Hamori also dominated her fight against France’s Thais Larche.
Germany’s most experienced female youth boxer is Stefanie Von Berge who is member of the national team since 2015 and arrived as secret favourite of the light welterweight (64kg). The 18-year-old German had to meet against such strong opponent as Italy’s Sabrina Er-Raqioui which bout delivered one of the closest fights of the day. Von Berge tried to use her longer hands against the aggressive Italian who was quarter-finalist in the Budapest 2018 AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships. The German was effective in their tough exchanges and eliminated her medal contender rival in Sofia.
Belarus’ Dzmitry Balkou started well in the first competition day at the lightweight (60kg) and he continued his winning path on Day3 when he eliminated Croatia’s Diego Mamic. One of the main gold medal contenders of this weight class England’s EUBC European Junior Champion Adam Azim had hard job against Denmark’s Ilias Naseer Warraich. The Danish fought until his last blood and tried to surprised Azim but England’s 17-year-old talent was able to keep the triumph today.
Turkey’s Kursat Ozhan Utku arrived to Sofia in perfect physical condition and he was able to keep his extremely high rhythm until the very end of his bout when he met with Armenia’s EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Rafayel Hakobyan. The Turkish lightweight (60kg) boxer bowed out his Armenian rival and proved he is a medal favourite in Sofia. In the second Turkey vs. Armenia battle Mehmet Aydemir delivered also amazing fighting spirit at the light welterweight (64kg). Turkey’s Aydemir also has done enough to beat his Armenian rival, Gurgen Kakoyan in Sofia marching to the last eight.