Montenegro, Norway, Estonia and Czech Republic among the medallist nations in Galati27 May 2019
Following the three days of preliminaries the first part of the quarter-finals was held in the fourth competition day at the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships today. The winners of today’s contests are guaranteed medallists and among the developing nations Montenegro, Norway, Czech Republic and Estonia all have boxers in the last four.
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
Russia’s EUBC European Junior Champion and EUBC European Schoolboy Champion Mikhail Usov is one of the most experienced boxers among all participants in Galati. The Russian light middleweight (70kg) boxer performed better than in the preliminary round and his speed was different than on Day3. Usov started well against Ireland’s Eoghan Lavin who started the sport also in the very early ages as a small child. The Russian boxer had rapid attacks in the second round but Lavin also launched right-handed jabs which reached Usov. The Russian still increased his level in the third against the tiring Irish and thrashed one of his top rivals in Galati.
Surprise of the day
Scotland’s Isa Akram is a new junior national team member who shocked Denmark’s EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships bronze medallist Elias Idrissi in the previous round of the boy’s light bantamweight (52kg). The Scottish boxer had to face in the quarter-finals with one of the best Romanian juniors Marco Antonio Manea who won the Danilchenko Prizes Junior Tournament in Kharkiv this March. Akram felt the tempo and overcame his strong rival in attacks using the best angles to land punches. The younger Scottish delivered another sensational wins following his first one in the preliminary stage.
England’s Blu Bowers won already two contests in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships during the preliminary rounds but his third opponent was Russia’s Junior National Champion Boris Eroshkin. The English light flyweight (48kg) boxer was not able to repeat his previous performance and suffered a loss to the 15-year-old Russian in Galati. Eroshkin advanced to the semi-finals and claimed the first male medal of the continental event.
The first female guaranteed medal of the event was achieved by Ireland’s Robyn Kelly at the light flyweight (48kg) who controlled her fight against Turkey’s Gamze Soguksu and advanced to the semi-finals. The second Irish medal was taken by Michael Donoghue at the boy’s light flyweight (48kg) who had a clear dominancy against Azerbaijan’s Said Abdullayev and continued his tough performance in Galati.
Montenegro’s Bojana Gojkovic is one of the female titleholders in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships who won all of her contests in the recent one and half year. The 16-year-old girl attends at the light bantamweight (52kg) in Galati and proved strong developments in terms of tactic and footwork. Gojkovic was too quick in the attacks for Hungary’s Barbara Megyeri and won all of the rounds in each scorecard. The Budva-based girl remained her chance alive to defend the throne in the competition.
Yoel Carlo Angeloni reached medals in Cuban schoolboys events a few years ago but he returned to his origins and represents Team Italy in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships. The light welterweight (63kg) boxer worked from longer distance in spite of the fact he was smaller than Serbia’s Rastko Simic. Angeloni used his tricky style in their contest and eliminated his Serbian opponent by unanimous decision advancing to the semi-finals.
Norway’s Sunniva Hofstad had tough results as a schoolgirl and she is one of the most experienced boxers at the girl’s light middleweight (70kg) who proved her very best against Italy’s Chiara Saraiello. Following her lethal combinations, the referee stopped their contest and confirmed Hofstad’s RSC triumph. After the Norwegian victory Estonia’s Nations Schoolgirl Cup winner Jana Vill demonstrated her power and stopped Belarus’ Karyna Antsipina which is the Baltic nation’s first ever female medal in the history of the event.
Georgia’s Giorgi Sajaia won the gold medal at the Heydar Aliyev Junior Cup in Azerbaijan one month before the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships. The 16-year-old talent moved down to the light bantamweight (52kg) and met with Azerbaijan’s Asad Aghayev in a hectic bout. Sajaia dictated the tempo well and landed plenty of strong punches in the first round of their fight. Aghayev did not give up their battle but the Georgian boxer was better today and advanced to the semi-finals.
Romania’s Mihaela Cristina Ciobanu is the host country’s best female boxer in this age group who felt the support of the home crowd in a tough contest against Ireland’s Nicole O’Sullivan. The Romanian featherweight (57kg) boxer was better than her Irish opponent mainly in the second part of the bout and she is now a guaranteed medallist in Galati. In the same category England’s Sacha Hickey reached her second medal in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships after beating Albania’s Stelina Shahanas.