Montenegro’s Bojana Gojkovic and Poland’s Zofia Stachowiak defended their thrones during the female finals in Galati01 June 2019
The EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships was finished for the girls today with their 13 respective finals in Romania. Montenegro’s Bojana Gojkovic and Poland’s Zofia Stachowiak defended their last year’s thrones following their tough finals in Galati.
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 were eligible to attend in the event.
The following 35 nations took part in the event with 400 female and male 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
Montenegro’s defending EUBC European Women’s Junior Champion Bojana Gojkovic arrived to Galati as a top favourite for the gold medal at the girl’s light bantamweight (52kg). Mr. Nikola Ruzic’s pupil had a few difficulties in the opening minute against Italy’s Sophia Mazzoni who surprised her with rapid attacks. The Italian boxer had amazing footwork in their final but Gojkovic replied to her punches and in the second part of their bout she found her best fighting range. Gojkovic became the first in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships who could defend her throne.
Surprise of the day
Russia’s defending EUBC European Women’s Junior Champion Valeria Linkova marched into the final of the flyweight (50kg) in Galati as well. The 16-year-old Russian had to meet for the title with Ireland’s Marie Chloe Gabriel who 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, landed nice jabs in the first round but Linkova also responded quickly. The Russian was slightly better in the first round but Gabriel impressed in the second. The final verdict was depended on their performance in the third when the Irish talent was able to beat the defending champion.
England’s Shelby-Marie Lee eliminated Hungary’s Laura Fanni Kovacs in the semi-finals of the girl’s pinweight (46kg) which was a remarkable contest. The English girl tried to use her speed in the final against Russia’s EUBC European Schoolgirl Champion Alena Tremasova and gave in everything in their contest. The 15-year-old Russian adopted the rhythm of the contest and turned back the fight which means she won her next European title.
Russia’s Anastasia Kirienko was slightly better in the semi-finals than Ireland’s Robyn Kelly and the southpaw boxer was focused in the first round against Italy’s Federica Lombardo which was the second final of the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Junior Boxing Championships. The Russian light flyweight (48kg) boxer used her height advantage well in the final and dominated the contest against the Italian talent.
Russia’s Liana Tarasian is newcomer in their national team who won their Junior National Championships two months ago. The Kursk-based bantamweight (54kg) boxer had to face with a taller rival Latvia’s Nikolina Boke for the gold medal in Galati. The Latvian talent tried to keep Tarasian long but the Russian was too aggressive in their battle. Tarasian caught Boke in the second with tough hooks and claimed Russia’s third female gold medal.
England’s Sacha Hickey claimed bronze medal in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Anapa and she stepped forward in the ranking in Galati. The English featherweight (57kg) boxer had to meet against a same tall rival Russia’s Alina Pushkar and both tried to land jabs from longer range. Hickey impressed in the second and third rounds with her smart boxing and captured the title in Galati.
Viktoria Sawatzki has strong roots to Kazakhstan but she was already born in Germany and represents them in Galati. The German lightweight (60kg) boxer had a hard road to the finals and she was not enough fresh in the title bout against Russia’s Nadezhda Golubeva. The younger EUBC European Schoolgirl Champion Russian was stronger than her German opponent and deserved to win their fight in Galati.
Italy’s Viola Piras, who had her first contest only in 2017, had also hard road to the finals of the girl’s light welterweight (63kg) where she had to meet with Ireland’s EUBC European Schoolgirl Champion Winnie McDonagh. The Italian boxer used her height advantage to handle their contest from the comfortable longer distance. McDonagh moved ahead and pressurized the Italian boxer but Piras managed to win their tactical final claiming her nation’s first gold medal in Galati.
Norway’s Sunniva Hofstad eliminated Estonia’s Jana Vill in the semi-final of the light middleweight (70kg) with good performance but she had to face with Poland’s defending champion Zofia Stachowiak in the final. The Norwegian looked nervous in her first big final and the one-year older Polish started the opening round better. Hofstad returned in the second round following the first break with more focused boxing but Stachowiak was able to defend her throne and claimed her second EUBC title.
Russia’s EUBC European Schoolgirl Champion Valeria Vorontsova has got strong family connections to boxing and the 15-year-old talent, who bowed out Ireland’s Dearbhla Tinnelly in the semi-finals, started her final with good jabs against Poland’s Barbara Marcinkowska. The one-year younger Russian moved more on feet than her Polish rival and won her second EUBC title within one year.