Nine European nations are among the medallists in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and Wales writes history in New Delhi20 November 2018
The sixth competition day of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships was held in the Indian capital in New Delhi where the top 40 boxers remained in actions after quarter-finals. Fourteen European boxers are guaranteed medallists from Turkey, Germany, Netherlands, Ukraine, Belarus, Bulgaria, Ireland, Russia and Wales.
Altogether 277 boxers are attending in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and among them 118 athletes are from 27 different European nations in New Delhi. All of the ten weight classes were in actions and the 27 remained European boxers out of 15 countries had the motivation to win a medal in New Delhi today.
Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota claimed bronze medal in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships in Sofia and she was able to repeat that performance in New Delhi. The 22-year-old Ukrainian controlled all of the rounds against Turkey’s Ayse Cagirir and secured her place in the last four. The Ukrainian southpaw landed more punches than her opponent and will be meeting in the semi-final with Japan’s Madoka Wada who eliminated Romania’s Steluta Duta.
Bulgaria’s defending EUBC European Women’s Champion and AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Stoyka Petrova had to meet with a promising Indian boxer Manisha Moun at the bantamweight (54kg). The Bulgarian veteran used up all of her experiences to control their world class quarter-final in New Delhi. Petrova was excellent in the third round, she overcome her Indian opponent with tough jabs and secured a guaranteed medal in the event.
Germany’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Nadine Apetz lost to Russia’s Iaroslava Iakushina in the semi-finals of the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships in Sofia this June. The 31-year-old German welterweight (69kg) hope and her coaches built up a better strategy against the Russian and Apetz was able to follow those instructions. The experienced German has done a revenge due her previous loss and eliminated a favourite in New Delhi.
Turkey’s EUBC European Women’s Champion Elif Guneri is member of the national team since 2009 and she is a continuous podium boxer at the light heavyweight (81kg). The 31-year-old Turkish boxer used her longer reach against Poland’s Agata Kaczmarska in the first round and in spite of the warning which she received she was able to control their quarter-final. Guneri was semi-finalists in the 2014 and 2016 editions therefore her guaranteed medal in New Delhi is her third one in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.
Belarus’ Viktoria Kebikava is an experienced boxer who attended in several AIBA and EUBC events since 2010. Following her low number of successes at the middleweight (75kg) she moved up to the light heavyweight (81kg) where she took two bronze medals in the continental events. Kebikava felt her time has arrived in New Delhi and eliminated Kazakhstan’s Fariza Shaltay with strong performance which means she is the first Belarusian who could get a medal in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships since 2002.
Netherlands’ Jemyma Betrian had a successful career in different martial arts but she switched to boxing to compete in an Olympic Games. The Dutch featherweight (57kg) boxer is on the best way to accomplish her dreams in the future but her present was also impressive in New Delhi on Day6. The Dutch boxer absolutely gave in everything and she eliminated Italy’s defending champion Alessia Mesiano.
Germany’s Ornella Wahner claimed gold medal in the Antalya 2011 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and she needed seven years after that success to earn a podium place among the elite boxers. The 25-year-old German featherweight (57kg) boxer delivered one of her best performances and triumphed over China’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games silver medallist Yin Junhua.
The middleweight (75kg) saw tough contests in the quarter-finals but the favourite for the gold Netherlands’ Nouchka Fontijn impressed and dominated her fight against Canada’s AMBC American Women’s Champion Tamara Thibeault. Wales’ first ever medal in the history of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships was taken by Lauren Price who had to do her very best to beat Poland’s Elzbieta Wojcik.