One dozen of European victories in the opening day of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships15 November 2018
The first competition day of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships was held in the Indian capital in New Delhi where twelve Europeans won their contests. Belarus, Bulgaria, England, France, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine won contests in the opening day of the event.
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. The winners of the flyweight (51kg), featherweight (57kg) and lightweight (60kg) contests advanced to the last 32 in the competition.
Italy’s Roberta Mostarda was involved to the national team two years ago and she had good international results in 2018. The 23-year-old Italian flyweight (51kg) talent was a hard target for Serbia’s Nina Radovanovic in the first round. The Serbian boxer, who returned to the world of boxing this year after a break, was competitive rival for Mostarda but the Italian was able to keep her advantage until the end of the last gong.
Bulgaria’s Gabriela Dimitrova was bronze medallist in the last edition of the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships and she used her strong tactical skills to control her opening preliminary bout in New Delhi. Her opponent was Chinese Taipei’s Chin Chian Huei who attended at the light flyweight (48kg) in the recent years. The Bulgarian flyweight (51kg) boxer was more experienced in the international stage and bowed out her Asian rival in the first session of the event.
Switzerland’s Sandra Brugger appeared first in the international level in 2005 and the veteran boxer had strong results in the AIBA and EUBC events in the recent 13 years. The 37-year-old lightweight (60kg) boxer had a few difficulties in the first round against Indonesia’s Asian Games bronze medallist Huswatun Hasanah but from the second round she turned up the heat. Brugger knew which tactical elements could be successful and her experiences decided their contest in New Delhi.
Sweden’s Agnes Alexiusson was AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion and EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion in the past and as elite boxer she is planning her breakthrough in New Delhi. Alexiusson recovered from her injuries and illnesses and used her perfect tempo against Germany’s Janina Bonordon. The 22-year-old Swedish lightweight (60kg) boxer was more efficient than her German rival who she knew from the last training camp therefore Alexiusson can fight in the next preliminary round.
France’s Delphine Mancini claimed silver medal in the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships at the bantamweight (54kg) but since then she moved down to the flyweight (51kg). The experienced French boxer used her quick attacks to took the lead against Argentina’s Clara Lescurat in their contest and secured her place in the next preliminary stage.
England’s EUBC European U22 Champion Ebonie Jones also moved down to the flyweight (51kg) and proved strong performance as opening in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. The 20-year-old super talented English girl felt the rhythm from the first seconds against Indonesia’s young hope Ainun Azizah. Jones maintained the best fighting distance well and won their contest by unanimous decision.
Ukraine’s Snizhana Kholodkova reached strong international results in the recent two years and she used her strength in New Delhi. The experienced Ukrainian featherweight (57kg) boxer landed tough punches in the first round against Japan’s newcomer in the national team Ayane Watanabe. Kholodkova stepped into the gas in the second round and her tough punches were shocking moments for the inexperienced Japanese. The referee stopped their unequal bout in the second round confirming Kholodkova’s RSC triumph.
England’s Ellie Scotney is only 20 but she won the gold medal at the Boxam Women’s Tournament in Castellon de la Plana in Spain a few weeks ago where she defeated high ranked boxers as well. England’s new featherweight (57kg) sensation moved forward from the opening seconds and caught her opponent, Chinese Taipei’s Lin Ssu Ting. The young English girl was in different level than her Asian rival today and marched to the last 32 in New Delhi.