Paraschiv, Plantic and Testa among the winners of Day2 in London16 March 2020
A longer competition day with 50 bouts have been held at the European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event in London where the crowd saw two sessions. The second competition day delivered high number of narrow fights and the European boxers showed their potentials including the developing nations. Moldova’s Alexandru Paraschiv, Croatia’s returning Luka Plantic and Italy’s top female boxer Irma Testa were among the winners of Day2.
The bout of the day
Moldova’s Alexandru Paraschiv is a young talent who claimed medals in previous EUBC Boxing Championships as junior and U22 boxer. The Moldovan lightweight (63kg) boxer had a tough fight as first against Slovakia’s former Youth Olympian Michal Takacs who joined to the national team still in 2014. The Moldovan boxer landed the stronger punches but the Slovakian had impressive responses especially in the first round. Paraschiv turned up the heat and his final round decided their contest in London.
“My opponent was not so easy as he had excellent jabs in my opening contest in London. My victory over the tall Slovakian was clear only in the third round so it was a tough fight. I knew my next opponent from the Italian training camp and we are thinking about how to manage the tactic on that upcoming contest. I will do my best in that important fight which will be held for an Olympic ticket,” said Moldova’s Alexandru Paraschiv after his first preliminary contest.
The surprise of the day
Croatia’s Luka Plantic had an amazing year in 2014 when he claimed gold at the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships, silver at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and bronze at the Youth Olympic Games. After three poor years the Croatian returned to the national team at the light heavyweight (81kg) and bowed out a seeded boxer, Austria’s Umar Dzambekov who was one of the medal favourites. Their fight was a close one but the split decision favoured the 24-year-old Croatian who advanced to the last 16.
Italy’s defending EUBC European Women’s Champion Irma Testa is one of the biggest favourites at the women’s featherweight (57kg) who opened her campaign against Switzerland’s Sandra Brugger in London. The Italian moved ahead more in comparison to her previous fights but she was a hard target for the Swiss boxer. Brugger attacked in the whole bout but her efforts were not enough to catch the Italian star in London. Testa’s next opponent in the last 16 will be Russia’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Liudmilla Vorontsova.
Poland’s Sandra Kruk was silver medallist in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships a few years ago and she proved her amazing fighting spirit once again. The Polish featherweight (57kg) boxer was too strong for Greece’s technician Foteini Plea who returned to the national elite team. Kruk landed tough punches and the referee had to count the younger Greek boxer which determined the final result of their bout.
Greece’s Alexandros Tsanikidis has got experiences from the international events since 2008 and he is now fully ready to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. He has done his first big step on that road against North Macedonia’s Jasim Ljama winning the bout by RSC. The Greek boxer returned to the lightweight (63kg) which was a superb decision and more perfect for his height.
Romania’s EUBC European U22 Champion Paul Andrei Aradoaie returned to the light heavyweight (81kg) and used his longer range well against Bulgaria’s former AIBA Youth World Champion Blagoy Naydenov. The Romanian boxer impressed in the bout and following his knock downs, the referee confirmed his RSC success. In another contest in this weight class Armenia’s European Games bronze medallist Gor Nersesyan also won his fight over Czech Republic’s Karel Horejsek by large margin of differences.
Sweden’s former WSB athlete Liridon Nuha attacked from the first seconds against Hungary’s Peter Tallosi and the referee counted quickly the latter boxer. The smaller Swedish light heavyweight (81kg) boxer has got an aggressive style which is uncomfortable for his opponents. The Hungarian produced a better second round but Nuha controlled the bout in spite of his injury in the third. A Baltic boxer, 20-year-old Stiven Aas of Estonia eliminated Poland’s Sebastian Wiktorzak in this weight class winning the bout by RSCI.
Ukraine’s Yulia Tsyplakova is a veteran boxer in the national team who won the Strandja Memorial Tournament at the featherweight (57kg) this January. The Ukrainian boxer started better than Slovenia’s Vida Rudolf and took the control quickly in their fight. Tsyplakova received a warning in the second round which increased her motivation and dominated the later parts of the bout. The referee counted the Slovenian twice therefore the final verdict was unanimous in the favour of Tsyplakova.
Turkey’s Tugrulhan Erdemir was gold medallist at the 2016 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and also at the 2017 EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships. The 20-year-old Turkish lightweight (63kg) boxer arrived to London in top form and he controlled his fight against Germany’s Kastriot Sopa who returned to the national team. The Turkish boxer was energetic and his long distance tactic worked well in the second competition day which guaranteed his success in London.