Petrova vs. Nechita for the title of the featherweight at the Balkan Women’s Tournament

09 October 2021 News

Fifteen semi-final contests were held in the third competition day at the new 7th edition of the Balkan Women’s Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria. Romania’s Claudia Nechita and Bulgaria’s Stanimira Petrova will be boxing for the tough featherweight title in Sofia where the Italians proved a perfect day.

Boxers at the light flyweight (48kg), flyweight (50kg), light bantamweight (52kg), bantamweight (54kg), featherweight (57kg), lightweight (60kg), light welterweight (63kg) and welterweight (66kg), were in action in the third competition day at the Balkan Women’s Tournament. The finals will be held in the fourth and last day of boxing in this top Bulgarian international event and it will be live streamed.

Bulgaria, Chile, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Norway, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Uzbekistan and Wales are attending in the 7th Balkan Women’s Tournament. Altogether 61 elite female boxer are competing in the event which is a preparation for the upcoming AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. The Technical Delegate of the Balkan Women’s Tournament is Mr. Viorel Sima of Romania.  

The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls were the responsibility of the local organizers in Bulgaria avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the new edition of the Balkan Women’s Tournament.   

The bout of the day

One of the most anticipated contests were held between Romania’s Claudia Nechita and Russia’s Liudmilla Vorontsova in the third competition day. Both boxers qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games and in the Japanese event Nechita advanced to the quarter-finals. Vorontsova, who claimed silver medal at the 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, used her nice technical skills in their semi-final but Nechita looked stronger than her Russian opponent. The Romanian landed the heavier shots in their contest which was decisive between them and will be meeting for the gold medal of the featherweight (57kg) with Bulgaria’s former AIBA Women’s World Champion Stanimira Petrova.

The surprise of the day

Bulgaria’s Zlatislava Chukanova competed in several international events in the recent eight years but she could not reach any top results in the recent period. She worked hard and regained her place in the national team and competes at the new flyweight (50kg) in the Balkan Women’s Tournament. The Bulgarian caused a surprise in the third day of boxing in Sofia where she eliminated France’s Belgrade Winner Tournament gold medallist promising Rim Bennama in a hectic semi-final.

The Round-up

Bulgaria’s veteran boxer Sevda Asenova returned to the national team after a short break and opened her campaign with a success in the first day of boxing at the Balkan Women’s Tournament. The former EUBC European Champion had a tough rival in the semi-finals, England’s Demi-Jade Resztan who claimed silver in the 2019 EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships. The younger English looked fresh but Asenova landed her shots with perfect timing and will be meeting for the title with Russia’s Alena Artemova who defeated Uzbekistan’s Gulasal Sultonalieva in the second tough semi-final at the light flyweight (48kg).

Italy’s reigning EUBC European U22 Champion Sirine Charaabi found her best category, the bantamweight (54kg) and proved her excellent technical skills in the semi-finals of the Balkan Women’s Tournament. The 22-year-old Italian felt the tempo against Uzbekistan’s ASBC Asian Boxing Championships silver medallist Sitora Shogdarova and won all of the three rounds in their contest. Charaabi will be meeting for the title of the event with Bulgaria’s Gabriela Dimitrova who eliminated Hungary’s Beata Dudek.

The next Italian boxer, lightweight (60kg) hope Alessia Mesiano had a harder job to secure her place in the final of the Balkan Women’s Tournament but she worked well enough to make it happen. The former AIBA Women’s World Champion Italian landed punches from all of the possible angles and eliminated a strong Russian, Anna Krasnoperova. Mesiano will be meeting with her former national rival, Valentina Bustamante who competes for Chile. The South American boxer was stronger than England’s tall Shona Whitwell and secured her place in a next international final.

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