Quiles and Pita won difficult bouts in the opening day of the Qualifiers15 March 2020
The European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event began with its first competition day in London where more than 300 boxers from 44 teams are attending for the quota places. Altogether 35 bouts were held in the first day of boxing divided into two sessions in London where Spain’s favourite Jose Quiles survived his dangerous moments. Greece’s Nikoleta Pita used the perfect tactic against Belgium’s Professional World Champion Nikoleta Pita and eliminated her top rival at the women’s lightweight (60kg).
The bout of the day
Spain’s Jose Quiles was bronze medallist at the Kharkiv 2017 EUBC European Boxing Championships but since then he had several injuries. The Spaniard was the top favourite in his opening fight against Slovenia’s 20-year-old Nik Nikolov Veber at the featherweight (57kg). Quiles reduced the fighting distance successfully in the first round and he led on the scorecards against his taller rival. Veber used his longer reach better in the second round and surprised the more experienced Spanish boxer. The final verdict was depended on their performance in the third round when Quiles looked better once again and eliminated his difficult Slovenian rival.
The surprise of the day
Greece’s Nikoleta Pita has been attending in the international events since 2013 but she was not the favourite against Belgium’s Delfine Persoon who had more than 40 successful professional fights in the recent 10 years. The Belgian boxer joined to the national team but her preparations were not enough to increase your speed to the Qualifiers. The Greek lightweight (60kg) girl knew her rival’s weak points and used her speed to beat the Belgian Professional World Champion in London.
Boxers at the women’s lightweight (60kg) were in action in the first opening bouts of the European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event. Kosovo’s EUBC European Youth Champion Donjeta Sadiku won the first bout on Ring B over Germany’s Maya Kleinhans. In Ring A Great Britain’s Youth Olympic Champion and AIBA Youth World Champion Caroline Dubois has done a successful debut in the elite competitions and her counter-punches worked well against Belarus’ Ala Staradub.
Hungary’s former EUBC European Youth Champion Roland Galos started the first round strongly against Bosnia & Herzegovina’s Alen Rahimic at the men’s featherweight (57kg). He caught the German-based Bosnian boxer with several tough jabs in the first round and ruled the middle of the ring. Galos landed more punches than his Bosnian opponent and his hooks were also dangerous in that period. The Hungarian boxer’s repertoire was impressive, he landed mostly uppercuts in the third round and eliminated his Bosnian opponent.
Two super heavyweight (+91kg) bouts were held in the first session of the Olympic Qualifiers in London. Ukraine’s National Champion and Strandja Memorial Tournament winner Tsotne Rogava knocked down his Lithuanian opponent Algirdas Baniulis twice quickly and those moments determined the final result of their bout. Denmark’s Ahmet Comert Tournament winner Morten Givskov also won his first fight in London, eliminating Romania’s Daniel Burciu in the heaviest weight class.
Bulgaria’s Stoyka Petrova Krasteva claimed two silver medals at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and after one year of break, she returned to the national team. The London 2012 Olympian was smarter in the first round than Greece’s Strandja Memorial Tournament silver medallist Aikaterini Koutsogeorgopoulou. Petrova used her long range tactic well in the whole bout and bowed out her Greek rival which means the Bulgarian advanced to the last 16.
Russia’s Rasul Saliev won their National Championships at the flyweight (52kg) which was a big surprise last November. The 24-year-old Russian dominated his fight over Poland’s Jakub Slominski and knocked down his opponent twice. Following these lethal combinations, the referee stopped their unequal contest which was an impressive debut from Saliev. His fellow Albert Batyrgaziev is one of the most promising boxers of the Russian national team and the 22-year-old talent also won his opening fight by RSC over Serbia’s Nemanja Gavrilovic in London.