Rosie Eccles won the British fight in the quarter-finals of the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships where Russia is the most successful nation31 August 2019
The longest day with 24 quarter-final contests were held on the fifth competition day in the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships in Madrid. Wales’ Rosie Eccles won the special British bout in the quarter-finals of the welterweight (69kg) while the main surprise of the day was delivered by Ireland’s Amy Broadhurst on Day5.
The event is taking place in Madrid’s suburb region in Alcobendas City which is the first continental championship in Spain since 1971. The EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships is also a preparation event for the Ulan-Ude 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.
Altogether 136 elite female boxers from 31 nations are taking part in the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships: Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Georgia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.
The bout of the day
A tough British battle was held between Wales’ Commonwealth Games silver medallist Rosie Eccles and England’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships runner-up Sandy Ryan at the welterweight (69kg). Ryan eliminated Poland’s European Games winner, Seed No.1 Karolina Koszewska in the preliminary round but she was not enough confident in the first round against Wales’ promising boxer. Ryan increased the tempo on the second Eccles re-found her best rhythm in time and she was able to turn back their tight contest in the quarter-finals. Eccles will be meeting in the last four with Italy’s Angela Carini who eliminated Czech Republic’s Martina Schmoranzova.
Surprise of the day
Ireland’s Kellie Harrington is the defending AIBA Women’s World Champion at the lightweight (60kg) who injured two months ago and had to miss the Madrid event. Her replacement Amy Broadhurst is two-time EUBC European U22 Champion but she was not the favourite against Russia’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist and former AIBA Women’s World Champion Anastasia Beliakova. The 22-year-old Irish had a brave attempt to control the first round and following the first exchanges, she felt that today her Russian opponent could be beatable. Broadhurst delivered one of her best performances this year and caught Beliakova with heavy blows taking a guaranteed medal in Madrid.
Ukraine’s Ivanna Krupenia defeated Russia’s Karina Tazabekova in the Volnova Prizes Women’s Tournament in Kazakhstan one and half year ago. The two bantamweight (54kg) boxers had to meet once again, this time at the quarter-finals of the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships. The Ukrainian southpaw worked more on feet in the first round than Tazabekova and landed nice right-handed hooks. The Russian increased her rhythm in time and she was able to do revenge following her previous loss.
France’s Caroline Cruveillier earned gold medal in the EUBC European U22 Boxing Championships in Vladikavkaz this March and tried to use her long distance tactic in the quarter-final of the bantamweight (54kg) in Madrid today. The 21-year-old French boxer had a tough opponent Serbia’s Jelena Zekic who used hooks and tried to catch Cruveillier in their contest. The final verdict was unanimous decision in the favour of the French boxer who will be meeting in the semi-final with Romania’s Lacramioara Perijoc who worked strongly against Italy’s Giulia Lamagna.
Finland’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist and EUBC European Women’s Champion Mira Potkonen had a tough fight as first but she was able to eliminate England’s Paige Murney in a narrow preliminary contest. The Finnish lightweight (60kg) boxer was more focused in the quarter-final against Belarus’ Alla Yarshevich and landed her tough jabs in the opening minutes. The 39-year-old European Games winner Potkonen launched shots from all angles and eliminated her Belarusian rival in Madrid.
Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli moved down to the welterweight (69kg) and she started strongly against France’s Emilie Sonvico in the preliminary round. The two-time EUBC European U22 Champion Turkish boxer landed more punches in the first round than Ukraine’s Anna Lysenko. Surmeneli was brave in the attacks and she pressurized her Ukrainian opponent therefore the former AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion advanced to the semi-finals in Madrid.
Ukraine’s Rio 2016 Olympian Tetyana Kob is already 32 but she is in top shape and following more than 200 contests, she was the favourite against Italy’s Camilla Fadda. The Ukrainian flyweight (51kg) boxer was never stopped attacking and pressurized her younger Italian opponent. Kob was able to keep this strong rhythm until the end of the last gong and defeated Fadda in a spectacular fight. The Ukrainian will be meeting in the semi-finals with Turkey’s European Games winner Busenaz Cakiroglu who eliminated Spain’s Eva Maria Diez in another quarter-final.
Bulgaria’s Jeju 2014 AIBA Women’s World Champion and two-time EUBC European Women’s Champion Stanimira Petrova is Seed No.1 at the featherweight (57kg) who had to wait for the fifth competition day to start her campaign in Madrid. The Bulgarian star dominated all of the three rounds against Slovenia’s last hope in the event, Vida Rudolf. Petrova won the bout unanimously using her speed and will be meeting in the semi-finals with England’s powerful soldier Karriss Artingstall.
Ukraine’s Maria Bova was AIBA Women’s World Champion in 2012 and she claimed silver in the last 2018 New Delhi edition as well. The experienced light welterweight (64kg) boxer was not enough shape in the first round against Hungary’s Eszter Olah but she stepped into the gas in the second. The Ukrainian found the best fighting range in the middle of the second round and from that point she controlled the quarter-final. Bova will be boxing in the semi-final with Poland’s Aneta Rygielska who moved up one category and remained in the competition following her success over Armenia’s Ani Hovsepyan.
Statistics after the quarter-finals
The following 15 nations have got at least one medallist in the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships:
- Russia: 8 medals
- Italy, Ukraine: 5 medals
- Turkey: 4 medals
- France, Poland: 3 medals
- Belarus, England, Ireland: 2 medals
- Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Romania, Sweden, Wales: 1 medal