Russia earned impressive ten gold medals in the women’s finals of the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships02 December 2020
The thirteen women’s finals were held in the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria today where the champions celebrated their gold medals after eight long competition days. The Russian stars as Renata Mingalimova, Alena Tremasova, Daria Kostkina and Nadezhda Golubeva all won their weight categories while Romania’s Maria Livia Botica took the title of the heaviest division.
The Russians achieved ten gold medals in the women’s part of the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships Sofia 2020. Ukraine, Poland and Romania won the remaining 11th, 12th and 13th women titles in Bulgaria.
The following nations attended in the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships Sofia 2020: Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Israel, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine.
The European Boxing Confederation’s medical and safety rules are very strict in the whole competition as it was followed in Montenegro. 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 to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the EUBC Junior European Confederation Boxing Championships.
The bout of the day
Poland’s Weronika Bochen had a massive height and weight advantage against Romania’s Maria Livia Botica who tried to avoid her opponent’s punches with speedy movements in the final of the heavyweight (+80kg). Botica likes also tennis and handball but she proved today that she is a real boxer and used the best tactic against the Polish giant in Sofia. The 16-year-old Romanian was quicker in the exchanges, danced through Bochen to find the best angles and realized her gold medal dreams.
The surprise of the day
Ukraine’s Veronika Nakota began boxing only two years ago and she had 13 contests before the start of the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships. The 16-year-old Ukrainian, who trains with coach Oleksandr Ulanovskiy in Kharkiv, shocked Russia’s Anastasia Demurchian in the first round and used her strong jabs to land punches in the target area. Nakota continued her very best in the second round and she had a massive advantage on each of the scorecard. The Russian boxer changed her rhythm in the third but the full battle was won by the 177cm tall Ukrainian in Sofia.
Russia’s Renata Mingalimova claimed gold medal at the 2018 EUBC European Schoolgirls Boxing Championships in Albena where she was the first historical winner in that age group. The 15-year-old Russian talent returned to Bulgaria as a junior and used her impressive footwork to find the best angles against Spain’s Laura Barcelo Calderon. The Spaniard tried to catch the quick Russian but it was an impossible mission for her in Sofia where Mingalimova bagged her next European title at the pinweight (46kg).
Russia’s Daria Kostkina is also an experienced junior boxer who won several international competitions in the recent two years. She spent less than one round in the ring against Bulgaria’s Rumyana Aleksandrova and the referee confirmed her quick RSC triumph at the flyweight (50kg). Russia’s third-in-a-row gold medal was taken by Arina Vostrikova in Sofia who expected a tough final against Serbia’s promising Dragana Jovanovic. The Serbian girl was not able to organize her defence in the first exchanges therefore Vostrikova won their final at the bantamweight (54kg) by RSC.
Russia’s best junior boxer Nadezhda Golubeva won all of her international contests in the recent two and half years therefore she was the top favourite for the gold medal at the women’s lightweight (60kg) in Sofia. The 16-year-old boxer had a clear dominancy in the final against Ukraine’s Anastasia Kramarenko who had a great road to the finals in Sofia. Golubeva was better in all aspects of boxing and won their title bout by unanimous decision proving she is Europe’s great future prospect.
The Polish women’s team achieved gold medals in the recent two editions of the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships in Anapa and in Galati. Oliwia Czerwinska had the realistic chance to continue Poland’s gold medal series in the final of the middleweight (75kg). The Polish Junior National Champion won the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament this year therefore she was confident in the final against Serbia’s Zeljana Amidzic. Czerwinska had only a few difficulties in the first round but her energetic tempo delivered for her and Poland a gold medal in Sofia.
Russia’s Alena Tremasova was defending champion in the junior age group and she has done enough to achieve her second title. The 16-year-old Russian had the height advantage in the final against Romania’s Ana Romantov who reached her career’s best advancing to title bout of a continental event. Tremasova controlled all of the three rounds in the final and defended her European throne with strong technical performance. Her teammate, Vera Yurchenko also has done hard work against Serbia’s Sara Cirkovic and celebrated her gold medal at the light bantamweight (52kg).
Russia’s Zukhro Umarbekova won the gold medal at the 2020 Nations Women’s Junior Cup in Serbia on January where she took the title of the featherweight (57kg). The 16-year-old Russian boxer moved up four categories and competed at the light middleweight (70kg) in Sofia. Umarbekova had to meet in the final with Kosovo’s lone female boxer in the event, Alnera Brahimi who is only 15 now. Kosovo produced such great woman star as EUBC European Youth Champion Donjeta Sadiku and Brahimi could be their next one in the future, but Umarbekova was still too strong for her today.