Russia, Italy, Turkey, Finland, Ireland and Romania won the titles of the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships01 September 2019
The ten final contests were held on the seventh competition day in the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships in Madrid. Russia claimed three titles in the last day of boxing but Italy and Turkey also achieved two gold medals in the Spanish capital. Finland, Ireland and Romania achieved the remaining titles while the Best Boxer Trophy was taken by Turkey’s Busenaz Cakiroglu.
The event took 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 was also a preparation event for the Ulan-Ude 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships which is scheduled to take place this October.
Altogether 136 elite female boxers from 31 nations took 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
Turkey’s European Games winner Busenaz Cakiroglu is in top form this year and she proved amazing style of boxing also in the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships. The Turkish flyweight (51kg) boxer eliminated Ukraine’s Rio 2016 Olympian Tetyana Kob in the semi-finals and she continued her winning path against Russia’s former AIBA Women’s World Champion Elena Saveleva who returned to the sport. Both boxers had the same technician style in their respective final but in that game Cakiroglu was better which means she won both of the top European events within two months. The Turkish star received also the Best Boxer Trophy of the Championship following all medal ceremonies.
Surprise of the day
Ireland’s Lisa O’Rourke joined to the national elite team only last year but in the semi-finals of the middleweight (75kg) she caused a top sensation with a success over Russia’s Youth Olympic Games winner and two-time AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Anastasia Shamonova. O’Rourke had another more experienced opponent, Poland’s Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games winner Elzbieta Wojcik who tried to avoid the tough Irish punches. O’Rourke worked seriously hard in all of the rounds to take the gold medal of the category and following her high number of punches, the judges picked her as the winner of the bout. O’Rourke became Ireland’s first gold medallist in an EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships after their icon Katie Taylor.
England’s new light flyweight (48kg) sensation Demi-Jade Resztan eliminated Ukraine’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Hanna Okhota in the semi-final which was a strong surprise. The English talent had to meet in the final with a more experienced boxer Russia’s Iulia Chumgalakova who had the same virtuoso footwork as Resztan in the first round. In the battle of the southpaw boxers the Russian was a hard target and her counter-attacks delivered for a gold medal in Madrid.
Romania’s lone finalist in the recent editions of the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships was Steluta Duta but she lost in the quarter-finals a few days ago. In spite of her loss, Romania presented one boxer to the finals Lacramioara Perijoc, who tried to pressurize Russia’s Karina Tazabekova in the first round of their bantamweight (54kg) fight. The newly crowned Russian National Champion moved ahead more in the second round but Perijoc’s stamina was enough strong to win a gold medal for Romania.
Italy’s former AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Irma Testa reached the throne of the EUBC European U22 Boxing Championships twice already but she advanced to her first elite final in Madrid. The Italian featherweight (57kg) boxer had to meet for the title with England’s new surprise Karriss Artingstall who eliminated Bulgaria’s AIBA Women’s World Champion, European Games winner and two-time EUBC European Women’s Champion Stanimira Petrova in the semi-final. Testa used her counter-attacking tactic in the first round and kept her tough English opponent long. The Italian had a well-built strategy and she was able to follow it from the opening seconds until the last gong achieving her first elite continental title.
Finland’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist, European Games winner and EUBC European Women’s Champion Mira Potkonen delivered her best performance in time in the semi-finals when she thrashed Ireland’s two-time EUBC European U22 Champion Amy Broadhurst. Finland’s No.1 used a different tactic in the final against France’s tough returning boxer Maiva Hamadouche and worked more on longer distance. The French attacked from the first seconds but she was not able to catch Finland’s veteran in the opening period of their lightweight (60kg) final. The French increased her tempo in the second round and landed more hooks from closer range but the Finnish veteran was able to re-new in the third to defend her European title.
Former AIBA Women’s World Champion Karolina Michalczuk is the head coach of the Polish national team who prepared well their boxers to this EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships. Their first finalist was former AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Aneta Rygielska who advanced to her first elite title bout during her career. The 24-year-old Polish boxer met for the gold with Italy’s Francesca Amato and tried to follow the strategy and worked from longer range in the first round. The Italian, who won the Indian Open International Tournament this May, stepped into the gas in the next period and turned back their narrow final fight taking Italy’s second gold medal.
The third Italian finalist in the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships was former EUBC European Youth Champion Angela Carini who is only 21 but reached the final of the welterweight (69kg). She had to meet with Russia’s Darima Sandakova who eliminated a favourite in the semi-finals, Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli. The Italian southpaw worked well in the first round but Sandakova had energetic attacks after the opening minute. The 23-year-old Russian was technically better today and won her career highlight, a European title in Madrid.
Turkey’s Elif Guneri earned several medals in the recent AIBA and EUBC Championships and tried to use her longer reach in the final of the heavyweight (81kg) against Belarus’ Viktoriya Kebikava. The Belarusian, who became her nation’s first ever medallist in an AIBA event one year ago, was a competitive rival for Guneri but the Turkish has done enough to win the gold medal. The last gold medal of the whole EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships was taken by Russia’s Zenfira Magomedalieva who controlled the heavyweight (+81kg) final over Ukraine’s Tetiana Shevchenko.