Russia, Ukraine, Armenia and the Czech Republic earned titles in the EUBC Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships24 August 2021
The 13 schoolgirl and the 16 schoolboy finals were on the schedule of the last eighth competition day at the EUBC Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships in Sarajevo. The Russians dominated the finals while Czech Republic’s Viktorie Jilkova made history for her nation.
Russia claimed 19 out of the 29 gold medals in the capital city of Bosnia & Herzegovina where Ukraine ranked as No.2 in the medal table with seven titles. Promising Armenia bagged two gold medals in the schoolboy event, while the Czechs earned one title among the schoolgirls in Sarajevo. Altogether 19 nations claimed at least one medal in the EUBC Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships.
Altogether 274 boxers attended in the EUBC Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships. The Technical Delegate of the event was Mr. Marko Marovic of Croatia while Mr. Dragoljub Radovic of Montenegro arranged the organizational jobs in the event as Sports Director. Altogether 78 schoolgirls and 196 schoolboys competed for the 29 gold medals in Sarajevo where the event started on August 12.
The number of the participating nations was 25 in the competition: Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine.
The bout of the day
The Czech talents impressed in the recent junior and youth international events, they proved strong developments also in the European Championships. Their new sensation Julie Polednikova claimed bronze medal but Viktorie Jilkova exceeded all of the expectations with her performance in Sarajevo. The Czech schoolgirl faced with Russia’s Valeria Ryzhova in the final of the 51kg weight class and tried to move a lot on feet from the first seconds. Jilkova was able to keep her focus until the last gong and defeated the main favourite of the weight class in Sarajevo. It was the Czech Republic’s first ever title in the history of the EUBC Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships.
The surprise of the day
Russia’s Anastasia Panechkina was born in 2008 but the 13-year-old talent was the main favourite for the gold medal at the schoolgirls 42kg weight class. The Russian, who spends her first year among the schoolgirls, was not able to repeat her previous top performances in Sarajevo. Panechkina’s final opponent Kira Makokhonenko of Ukraine started the final better and she used the best strategy against the young Russian. The Ukrainian coaches made a strong analysis about Panechkina’s recent contests and Makokhonenko was able to follow the strategy which delivered a gold medal for her.
The first gold medal of the whole EUBC Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships was achieved by Russia’s Maria Cherdantseva who had a successful mission against Ukraine’s Valeria Loktionova at the 36kg weight class. Following that Russian gold medal, Cherdantseva’s teammate Sofya Maksiuta continued their winning path in the event, she controlled two out of the three rounds against Turkey’s young sensation, Rabia Eylul Duman in the final of the 38kg category.
Ukraine’s Uliana Bezfamlina eliminated her Italian semi-final rival with powerful performance and she spent also less than two rounds in the ring against Russia’s Viktoria Kazakova. The Ukrainian talent caught her Russian final opponent in the first round and shocked Kazakova with her aggressive attacks. Bezfamlina not only controlled the beginning of the second round but she was able to end her 46kg final contest with lethal shots and the Moldovan referee confirmed her RSC success.
Ukraine’s Yulia Stupakova has done excellent performance during her road to the finals of the schoolgirls 54kg weight class but she had to face with Russia’s Sofya Molchanova for the title. The Russian won their Schoolgirls National Championships with superb performance and she was still fresh enough to take the European title. Stupakova’s ringside was able to answer all of the Russian tactical changes which delivered a gold medal for the 14-year-old Ukrainian girl in Sarajevo.
Russia’s Maria Kazakova was in different level than all of her opponents at the schoolgirls’ 64kg weight class and she spent a short time in the ring against Moldova’s lone female boxer in the whole event, Xenia Coronciuc in their final. Kazakova quickly gained the control and her powerful punches were decisive already in the first round of the final. The last schoolgirls’ final was also won by the Russians in Sarajevo, Daria Plotsyna controlled all of the three rounds against Hungary’s Flora Budai using her technical advantage.
Hungary’s tall 40kg male boxer, Rikardo Joni had to fight already for the last 16 as only boxer of the whole championship. The lone schoolboy Hungarian finalist met for the title with Ukraine’s Odessa-based Artem Mikhalov who eliminated Russia’s Mikhail Kovalev in the semi-finals. Joni was too exhausted to his fifth bout and he was not able to stop the quick Ukrainian attacks in the opening round. Mikhalov shocked the Hungarian and won the title of the smallest male weight class by RSC in the first round.
The second gold medal of the male finals were achieved by Russia’s Arseniy Zhiltsov who controlled all of the three rounds against Ukraine’s David Zhyhzhzhavyn in the title bout of the 42kg weight class. Russia’s Daniil Kravchenko met with strong resistance in the final of the 44kg category, Ukraine’s Vidadi Zeiniev tried his very best today. Kravchenko, who trains in the Crimea region, was slightly better in the final round and claimed gold medal for Russia. In the next Russia vs. Ukraine final, the latter earned the title of the event in the 46kg. Ukraine’s Vasif Kerimov worked well enough to take the gold medal after beating Russia’s Dzhanarslan Temirbiev.
Armenia’s Spartak Nahapetyan eliminated the main favourites of the 50kg weight class and he was still highly motivated against Belarus’ Andrei Kipel in the final. The Armenian started strongly and took the control quickly in the first round and following he increased his rhythm, the referee stopped the final in the second. Another promising talent in the schoolboy level, Ukraine’s Ivan Bezuhlyi has done enough in the final of the 54kg to beat Romania’s Alexandru Dumitru Sivache.