Russian and Dutch dominances at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships on Day6

09 October 2019 News

The winners of the sixth preliminary day of boxing advanced to the last eight at the Ulan-Ude 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Russia. Netherlands’ duo Jemyma Betrian and Nouchka Fontijn, furthermore Russia’s new young hopes advanced to the quarter-finals on Day6. 

The following 24 European nations are attending in the Ulan-Ude 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Yekaterinburg: Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.

Bout of the day

Russia’s Liliya Ayetbayeva claimed the gold medal in their National Championships which was a big surprise. Following that success, she was selected to attend in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Ulan-Ude replacing more experienced national rivals as Elena Saveleva and Svetlana Soluianova. Ayetbayeva was nervous in the first round against Brazil’s Grazieli De Jesus Sousa but from the second she has done better performance and overcame her South American rival in the attacks. The Brazilian boxer was competitive and reached the level of the local hope in their contest which was a spectacular one in the sixth competition day. The final verdict was split decision in the favour of Ayetbayeva who joined to the last eight of the Ulan-Ude event. 

Surprise of the day

Russia’s Liudmilla Vorontsova is a 20-year-old talent who achieved strong junior and youth international results. Vorontsova trains and lives in Ulan-Ude and felt the support of her family when she met in the last 16 with Ireland’s two-time Commonwealth Games silver medallist Michaela Walsh who performed strongly this year in the main events. The Russian hope exceeded the expectations with her strong combinations and boxed over her previous limit in Ulan-Ude. Vorontsova defeated the Irish No.1 which was the main surprise of the sixth competition day. 

The Round-Up

Netherlands’ Jemyma Betrian switched from different martial arts to boxing but she quickly achieved a bronze medal in the New Delhi 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. The Dutch featherweight (57kg) boxer had to meet in a tough fight against Kazakhstan’s Aizhan Khodzhabekova who claimed bronze in the Astana 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. The Dutch boxer was better from closer range and her hooks were effective but she had to do her very best to eliminate the younger Kazakh in Ulan-Ude proving strong in-fighting style in third when Khodzhabekova looked tired.

England’s Karriss Artingstall is one of the main sensations of the featherweight (57kg) this year who claimed silver in the Madrid 2019 EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships and defeated some among the bests in the international events. The English Army boxer was confident, she had the strong will to win her fight in the last 16 against Tajikistan’s Mizhgona Samadova. The Central Asian boxer is well-known from various martial arts but Artingstall’s current form was different and England’s new sensation advanced to the last eight. 

Netherlands’ Rio 2016 Olympic Games silver medallist Nouchka Fontijn won almost all of the EUBC European events in the recent four years who arrived as favourite of the middleweight (75kg). The 32-year-old Dutch did not compete since the Minsk European Games therefore she looked fresh in the first round against Kazakhstan’s Akerke Bakhytzhan. Fontijn had physical advantage in their preliminary bout and she used it well in the second round against the smaller Kazakh. The Dutch star demoralized her Kazakh opponent with tough jabs in the third and advanced to the quarter-finals in Ulan-Ude. 

Fontijn’s main rival could Wales’ Lauren Price who defeated the Dutch favourite in the final of the Minsk 2019 European Games. The 25-year-old middleweight (75kg) boxer found her best fighting range in time against India’s former AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Saweety Boora and remained her chance alive to win the category in Ulan-Ude. Turkey’s Sennur Demir and surprisingly Lithuania’s Iveta Lesinskyte also advanced to the quarter-finals in this weight class on Day6. 

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