Russia’s Anastasia Shamonova won the next gold medal and her first at the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships

18 March 2019 News

The 20 exciting finals were held in the ninth competition day at the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Vladikavkaz today where the winners celebrated their titles. Russia’s Anastasia Shamonova amazed the world’s boxing life as a junior and youth boxer and now she is gold medallist in the U22 level as well.

Twenty-three nations claimed at least one medal in the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Vladikavkaz. Four of the last year’s titleholders were able to defend their thrones in the new edition of the event.

Boxers who were born in 1997, 1998, 1999 and in 2000 were eligible to attend in the European U22 Boxing Championships in Vladikavkaz. Russia claimed 12 gold medals in the competition but Turkey, Italy, Armenia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, France and Ireland all won titles in Vladikavkaz.

Bout of the day

Russia’s Anastasia Shamonova is two-time AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion, two-time EUBC European Youth Champion and she claimed the gold medal at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games as well. The Russian boxer won all important junior and youth competitions and she is now shining in the U22 age group. Shamonova controlled her final against Poland’s Agata Kaczmarska and has done strong debut in the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships winning the title of the middleweight (75kg). Her Polish opponent developed also strongly and the event was her first big event in her new category but she was not able to stop Shamonova’s strong jabs.

Surprise of the day

France’s Caroline Cruveillier lost to Anastasia Artamonova in the semi-final of the Golden Girl Box Championships in Sweden six weeks ago and the two promising boxers had to meet once again in the final of the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships. The French boxer was nervous in the first round against her EUBC European Youth Champion Russian rival but from the second she found her best rhythm. Cruveillier was strongly motivated on their re-match and overcame the Russian hope in the second and third rounds several times landing clear shots. The French boxer’s stamina meant that she was able to do revenge due her previous loss and won the title of the women’s bantamweight (54kg) in Vladikavkaz.

The Round-up

Russia’s defending EUBC European Women’s Elite Champion at the light flyweight (48kg) Ekaterina Paltseva advanced to the final also in the U22 level and met with Turkey’s newcomer Melek Yamak for the gold medal. The Turkish boxer started well in the first minute and landed clear counter-punches against the attacking Paltseva. The Russian southpaw found her best rhythm quickly still in the first round and she came back with a powerful left-handed jab. Paltseva used the middle of the ring to find the best positions and controlled her final which means she won her next EUBC title.

Armenia represented the women’s finals with two boxers which is record in their history and among them the first Anush Grigoryan was motivated against Russia’s Geliusa Galieva at the flyweight (51kg). Galieva, who claimed silver medal at the 2018 FISU University World Boxing Championships, was brave but she moved too close to the faster Armenian. Grigoryan was smaller than her Russian opponent but her speedy attacks reached the target areas several times. Following Grigoryan’s speed and tactical advantages she dominated their final and secured Armenia’s first ever female gold medal in the history of the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships.

Italy’s Irma Testa arrived to Vladikavkaz as one of the main favourites of the featherweight (57kg) and the titleholder of the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships. The 21-year-old Italian is member of the national team since 2013 and she has more than 100 bouts already. The Rio 2016 Olympian used her longer hands in the final against England’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships competitor Ellie Scotney. Testa was a hard target in their final and her counter-attacking punches demonstrated her technical advantage today. It was such an emotional moment for the Italian when the referee confirmed the decision of the judges when Testa defended her throne.

Bulgaria’s No.1 Daniel Asenov is the defending EUBC European U22 Champion besides to his two gold medals at the EUBC European Elite Boxing Championships. The best Bulgarian boxer met with England’s Kiaran MacDonald for the title of the flyweight (52kg) and he looked energetic from the first seconds. Asenov caught his English opponent quickly in the first round and landed strong combinations from close distance. MacDonald was not able to use his longer hands well enough only in the third round therefore Asenov defended his throne in Vladikavkaz.

Russia’s Beslan Khamzaev had tough road to the finals of the lightweight (60kg) in Vladikavkaz but he was still fresh to keep his strong performance until the end of the final gong. The Russian boxer was EUBC European Youth Champion in 2016 while his final opponent Moldova’s Dorin Bucsa won the same title but two years earlier. Khamzaev had longer reach and hands which were the basic elements of his tactic in the final against the experienced Moldovan. Khamzaev was effective in their final and claimed Russia’s next title in Vladikavkaz which success is his career highlight.

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