Seven nations won the first 12 medals at the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships09 June 2018
The fourth competition day was held in the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria where the first 12 boxers secured their guaranteed medals in the continental event. Bulgaria, France, Ireland, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine have got guaranteed medallists in Sofia after Day4.
Altogether 22 bouts have been held in the fourth competition day in Sofia where the winners are advanced to the last eight. Finally 146 boxers from 32 countries are attending in the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships in Sofia where 10 champions will be crowned on June 12.
Veronica Kim Losvik was born in South Korea but she was adopted by a Norwegian family when she was a small child. The Norwegian flyweight (51kg) talent is not a tall boxer in the category but her aggressive style is uncomfortable for her opponents. Losvik moved closer to Hungary’s Krisztina Beri and landed strong hooks from that range which was the difference between them on Day4.
Greece’s Aikaterini Koutsogeorgopoulou claimed silver medal in the Strandja Memorial Tournament this February and proved her strong development. The 22-year-old Greek flyweight (51kg) talent, who trains with coach Nikos Drosopoulos, delivered her best performance in 2018 and her efforts were enough to beat France’s EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships bronze medallist Wassila Lkhadiri.
Turkey’s EUBC European U22 Champion Busenaz Cakiroglu and Poland’s Baku 2015 European Games silver medallist Sandra Drabik had to face already in the preliminary stage of the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships. Among the flyweight (51kg) bouts their meeting was the most spectacular one which was ended by Turkish victory over the Seed No.2 of the category.
Russia’s newly crowned National Champion Darima Sandakova arrived to Sofia from the Buryatiya region which is famous of its women boxers. Sandakova is new in the national elite team and she had to meet with Turkey’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion and EUBC European U22 Champion Busenaz Surmeneli as first. The Turkish middleweight (75kg) boxer is one of the bests in the entire world but Sandakova’s aggressive style was enough to eliminate Surmeneli in Sofia.
Bulgaria’s defending EUBC European Women’s Champion at the light flyweight (48kg) Sevda Asenova joined to the national squad in the last decade and she needed all of her experiences to beat Spain’s Laura Fuertes. The Spaniard is a teenager without any international experiences but her strong performance meant she was competitive for Asenova on Day4. The Bulgarian veteran controlled the final round and won the close bout by split decision in Sofia.
Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota claimed several medals among the juniors and youth events between 2011 and 2014 but her breakthrough in the elite level has come only this year when she won their National Championships and the Shuchinsk International Women’s Tournament in Kazakhstan. The 22-year-old Ukrainian eliminated Finland’s Satu Lehtonen as first and won her quarter-final against England’s Demi Resztan which means she is a guaranteed medallist in Sofia.
Ireland sent only three boxers to the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships to Sofia but the quality of their delegation is world class. Two-time Commonwealth Games silver medallist Michaela Walsh eliminated England’s soldier Karriss Artingstall and Italy’s AIBA Women’s World Champion Alessia Mesiano in the road to her quarter-final. Walsh was a bit tired when she met with Belarus’ Helina Bruyevich but her heart and her stamina delivered a close success for the Irish girl at the featherweight (57kg). Walsh will be facing in the semi-final with Russia’s Daria Abramova who eliminated Romania’s Lacramioara Perijoc in another narrow fight.
Bulgaria’s Stanimira Petrova was AIBA Women’s World Champion in 2014 when she was new in the international events. The Rio 2016 Olympian Bulgarian is the titleholder at the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships and fights at the featherweight (57kg) in Sofia. The 28-year-old Bulgarian boxer launched successful counter-attacks when she met with Montenegro’s Tamara Radunovic which means she can box in the semi-final with France’s promising Mona Mestiaen.
Bulgaria’s defending EUBC European Confederation Women’s U22 Champion Melis Yonuzova is a super talented boxer at the light welterweight (64kg) but she had a difficult fight in the quarter-final against Denmark’s best woman boxer Yvonne Baek Rasmussen. The Danish light welterweight (64kg) boxer has been competing in the international events since 2004 but Yonuzova’s dynamism and youthful enthusiasm delivered the biggest sensation of the day.