Sharifov and Kovacs will be meeting in the final of the 64kg in the FISU University World Boxing Championships

05 September 2018 News

The fourth competition day was held in the FISU University World Boxing Championships in Elista where 14 semi-finals bouts were on the official program. Two strong and young European boxers such as Russia’s Alisa Sharifov and Hungary’s Richard Kovacs advanced to the finals of the men’s light welterweight (64kg).

Elista is located in the Southern part of the Russian Federation, it is the capital city of the Republic of Kalmykia. The FISU University World Boxing Championships holds every two years, the last edition was hosted by the city of Chiang Mai in Thailand. In the new edition 110 women and men boxers are fighting for the 13 gold medals of the FISU University World Boxing Championships.

France’s EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships bronze medallist Wassila Lkhadiri is a strong flyweight (51kg) boxer but she had to meet in the semi-finals with Armenia’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Anush Grigoryan. The Armenian boxer started well the whole FISU University World Boxing Championships but Lkhadiri used a strong tactic against her Caucasian rival. Lkhadiri impressed and defeated her big rival winning the bout by split decision.

Russia’s Geliusa Galieva had successful career in the junior and youth age groups and she is trying to get for herself a place in the national top team. Her first big step could be on that road the FISU University World Boxing Championships where she advanced to the final of the event after beating Chinese Taipei’s ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships competitor Chin Chian Huei. Galieva will be facing for the title of the women’s flyweight (51kg) with France’s Wassila Lkhadiri.

Russia’s next finalist in the woman part of the FISU University World Boxing Championships will be a young talent Anna Anfinogenova who won all of the rounds against Poland’s experienced Hanna Solecka. The Polish boxer moved up to the middleweight (75kg) only in the recent months and she did not adopt the strength of Anfinogenova yet. The Russian talent will be boxing for the gold medal with Chinese Taipei’s strong Rio 2016 Olympian Chen Nien Chin.

Armenia’s EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Zhorzhik Marutyan joined to the elite age group this January following his strong experiences in the junior and youth age groups. The 19-year-old Armenian bantamweight (56kg) boxer defeated Russia’s Damir Khikmatullin in a hectic bout and will be facing for the gold medal with Japan’s Ryoma Kitaura.

Hungary’s Richard Kovacs qualified for the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships which was his first big step among the elite boxers. The 21-year-old Hungarian dominated his semi-final against Kyrgyzstan’s Temirlan Osmonov who claimed bronze medal also in the 2016 edition in Chiang Mai. The Hungarian advanced to the final of the men’s light welterweight (64kg) where he will be meeting with Russia’s Alisa Sharifov who eliminated France’s Lounes Hamraoui.


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