Slovakia earned a quota after 25 years of hiatus

07 June 2021 News

The sixth competition day of the European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event was held in Villebon-sur-Yvette, France where the winners advanced to the semi-finals and all of them are guaranteed quota holders for Tokyo. Ireland’s Aidan Walsh won the most difficult contest of the day but Slovakia will have an Olympian after 25 years of hiatus.

After the start in London, the best 176 boxers remained in action in the European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event. Altogether 16 boxers earned their quota places for the Tokyo Olympic Games in London and further 61 spots will be decided in Villebon-sur-Yvette.  

The bout of the day

Ireland’s Aidan Walsh will be turning to 24 later this year and arrived to the Qualifiers with upgraded technical and tactical skills in comparison to his previous international events. The Irish welterweight (69kg) boxer started better than Ukraine’s powerful Yevhenii Barabanov and his smart tactic delivered for him an advantage after three minutes. Walsh moved a lot on feet and his longer hands were the difference between them today which means Ireland earned its next Olympic spot.

The surprise of the day

Hungary’s Roland Galos defeated two opponents in the previous stages of the European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event and qualified for the Games. The 26-year-old Hungarian met with the Seed No.1 of the men’s featherweight (57kg), Great Britain’s EUBC European Champion Peter McGrail and surprised his star opponent. Galos was patient in their contest and waited for the best attacking moments in Villebon-sur-Yvette. McGrail stepped into the gas and worked better in the second round but the Hungarian has done enough from counter-attacking range to win their quarter-final.

The Round-up

Italy’s Irma Testa is the defending EUBC European Champion at the women’s featherweight (57kg) and she arrived to Villebon-sur-Yvette with perfect unbeaten yearly record. The Italian star is usually taller than any of her opponents excluding Croatia’s Nikolina Cacic who is a young prospect. Emanuele Renzini’s pupil overcame the young Croatian in the attacks and took the lead on the scorecards. Testa used her excellent tempo in their quarter-final and qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Bulgaria’s former AIBA Women’s World Champion Stanimira Petrova expected a tough battle against England’s promising Karriss Artingstall in the quarter-finals of the featherweight (57kg). The English Army boxer landed strong punches but technically Petrova has done enough to beat her rival in the afternoon session. Petrova’s success means that she is the second Bulgarian girl after Stoyka Krasteva who earned the quota place for Tokyo. She will be meeting in the last four with Ireland’s Michaela Walsh who bowed out Sweden’s Stephanie Thour.

Great Britain’s AIBA World Boxing Championships silver medallist Pat McCormack stopped Monaco’s Hugo Micallef with excellent performance in the last 16. The 26-year-old English was highly confident in the quarter-finals against Georgia’s EUBC European U22 Champion Eskerkhan Madiev and took the lead after three minutes of fight. McCormack overcame the younger Georgian in the attacks and following his hard work, he can prepare to his second Olympic Games after Rio de Janeiro.

Slovakia’s Andrej Csemez claimed medals in the recent European events and the 22-year-old middleweight (75kg) boxer proved his very best in the competition. The Slovakian was excellent in the last 16 against Spain’s Miguel Cuadrado and he looked confident and motivated also against Belgium’s Lancelot Proton de la Chappelle in the quarter-finals. Csemez won their contest by unanimous decision and after 1996 Slovakia earned a quota place for the Olympic Games. Their last Olympians were Peter Balaz and Gabriel Krizan at the Atlanta 1996 edition.

Russia’s AIBA World Champion at the middleweight (75kg) Gleb Bakshi spent a short time in the ring, his veteran opponent, Belarus’ Vitali Bandarenka and his ringside abandoned the contest after two and half minutes. His teammate Gabil Mamedov worked well in the quarter-finals of the lightweight (63kg) and eliminated Ukraine’s Yaroslav Khartsyz. The third powerful Russian, AIBA World Champion Muslim Gadzhimagomedov had to do his very best to beat Italy’s EUBC European U22 Champion Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine at the heavyweight (91kg).

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