Slovakia’s Michal Takacs won the narrowest bout of the first day at the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Vladikavkaz

09 March 2019 News

Following the impressive Opening Ceremony the first EUBC event of the year the European U22 Boxing Championships started with 15 preliminary female and male contests in Vladikavkaz, Russia. Slovakia’s Youth Olympian Michal Takacs won the top bout of the first competition day which was a spectacular one in Vladikavkaz.

Boxers who were born in 1997, 1998, 1999 and in 2000 are eligible to attend in the European U22 Boxing Championships in Vladikavkaz. All of the ten women and men weight classes are in action in the European U22 Boxing Championships in the Russian city where 20 winners will be crowned after the finals.

Bout of the day

Slovakia’s Michal Takacs qualified for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games when he 17 and he needed a few years after his youth ages to reach the level of the top U22 and elite boxers. The Slovakian boxer moved up to the light welterweight (64kg) and arrived to Vladikavkaz in top shape following his strong preparation. Takacs had to meet in the first preliminary round of the event with Ukraine’s Andrii Boryshpolets who is also a well-experienced talent with more than 150 contests during his career. Takacs used his strong footwork against the technician Ukrainian rival and opened with a success which could his motivation for the next rounds.

Surprise of the day

Moldova’s Alexandru Paraschiv claimed silver medal at the 2014 EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships and following his participation in the 2016 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships, he returned to the world of boxing in 2018. The Semen Trestin Memorial Tournament winner Moldovan had to face with Hungary’s Richard Kovacs who qualified for already to the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships. Paraschiv exceeded the expectations with his effectiveness and eliminated one of the medal favourites of the light welterweight (64kg).

Round-up

Hungary’s Kinga Mezovari attended several EUBC and AIBA events in the recent four years and used her experiences in the first minute against Belarus’ Ulyana Yesipenka in their contest at the women’s lightweight (60kg). The 21-year-old Hungarian landed powerful combinations and she needed only 110 seconds to win her opening contest when the ringside doctor ended their unequal bout.

Netherlands’ Chelsey Heijnen was gold medallist at the Sofia 2017 EUBC European Confederation Women’s Youth Boxing Championships but she developed her skills strongly in the recent one year. The Dutch girl, who trains with coach Andre De Klerk, arrived to Vladikavkaz with a gold medal from the Golden Girl Box Championships and felt the tempo well against Ireland’s Shauna O’Callaghan. Heijnen used her strength to decide the bout earlier and the referee stopped their contest in the second round.

Following Heijnen’s success another gold medal favourite at the women’s light welterweight (64kg), Russia’s National Elite Champion Ekaterina Dynnik amazed the crowd in Vladikavkaz. The 20-year-old Russian, who claimed silver medal at the Guwahati 2017 AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships, won all of the rounds in each scorecard against Romania’s Dana Maria Borzei.

Russia’s next success was achieved by Alan Abaev who received the right to compete in the event only in the final minute. The Russian light welterweight (64kg) boxer was enough strong to beat Bulgaria’s three-year younger Vensan Kirkorov in their preliminary bout. In the same category Spain’s Adrian Thiam triumphed over Belarus’ Vitali Murashka delivering his best ever performance in the international stage.

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