Sofya Molchanova won the narrowest schoolgirl semi-final in Sarajevo19 August 2021
The women’s semi-finals were held in the sixth competition day at the EUBC Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships in Sarajevo. Russia’s Sofya Molchanova won the narrowest schoolgirls semi-final in the Bosnian & Herzegovian capital following her success over a technician Polish rival.
Altogether 274 boxers are attending in the third Confederation’s event of the year after the U22 and junior talents and eight weight classes were in action in the opening day. The Technical Delegate of the event is Mr. Marko Marovic of Croatia while the Sports Director is Mr. Dragoljub Radovic of Montenegro.
Altogether 78 schoolgirls can attend in their thirteen weight classes in Sarajevo while the number of the participating schoolboys is 196 in the sixteen weight categories. The competition period of the EUBC Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships is August 12-20.
The number of the participating nations is 25 in the competition: Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine.
The bout of the day
Sofya Molchanova won five contests in the Russian Schoolgirls National Championships and she arrived to Sarajevo as one of the strong favourites. Molchanova, who has got strong family connections to boxing, met with one of the top Polish schoolgirls, Martyna Jarzabek in the semi-final of the 54kg. The Krasnodar region’s boxer landed effective left-handed hooks in the first seconds and she started the bout well but Jarzabek accepted the rhythm of the bout. The Polish had similar strong footwork as the Russian boxer therefore their bout was closer than expected. Molchanova was slightly better in the third round and her split decision triumph meant that she can fight for the gold medal with Ukraine’s Yulia Stupakova who controlled all of the three rounds against Czech Republic’s Julie Polednikova.
The surprise of the day
Moldova’s lone female boxer in the whole EUBC Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships, Xenia Coronciuc opened her campaign with a successful quarter-final in Sarajevo. The Moldovan boxer tried to overcome Turkey’s Sudenaz Tokgoz in the attacks in their 64kg semi-final. The Turkish boxer was energetic in the first round but Coronciuc knew the weak points of her opponents and controlled most of the exchanges. The referee counted the Turkish talent in the third round following the tough Moldovan shots therefore Coronciuc marched into the final where her last opponent will be Russia’s Maria Kazakova.
Diana Sikstus won the Russian Schoolgirls National Championships in May and after three months of preparation she arrived to Sarajevo in good shape. The Russian talent met with Hungary’s Patricia Petriman who came from a boxing family, her elder brothers are boxers in the national team. Sikstus was too strong for the inexperienced Hungarian and the referee confirmed the Russian boxer’s RSC victory still in the first round. She will be meeting for the gold medal with Ukraine’s Pokusai Taisiia who had a fantastic performance against Poland’s Maria Gutkowska in the final of the schoolgirls 40kg.
Anastasia Panechkina was one of the best talents among the schoolgirls who were born in 2008 and the 13-year-old Russian proved once again her amazing skills in Sarajevo. She met with Italy’s Anna De Donato Liparulo in the semi-finals of the 42kg weight class and her rival was competitive for Panechkina in the first minute. The Russian found her best rhythm in the end of the first round and the referee counted the Italian following Panechkina’s clear shot. The Russian increased her tempo in the beginning of the second round and decided their semi-final with lethal punches. She will be facing for the gold with Ukraine’s Kira Makokhonenko who eliminated Armenia’s Heghine Petrosyan in the second semi-final of the 44kg weight class.
Russia’s Snezhana Kuznetsova won all of her contests this year therefore she is a high hope at the EUBC Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships. The 14-year-old boxer started strongly against Poland’s Natalia Niewiadomska who was brave but could not organize her defence well enough in the first round. The Sverdlov region’s boxer was impressive in the first round against the Polish talent and she decided the contest in the second. Kuznetsova will be boxing for the title with Ukraine’s Uliana Ovsepian who had tough performance against Turkey’s Rabia Yenigun.
Italy’s Anita Borghi had a nice success in the quarter-finals but she had a stronger rival in the last four, Ukraine’s Uliana Bezfamlina. The Ukrainian dictated the tempo and demoralized her Italian opponent quickly in the first round of their semi-final. The Ukrainian worked in different rhythm in the first and second rounds while Borghi was too slow and static to avoid these attacks. Bezfamlina was too strong for the Italian youngster at the 46kg weight class and the referee confirmed the Ukrainian boxer’s RSC success in the second round. Bezfamlina will now meet for the gold medal of the weight class with Russia’s Viktoria Kazakova who used her longer reach well against Poland’s Karolina Deregowska.
Romania’s Mirela Elisa Cojocaru was more confident rounds by rounds in the quarter-finals of the EUBC Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships. The Romanian boxer had difficulties in the first round against Ukraine’s Maria Panasenko despite of her good footwork in their semi-final. The Ukrainian was experienced despite of her young age and knew the best strategy against the Romanian hope in Sarajevo. Panasenko had 20:18 advantage in each of the scorecard after two rounds therefore the Ukrainian did not make any risks in the last period. Cojocaru did not give up the fight, moved ahead and won the third round but Panasenko advanced to the final of the 48kg weight class. The Ukrainian boxer will be meeting for the title with Kristina Borisenko in Sarajevo following the 13-year-old Russian eliminated a Turkish opponent.
Hungary’s Sara Varga eliminated a strong Italian rival in the quarter-finals of the 57kg weight class in Sarajevo and she tried to dictate the tempo also in the semi-final against Spain’s Candela Camerero Garcia. The Hungarian used aggressive style of boxing against the taller Spaniard and landed a strong jab in the opening seconds. Camerero moved more on feet and she has done a good finish in the end of the first round therefore she had advantage after one and half minute. The Spanish boxer used her longer reach successfully in their contest and won this difficult semi-final by unanimous decision managing it with good tactical repertoires.
Turkey’s Rabia Eylul Duman had a few difficulties in the first round against Armenia’s second female semi-finalist Viktorya Zakaryan but she was able to increase her tempo in the beginning of the second. The Turkish talent amazed in the middle of the bout and her quicker punches shocked her Armenian opponent. Zakaryan tried to catch Duman in the third but the Turkish boxer’s footwork was world class and won their semi-final by large margin of differences. Duman will be boxing for the title of the schoolgirls 38kg weight class with Russia’s Sofia Maksiuta in Sarajevo.
Hungary’s Flora Budai is not the tallest boxer at the schoolgirl 70kg weight class but her semi-final opponent, Italy’s Amina Golinelli had the same height. The Italian tried to keep the best distance and moved back to avoid the Hungarian attacks but Budai’s footwork was strong enough to catch Golinelli. The Hungarian had powerful right-handed jabs in the second round and her aggressive style caused 20:18 advantage in each scorecard after three minutes of fight. The Hungarian pressurized her Italian opponent in the last round and she deserved to win this semi-final which means she can meet for the gold medal with Russia’s Daria Plotsyna.