Strong Georgian start at the EUBC European Schoolgirls & Schoolboys Boxing Championships07 August 2019
The EUBC European Schoolgirls and Schoolboys Boxing Championships started with its first competition day in Georgia’s capital in Tbilisi. Two sessions were in the official program on Day1 when the host country started amazingly against tough opponents but England, Armenia and Ukraine also won key contests.
Altogether 30 nations are attending in the EUBC European Schoolgirls and Schoolboys Boxing Championships and several of these young talents have already international experiences. Boxers who were born in 2005 and in 2006 are eligible to attend in the event where 13 girls and 20 boys will be crowned among the participating 78 schoolgirls and 238 schoolboys.
The following 30 nations are taking part in the EUBC European Schoolgirls and Schoolboys Boxing Championships: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, England, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine.
Bout of the day
Romania’s Daniel Florin Girleanu has strong family connections to boxing, his elder brother Cosmin was AIBA Junior World Champion in 2015. He had to meet as first with Georgia’s Demur Kajaia at the 52kg weight class which was a top fight on Day1. The Romanian boxer was strong but technically his Georgian opponent looked better and Girleanu lost his control in the second round. Kajaia had a strong tactic and he could follow his coaches’ advices which delivered for him a place in the next round.
Surprise of the day
The biggest surprise of the opening day was delivered by Moldova’s Andrei Osievschii who is newcomer in the international stage. The 14-year-old Moldovan had to face in the first preliminary round with Hungary’s Tibor Pek who competed already in three different international tournaments during his career. In spite of the previous chances the Moldovan exceeded the expectations and eliminated his rival at the men’s 62kg.
England’s Gracie Holland won their Midlands Championships three-times and claimed silver in the Three Nations Tournament which made her one of the favourites in Tbilisi. The 14-year-old English schoolgirl won all of the rounds in each scorecard against Belarus’ Hanna Serada at the women’s 54kg and advanced to the next stage of the event. Their contest was the first bout in the whole EUBC European Schoolgirl Boxing Championships.
Ukraine’s Valeria Telpis claimed bronze medal in the 2018 edition of the EUBC European Schoolgirls Boxing Championships therefore her target is to get the top of the podium at the 48kg weight class in Tbilisi. The Ukrainian had to meet with North Macedonia’s Marija Maceska which is her country’s comeback to the international stage in women’s boxing. The 14-year-old Telpis dominated their contest but Maceska survived the most dangerous moments and she could fight until the end of the last gong.
Georgia’s first boxer in action was their Schoolboys National Champion Giorgi Ayvazian who has strong Armenian roots. The 14-year-old talent felt the support of the home crowd and used his excellent footwork to find the best angles against Hungary’s Matyas Nagy in their 41.5kg weight class bout. Ayvazian proved he has realistic chance to reach the top of the podium as well and dominated his debuting fight over the Hungarian.
Armenia’s Narek Nersisyan is only 14 but he has experiences from international tournaments therefore he was more confident than Slovakia’s Pavol Fleischhacker in the opening bout of the 54kg weight class. The Armenian landed clear combinations in the second round when the English referee stopped their contest. Following Armenia’s success, Azerbaijan’s Mehman Gasimli had harder job against Estonia’s new sensation Joosep Palm in the same weight division.