Ten countries shared the titles at the Nations Women’s Cup where Sychugova proved her future could be bright22 January 2019
The second part of the finals was held in the fifth and last competition day at 8th edition of the Nations Women’s Cup in Sombor, Serbia where Kazakhstan topped the team rankings. Russia’s young talent Natalia Sychugova impressed in the title bout of the elite welterweight (69kg) and finally 10 nations shared the gold medals in Sombor.
Altogether 177 female boxers fought for the medals in the Nations Women’s Cup which is traditionally opened the actions of the year. All of the four age groups the elite, the youth, the junior and the schoolgirls attended in the Nations Women’s Cup in Sombor. Following schoolgirls, junior and youth winners the elite gold medals also found their owners in the fifth competition day.
Bout of the day
Russia’s young prospect Natalia Sychugova claimed silver medal at the Guwahati 2017 AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships and joined to the elite age group one year ago. The 19-year-old Russian is a native talent in our sport and in spite of her relatively low number of contests she arrived to the Nations Women’s Cup as favourite of the elite welterweight (69kg).
Sychugova eliminated her rivals and had to meet with another young hope in the final, Norway’s EUBC European Confederation Women’s Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Madeleine Angelsen who is only 20. The young Norwegian, who moved up to the welterweight (69kg), eliminated Kazakhstan’s National Champion Akerke Bakhytzhan in the semi-final but Sychugova was a bit stronger opponent for her. The Russian teenager knew which attacks work well in their respective final and won the bout by split decision. Their possible next meeting a re-match could be held at the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships in Vladikavkaz this March.
Surprise of the day
Croatia’s Marija Malenica won her first national title still in 2008 but she did not attend any international competitions until last year’s Haringey Cup in England. The Croatian boxer, who returned to the world of boxing in top shape, had to meet in the final of the light welterweight (64kg) with Hungary’s Eszter Olah who eliminated Russia’s FISU University World Champion Ornella Kheteyeva in the semi-final. The Croatian boxer used an effective tactic against Olah and deserved to win the gold medal against the favourite in the final.
Elena Zhilyayeva eliminated her main rival Germany’s Stefanie Von Berge in the semi-final of the youth welterweight (69kg) and she was slightly better than her teammate Viktoria Bireva in the final. Another Russian home battle was held at the youth heavyweight (+81kg) which was won by Ksenia Olifirenko who had strong stamina to beat Yulia Arefeva who was more experienced in this age group.
Hungary’s three-time AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships competitor Szabina Szucs won her previous contests by RSC during her road to the finals of the elite bantamweight (54kg). The 26-year-old Hungarian had to meet for the gold medal with Kazakhstan’s Astana 2016 AIBA Women’s World Champion Dina Zholaman. Szucs was competitive rival for the Kazakh star but finally Zholaman’s hand was raised after the last gong in Sombor.
Serbia’s two young future hopes such as Jelena Zekic and Andjela Brankovic advanced to the final of the elite featherweight (57kg) in Sombor. Both boxers have been preparing to the upcoming EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships and their top contest was won by Zekic by split decision in Sombor.
Serbia’s experienced elite boxer Milena Matovic moved up to the light heavyweight (81kg) in the recent years and she had enough experiences to win her next title. Matovic, who claimed medals in the EUBC youth events a few years ago, controlled her final over Lithuania’s Iveta Lesinskyte and celebrated Serbia’s fourth title in the event.
Number of titles per countries in the Nations Women’s Cup
– Kazakhstan: 12 gold medals
– Russia: 5 gold medals
– Serbia: 4 gold medals
– Hungary: 3 gold medals
– Germany: 2 gold medals
– Croatia, Greece, Lithuania, Montenegro, Uzbekistan: 1 gold medal