The best 50 boxers advanced to the finals of the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships21 March 2022
There were no rest for the female and male boxers after the fantastic quarter-finals, the young talents had to fight for the available final places in the eighth competition day of the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Porec, Croatia. Altogether 50 semi-finals were in the schedule of Day8, and only the best 50 boxers remained in action and can prepare to their finals.
The number of the participating boxers is 319 from 39 countries including 103 girls in the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships. Boxers who were born in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 are eligible to attend in the upcoming EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships. The Technical Delegate of the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships is Mr. Viorel Sima of Romania.
The following record number of 39 nations are attending in the 2022 EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Porec: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, the vaccines check, the mask wearing and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Croatia to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships.
The bout of the day
Following Erika Prisciandaro’s unexpected loss in the smallest weight category in Porec, her teammate Biancamaria Tessari delivered a place in the finals for the Italians. She attended already in the 2015 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships and the 22-year-old Italian had the experience how to manage her contest against England’s Sameenah Toussaint. The final verdict was split decision in the favour of the Italian who can box for the title of the featherweight (57kg) against France’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Sthelyne Grosy. The French eliminated Finland’s best female boxer Vilma Viitanen in another hectic contest of the day.
The surprise of the day
Turkey’s Erivan Barut is absolutely newcomer in the international stage but the young minimumweight (48kg) boxer advanced to the semi-finals of the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships and earned a guaranteed medal in Porec. Barut was highly confident against the top favourite of the weight class, Italy’s Erika Prisciandaro and delivered the biggest surprise of the eighth competition day. The Italian was EUBC European Youth Champion and achieved silver medal at the Strandja Memorial Tournament a few weeks ago but Barut was able to beat her which means the Turkish boxer can meet for the title with Slovakia’s Nicole Durikova.
Croatia’s Nikolina Cacic impressed in the recent four years in all of the major championships earning silver and bronze medals. Her mission in Porec is to get a title and she is on the best way in that route in the championship. Cacic had a tough quarter-final but she controlled her semi-final against Ukraine’s Sabina Novosad and won the bout by unanimous decision. The Croatian will now meet for the title of the flyweight (52kg) with Turkey’s Hatice Akbas who eliminated Hungary’s Hajnalka Sipos.
Germany’s Jenin Heck moved back to the lightweight (60kg) in the recent months and she surprised her opponents in Porec including her semi-final one, Armenia’s Elida Kocharyan. The German teenager will be boxing for the title of the weight class with Romania’s EUBC European Youth Champion Loredana Andreea Marin. The next German semi-finalist, Stefanie Von Berge arrived to the competition as titleholder and she used her excellent technical skills well enough to beat Ireland’s Kaci Rock. The 21-year-old German will have a well-known final opponent, a repeat match against Hungary’s Luca Hamori.
The Irish girls impressed in the recent major championships and the country produced stars between the lightweight (60kg) and middleweight (75kg). Their Lisa O’Rourke advanced to the final of the light middleweight (70kg) following her success over Israel’s ex-Finnish boxer, Lia Pukkila in the last four. The Irish girl’s final opponent will be Poland’s experienced Daria Parada who eliminated Serbia’s Aleksandra Rapaic in the second semi-final. O’Rourke’s teammate, former EUBC European Junior Champion Aoibhe Carabine succeeded too, defeated Poland’s Barbara Marcinkowska and joined to the final of the middleweight (75kg) where she can box against Ukraine’s Karolina Makhno.
Ukraine’s Andriy Yefymovych competed at the Belgrade 2021 AIBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships as elite and he had enough experiences to become the first male finalist in Porec. The Ukrainian used his distance well against Bulgaria’s Ergyunal Sebahtin Sabri and won their contest by unanimous decision. Yefymovych can reach his career highlight against Georgia’s Luka Kublashvili in the final of the minimumweight (48kg) following his rival dominated his contest against Turkey’s Nurullah Oyan.
Bulgaria’s two-time EUBC European Youth Champion and two-time EUBC European Junior Champion Radoslav Rosenov is a fantastic talent and despite of the fact that he joined to the elite and U22 age groups this January, he won the Strandja Memorial Tournament with confident style of boxing. The Bulgarian teenager proved his very best in the semi-finals of the lightweight (60kg) in Porec and defeated a Spanish youngster, Salvador Flores Luque. Rosenov’s final opponent will be Ukraine’s Maksym Vlasiuk who defeated Ireland’s Paul Loonam in a narrow semi-final.
Wales’ Ioan Croft joined to their national development programs a few years ago and he had dozens of international contests in the recent four years to reach the level of the top boxers. The 20-year-old Welshman controlled all of the three rounds against Italy’s Giacomo Micheli and can prepare to his welterweight (67kg) final against Denmark’s Strandja Memorial Tournament winner Nicolai Terteryan. His twin brother, Garan Croft defeated one of the top Croatian talents, Noa Jezek and joined to the finals too. Garan’s next opponent will be Ukraine’s defending AIBA World Champion Yuriy Zakharieiev.