The day of surprises finished in the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Vladikavkaz10 March 2019
Thirty-six preliminary contests were held in the third competition day of the European U22 Boxing Championships in Vladikavkaz, Russia. Following today’s two sessions the local crowd recognized several unexpected results on Day3. The bout of the day was won by Russia’s 19-year-old Liudmilla Vorontsova at the women’s featherweight (57kg).
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.
Altogether 38 nations are taking part in the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Vladikavkaz: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.
Bout of the day
Russia’s 19-year-old Liudmilla Vorontsova won the last edition of their National Women’s Championships at the featherweight (57kg) and quickly adopted the level of the elite boxers. The EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion Russian had to prepare for a hard battle against Turkey’s Esra Yildiz who had also strong international results previously. The Turkish boxer moved down from the lightweight (60kg) and she was effective in the first round against Vorontsova who took silver in her last preparation event at the Bocskai Memorial Tournament. The Russian teenager, who is aiming also to attend at the 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, stepped into the gas from the second round and she was able to win their fantastic bout in Vladikavkaz.
Surprises of the day
Italy’s Gianluigi Malanga achieved medals in their national events but he is absolutely newcomer in the international stage. The Italian boxer moved down to the light welterweight (64kg) and he impressed in his debuting contest against Georgia’s Otar Naveriani who claimed medals in the 2016 and in the 2017 EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships. Malanga exceeded all of the expectations and eliminated his tough Georgian opponent in Vladikavkaz.
The next unexpected result was delivered by Moldova’s Cristina Cravcenco who joined to the international competitions less than two years ago. The 19-year-old Moldovan moved ahead and tried to use her own style during her contest against Romania’s Cristina Paula Cosma who took silver in the last edition of the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships. Cravcenco delivered her best ever performance and eliminated her favourite rival which was a key contest at the women’s featherweight (57kg) today.
Spain’s Adrian Thiam won his opening contest against Belarus’ Vitali Murashka on Day1 and he had to meet with another top boxer and a medal favourite. The 20-year-old Spanish light welterweight (64kg) boxer joined to the national squad only one year ago but he showed his potential during his previous bouts. Thiam delivered another sensational wins following his narrow success over Azerbaijan’s Bakhtiyar Gazibayov who claimed plenty of medals as junior and youth boxer.
Sweden’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Stephanie Thour returned to the world of boxing after a short break and took a national title in her homeland. Thour went down to featherweight (57kg) and following her silver medal at the Golden Girl Box Championships the 20-year-old talent was too strong for Spain’s Maria del Carmen Madueno in her opening bout in Vladikavkaz.
Italy’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Irma Testa was the youngest female Olympian boxer in Rio de Janeiro. The experienced Italian moved back to the featherweight (57kg) which was the best division during her career. Testa is titleholder in the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships and used her longer reach successfully against Germany’s Elisa Marie Rohde in her first contest.
Turkey’s AIBA Youth World Champion and EUBC European Youth Champion Tugrulhan Erdemir was silver medallist in the U22 level one year ago and arrived to Vladikavkaz in top form. Turkey’s best hope for a title in the event was a hard target for Czech Republic’s Petr Novak in their preliminary bout at the light welterweight (64kg). Erdemir won all of the rounds in each scorecard and marched into the next stage of the event.
France’s Enzo Grau was bronze medallist in the St. Petersburg 2016 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. Since then the 19-year-old bantamweight (56kg) boxer was not enough successful but in 2019 he is ready to do breakthrough in the U22 level. The French talent had to use his stopping jabs against Albania’s Italian-based Youth Olympian Muhammet Qamili to avoid his opponent’s attacks. Following the confirmation of their bout Grau’s hand was raised and advanced to the next round in Vladikavkaz.