The European veterans shined in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships on Day4

18 November 2018 News

The fourth competition day of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships was held in the Indian capital in New Delhi where twelve Europeans are now guaranteed quarter-finalists. The European veterans such as Romania’s Steluta Duta, Bulgaria’s Stoyka Petrova and Finland’s Mira Potkonen were among today’s winners.

Altogether 277 boxers are attending in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and among them 118 athletes are from 27 different European nations in New Delhi. The winners of the light flyweight (48kg), bantamweight (54kg), lightweight (60kg), welterweight (69kg), light heavyweight (81kg) and heavyweight (+81kg) advanced to the last eight.

Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota claimed bronze medal at the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships and following her first success she had to meet with Italy’s Roberta Bonatti who was a well-known rival for her following their youth meetings. Okhota landed powerful punches in the end of the second round and the referee counted the Italian. The 22-year-old Ukrainian was confident in the third round and she won their fight by unanimous decision.

Romania’s veteran Steluta Duta won her first medal a silver at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi 12 years ago and she in her way to the next medal in India. The Romanian light flyweight (48kg) boxer, who has got more than 400 contests during her long career, attacked without any stoppage against Mongolia’s Jargalan Ochirbat and her stamina was enough to eliminate her 13-year-younger rival on Day4.

Bulgaria’s Stoyka Petrova achieved silver medal in the Astana 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and claimed gold at the Sofia 2018 EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships. The Bulgarian veteran is the main gold medal contender at the bantamweight (54kg) who felt the tempo well against Uzbekistan’s Tursunoy Rakhimova. Petrova showed she is in good shape and following her victory she is now in the quarter-finals in New Delhi.

Finland’s Seed No.1 Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist and EUBC European Women’s Champion Mira Potkonen had a tough start against Australia’s Anja Stridsman in the first preliminary round. In her second appearance in New Delhi she proved stronger performance and Potkonen was more relaxed against Belarus’ Alla Yarshevich. Finland’s star landed high number of clean punches and her powerful performance was enough to win her second bout by unanimous decision.

Sweden’s Agnes Alexiusson impressed the world as a junior and youth boxer but as an elite she was unlucky with her injuries and draws. The 22-year-old Swedish lightweight (60kg) boxer is now in better shape and following two successes she won her third preliminary bout as well in New Delhi. Alexiusson had hard job against Morocco’s Rio 2016 Olympian and AFBC African Women’s Champion Hasnaa Lachgar but her jabs decided their contest which means Sweden’s hope is now at the quarter-finals.

Belarus’ Viktoria Kebikava is continuous member of the international competitions since 2011 and as usual she decided to attend at the light heavyweight (81kg) in New Delhi in spite of her original middleweight (75kg). The experienced Belarusian met with Tajikistan’s 20-year-old Gulmira Isroilova and Kebikava quickly take the control with her tough punches. The Belarusian landed a few lethal combinations and the referee confirmed her RSC success still in the first round.

Ireland’s Kellie Harrington claimed silver medal in the Astana 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships at the light welterweight (64kg) and moved down to the Olympic lightweight (60kg) to replace their icon Katie Taylor. The Irish boxer ruled the middle of the ring against India’s Sarita Devi Laishram and caught her local rival several times. Harrington became the first boxer who could beat an Indian in New Delhi and advanced to the quarter-finals of the event.

Germany’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Nadine Apetz was seeded at the welterweight (69kg) in New Delhi. The experienced German was too static in the first tactical round against Mozambique’s Alcinda Panguana but she increased her rhythm from the second. Apetz’s African opponent was a tall one but the German found the best weapon and advanced to the quarter-finals in the event.


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