Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli needs only one further step to defend her throne in the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships

15 March 2019 News

Following the rest day, the first part of the semi-finals was held in the seventh competition day at the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Vladikavkaz today where the winners of the contests are now finalists. Turkey’s best woman boxer Busenaz Surmeneli eliminated her main rival in the bout of the day in Vladikavkaz and remained her chance alive to defend the title of the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships.

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.

Bout of the day

The Turkish female boxers are among Europe’s bests and their top elite athlete Busenaz Surmeneli is still in the U22 level. She was EUBC European U22 Champion in 2018, AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion in 2015 and claimed many other titles during her career. The 21-year-old Turkish boxer moved down to the welterweight (69kg) and started her semi-final against Russia’s Natalia Sychugova in attacking style. Her younger Russian opponent used counter-attacking tactic but she received high number of punches from Surmeneli. Sychugova, who claimed silver medal at the Guwahati 2017 AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships, was a competitive rival and she has done also nice things in their semi-final. Sychugova’s defence finally was collapsed in the last round therefore Surmeneli can prepare to her title bout against Italy’s Angela Carini.

Surprise of the day

England’s Lewis Williams attended in the St. Petersburg 2016 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships but he was involved to the next level by his coaching staff only in the recent months. The 20-year-old English boxer had to meet with Georgia’s experienced EUBC European Youth Champion Nikoloz Begadze in the semi-final of the heavyweight (91kg). Williams used his long hands and speed in the first round to control the opening minutes against his strong rival. The Georgian southpaw was not able to find the best weapon against his English rival therefore Williams advanced to the final of the category.

The Round-up

Turkey’s Melek Yamak is a new boxer in their U22 national team but the 20-year-old light flyweight (48kg) hope is now finalist in Vladikavkaz. Yamak, who won their U22 National Championships this January, was brave against a more experienced rival Italy’s Roberta Bonatti and landed high number of shots in the first round. The Italian did not give up the fight but Yamak’s today’s performance was enough to beat her rival in Vladikavkaz. Yamak will be meeting for the gold medal with Russia’s EUBC European Women’s Elite Champion Ekaterina Paltseva on Sunday.

France’s 20-year-old Caroline Cruveillier is not only member of their U22 team but she is also experienced as an elite boxer. The French bantamweight (54kg) boxer impressed in the preparation events and she worked strongly during her road to the semi-finals in Vladikavkaz. Cruveillier started the first round of her semi-final with a tough jab and she was quicker in the attacks than Ukraine’s Anastasia Lisinska. The French southpaw had an excellent game plan against her two-year younger rival and she was able to follow the instructions. Cruveillier advanced to the final where her next opponent will be Russia’s Anastasia Artamonova.

Russia’s Maria Shishmareva had the same strong junior and youth career as Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli and she was named as the main favourite of the women’s light heavyweight (81kg). The AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Russian spent only 71 seconds in the ring against Turkey’s newcomer Tugba Oz and the Hungarian referee confirmed her quick RSC success. Shishmareva was energetic and too strong for her Turkish rival and will be facing for the gold with Poland’s Aleksandra Smuklerz.

Turkey’s Tugrulhan Erdemir is a key boxer at the men’s light welterweight (64kg) not only in Europe but in the whole globe. The Turkish boxer is AIBA Youth World Champion, EUBC European Youth Champion and Mediterranean Games winner. Erdemir started his semi-final strongly against a promising Welshmen Michael McDonagh in the first round. The 19-year-old Turkish boxer landed tough right-handed hooks in the second round of their semi-final. McDonagh moved ahead more in the third round but Erdemir’s counter-punches were also strong enough therefore the Turkish No.1 advanced to the final.

Scotland’s Sean Lazzerini achieved bronze medal at the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in 2015 while his semi-final opponent Armenia’s Vakhtang Harutyunyan has done the same performance but in Roseto degli Abruzzi last year. The Scottish boxer moved down from the light heavyweight (81kg) and his Caucasian opponent also changed his category to the middleweight (75kg). Lazzerini developed his defensive skills successfully in the recent months which were the difference between

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