Ukraine’s star Vasyl Lomachenko won his first continental title at the Liverpool 2008 European Boxing Championships23 September 2020
The 37th edition of the European Boxing Championships took place short after the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Liverpool, England. The event was used to find new talents in the national teams to prepare well to the London 2012 Olympic cycle but some of the top European stars also attended in the event including Ukraine’s Vasyl Lomachenko who won the featherweight (57kg) in Liverpool.
Altogether fights of 11 weight classes were in the schedule of the Liverpool 2008 European Boxing Championships. The first competition day of the 2008 European Boxing Championships was November 6 in Liverpool while the finals were held on November 15. A rest day was held in the event after the semi-finals on November 14.
The total number of the boxers was 212 in the Liverpool 2008 European Boxing Championships. There were two rounds of preliminaries were held at the bantamweight (54kg), at the featherweight (57kg), at the lightweight (60kg), at the light welterweight (64kg), at the welterweight (69kg), at the middleweight (75kg), at the light heavyweight (81kg) and at the heavyweight (91kg) in Liverpool.
The following 40 nations attended in the 2008 European Boxing Championships in Liverpool: Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, F.Y.R. of Macedonia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.
Belarus, Hungary, Russia and Ukraine attended with maximum number of 11 boxers in the Liverpool 2008 European Boxing Championships. Turkey has sent 10 boxers to the Liverpool 2008 European Boxing Championships, their lightweight (60kg) athlete injured before the start of the continental event. The host English team attended with nine boxers in the front of the home crowd such as the Romanians.
Ukraine sent their best line-ups to the Liverpool 2008 European Boxing Championships and topped the medal table at the very first time achieving four gold medal in the UK. The Russians competed with a young selection and claimed two gold and three silver medals in Liverpool. Armenia amazed with its two gold medals and ranked as No.3 in the medal table. Belarus, Bulgaria and England claimed one title in the 2008 edition.
Hungary took one silver and three bronze medals and became the best among those nations which were unable to win gold in Liverpool. Germany, Sweden, Spain, Ireland, France, Moldova, Turkey, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Latvia, F.Y.R of Macedonia, Poland, Romania and Wales were also on the medal standings of the continental event. Among the 20 nations, which earned medal in Liverpool, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Latvia got their first ever medals in the European Boxing Championships.
The Russians dominated the light flyweight (48kg) in the previous editions but the gold medal of the category went to Armenia’s Hovhannes Danielyan in Liverpool. The titleholder of the smallest weight class, Russia’s veteran Sergey Kazakov lost to Turkey’s 20-year-old Ferhat Pehlivan in the quarter-finals. In the final of the event, Armenia’s Danielyan was slightly better than Spain’s Jose Kelvin De La Nieve in a hectic contest.
Ukraine’s first gold medal of the 2008 edition was achieved by Georgiy Chygayev who defeated F.Y.R. of Macedonia’s Veli Mumin and Sweden’s tall Salomo N’Tuve in the final stages of the flyweight (51kg). Four impressive boxers advanced to the semi-finals of the bantamweight (54kg) and among them England’s Luke Campbell celebrated the title after beating Bulgaria’s Detelin Dalakliev winning the final by accepted scores.
Ukraine’s sensation Vasyl Lomachenko not only won the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games but he received also the Val Barker Trophy in China. The 20-year-old Ukrainian decided to attend short after his Olympic success and defeated Russia’s Araik Ambartsumov in the final of the featherweight (57kg). Russia’s youngster Leonid Kostylev was the not the main favourite of the lightweight (60kg) in Liverpool but he managed to win his key battles against Hungary’s Miklos Varga and Belarus’ Vazgen Safaryants.
Hungary’s top favourite at the light welterweight (64kg) Gyula Kate controlled all of his fights until his road to the final in Liverpool. The 26-year-old Hungarian surprisingly claimed only silver medal following his injury in the final when he met with Armenia’s Eduard Hambartsumyan. Germany’s Beijing 2008 Olympian Jack Robert Culcay demonstrated his technique at the welterweight (69kg) and marched to the finals with top performance. The 23-year-old German injured in the final as Kate therefore the gold medal was captured by Belarus’ veteran Mahamed Nurudzinau.
Ukraine’s Ivan Senay was a newcomer in the elite national team but he had a successful battle against Russia’s Maksim Koptyakov and took the title of the middleweight (75kg) in Liverpool. Ukraine’s next sensation Oleksandr Usyk moved up to the light heavyweight (81kg) and as Lomachenko, dominated the category in Liverpool. He had a competitive rival in the semi-finals, Latvia’s first ever European medallist Nikolajs Grisunins but he managed to win that fight before his easy final against Belarus’ Siarhei Karneyeu.
Russia’s second gold medal was taken by Egor Mekhontcev who received the right to show his strength at the heavyweight (91kg) in Liverpool. The 24-year-old Russian had a tough but successful semi-final against Romania’s Petrisor Gananau and controlled his final against Armenia’s Tsolak Ananikyan. One of the most experienced boxers of the super heavyweight (+91kg) Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev had a tight triumph over F.Y.R. of Macedonia’s Primislav Dimovski which he won only by accepted scores in the preliminary round. The 27-year-old Bulgarian turned up the heat in the later actions and defeated Russia’s Denis Sergeyev in the final with better performance.
List of the winners in the 2008 European Boxing Championships
- Light flyweight (48kg): Hovhannes Danielyan, Armenia
- Flyweight (51kg): Georgiy Chygayev, Ukraine
- Bantamweight (54kg): Luke Campbell, England
- Featherweight (57kg): Vasyl Lomachenko, Ukraine
- Lightweight (60kg): Leonid Kostylev, Russia
- Light welterweight (64kg): Eduard Hambartsumyan, Armenia
- Welterweight (69kg): Mahamed Nurudzinau, Belarus
- Middleweight (75kg): Ivan Senay, Ukraine
- Light heavyweight (81kg): Oleksandr Usyk, Ukraine
- Heavyweight (91kg): Egor Mekhontcev, Russia
- Super Heavyweight (+91kg): Kubrat Pulev, Bulgaria