Yonuzova’s and Sadiku’s teenage enthusiasm paid off in the opening day of the Balkan Women’s Tournament13 October 2018
The 4th edition of the Balkan Women’s Tournament started with its first competition day in Botevgrad, Bulgaria which event is one of the strongest ones in the European boxing map. Two teenagers as Bulgaria’s Melis Yonuzova and Kosovo’s Donjeta Sadiku impressed at the light welterweight (64kg) on Day1.
Botevgrad is the host at the very first time the previous editions were all held in their capital city in Sofia. The Bulgarian Boxing Federation hosted the event at the very first time in 2015 to raise the number of the international possibilities for the female boxers.
The youth and the elite female boxers can take part in the Balkan Women’s Tournament in Botevgrad where high number of non-European countries is also sent their teams. The Balkan Women’s Tournament is a preparation event before the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships which will be taking place in New Delhi from November 13.
In the youth part of the competition the Asian talents dominated their fights in the opening day. Thailand’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Nillada Meekoon was too strong for Puerto Rico’s Kristal Rosado at the youth light flyweight (48kg). Vietnam’s Nguyen Thanh Thanh Thom delivered a fantastic performance and stopped Russia’s Bela Bagayeva at the youth bantamweight (54kg).
Bulgaria’s EUBC European Women’s Champion Sevda Asenova is a veteran boxer at the light flyweight (48kg) but she has got great motivation and hungry for the further successes. The 33-year-old Bulgarian had to do her very best to beat Thailand’s Women’s National Champion Ratchaneekorn Seekadon which was a strong start from Asenova in Botevgrad.
Romania’s Claudia Nechita won three international events in the recent one year and moved back to the flyweight (51kg) which is perfectly fit for her. The 25-year-old Romanian kept the fighting distance well against Sweden’s EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships silver medallist Lise Sandebjer and her hand was raised after the final gong.
Bulgaria’s Gabriela Dimitrova won the Strandja Memorial Tournament this February and achieved bronze in the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships four months ago. The 23-year-old flyweight (51kg) boxer had a few difficulties in the first round against Serbia’s Nina Radovanovic but she was able to find her best rhythm in time and eliminated her tough opponent.
Romania’s Lacramioara Perijoc had a same pathway in 2018 as Claudia Nechita and started also well against a top rival Puerto Rico’s Ashley Ann Lozada who claimed gold medal in the Boxam Women’s Tournament two weeks ago. The Romanian featherweight (57kg) boxer moved ahead, attacked from the first seconds and did not come any tactical reply to her confident style.
Bulgaria’s AIBA Women’s World Champion and EUBC European Women’s Champion Stanimira Petrova did not have an ideal rival as first as she had to face with Russia’s Natalia Samokhina but she used her height advantage well and won the bout. In another key featherweight (57kg) contest Sweden’s Helena Envall used her stamina and experiences to eliminate Scotland’s 19-year-old Victoria Glover.
Bulgaria’s 19-year-old Melis Yonuzova surprisingly won the title of the light welterweight (64kg) at the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships this June and her energetic style in Botevgrad was also successful against Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Pineiro. Another teenager Kosovo’s EUBC European Youth Champion Donjeta Sadiku dominated her opening fight against Algeria’s Soumaya Tabarkokt.