Bulgaria’s Stoyka Petrova is a World finalist at the bantamweight once again after the 2016 edition22 November 2018
The seventh competition day of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships was held in the Indian capital in New Delhi where the first part of the semi-finals as taking place. Bulgaria’s Stoyka Petrova was finalist in the 2016 Astana edition and she has done the same strong work in the semi-finals in New Delhi advancing to the finals once again.
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. Europe claimed 15 guaranteed medals after the quarter-finals and after the first 10 contests three amazons are already in the finals.
Ukraine’s new sensation in their female team Hanna Okhota claimed bronze medal in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships in Sofia but arrived to New Delhi in better shape. The 22-year-old Ukrainian had to meet in the semi-final with Japan’s Madoka Wada who eliminated Romania’s multiple EUBC European Women’s Champion Steluta Duta on Day6. Okhota was more than concentrated in their contest and her efficiency means that she is the first Ukrainian finalist since 2012.
Bulgaria’s defending EUBC European Women’s Champion and AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Stoyka Petrova eliminated a tough Indian boxer Manisha Moun at the quarter-finals of the bantamweight (54kg). The experienced Bulgarian launched her jabs against Mongolia’s last remained hope in New Delhi, Nandintsetseg Myagmardulam with perfect timing in the first round. Petrova had a great game plan against her Asian rival and she was able to win her semi-final therefore she can box in the final of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships once again after the 2016 Astana edition.
Ireland’s Kellie Harrington was silver medallist at the light welterweight (64kg) in the Astana 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. Since their boxing icon Katie Taylor turned to professional Harrington moved down to the lightweight (60kg) and she is trying to replace their national hero. The 29-year-old Irish boxer was highly confident in her semi-final bout against Kazakhstan’s Karina Ibragimova today. Harrington controlled the bout and overcame her Central Asian rival in the attacks and advanced to the final second time after the 2016 edition.
Turkey’s EUBC European Women’s Champion Elif Guneri was semi-finalists in the 2014 and 2016 editions and she was able to repeat that performance in New Delhi which was her third-in-a-row podium place at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. The experienced Turkish boxer was near to beat China’s gold medal favourite Wang Lina in the semi-finals of the light heavyweight (81kg). The final verdict was split decision to Wang therefore Guneri won a next valuable bronze medal during her career. The second bronze medal of this category was achieved by Belarus’ last remained boxer Viktoria Kebikava.