EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships 2018 in Roseto degli Abruzzi (Italy) have come to Semifinals

23 April 2018 Featured

The edition of EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships, started on April 17 in Roseto degli Abruzzi (Italy), came on the eve of the semifinals after a week of match, almost 200, churning out the best of forty men and women athletes. Showed up 40 countries, a record number compared to 28 previous editions (216 men and 118 women). The women’s tournament involving the accession of 27 Nations. For the first time men and women have competed in the tournament at the same time. The event guarantee the qualification for the Youth Olympic Games, scheduled in Buenos Aires in Argentina, from 1stuntil 12 October 2018. Quotas promoting 70 men and 52 women to the most important event dedicated to young boxers, 17 and 18 years, using this criterion: men kg. 49, 52, 56, 60, 64, 69, 75, 81, 91, + 91, seven athletes per category; women: kg. 48, 54, 64, 69, four per category; 51, 57, 60, 75 eight per categories; 81, + 81 two per categories.

EUBC, chaired by Franco Falcinelli, led Europe to the top of boxing activities, superior to every other continent, offering a survey as a whole to the highest technical level. Got at the podium the representatives of 19 countries among men and 14 among women. A dimension encouraging due to the increase of Nations: nearly 50% among men and more than 50% among women, with 14 countries, one more than in 2017, edition held in Sofia (Bulgaria), while men competed in Antalya (Turkey).

The average age of men and women on the podium is equal. 30 on 40 women still have 17 years, whereas men are 29, compared 11 with eighteen year olds, to confirm a encouraging change and new Nations at the top. Among men, quite unexpectedly, came out before the semifinals, so excluded from the medals, Turkey – five podiums in Antalya(one gold, two silvers and two bronzes) – Bulgaria (2), Romania (1) and Greece (1). By contrast came Italy (5), Armenia (2), France (2), Albania, Denmark, Moldova, Netherlands and Scotland with a boxer.

In the women’s sector, compared to 2017, it is confirmed Russia, with nine podiums and the presence of the two reigning champions in the 75 and 81 kg. Italy, which hosted the event, led two athletes for medal, including the second youngest semifinalist, Martina La Piana (51). Other ambitious young boxers, all of 2001, are the Bulgarian Stoeva (51), the French Jeyssa (54),the German Alish(57), the Irishman Igharo (64), the other French Brillaux (75) and the Turkish Elanur (81).

Among men, always newcomer to European, must be followed, in particular, the Russians Batyay (49) and Bizhamov (69), the Irishm Gallagher (49), the Ukrainians Tomiuk (52) and Tolmachov (49), the French Boukedim (52) from great talent, and Florentin (91) giant from the remarkable muscle strength. Confirmed the strength of the Russian team: nine women and seven men in the semifinals, that made quality choices, rather than turnover. It’s the proof, the confirmation of the two champions: the Middle Teterov 2017 and the Light Heavyweight Kolesnikov, as well as new names such as Popov (64), Fedorov (91) and Dronov (+ 91).

Tomorrow the semi-finals and Wednesday the finals.

Giuliano Orlando

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