Newsletter EUBC by President Franco Falcinelli – September 2018

19 September 2018 Featured

Dear Boxing Friends,

on September the boxing activity is accompained by the intense activity aiming at the enhancement of boxing.

Poland, Turkey, Lithuania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania and Spain will host Junior, Youth, Elite Men and Women Tournaments.

In Hungary, in the city of Budapest, the AIBA Youth Women’s & Men’s World Boxing Championships (August 21/31, 2018) have just ended. The two days of Finals (30/31 August 2018) crowned the new Youth World Champions: 10 men and 10 women.

EUBC is grateful to 32 European medalists and their National Federations for the great success:

Gold – Men

69 kg Bizhamov Dzhambulat (RUS)

81 kg Kolesnikov Ruslan (RUS)

91 kg Fedorov Igor (RUS)

+91 kg Dronov Aleksei (RUS)

Gold – Women

60 kg Dubois  Caroline Sara (ENG)

64 kg Richardson Gemma Paige (ENG)

75 kg Shamonova Anastasiia (RUS)

81 kg Rybak Anastasiia (RUS)

Silver – Men

52 kg Prince Ivan (ENG)

56 kg Shumkov Vsevolod (RUS)

60 kg Orban Adrian Krisztofer (HUN)

64 kg Popov Ilia (RUS)

75 kg Teterev Daniil (RUS)

Silver – Women

57 kg Cacic Nikolina (CRO)

60 kg Asatrian Nune (RUS)

69 kg Kabakova Angelina (RUS)

75 kg Brillaux Tallya (FRA)

+81 kg Lovghynska Mariia (UKR)

Bronze – Men

46-49 kg Gallagher Jude (IRL)

64 kg Molodan Maksym (UKR)

75 kg Tudsbury Conner (ENG)

81 kg Alfiorau Aliaksei (BLR)

91 kg Hacid Mohamed Amine (ALG)

+91 kg Stoianchev Kyrylo (UKR)

Bronze – Women

45-48 kg Beschastnova Kseniia (RUS)

54 kg Goldagi Aycan (TUR)

64 kg Maliuganova Anastasiis (RUS)

64 kg Villas Veronika (HUN)

69 kg Goodyear Paige (ENG)

69 kg Popp Alina (GER)

75 kg O’Connor Georgia (ENG)

81 kg Makhno Karolina (UKR)


EUBC President Franco Falcinelli has welcomed with great interest the proposal for the organization of the Aiba Gender Equality Forum event, which took place on September 17th  and 18th, 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria, proposed by Emilia Grueva, Chairperson of the AIBA Women’s Commission.

As part of several reform programmes being embraced by AIBA, “gender equality” is one of the top priorities, and the Gender Equality Forum also aims to increase gender equity in all aspects of boxing”, like AIBA press release said.

The Forum was focused on developing innovative approaches in order to promote equal opportunities for more girls and women. This will allow them to participate in the sport of boxing and receive increased benefits.


(Susanne Karrlander-EUBC Chairperson Women’s Boxing Commission) 

(Mr Krasen Kralev – Minister of Youth and Sport of Bulgaria; Mrs Emilia Grueva – AIBA Executive Committee Member, Chairperson of Women’s Commission; Mr Krasimir Ininski – EUBC Ec member and President of Bulgarian Boxing Federation.

September 17, 2018 – Schedule

Opening ceremony Gender Equality Forum

  • AIBA Interim President Gafur Rahimov
  • Minister of Youth and Sports Mr. Krasen Kralev
  • President BOC Mrs Stefka Kostadinova
  • “Analysis of Women Boxing in AIBA and suggestions for improvement” – Mr. Franco Falcinelli
  • Video message to GEF participants from MEP Mr. Wenta
  • Media presence if appropriate

Setting the stage – challenges and best practices. Gabriela Mueller

  • Skill Building
  • Self-awareness as female leaders in boxing
  • Leadership fundamentals applied to sports
  • “I want to lead” / Leader’s vision
  • Aims at future for women in AIBA
  • Executive Leadership Presence
  • Practical leadership challenges in sports
  • Management and leadership towards IOC agenda 2020
  • Leadership Model ACT applied to Sports

September 18, 2018 – Schedule


Expert Panel & Leadership

Discussion / Panel moderation by Gabriela Mueller / Emilia Grueva

Intensive & productive training and coaching

  • Personal Challenges and solutions
  • Communication Coaching
  • Behavioral Leadership Training
  • Verbal & Non-verbal the Power of Communication
  • Elections/successful campaigns in sports

Afternoon by Coach Gabriela Mueller

  • Strategic Mind & Actions
  • Mentoring & Sponsoring in Sports
  • Networking & stakeholder
  • Persuasion and Influence
  • AIBA Women Networks and supports
  • Next Steps
  • Personal Action Plan
  • Q&A

Closing Ceremony by AIBA



The Youth World Boxing Championships (17-18 years), held in Budapest, ended with the awarding of twenty gold medals, due to the conjunction of the women’s and men’s fields.

Particular edition in every way.

Had never got up on the podium 24 Nations, between men and women. This result indicates a general improvement in each continent. Europe got medals with 10 Nations (Russia, England, France, Hungary, Ireland, Turkey, Croatia, Ukraine, Belarus and Germany), Asia with 7 (Thailand, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, India, Philippines, Jordan and Japan), Americas with 5 (Usa, Canada, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Brazil). Absent Oceania that showed up only with Australia. The figures indicate a significant change of direction.

Men’s field has reached, in Budapest, the 20th edition. When the Championships was born, in 1979, were named Junior (18/19 years) but, in 2008, it changed into Youth (17/18 years).

The event in Budapest was the sixth Youth Championships and, even if it has not registered the record of countries – in 2010, in Baku, there were 73 countries and 466 boxers – the technical level, in the opinion of coaches, was the best ever.

At the Duna Arena competed boxers from 65 countries and, some of those excluded from the podium were deserving big interest.

The overall report rewards once again Europe, even if Asia is confirmed as emerging force with Thailand, Philippines, Jordan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, while India – that in Gawahati, with women, had won five golds – had to resize its ambitions, limiting to 2. The Americas, even if Cuba has sent only three athletes (winning a gold and not having taken part at the Pan American Games), thanks to Usa (3 gold) and Canada (1 gold), have managed to reach a discrete result.

Within the 2018 World Champions, stands out the Russian Anastasia Shamonova in 75 kg who, after having won European Championships three times, repeated even the world success achieved, in 2017, in India, being the most winning boxer between Youth.

Five of European Champions in Roseto degli Abruzzi (ITA) have also won world gold: English  Dubois (60) e Richardson (64); Russian Bizhamov (69), awarded the Best Boxer of the Championships, Kolesnikov (81), Fedorov (91) e Dronov (+91), and Shamonova.

Silver for English Price (52) and Russian Popov (64), European gold. Second place for Kabakova (69) e Teterev (75), the same result of European.

The Russian middleweight Teterev, in 2017, in addition to European success, had been chosen as the Best Boxer of the Championships.

Between the twenty World Champions of previous editions – men in 2016 in St. Petersburg (RUSSIA) and women in 2017 in India – only Indian Nitu and Russian  Shamonova got an encore.

The new Champions of Budapest will try to get an encore – being born in 2001 – Cuban Umara (64), Russian Bizhamov (69), English Dubois (60) e Richardson (64) and Verduzco (USA) in 54 kg.

Although with little margin, Europe has managed to maintain the leading role in this edition.


The registration for EUBC Junior European Championships that will take place from October 8 th to 17 th in Anapa (Russia) is already open.

Junior Men and Women boxers from 15 years old to 16 years old will be eligible to compete in the following categories:

Junior Boys and Girls: 44-46 kg, 48 kg, 50 kg, 52 kg, 54 kg, 56 kg, 52 kg, 54 kg, 57 kg, 60 kg, 63 kg, 66 kg, 70 kg, 75 kg, 80 kg, 80+ kg.


I appeal, once again, to the AIBA Technical & Rules Commission and to the Chairman Pat Fiacco to find, along with Osvaldo Bisbal, Chairman of the AIBA R&J Commission, a rapid solution to protect from the wrong technical results. We cannot continue only to observe and regret about what happened at the Asian Games and at the Youth World Championships in Budapest. The IOC has expressly asked for absolute guarantees of the integrity about the technical results in the ring. We need to introduce as soon as possible the system “Bout Analysis Review” that can largely solve the unpleasant decisions of referees/judges.


On August 31th, at the National Museum of Boxing, EUBC President Franco Falcinelli welcomed 45 young boxers (13/15 years old) and their coaches, participating in Youth Campus at the Italian National Training Center.

Prof. Roberto Leoni, President of Fondazione Sorella Natura (Sister Nature Foundation), presented the importance of the project Sport e Natura (Sport and Nature), based on the development of culture and environmental education.

This project has the aim of involving active athletes and former athletes in the training for the title Guardia Ambientale Volontaria “Custodi del Creato” (Environmental Voluntary Guard “Custodians of Creations”), to protect the environment.

“The lesson of Prof. Leoni was very interesting – said Franco Falcinelli. We believe in the importance of this project and we would like to export it by supporting its internalisation”.

(Franco Falcinelli, EUBC President with Roberto Leoni, President of Sister Nature Foundation)








(Youth Campus visiting National Museum of Boxing – Italy)


  • September 9/15 –  XIII International Silesian Women’s Boxing Championships (Gliwice, Poland)
  • September 10/16 – XXXII International Elite & Women “Ahmet Comert” Boxing Tournament (Istanbul, Turkey)
  • September 12/16 – IXth International “Richardas Tamulis” Junior Boxing Tournament (Kaunas, Lithuania)
  • September 18/23 – International Boxing Tournament in memory of V. Botvinnik (Minsk, Belarus)
  • September 20/23 – 16th International Mustafa Hajrulahovic- Talijan Memorial Tournament (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • September 25/30 – International Elite Men’s & Women’s Boxing Tournament Golden Belt “Nicolae Linca” (Galati City, Romania)
  • September 27/ October 1 – International Boxing Tournament “Boxam” (Castellón, C. Valenciana, Spain)
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