Apanasovich won the battle of the Yulia’s in Madrid where the first seven medallists are revealed

27 August 2019 News

The EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships continued with 21 contests in the Spanish capital in Madrid on Day2. In the battle of the Yulia’s the Belarusian Apanasovich defeated her Moldovan rival at the bantamweight (54kg). In the heaviest categories, today’s seven winners are already guaranteed medallists in the continental event.

The event is taking place in Madrid’s suburb region in Alcobendas City which is the first continental championship in Spain since 1971. The EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships is also a preparation event for the Ulan-Ude 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.

Altogether 136 elite female boxers from 31 nations are taking part in the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships: Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Georgia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.

The bout of the day

Belarus’ Yulia Apanasovich claimed bronze medal in the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships in 2016 and since then she competed more than 15 international events. The Belarusian bantamweight (54kg) boxer tried to control the first round against Moldova’s lone competitor in Madrid, Iulia Coroli. Apanasovich moved forward from the first seconds and her body punches were dangerous to the Moldovan today. The Belarusian caught Coroli with a tough right-handed hook in the third round and triumphed over the Moldovan unanimously which means she won the fight of the Yulia’s in Madrid.

Surprise of the day

Netherlands’ Chelsey Heijnen was EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion in 2017 but after one and half year of experiences in the elite level, she arrived to Madrid as medal favourite at the light welterweight (64kg). The 20-year-old Dutch talent started with tough punches against Poland’s Aneta Rygielska but her opponent adopted the rhythm of the bout quickly. Heijnen received many jabs from the experienced Polish boxer who claimed gold at the 2013 AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships. The final verdict was unanimous decision in the favour of the Polish boxer whose experiences paid off today.

The Round-up

Russia’s Karina Tazabekova won their National Championships at the bantamweight (54kg) this year and fought out her place in the squad to attend in Madrid. The Russian boxer had to meet in the first preliminary round with Turkey’s Beyza Saracoglu who had longer hands and strong tactic against Tazabekova. The younger Turkish boxer worked from safest range in the first round but she changed her rhythm in the second moving closer to the Russian. Tazabekova had right answers and her tough hooks delivered for her a narrow success in the opening bout of the second competition day.

Southpaw Natalia Rok trains in England but she represents her roots the Polish team in the international competitions. The Polish bantamweight (54kg) boxer developed rapidly in the recent one year and she arrived to Madrid as medal contender. Rok worked more in the first round than Bulgaria’s Zlatislava Chukanova and her aggressive style was uncomfortable for her rival on Day2. The Polish boxer ruled the middle of the ring and her attacks delivered a place in the quarter-finals.

All of the four Hungarians lost their contests in the first day of the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships in Madrid. Their fifth boxer in action was Nations Women’s Cup silver medallist Eszter Olah who started the first round with strict punches against Czech Republic’s younger Vendula Sedlackova. The referee counted the Czech boxer in the first round therefore Olah led in each scorecard after three minutes of fight. The Hungarian light welterweight (64kg) boxer kept continue her dominancy and the referee confirmed her RSC success following the third standing counts.

The welterweight (69kg) is a crowded category at the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships with the participation of record number of 17 boxers. England’s former AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Sandy Ryan had to meet as first for the last 16 with Belarus’ tall Alina Veber. The English girl tried to reduce the fighting distance from the first seconds and she landed enough punches to take the lead on the scorecards. Ryan danced through the Belarusian in the third round and found the best angles to win her opening contest in Madrid.

Turkey’s Elif Guneri is three-time bronze medallist from the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and she won the title of the light heavyweight (81kg) at the 2016 EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships. The experienced Turkish boxer had to meet in the quarter-finals with Lithuania’s Iveta Lesinskyte who eliminated Hungary’s Petra Szatmari on Day1. Elif Guneri used her longer hands to keep the best distance and her jabs were enough strong to eliminate the Lithuanian becoming the first guaranteed medallist in the continental event.

Ukraine’s Anastasia Chernokolenko defeated Switzerland’s newcomer Cynthia Glaser, Russia’s National Champion Anna Ivanova had to do her very best to eliminate Poland’s Agata Kaczmarska in the further quarter-finals of the light heavyweight (81kg). Belarus’ AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Viktoriya Kebikava landed seriously tough punches in the fourth quarter-final of the category against Slovenia’s Katja Gajic. The Belarusian was too strong for the returning Slovenian and won the bout before the final gong claiming a guaranteed medal in Madrid.

Russia’s Zenfira Magomedalieva was AIBA Women’s World Champion in 2014 and after a short break she returned to the world of boxing this year. The Russian heavyweight (+81kg) boxer started strongly against Belarus’ tall Katsiaryna Kavaleva and the Hungarian referee counted her opponent twice in the first round. The inexperienced Belarusian survived those dangerous moments but Magomedalieva won their quarter-final in Madrid. Vendula Kucerova eliminated Hungary’s Adrienn Juhasz taking a guaranteed medal for the Czech Republic. In the last bout of the second competition day Ukraine’s Tetiana Shevchenko impressed against Romania’s Ionela Nane and advanced to the last four.

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