Averyanova, Frank and Lovasova proved excellent performance in the opening day of the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships03 July 2021
Following the impressive Grand Opening Ceremony of the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships, the first competition day took place in Tbilisi, Georgia with one session. Fifteen contests were on the schedule of the opening day when Russia’s Evita Averyanova, Hungary’s Daniel Frank and Slovakia’s Bibiana Lovasova impressed with excellent performance.
The President of the Georgian Boxing Federation Mr. David Tsiklauri and the President of the Georgian National Olympic Committee Mr. Leri Khabelovi warmly welcomed all of the participating teams during the Grand Opening Ceremony.
The number of the participating boxers is 335 including 111 girls in the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, host Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine are the participating nations of the event.
Girls and boys who were born in 2005 and in 2006 are eligible to attend in the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships in Tbilisi. Georgia’s capital hosted the 2019 edition of the EUBC European Schoolboys & Schoolgirls Boxing Championships and a top event returns to Tbilisi after two years of break.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Georgia to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships Tbilisi 2021.
The bout of day
Hungary’s Izabel Devenyi claimed gold medal at the 2019 EUBC European Schoolgirls Boxing Championships and she returned to Tbilisi as junior. The 168cm tall Hungarian bantamweight (54kg) girl had to meet with Russia’s new Junior National Champion Evita Averyanova in the preliminary round. Both boxers arrived to the event as gold medal contenders therefore the first round delivered battle between two technician talents. Averyanova landed more punches in the first round and she tried to think faster than her Hungarian opponent to overcome her with perfect timing. Averyanova’s right-handed hooks worked well in the bout and the Russian eliminated one of her main rivals in Tbilisi.
The surprise of the day
Hungary’s Daniel Frank joined to the junior age group only this January but following his performance at the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament, he was able to receive the right to box in Tbilisi. The Hungarian met with a one-year-older Italian, Stefano Guglielmino who arrived to the Georgian capital from the island of Sicily after 55 bouts. Frank landed the stronger punches in the first round in their bantamweight (54kg) contest and took the lead on the scorecards after two minutes. The Hungarian kept his Italian opponent long in the second and he switched his stance which was uncomfortable for Guglielmino. Frank, who trains in the Central Sport School in Budapest, enjoyed the last round and advanced to the last 16 in Tbilisi.
Turkey’s first boxer in action was Fidan Cagri who has done his international debut in Tbilisi but he looked an experienced athlete at the light bantamweight (52kg). The Turkish talent had energetic attacks against Latvia’s Ronalds Kleins and his efforts were enough to eliminate his rival. In the next contest in this weight category, Azerbaijan’s Makhir Suleymanov opened the first round well against Slovakia’s experienced Dusan Bobek but his opponent returned with better combinations in the second. The smaller Azeri southpaw has done a great finish and eliminated the Slovakian boxer by split decision.
Romania’s Daniel Girleanu is the defending EUBC European Junior Champion at the bantamweight (54kg) who returned to the competition to defend his throne. The 16-year-old Romanian had a tough tactical job against Belarus’ Siarhei Paulovich who competed in four different junior events this year. The Belarusian had longer hands but he moved ahead more in their contest and the Romanian could use his strategy and his will controlled the bout. The smaller Romanian reached the Belarusian with quick jabs and jumped into the closer fighting range to land his shots therefore Girleanu advanced to the next round.
Ukraine’s new Junior National Champion at the pinweight (46kg) Sofia Turbinina and Greece’s 15-year-old Anna Maria Tryfilli opened the female part of the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships in Tbilisi. The taller Greek boxer was not able to use her distance in the first round against the aggressive Ukrainian who has done her debut in the international events. The 16-year-old Turbinina worked well in the second part of the bout and she secured her place in the quarter-finals.
Ukraine’s next girl in action was Svitlana Linik at the bantamweight (54kg) who also won their Junior National Championships this year. The Ukrainian met with Azerbaijan’s Liliya Platova in the preliminary round and she was quicker than her Caucasian opponent. Platova attended one international event this year but she was not able to organize her defence in the first round. The Azeri girl proved better performance in the second and third rounds but Linik was too experienced for her.
Czech Republic’s Katrin Ivanovova won the Ruhr Junior Games last month and she tried to use her height advantage against Lithuania’s Aureja Adomaityte who competed at the 2020 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships. The 16-year-old Lithuanian moved up to the bantamweight (54kg) but she had tough tactical job against the tall Czech boxer. Adomaityte tried to reduce the fighting range in the second round but Ivanovova controlled that period. The Czech talent’s strategy worked better in the third round and she joined to the quarter-finals in Tbilisi.
Romania’s Margareta Hidigan competed in the 2020 edition of the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships in Sofia but she had a technician rival, Italy’s Elektra Cartacci in the preliminary round of the bantamweight (54kg). The Romanian boxer used an aggressive style against the taller Italian but Cartacci was able to handle that tactical job in their narrow contest. Slovakia’s Bibiana Lovasova dominated the first exchanges against Armenia’s Julia Lalayan and the referee counted her opponent. Following the second standing count, the referee confirmed the Slovakian boxer’s RSC success and she advanced to the quarter-finals of this weight class.
The quote of the day
“I was so excited in my contest and the feeling is amazing that I could start this championship with a rapid success. My coaches asked me to do my best and box how I have done in the training sessions. It is wonderful that I won that contest,” commented her emotional success Slovakia’s Bibiana Lovasova.
You can follow all of the Day1 actions LIVE from the EUBC Junior
European Boxing Championships Tbilisi 2021 from 6pm local time today:
Ring A: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzP0uolD-f4
Ring B: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5ikEtwx6i4