England and Georgia produced amazing final day at the EUBC European Schoolgirls and Schoolboys Boxing Championships12 August 2019
The second part of the finals with 16 bouts were held in the last competition day of the EUBC European Schoolgirls and Schoolboys Boxing Championships in Tbilisi. England and Georgia produced an excellent final day with several titles delighting the event.
Armenia, Cyprus, England, Georgia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy and Ukraine won gold medals in the first part of the finals in Georgia’s capital but Scotland and Azerbaijan also joined to these nations with one title on Day7. Boxers who were born in 2005 and in 2006 were eligible to attend in the event where 13 girls and 20 boys have been crowned among the participating 78 schoolgirls and 238 schoolboys.
The following 30 nations took part in the EUBC European Schoolgirls and Schoolboys Boxing Championships: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, England, Estonia, Finland, host Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine.
Bout of the day
England’s Thomas Varey has got strong connections to boxing, his elder brother is also a well-known boxer in the international stage. The 14-year-old English pride had a hard road to the final of the EUBC European Schoolboys Boxing Championships but he was still enough fresh to keep his strong level in the final. The English boxer had to meet in the final with Georgia’s Murad Tagievi at the pinweight (40kg) which bout was the closest ones in the seventh day of boxing in Tbilisi. The Georgian felt also the support of the crowd but Varey worked strongly to win the title of the category.
Surprise of the day
In the last final of the whole event Georgia’s Tariel Sharikadze had to box for the title with Croatia’s second finalist in the EUBC European Schoolboys Boxing Championships Lovro Pavcec. The Georgian super heavyweight (105kg) boxer was well-prepared to the final and tried to overcome the Croatian in the attacks. The final verdict was split decision in the favour of Sharikadze which became Georgia’s seventh gold medal in the event.
Ireland claimed one gold medal in the first day of the finals but their team had more opportunities to raise this number in the last day of boxing. Caoimhe Kinsella was the favourite against Turkey’s Zeynep Gulcan Turgul but she won that light flyweight (38kg) final easier than she expected before the bout. The Wexford-based Irish girl was too strong for the Turkish hope and following her combinations the referee stopped their contest in the second round which meant that Kinsella won the first final on Day7.
England developed its women’s boxing life strongly in the recent years and the result of their programs are gold medals in Tbilisi. Their Scunthorpe boxer Jessica Keaton had to meet for the gold with Ukraine’s Oleksandra Manko who claimed only silver medal in their Schoolgirl National Championships but received the right to attend in Tbilisi. Keaton dominated their light featherweight (46kg) final and following her clear punches the referee stopped the bout.
Italy claimed one gold medal in the first part of the finals at the EUBC European Schoolgirls Boxing Championships but their team increased that level with two further female titles. Maria Teresa Sannino controlled her final over Ireland’s Georgia Dunne McGovern at the light welterweight (51kg) before Luisa Acconcia defeated Ukraine’s Yulia Filippova also unanimously at the light middleweight (57kg).
Georgia started with four gold medals in the first day of the finals but their Davit Japaridze continued that strong winning path Ukraine’s Oleksandr Levchenko at the semi-bantamweight (46kg). His teammate Gia Mitagvaria had difficulties in the first round against Armenia’s Garik Antanosyan at the light middleweight (65kg) but his stamina was enough strong to win the host nation’s next gold medal.
A new sensation, Alan Perrie won the Scottish National Championships in her relevant age group many times, firstly in 2016. The young Scottish eliminated England’s Sam Hardy in the semi-final of the championship which raised his motivation in the final. The Scottish featherweight (54kg) boxer faced with Armenia’s Narek Nersisyan for the title and he was still fresh and motivated to reach his career highlight, a gold medal in Tbilisi.