Favourites as Isildar and Amineva are gold medallists in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships23 April 2021
The women’s finals took place in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Kielce, Poland where the European boxers claimed two gold medals. Russia’s Azalia Amineva and Turkey’s three-time European Champion Busra Isildar were both favourites before the start of the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and the two promising stars won their weight categories in Kielce.
Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Italy, Czech Republic, Turkey, France, Latvia, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Armenia and Hungary became medallists from the European nations. Altogether 414 boxers including 140 women from 52 nations are competing in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Poland where 384 contests are concluded until the end of the tenth competition day.
The following 32 European nations are attending in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Kielce: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine.
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 Poland to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. The competition is holding with strict Covid-19 protocols same which used in the recent EUBC Championships.
The bout of the day
Russia’s defending EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion at the light welterweight (64kg), Azalia Amineva was the main favourite for the gold medal at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. The Russian used her longer reach well in the first round of the gold medal contest against Uzbekistan’s Elite National Champion Mokhinabonu Abdullaeva. Amineva had smart boxing in the second round and she had massive advantage after six minutes of contest. The Russian played well in the last round and she was fabulous in that final moments taking the gold medal of the weight category.
Poland’s Natalia Kuczewska has done several surprises in the light flyweight (48kg) of the AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships and marched to the finals as the first female boxer. The Polish girl started in extremely high rhythm against India’s Gitika but she could not follow that level until the very end of the fight. Her Indian opponent landed dozens of punches in each round therefore Kuczewska claimed silver medal in Kielce.
Russia’s EUBC European Women’s Junior Champion Valeria Linkova regained her place in the national youth team and advanced to the final of the flyweight (51kg) but from the second round India’s ASBC Asian Youth Champion Naorem Babyrojisana Chanu was too strong for her. Ukraine’s Khrystyna Lakiichuk started also well against Uzbekistan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion Nigina Uktamova but her Central Asian opponent turned back the bantamweight (54kg) contest in Kielce.
France’s lone finalists in Kielce, Sthelyne Grosy began boxing in 2010 and after more than 10 years of experiences, she advanced to the final of the featherweight (57kg) in Kielce which was her career highlight. The 18-year-old French met with India’s ASBC Asian Youth Champion star Poonam in the final and tried to use her long distance tactical knowledge. Grosy surprised the Indian No.1 with her counter-attacks in the first round but after that Poonam decided the bout using her strength.
Poland’s Barbara Marcinkowska eliminated Russia’s EUBC European Youth Champion Anastasia Kholueva and Kazakhstan’s Zhasmin Kizatova in the previous rounds of the welterweight (69kg) but India’s Arundhati Choudhary was too tough for her in the final and after Kuczewska, she claimed the host nation’s second silver medal. Moldova’s defending EUBC European Youth Champion at the heavyweight (+81kg), Daria Kozorez has done a historical result in Kielce where she earned a silver medal.
Turkey’s best female boxer Busra Isildar arrived to the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships to take the gold medal. She won the EUBC European Boxing Championships as junior and youth in 2017, 2018 and 2019 therefore she was one of the favourites in Kielce. The Turkish girl moved down to the light heavyweight (81kg) and faced with Russia’s Ksenia Olifirenko in the final. The Russian is also EUBC European Youth Champion but she was not able to handle Isildar’s speed and strength. The Turkish talent felt the tempo well from the first seconds until the last gong and deserved to win the gold medal in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships.