France’s star Sofiane Oumiha won the amazing bout of the semi-finals in Villebon-sur-Yvette

08 June 2021 News

The semi-finals were held in the seventh competition day of the European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event in Villebon-sur-Yvette, France where the winners advanced to the finals. There were specific Box-offs for many boxers as last chance to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games. France’s star Sofiane Oumiha had a sensational contest against Great Britain’s Luke McCormack and he has still the chance to win the gold medal in the Qualifiers.

After the start in London, the best 176 boxers remained in action in the European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event. Altogether 16 boxers earned their quota places for the Tokyo Olympic Games in London and further 61 spots are decided in Villebon-sur-Yvette. Twenty-one European nations achieved at least one quota place for the Olympic Games.

The bout of the day

The next French star, Rio 2016 Olympic Games silver medallist and AIBA World Champion Sofiane Oumiha met in the semi-finals of the men’s lightweight (63kg) with Great Britain’s Luke McCormack and expected a tough battle against his well-experienced rival. Both boxers won several big events in the past and their first round was a fantastic battle between them in Paris. McCormack caught Oumiha with a few punches in the second therefore the French still increased his rhythm in the third. Oumiha produced a remarkable third round and used his well-known game play, not only kept the best fighting range but enjoyed all moments of their top fight. The French won their contest and will be boxing for the gold medal with Belarus’ European Games winner Dzmitry Asanau.

The Round-up

Turkey’s reigning European Games winner and EUBC European Champion at the women’s flyweight (51kg) Busenaz Cakiroglu had a strong rival in the semi-finals, Bulgaria’s veteran Stoyka Krasteva who earned plenty of medals in the big championships. The Bulgarian started well in the first round and tried to dictate the tempo of the semi-final but the Turkish found her best distance in the second. Cakiroglu moved a lot on feet and jumped into the fighting range to land punches and double shots in that period. The Turkish boxer produced her best round in the third and won their contest by unanimous decision. Cakiroglu will be meeting with Great Britain’s Charley Davison for the gold medal of the Qualifier.

Turkey’s next star in the ring was AIBA Women’s World Champion Busenaz Surmeneli who met in the semi-finals of the welterweight (69kg) with Ukraine’s Anna Lysenko. The 23-year-old Turkish landed uppercuts and hooks from all possible angles in the first round and led by 10:9 in all of the scorecards. Surmeneli was in close distance in the second and landed several clear punches but her Ukrainian opponent was more competitive than in the first round. Surmeneli amazed in the third round, she landed even stronger punches against the exhausted Ukrainian and won the semi-final by large margin of differences. She will be meeting for the gold medal with Germany’s Nadine Apetz who eliminated Italy’s Angela Carini in the second semi-final.

Great Britain’s Lauren Price is the AIBA Women’s World Champion at the middleweight (75kg) who met in the last four with Ireland’s EUBC European Women’s Champion Aoife O’Rourke. Both of the them qualified for Tokyo but their contest was a prestige battle between them and gave in everything in the first round. The Welsh girl was better in the second round and kept the best distance against the tall Irish. O’Rourke had a wonderful jab as a start of the third round but Price was better today in all aspects of boxing. The Welsh boxer will be facing for the title with Russia’s Zenfira Magomedalieva who surprisingly defeated Netherlands’ Nouchka Fontijn.

Luka Plantic achieved Croatia’s male quota at the light heavyweight (81kg) and their top female talent, AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Nikolina Cacic fought for their second spot in the Qualifiers. The Croatian boxer moved back to the featherweight (57kg) and she tried to use her longer hands against Turkey’s Aycan Guldagi in the first round of their Box-off. She was brave and moved more ahead but Guldagi surprised her with hooks in the second period. The Turkish boxer was also born in 2001 as Cacic and she had a small advantage after six minutes of fight. The 20-year-old Cacic performed strongly in the third round and secured a second Olympic quota for Croatia.

Great Britain’s Karriss Artingstall progressed rapidly in the recent two years and joined to the best boxers of the women’s featherweight (57kg). She lost her quarter-final to Bulgaria’s Stanimira Petrova but remained her chance to get the spot for the Tokyo Olympic Games in the Box-off. Sweden’s younger Stephanie Thour was competitive for her in the first round but Artingstall turned up the heat in the second and landed stronger punches. The English Army boxer was too strong for Thour this time and qualified for the Olympic Games.

France’s EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships silver medallist and professional World Champion Maiva Hamadouche lost her quarter-final to Ireland’s Kellie Harrington therefore she had to meet with Hungary’s Kata Pribojszki in the Box-off. Her Hungarian opponent used the best tactic against the powerful French in the first round Pribojszki’s quick counter-attacks meant that she led 10:9 in each scorecard. Hamadouche started the second round in different rhythm and after her shots the referee counted Pribojszki. The final verdict was depended on the last round when Hamadouche continued her amazing frequency and earned the Olympic quota.

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