Germany’s Stefanie Von Berge won the bout of the day at the Nations Women’s Cup17 January 2019
Europe’s first top international competition in 2019, the 8th edition of the Nations Women’s Cup started in Sombor, Serbia where altogether 177 female boxers have been fighting for the medals. Germany’s youth No.1 Stefanie Von Berge moved up two weight classes but she was too strong for her experienced Kazakh opponent and won the bout of the day.
The Nations Women’s Cup is traditionally opens the actions of the year and more than 20 nations registered to attend in the female competition which is holding in for all of the four age groups: elite, youth, junior and schoolgirls. Twenty-eight bouts were scheduled in the first competition day and the elite and youth boxers were in action during their preliminaries and quarter-finals.
Bout of the day
Germany’s Stefanie Von Berge achieved bronze medal in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Youth Boxing Championships and she is a top future hope in our continent which she proved several times in 2018.
The 17-year-old German moved up to the welterweight (69kg) from the lightweight (60kg) but she worked strongly in her new division in the opening day of the Nations Women’s Cup. Von Berge dominated the first round against Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Maya Beisebayeva and she looked more confident than her rival. The final verdict was unanimous decision to Von Berge who advanced to the semi-finals in Sombor with top performance.
Surprise of the day
Greece’s Aikaterini Koutsogeorgopoulou has done a few surprises in 2018 during her international participations but her success in the opening day of the Nations Women’s Cup was a surprise in Sombor. The 23-year-old elite flyweight (51kg) boxer had to meet with Russia’s teenage sensation Liubov Sharapova which bout was a unique and narrow fight in Sombor. The Greek lady was able to increase her rhythm in time and won their contest by split decision in the first competition day.
Germany’s Ilona Sarembo was EUBC European Women’s Junior Champion last October and she moved up to the youth age group two weeks ago. The 16-year-old German attacked more than her experienced Polish opponent Klaudia Poliwczak and finally her hand was raised after the last gong.
Serbia’s best elite boxer Nina Radovanovic was their lone competitor at the New Delhi 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships but those experiences paid off in her debuting contest in Sombor. The local favourite was too strong for Kazakhstan’s National Champion Aigerim Kasenayeva who moved up to the flyweight (51kg).
Latvia’s Amanda Millere is only 20 and she has been preparing to the upcoming EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships with full speed. She checked her current skills against Somalia’s England-based boxer Ramla Ali and the younger Latvian girl was able to win their difficult contest in Sombor.