Greek successes in the heaviest categories before Kiss delivered a KO in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships13 October 2018
Another marathon day with fifty-four preliminary bouts was held in the third competition day of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Anapa, Russia. The Greek duo in the heaviest weight classes as Markos Michalopoulos and Nikolaos Konstantinos Sotiropoulos both won their bouts before Hungary’s Levente Hunor Kiss delivered the first KO of the competition.
Anapa hosted the event previously in 2013 and in 2014 and after four years the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships returned to the Russian city. This new edition of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships is the first ever competition when the women and the men boxers can attend together within one event.
Bulgaria’s Zhulyana Petrova attended in several national events in the recent two years but the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships is her first competition out of her country. The Bulgarian pinweight (46kg) boxer tried to catch Italy’s Erika Prisciandaro in the first round but her opponent was quicker. The 16-year-old Italian talent, who attended in the last edition in Sofia, has done enough in their contest and advanced to the semi-finals in Anapa which means she is a guaranteed medallist.
Netherlands’ lone competitor in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships 15-year-old Josefien Betist had to meet in the quarter-final of the featherweight (57kg) with Ireland’s Lauren Dempsey Fitzmaurice. Both boxers were patient in the opening round but Betist used her longer hands better in the second. The Irish girl was successful in their exchanges in the third and turned back their narrow fight in Anapa.
Germany’s Viktoria Sawatzki eliminated her Hungarian rival with top performance in the opening day of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships but her second challenge was even harder against England’s Sacha Hickey. The German featherweight (57kg) boxer moved ahead but she stepped into the best fighting range of the English girl. Hickey’s rhythm was better in this contest and advanced to the semi-finals of the continental event.
Hungary’s Rebeka Dobos tried to reduce the fighting distance against Romania’s Ecaterina Danilet from the first seconds in their women’s lightweight (60kg) bout. The Hungarian moved more on feet in the opening minutes but she was too tired in the second part of the bout and the Romanian advanced to the last four. In the same category England’s Danielle Marshall eliminated Italy’s Daniela Golino with top performance before Ireland’s Sinainn Glynn shocked Russia’s favourite Alina Kantemirova.
Russia’s Maria Bersteneva won the Nations Junior Cup at the light welterweight (63kg) in Serbia two months ago but her quarter-final opponent was also an international level boxer with excellent pedigree, Germany’s Emily Perthold who claimed bronze medal in the last edition in 2017. The Russian southpaw moved ahead but the German talent was successful from longer distance in the first round. Bersteneva landed powerful punches in the second and third rounds which means she eliminated her experienced German rival.
Bulgaria’s William Cholov had less than 10 bouts when he became EUBC European Schoolboys Champion in 2017. The 15-year-old Bulgarian southpaw, who began boxing only two years ago, used his best fighting range against Poland’s Krystian Barski and proved his native talent. The referee counted the Polish boxer in the third round following Cholov’s strong combinations therefore the Bulgarian advanced to the quarter-finals of the welterweight (66kg) in Anapa.
Italy’s Yassin Hermi arrived from Florence to the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships as a secret favourite at the light middleweight (70kg). The 16-ear-old Italian started better than Serbia’s Strahinja Karabegovic in his 30th contest of his career and took the lead on the scorecards. Both boxers used tough jabs and their exchanges were spectacular for the crowd but the bout was won by the tactically better Italian.
EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships bronze medallist Andrei Voyevodin is not the most experienced Russian team member but he tried to use a strong tactic against Hungary’s Istvan Juhos in their meeting at the heavyweight (80kg). The Hungarian southpaw, who arrived to Anapa from a small town, organized his defence well but his attacks were ineffective against the Russian. After the last gong Voyevodin’s hand was raised who advanced to the quarter-finals in Anapa.
Greece impressed in the two heaviest weight categories in the fourth competition day, both of their boxers won their contests in Anapa. Markos Michalopoulos is the most experienced team member in Greece who felt the rhythm from the first round against Lithuania’s Simonas Urbanavicius and advanced to the quarter-finals of the light heavyweight (80kg). His teammate Nikolaos Konstantinos Sotiropoulos was also stronger than his younger Romanian rival Albert Potoceanu at the heavyweight (+80kg) and made Greece proud in Anapa.
Hungary’s ISF Gymnasiade winner Levente Hunor Kiss arrived to the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships as a gold medal contender at the heavyweight (+80kg). The 16-year-old Hungarian, who began his boxing career only in 2015, started with strong punches against his Irish opponent Bonvie Nsitue Ndefi. The unstoppable Hungarian landed lethal shots in the second and delivered a classical KO success in Anapa.