Ireland’s icon Katie Taylor won her first title at the Tonsberg 2005 European Women’s Boxing Championships

07 September 2020 News

The next fourth edition of the European Women’s Boxing Championships was held in Tonsberg, Norway one year after the Riccione event 15 years ago. Only four boxers defended their thrones at the 2005 European Women’s Boxing Championships in Tonsberg which was the first ever continental event in Norway. Ireland’s star Katie Taylor began her fantastic campaign in the 4th European Women’s Boxing Championships.

The number of the weight classes was 13 in 2005 as in the previous two editions of the European Women’s Boxing Championships. The first competition day of the 2005 European Women’s Boxing Championships was May 9 in Tonsberg where the finals were scheduled on May 14. Following the 26 semi-finals, a rest day was held on May 13 before the finals of the European Women’s Boxing Championships.

Exactly 100 female boxers attended at the 4th European Women’s Boxing Championships was in Tonsberg, Norway. The following 18 nations attended in the 2005 European Women’s Boxing Championships in Norway: Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Turkey, and Ukraine.

Russia was the lone nation once again which attended with maximum number of 13 boxers in Tonsberg. Turkey sent 12 boxers to the event, only the heavyweight (86kg) was not covered by their coaching staff in Tonsberg. The Ukrainians competed with 12 boxers also as the Turkish female team, their missing category was the light heavyweight (80kg). The host Norwegians competed with seven boxers in the continental event on home soil.

The Russians topped the medal tables in 2003 and in 2004 with three gold medals on each European Women’s Boxing Championships but their female boxers have done even better in 2005 with five titles. Poland became runner-up in the medal table with two gold medals behind the Russian team.

The host Norwegians earned record number of four medals including one gold taking the third place in the medal table. Romania, Italy, Sweden, France and Ireland won also one gold medal in the Tonsberg edition. Turkey achieved fantastic 11 medals but among them there were not any titles, only silver and bronze medals. Hungary, Finland, Denmark, and Ukraine were also on the medal table of the 2005 European Women’s Boxing Championships.

Russia’s Elena Sabitova and Romania’s Camelia Negrea took the titles of the pinweight (46kg) in the previous two editions. Both boxers advanced to the finals in Tonsberg where the Russian controlled their gold medal contest defending her throne. Russia’s new addition to the national team Olesya Gladkova eliminated Hungary’s Monika Csik in the semi-finals and continued her winning path against Italy’s Laura Tosti in the final.

Following the two Russian gold medals. Italy’s No.1 Simona Galassi became three-time European Women’s Champion in Tonsberg. The flyweight (50kg) boxer had a narrow success over Turkey’s Hasibe Ozer but her stamina was enough in the final round to defend her gold medal. Russia’s third gold medal was achieved by a young talent Sofya Ochigava who defeated Finland’s Maarit Teuronen and Turkey’s Sumeyra Kaya in the final stages.

Poland’s Karolina Michalczuk proved her impressive developments since the Riccione edition and her attacking style was enough to beat Romania’s titleholder Mihaela Cijevschi and Turkey’s Seda Aygun at the bantamweight (54kg). France’s Myriam Chomaz achieved silver in 2004 which she changed into gold one year later in Tonsberg where she was slightly better than Norway’s Henriette Kitel.

Turkey’s defending champion at the lightweight (60kg) failed to reach the finals because of Ireland’s new 19-year-old sensation Katie Taylor. The Irish teenager won their semi-finals by accepted scores and celebrated her first European woman title after beating Finland’s Eva Wahlstroem. Norway’s Cecilia Braekhus claimed silver in 2004 which she upgraded into gold on home soil feeling the support of her family and friends. The Norwegian light welterweight (63.5kg) boxer was enough strong to beat Russia’s Yulia Nemtsova in the final.

Russia’s AIBA Women’s World Champion Irina Sinetskaya became the first boxer in the history of the European Women’s Championships who could earn four titles. Sinetskaya controlled her final at the welterweight (66kg) over Denmark’s new hope Yvonne Baek Rasmussen who is still active in our present days. Another active boxer in our current year Poland’s Karolina Lukasik also impressed in Tonsberg and took the gold medal of the light middleweight (70kg) dominating her final over Norway’s Siren Siraas.

Sweden’s Anna Laurell used her longer reach to beat all of her opponents at the middleweight (75kg) including Russia’s Maria Yavorskaya in the final. In the absence of two-time champion Anzhela Torska of Ukraine, Russia’s Galina Ivanova won the light heavyweight (80kg) in Tonsberg. Hungary’s two-time European Women’s Champion Maria Kovacs suffered an unexpected loss at the heavyweight (86kg) to Romania’s 19-year-old Adriana Hosu. The final scores were 26:26 in their title bout but Hosu won the fight by accepted scores.

List of the winners in the 2005 European Women’s Boxing Championships

  • Pinweight (46kg): Elena Sabitova, Russia
  • Light flyweight (48kg): Olesya Gladkova, Russia
  • Flyweight (50kg): Simona Galassi, Italy
  • Light Bantamweight (52kg): Sofya Ochigava, Russia
  • Bantamweight (54kg): Karolina Michalczuk, Poland
  • Featherweight (57kg): Myriam Chomaz, France
  • Lightweight (60kg): Katie Taylor, Ireland
  • Light welterweight (63kg): Cecilia Braekhus, Norway
  • Welterweight (66kg): Irina Sinetskaya, Russia
  • Light middleweight (70kg): Karolina Lukasik, Poland
  • Middleweight (75kg): Anna Laurell, Sweden
  • Light Heavyweight (80kg): Galina Ivanova, Russia
  • Heavyweight (86kg): Adriana Hosu, Romania
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