Italy’s Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine did revenge in Targu Jiu on Day126 March 2018
Following the general weigh-in and the official drawing the first competition day was held in the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships which is taking place in Targu Jiu until April 1. Italy’s Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine did revenge when he met with Austria’s Aleksandar Mraovic in a spectacular super heavyweight (+91kg) bout on Day1.
Altogether 38 preliminary bouts have been held in the first competition day after the Opening ceremony. The competition is the first ever EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships for the women boxers. The number of the U22 women and men boxers is 279 from 37 countries in Targu Jiu.
Poland’s Wiktoria Sadej is their actual Elite Women’s National Champion who tried to use her longer reach in the first round against Germany’s Marie Maciejewski. The 22-year-old Polish light flyweight (48kg) boxer moved back from the German attacks and tried to keep her safest distance. The German talent, who was born also in 1996, was aggressive from the second round and she was able to turn back their contest and advanced to the quarter-final of the competition.
England’s Ebonie Jones had amazing youth and junior career and the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships is her first big elite competition. The 19-year-old English bantamweight (54kg) boxer started her first round against Serbia’s Andjela Brankovic aggressively. The southpaw Serbian boxer could not land effective punches when Jones pressurized her with combined attacks. The final verdict was unanimous decision to the English teenager who advanced to the last eight in Targu Jiu.
Latvia’s Amanda Millere won the Riga Women’s Open Boxing Tournament two weeks ago and began the first round with different rhythm than her Bulgarian rival Rozalia Paycheva. The 19-year-old Latvian bantamweight (54kg) boxer moved more on feet and landed better punches in the first round. The Bulgarian talent went closer and reduced the fighting distance but Millere had the right answer which meant Latvia’s lone woman boxer in Targu Jiu joined to the best eight in this category.
France’s female No.1 in the age group Fatia Benmessahel won gold medal in the Sofia 2017 EUBC European Confederation Women’s Youth Boxing Championships and arrived to Targu Jiu as a favourite. The 18-year-old French moved down to the featherweight (57kg) and tried to use her longer reach against Turkey’s Urguya Us who was a competitive rival in the first round. The Turkish boxer caught her French opponent in the second round with tough punches and she was able to deliver a big sensation winning the bout by unanimous decision in Targu Jiu.
Italy’s Rio 2016 Olympian and AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Irma Testa moved back to the featherweight (57kg) which is really fit for her. The 20-year-old tall Italian controlled her first round against Belarus’ Yulia Apanasovich when her longer hands were the difference between them. Apanasovich attacked more in the second round but Testa’s counter punches delivered a success for the Italian star.
Ukraine’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist 19-year-old Zoravor Petrosian switched his stance several times in the first round against Spain’s Jordan Camacho which was the first man bout in the competition. The Spanish lightweight (60kg) talent was a real warrior and tried to his in-fighting style to reach his technician Ukrainian rival. Petrosian launched superb counter-attacks in the third round therefore his hand was raised after the final gong.
Belarus’ AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist and Rio 2016 Olympian Dzmitry Asanau used his great footwork in the first round against Poland’s experienced Adrian Kowal in his debuting lightweight (60kg) contest. Asanau increased his tempo in the second round and overcame his Polish rival in the attacks performing much better than in the first. The Belarusian boxer had not so easy job but advanced to the last 16 in Targu Jiu.
England’s 20-year-old Carl Fail was quarter-finalist in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships and returned with better skills to the competition. The English welterweight (69kg) boxer is one of the tallest in this category and tried to control his fight against Lithuania’s Saimonas Banys from longer distance. Fail followed his tactic until the end of the final gong and advanced to the last 16 beating a tough Lithuanian out of his way in Targu Jiu.
Croatia’s Marko Milun switched from kick-boxing to our sport and following his bronze medal at the Bocskai Memorial Tournament he started his campaign well in the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships. The 22-year-old Croatian super heavyweight (+91kg) boxer used his speed to beat Ukraine’s EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Viacheslav Havryliuk.
Austria’s Aleksandar Mraovic knocked out Italy’s Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine in the semi-final of the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships one year ago and they had to meet each other once again in a re-match in Targu Jiu but already in the preliminary stage. The Austrian super heavyweight (+91kg) boxer used his pressurizing style against his Italian southpaw rival who developed well in the recent 12 months. The Italian was quicker this time and has done a revenge against his Austrian rival.