The Bulgarian ladies did perfect performance in the quarter-finals of the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships23 April 2018
The important quarter-final day was held in the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Roseto degli Abruzzi and all of the winners advanced to the last four in Italy. The Bulgarian ladies as Melek Zakifova, titleholder Goryana Stoeva and Eliana Georgieva impressed in the fifth competition day and advanced to the semi-finals.
Altogether 52 quarter-final bouts have been held in the fifth competition day in Roseto degli Abruzzi. The competition is the first ever EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships for both genders. The number of the youth women and men boxers is 334 from 40 countries in Roseto degli Abruzzi.
Bulgaria’s defending EUBC European Women’s Junior Champion Melek Zakifova joined to the youth age group in January but she adopted the level of the three-minute rounds quickly and did her very best against France’s Rim Bennama in the quarter-final of the women’s light flyweight (48kg). The 17-year-old Bulgarian defeated her French opponent by split decision and will be meeting in the semi-final with Russia’s Ksenia Beschastnova who triumphed over Italy’s Giorgia Rossi today.
Ireland’s Daina Moorehouse also claimed gold medal in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Junior Boxing Championships as Zakifova. Ireland’s youth talent pressurized her opponent Spain’s Marta Lopez del Arbol and landed high number of powerful punches. The Irish light flyweight (48kg) boxer won their bout by large margin of difference and will be facing in the semi-final with Germany’s Maxi Kloetzer who eliminated Scotland’s Billie Denholm.
Bulgaria’s Goryana Stoeva claimed gold medal in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Youth Boxing Championships in Sofia and arrived to Roseto degli Abruzzi to defend her throne against strong rivals. The Bulgarian flyweight (51kg) boxer had several difficulties against Hungary’s Hanna Lakotar but finally her hand was raised after the final bell. Stoeva will be meeting in the semi-final with Germany’s Cathy Jean Satorius who eliminated Armenia’s Karine Sargsyan.
Following Melek Zakifova’s and Goryana Stoeva’s successes the next Bulgarian woman boxer continued their strong performance on Day 5. Elina Georgieva is Bulgaria’s new hope at the bantamweight (54kg) who competed successfully in the recent two years and did her best against Denmark’s lone woman boxer in Roseto degli Abruzzi Melissa Mortensen. The final verdict was split decision to Georgieva who used her stamina to eliminate her younger Danish opponent.
Italy’s Balkan Women’s Youth Tournament silver medallist Biancamaria Tessari did a small sensation in the previous round of the women’s bantamweight (54kg) when she eliminated Ukraine’s EUBC European Confederation Women’s Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Anastasia Lisinska. The 18-year-old Italian was still in top shape after her tough contest and launched better punches than Hungary’s Emilia Kondakor which meant Tessari is a guaranteed medallist now.
Slovakia’s two-time EUBC European Women’s Junior Champion Jessica Triebelova is one of the most experienced European women’s youth boxers who had more than 80 contests during her previous career. The 17-year-old Slovakian featherweight (57kg) boxer dominated her quarter-final against Italy’s Giordana Sorrentino and will be boxing in the last four with Germany’s Sophie Alisch who eliminated Ukraine’s Tatiana Rodionova.
Hungary’s strong Luca Hamori defeated Turkey’s Gozde Sonmez in the 2016 EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships and she was able to repeat her tough performance from the second round. The 17-year-old Hungarian lightweight (60kg) boxer, who has got only one loss during her career, will be boxing for the place in the final with Russia’s EUBC European Junior Champion Nune Asatrian who was too strong for Poland’s experienced Daria Puszka in Roseto degli Abruzzi.
Ireland’s Evelyn Igharo won several national titles during her long career and following her international experiences she proved her strength in the quarter-final of the women’s light welterweight (64kg). The Irish talent was quicker and stronger than Croatia’s newcomer Anita Zilic and some of their punches were too much for her opponent. The referee confirmed Igharo’s RSC success in the first round which means the Irish hopeful can box with Ukraine’s Maria Sedaya who eliminated Germany’s Elisa Rohde in another quarter-final.
Hungary’s Attila Bernath advanced to the final of the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships and claimed silver medal. The 18-year-old Hungarian light flyweight (49kg) boxer eliminated Georgia’s Luka Kublashvili in the first preliminary round and continued his strong performance against Poland’s Pawel Brach in the quarter-final. Following Luca Hamori’s success Bernath claimed Hungary’s second guaranteed medal and will be meeting with Ireland’s Jude Gallagher in the last four.
France’s Bilel Gourari eliminated Russia’s EUBC European Junior Champion Vsevolod Shumkov in the first preliminary round and amazed the crowd with his strong combinations during the preliminaries. The French bantamweight (56kg) boxer was not able to repeat his previous performance and lost to Ukraine’s EUBC European Youth Champion Maksym Halinichev. The strong Ukrainian used a strong tactic against his French opponent and advanced to the semi-finals in Roseto degli Abruzzi.
Czech Republic’s Daniel Mikustak is a newcomer in their national squad but the heavyweight (91kg) boxer is now a guaranteed medallist in the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships. The 18-year-old Czech boxer did his extra performance in the quarter-final which the most important bout in his life. Mikustak’s stamina was enough to beat Albania’s Klajdi Tema in their quarter-final and the Czech celebrated his biggest success.
Italy’s super talented Naichel Millas was bronze medallist in the Kaposvar 2016 EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships when he was spending his first year among the junior boxers. The 17-year-old Italian middleweight (75kg) boxer joined to the youth age group this January following his success over Slovakia’s Lukas Ferneza he was too strong for Belarus’ Vadzim Andreyeu as well in the quarter-final.