The Swedish team made a perfect day at the European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event07 June 2021
The European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event has been suspended in the end of the third competition day in London on March 2020. Following that the competition has been removed to Villebon-sur-Yvette, France and continued with its fourth day of boxing. The Swedish national team amazed in the day, all of their five boxers advanced to the quarter-finals in the Qualifiers proving their strong developments.
After the start in London, the best 176 boxers remained in action in the European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event. Altogether 16 boxers earned their quota places for the Tokyo Olympic Games in London and further 61 spots will be decided in Villebon-sur-Yvette.
The bout of the day
Sweden’s Stephanie Thour claimed silver medal at the 2015 AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships and after a few years as elite, she arrived to France in top shape. Following her strong training camps, the 23-year-old Swedish featherweight (57kg) boxer surprised Ukraine’s veteran Iulia Tsyplakova in the first round. Thour increased her tempo in the second and overcame the experienced Ukrainian in that middle period. The Swedish boxer started the third round with impressive combinations and she landed quickly six good punches therefore she was able to eliminate Tsyplakova in the last 16.
The surprise of the day
Sweden’s Love Holgersson has got more than 10 years of international experiences but she was not the favourite against Germany’s professional world champion Christina Hammer who returned to the Olympic boxing due to the chance of Tokyo. The 28-year-old Swedish middleweight (75kg) boxer kept her German opponent on long in the first round and she had a small advantage after three minutes. Holgersson produced her best round in the second and her long range tactic worked well against Hammer. The German tried to turn back the battle in the third but Sweden’ pride was able to keep the advantage and won their contest.
Great Britain’s Lauren Price won the title of the women’s middleweight (75kg) at the 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. The Welsh girl opened the whole event in France and she started with a strong performance against a local boxer, Davina Michel who attacked from the first seconds. Price kept the distance well and worked from longer range successfully and she looked better in the first round. The Welsh star produced her best performance in the second and following the standing count, it was clear that Price could advance to the quarter-finals of the Qualifiers.
Russia’s two-time AIBA Women’s World Champion and two-time EUBC European Champion Zenfira Magomedalieva had another well-experienced veteran rival in the Qualifiers, Hungary’s Timea Nagy. Both of them went down to the middleweight (75kg) and started the first round static but in that game Magomedalieva was better. The Russian star dominated the second period with heavy blows and her rhythm was higher than in the first round. Magomedalieva received a few punches from the Hungarian side in the third round but she won their contest by unanimous decision.
Gazimagomed Jalidov was born in Russia but he switched to Spain a few years ago and he represents his new nation in the European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event. Following his first success in London, Jalidov started well against Belgium’s Ziad El-Mohor in the last 16 of the light heavyweight (81kg). The Spaniard landed the stronger punches and he worked better on feet in the first and second rounds therefore Jalidov had the leading in each scorecard after six minutes. El-Mohor was charging forward in the third round but Jalidov has done also a great finish and won their contest by unanimous decision.
Bulgaria’s former AIBA Women’s World Champion and EUBC European Women’s Champion Stanimira Petrova had a tough first round against Poland’s Sandra Kruk in the battle of the experienced featherweight (57kg) boxers. The Bulgarian received the best advices in the first break and she has done better performance in the second three minutes, keeping the distance successfully. Petrova enjoyed the third round and she has done an excellent game play therefore the Bulgarian advanced to the last eight.
Russia’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Ekaterina Dynnik moved down to the lightweight (60kg) and she planned to use her quick attacks against Turkey’s Esra Yildiz in their battle in the last 16. The Russian could not follow her strategy well in the first round and the Turkish girl surprised her mostly in the second period. Yildiz proved better footwork than Dynnik and her fantastic technical skills delivered for her a place in the last eight.
Sweden’s Adam Chartoi is a great talent at the middleweight (75kg) who looked quicker than Bulgaria’s veteran Simeon Chamov in the first round. The Swedish boxer landed several impressive counter-punches and his stamina was enough to beat his opponent in France. His teammate, Liridon Nuha is a real fighter who used his strength against Estonia’s Stiven Aas in the last 16 of the light heavyweight (81kg). The small Swedish boxer was aggressive in the bout and his close distance tactic was successful against his Baltic rival.