The European Boxing Confederation’s third continental event of 2014, the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Youth & Junior Continental Championships recently took place in Assisi, Italy.
Host nation Italy secured a record number of four gold medals in the the competition, while many other top European countries impress as well.
Athlete of the tournament
Sweden’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Agnes Alexiusson won the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament in Serbia three weeks ago, and claimed another gold medal in Italy.
With the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympics upcoming, her confidence will be even further boosted after beating four tough opponents in Assisi, including Ireland’s new sensation Cheyenne O’Neill in the gold medal bout.
Team of the tournament
Russia claimed five junior and six youth gold medals in Assisi, taking home almost 50% of the possible top positions.
AIBA Women’s Junior World Champion Maria Shishmareva is Russia’s best junior boxer, and has dominated all of her international bouts in the recent years.
She stopped Turkey’s Melike Cakar in the final in Italy, and definitely has an exciting future.
Russia’s youth Flyweight class (51 kg) hope Ekaterina Paltceva was not able to qualify to the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympics in Sofia, but she proved she has a contender at European level after beating Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara for the gold medal.
At youth level, Geliusa Galiyeva (48 kg), Elizaveta Nemtseva (64 kg), Ksenia Sinyavina (69 kg), AIBA Women’s Youth World Championships silver medallist Ekaterina Serova (81 kg) and Matrena Vyachkina (+81 kg) all won their finals in Assisi.
Surprise of the tournament
Ukraine’s Youth National Champion Valeria Manchak was not the top favourite of the youth Featherweight class (57 kg), but she was able to beat all of her rivals in the championships.
Manchak is not especially experienced at the international level, but her technique caused serious problems to her opponents in Assisi.
In the gold medal clash, the young Ukrainian defeated Ireland’s highly rated Amy Broadhurst in a hectic battle.
Ones to watch in the future
Poland’s defending AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Elzbieta Wojcik is so dominant at times that she appears to be at a completely different level than her opponents in the youth age group.
Her style and strength is so assured that she could be among the best at the elite level as well, and yet another gold medal in Italy signifies her prowess.
Both of England’s top junior boxers Ebonie Jones and Chantelle Reid junior girls claimed a gold medal in the continental championships in Assis,i where they were both too good for their Polish rivals.
Stat/fact of the tournament
More than two hundred young boxers competed in the fifth edition of the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Youth & Junior Continental Championships in Assisi, which was a record in the history of the event.
Europe’s top youth boxers who have qualified for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympics, such as Italy’s Irma Testa, Sweden’s Agnes Alexiusson and Poland’s Elzbieta Wojcik all won their weight classes in the event.
Quote of the tournament
“It felt great and I am happy that I could perform in the championships when I was a bit worn out. I think the level of this championships was good enough, it is getting better and better every year. I was of course not in my best form, but the big goal is the upcoming Nanjing Youth Olympics,” commented Sweden’s Agnes Alexiusson her gold medal after the finals.
Gold medal winners in Assisi
Junior 46 kg: Maddalena Barretta, Italy
Junior 48 kg: Maria Khuzhakhmetova, Russia
Junior 50 kg: Ebonie Jones, England
Junior 52 kg: Anna Krasnoperova, Russia
Junior 54 kg: Anastasia Artamonova, Russia
Junior 57 kg: Conchetta Marchese, Italy
Junior 60 kg: Weronika Zakrzewska, Poland
Junior 63 kg: Adrianna Jedrzejczyk, Poland
Junior 66 kg: Angela Carini, Italy
Junior 70 kg: Chantelle Reid, England
Junior 75 kg: Busenaz Surmeneli, Turkey
Junior 80 kg: Vlada Kalacheva, Russia
Junior +80kg: Maria Shishmareva, Russia
Youth 48 kg: Geliusa Galiyeva, Russia
Youth 51 kg: Ekaterina Paltceva, Russia
Youth 54 kg: Irma Testa, Italy
Youth 57 kg: Valeria Manchak, Ukraine
Youth 60 kg: Agnes Alexiusson, Sweden
Youth 64 kg: Elizaveta Nemtseva, Russia
Youth 69 kg: Kseniya Sinyavina, Russia
Youth 75 kg: Elzbieta Wojcik, Poland
Youth 81 kg: Ekaterina Serova, Russia
Youth +81 kg: Matrena Vyachkina, Russia