The final competition day of the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships was held in Vladikavkaz, Russia where 20 winners have been crowned. Italy’s Irma Testa, Ireland’s Amy Broadhurst, Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli and Bulgaria’s Daniel Asenov were the winners who defended their titles.
Twenty-three nations claimed medals in the event and among them nine countries also won gold which showsthe potential of the European continent. Russia is the most successful country in Vladikavkaz just ahead of Turkey, Ukraine, Italy, Armenia, France, Bulgaria, Ireland, Azerbaijan and England.
Boxers born between 1997 and 2000 were eligible to take part in the competitions. Altogether 38 nations took part in the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships.
Round 1 – Ireland’s Broadhurst and Italy’s Testa defended their thrones in Vladikavkaz
Ireland had only one semi-finalist in the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Vladikavkaz but Amy Broadhurst did not stop until she won the gold medal of the women’s lightweight (60kg). The Irish girl, who has been a member of the national team since 2013, moved down one weight class since the New Delhi 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships which is better for her physical skills and it was such a great decision. Broadhurst had to meet against another titleholder Italy’s Rebecca Nicoli who made the same weight class change in the recent months. The Irish boxer controlled the first two rounds against Nicoli who came back too late in the third round, allowing Broadhurst to defend her European U22 title. Before her final Italy’s Rio 2016 Olympian Irma Testa repeated her 2018 efforts and defeated England’s Ellie Scotney in the final of the women’s featherweight (57kg).
Round 2 – Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli won her next title in the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships
Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli was a gold medallist in the AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships, in the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships and also in the EUBC Women’s Youth European Boxing Championships during her career. The Turkish boxer is one of the top future stars of the European continent who moved down to the welterweight (69kg) to reach more titles. Surmeneli had to meet for the gold with Italy’s Angela Carini who also had good results as a youth boxer. The Turkish boxer had strong motivation, and she moved ahead in a confident style without any break during their final. Surmeneli had strong physical skills and kept the same level until the end of the final bell and won all of the rounds defending her title on each scorecard.
Round 3 – Russia topped the team rankings in Vladikavkaz
The Russian team topped the team rankings of the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Vladikavkaz with their twelve gold medals. Among their titles five were achieved by their women boxers and seven from their young men talents. Ekaterina Paltseva (48kg), Ekaterina Dynnik (64kg) and Kristina Tkacheva (+81kg) are members of the elite national team and all won the gold medals in Vladikavkaz. Anastasia Shamonova (75 kg) was one of the most successful female junior and youth boxers in the recent years and she started her U22 career with gold medal in Vladikavkaz. Among their men boxers Sergei Iarulin (56kg), Beslan Khamzaev (60kg) and Vladislav Ivanov (91kg) were the bests in their strong finals.
List of the winners of the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships
Women’s 48kg: Ekaterina Paltseva, Russia
Women’s 51kg: Anush Grigoryan, Armenia
Women’s 54kg: Caroline Cruveillier, France
Women’s 57kg: Irma Testa, Italy
Women’s 60kg: Amy Broadhurst, Ireland
Women’s 64kg: Ekaterina Dynnik, Russia
Women’s 69kg: Busenaz Surmeneli, Turkey
Women’s 75kg: Anastasia Shamonova, Russia
Women’s 81kg: Maria Shishmareva, Russia
Women’s +81kg: Kristina Tkacheva, Russia
Men’s 49kg: Vladimir Mnatsakanyan, Russia
Men’s 52kg: Daniel Asenov, Bulgaria
Men’s 56kg: Sergey Iarulin, Russia
Men’s 60kg: Beslan Khamzaev, Russia
Men’s 64kg: Alan Abaev, Russia
Men’s 69kg: Vakhid Abbasov, Russia
Men’s 75kg: Aleksei Semykin, Russia
Men’s 81kg: Oleksandr Pokhrebnyak, Ukraine
Men’s 91kg: Vladislav Ivanov, Russia
Men’s +91kg: Mahammad Abdullayev, Azerbaijan