Mueller and Hamori won the most difficult contests of the day at the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships
The second competition day was held at the EUBC European U22 Boxing Championships in Roseto degli Abruzzi, Italy where more than 40 contests have been scheduled. Germany’s Leonie Mueller and Hungary’s Luca Hamori produced impressive developments and advanced to the next stage of the competition.
The men’s lightweight (60kg), light welterweight (64kg), welterweight (69kg), middleweight (75kg) and heavyweight (91kg) boxers were in action in the first competition day. The total number of U22 boxers is 285 in the first European continental event of the year including 92 young ladies. The Technical Delegate of the EUBC European U22 Boxing Championships is Mr. Maxim Cherticovtsev of Moldova.
Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales sent their boxers to the event.
The bout of the day
Germany’s Leonie Mueller claimed gold medal at the Cologne Boxing World Cup this March and at the very first time she defeated her country’s No.1, Nadine Apetz. The 22-year-old welterweight (69kg) boxer had a difficult opponent as first, Ukraine’s Yuliya Stoyko but Mueller amazed in the first round. She was untouchable for the Ukrainian in the opening minutes and continued her strong performance until the very end. Stoyko changed her tactic but Mueller’s technical dominancy decided their contest in Roseto and the younger German advanced to the next stage of the championship.
The surprise of the day
England’s Shona Whitwell is member of their elite national team since 2017 when she claimed bronze medal at the European Union Boxing Championships in Cascia. The English light welterweight (64kg) boxer returned to Italy as a top favourite for the gold medal in the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships. Whitwell started well against Hungary’s 20-year-old Luca Hamori and took the lead on the scorecards. The Hungarian adopted the rhythm in the second round and she landed strong jabs which reached the target. Hamori, who claimed bronze medal in the 2018 EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships in Roseto, turned back their contest with excellent finish.
Russia’s Olga Piskunova replaced EUBC European Women’s Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Liubov Sharapova in the U22 national team and tried to rule the middle of the ring against Ukraine’s Yaroslava Marynchuk in the first round. The 20-year-old Ukrainian moved more on feet in the opening minutes and his counter-attacks were effective. The Russian moved ahead but she received punches from the Ukrainian side in the second round and Marynchuk had a strong lead after three minutes. The Russian boxer produced her best period in the third but Marynchuk won their contest by split decision.
Joan Manuel Valdez Torres was born in the Dominican Republic but his family moved to Spain during his childhood. The new Spanish boxer moved down to the flyweight (52kg) and tried to avoid the punches from Kosovo’s Bashkim Bajoku using his excellent footwork. The Kosovan moved ahead and tried to catch the fast Spaniard in all of the three rounds but Valdez proved impressive technical skills in their battle. Bajoku competed more international tournament than his Spanish rival but Valdez was better in all aspects of boxing.
Ireland’s Niamh Early competed this year only at the Strandja Memorial Tournament and she tried to enjoy her real return to the big championships. Her opponent, France’s Romane Moulai progressed well in the recent one year, she trained hard to reach the level of the top boxers in her country. The French surprised the 22-year-old Irish with her effective counter-attacks in the first round and felt the tempo better. Early was too static for the French boxer today and their speed decided their contest which means Moulai can continue her campaign in Roseto degli Abruzzi.
Wales’ Helen Jones is trying to follow her teammates’ impressive records and join to Rosie Eccles’ and Lauren Price’s fantastic level. The 22-year-old Welsh girl have got five years of experiences in the international tournaments and proved her best in the first round against Romania’s Edina Dorottya Nagy. Jones worked hard, knew more about boxing and landed several shots in the first and second rounds. The Welsh girl, who has been preparing to the 2022 Commonwealth Games with full speed, controlled all of the three rounds against the Hungarian-descent Romanian at the flyweight (51kg).
Finland’s best female talent Vilma Viitanen claimed medals in her elite tournaments this year and arrived to Roseto degli Abruzzi as one of the favourites of the women’s featherweight (57kg). The Finnish boxer met with Germany’s Zeina Nassar and tried to control the first round in their tough battle. Viitanen was static in the first round but she landed the better punches and took the lead on the scorecards. The 20-year-old boxer overcame the German in the attacks and won her difficult opening bout in Roseto.
Slovakia’s Miroslava Jedinakova switched to boxing from other martial arts only a few years ago but she quickly qualified for the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. She claimed bronze medal at the 2019 EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Vladikavkaz, Russia. The Slovakian light welterweight (64kg) boxer was too experienced for Italy’s newcomer Simona Monteverdi and her stronger punches guaranteed a place in the quarter-finals.
Russia’s seed No.1 at the men’s middleweight (75kg), Nikita Voronov won international tournament titles in the recent months and proved his strong punches against Italy’s Remo Salvati. The Russian controlled all of the three rounds against the Italian and advanced to the quarter-finals of the weight category. In another anticipated contest of the weight class, England’s Ramtin Musah eliminated Scotland’s Sam Hickey in a top bout. The 22-year-old English proved his developments in terms of strength and also secured his place in the last eight of the championships.