Angela Carini won a sensational bout at the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships where the women’s medallists are revealed
The fourth competition day was held at the EUBC European U22 Boxing Championships in Roseto degli Abruzzi, Italy where the first medallists are revealed. Italy’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Angela Carini won a tough contest in the fourth day of boxing and secured her place in the last four.
All of the women weight categories, furthermore the men’s super heavyweight (+91kg) boxers were in action at the fourth competition day in Roseto. The women winners of these exciting contests are all medallists while these heavy men boxers advanced to the last eight.
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
Italy’s Angela Carini was silver medallist in the 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games. The 23-year-old Italian welterweight (69kg) boxer had a hard opponent in the quarter-finals, Germany’s Cologne Boxing World Cup winner Leonie Mueller. The German used her own game play and tried to keep Carini on long from the first seconds but she was not enough quick in most of the exchanges. Mueller has got excellent development but Carini was too experienced for her in the important quarter-final.
The surprise of the day
Croatia’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Nikolina Cacic qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games following she won the important Box-off at the European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event. The 20-year-old Croatian uses the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships as preparation for the Olympics abut she looked tired after the Paris event. Cacic landed nice uppercuts in the first round against Ukraine’s Anastasia Kovalchuk but her rival caught her with jabs. The Ukrainian was aggressive in their contest against the taller Cacic and delivered one of the main sensations of the day.
Italy’s Martina La Piana won the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships in 2018 and in 2019 and also claimed gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games three years ago. The 20-year-old Italian had a few unexpected losses in the recent one and half year therefore she trained hard to reach her peak level once again. The Italian moved ahead bravely and dictated the rhythm against Ukraine’s Yaroslava Marynchuk in the first quarter-final of the whole championships. La Piana minimalized the risks in the third round following her massive advantage after six minutes and claimed the first guaranteed medal of the event.
Czech Republic’s Lenka Bernardova was involved to the national team only in the final minute before the start of the 2019 EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships but claimed bronze medal in Sofia. The 20-year-old Czech featherweight (57kg) tried to use her longer reach against Russia’s Valeria Devyataykina but she was not enough effective. The Russian boxer has just moved up to this weight class but adopted the rhythm and reduced the fighting distance successfully. Devyataykina proved better performance than in the preliminary stage and secured the first medal of the weight category.
France’s Romane Moulai competed already at the 2018 EUBC European U22 Boxing Championships and returned to the national team. She opened her campaign with a great performance in the preliminary round but she had a few difficulties in the first round against Poland’s Wiktoria Rogalinska. French flyweight (51kg) boxer increased her tempo in the beginning of the second round and regained the control of the contest in time. Moulai was better also in the third round and she reached the semi-final of the championships.
Germany’s Maxi Kloetzer seized her quarter-final contest against Estonia’s Diana Gorisnaja and she is a guaranteed medallist in Roseto degli Abruzzi. The 21-year-old German talent was smaller but she used her aggressive tactic to land punched with perfect timing. The next flyweight (51kg) boxer who earned a guaranteed medal was Finland’s Pihla Kaivo-Oja following she opened her quarter-final well against Wales’ Helen Jones. The Welsh girl returned with better performance in the second but the 19-year-old Finnish was able to beat Jones in the championship.
Georgia’s lone female boxer in the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships is Ana Khunjua who joined to the national team three years ago and she used the recent period to strengthen her physical condition. The 22-year-old Georgian met with an experienced Ukrainian, Anastasia Lisinska in the quarter-finals of the bantamweight (54kg). Khunjua was smaller than her Ukrainian rival but her footwork equalized this disadvantage in their tough contest. Khunjua felt the rhythm also in the third round and after the last Vladikavkaz edition, she is medallist in the U22 championships once again.
Spain’s Marta Lopez Del Arbol attended at the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and after her first elite experiences at the flyweight (51kg), she moved down to the light flyweight (48kg). The 21-year-old Spaniard was quicker than Armenia’s Gayane Ter-Barseghyan and took the lead on the scorecards after three minutes. Lopez worked better in the second which was her best period and destroyed the defence of the seeded Armenian boxer. The final verdict was split decision in the favour of Lopez Del Arbol who claimed a guaranteed medal for Spain.