Thirteen more winners have been crowned today after the exciting finals at the IBA Youth World Boxing Championships in La Nucía, Spain.
Megan De Cler from the Netherlands started strongly her fight against India’s Ravina Ravina in the women’s 63kg category. However, thanks to strong support from her seconds in the corner, the Indian boxer was able to defend and attack in turn. After the bout review, Ravina was declared the winner with a 4-3 split decision.
‘My coaches and my confidence helped me today,’ Ravina said after the fight was over.
Javokhir Ummataliev from Uzbekistan met with Nurbek Mursal from Kazakhstan in 67kg, and he took the first two rounds confidently. In the third, he was able to continue his winning strategy. After the verdict, split decision 4-1, Ummataliev performed an impressive somersault and then took a flag of Uzbekistan.
Kazakhstan’s Bakyt Seidish was fighting against Carlotta Schuenemann from Germany in women’s 66kg. Both athletes were supported well by the tribunes, and Bakyt could take this bout after the judges scored the fight 4-0 in her favor.
In men’s 71kg, Hungarian Levente Gemes went in the ring to fight against Fazliddin Erkinboev. Gemes won two of his fights in Spain by KO, but today Erkinboev was stronger and didn’t give a chance to the Hungarian to take this gold.
Veronika Nakota from Ukraine and Aziza Zokirova from Uzbekistan fought for the title in the women’s 70kg weight category. Both were very active and exchanged good punches in the first round. The opinions of the judges were split, and after a bout review, the Ukrainian celebrated the victory.
‘I am full of emotions, today all worked well. I was waiting for the result of the fight with certain worries, but I didn’t think it was the bout review. I had three fights at this World Championships with very good rivals, I’ve never met all of them. It was a great experience. I hope this final fight was spectacular, too. Now I will move to elite boxing and will train hard to achieve my goals in this age group,’ Nakota said.
In a boxing fight between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in men’s 75kg, Daulet Tulemissov met with Turabek Khabibullaev. The third round was a decisive one. Tulemissov was given a warning, and the Uzbek celebrated the victory with a split decision of 4-0.
In a close fight, Ukrainian Mykyta Zasenok and Rakhmatullo Boymatov from Uzbekistan didn’t give up until the last gong. The winner was determined by bout review, and Zasenok celebrated the second success of the day for the Ukrainian team.
‘This victory was tough. I fought with boxers from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Brazil, all of them were very well-prepared and skilled. I hadn’t realized yet that I won, but I have a lot of emotions inside,’ Zasenok commented.
Norwegian finalist Sunniva Hofstad faced Colombian Angie Carolina Solano Vanegas. Hofstad had an unusual style, which helped her to overcome her rival without problems and get this gold in women’s 75kg with a large margin.
‘Incredible! It was such a great fight with a great opponent. I am so happy with my championships, these were the best fights I’ve ever fought. I was heading for the gold, but I wasn’t expecting to win so many rounds with 10:8 and 10:7. It’s such an amazing feeling. My style is the way that makes me happy, I have fun in the ring. It’s impossible to learn this style, it should come from within,’ Hofstad said after her victory.
In a fight between Italian Paolo Caruso and Cuban Ronny Alvarez Noa in men’s 86kg, the bout review took place to determine the winner. The split decision of 3:2 was in favor of Cuba.
In women’s 81kg Amber Moss Birch from England fought against Uzbekistan’s Oltinoy Sotimboyeva. The referee stopped the contest in the first round after two successful attacks from Birch.
‘I am over the moon,’ Birch claimed. ‘It wasn’t a plan to win so quick, I was going to box and outskill her, but it all was about a couple of clean punches.’
England’s Damar Thomas is a boxer with a very impressive reach, competing in men’s 92kg. He fought against Cuban Adrian Fresneda Ricardo and took a lead on all scorecards after the first round. However, the Cuban could change his tactics and won clearly the second round. In the third round, boxers tried their best, but the Cuban athlete was stronger today. He won by split decision 4:1.
In the fight between Irish Cliona Elizabeth D’Arcy and Indian Kirti in women’s 81+kg was one of the day highlights. The Indian was trying to go forward and put pressure on her rival, while D’Arcy was smarter and worked mostly on her feet and with counterattacks and used sidesteps. The powerful support of the tribunes made her keep using a smart strategy and win unanimously. She told that they prepared this in advance with coaches.
‘I can’t put these feelings into words! I watched my rival’s fights and saw that she came forward, so I should try to stay off and keep angles, that was my main strategy,’ D’Arcy said.
The most anticipated fight of the evening was between Enrico Itauma from England and Oleksandr Zelenskyi from Ukraine. The super heavyweight boxers (92+kg) showed a spectacular bout, and Itauma demonstrated a very strong performance with many powerful punches giving no chance to his opponent. He won by RSC in the third round.