Day two of the 2012 European Youth and Junior Championships in Wladyslawowo, Poland saw Dealgan BC’s Amy Broadhurst gain a magnificent 17: 7 win over Germany’s World Junior no. 3 and former European Bronze medallist, Elisabeth Wohlgemuth who boxes out of the BC Tractor Schmwerin Club.
Broadhurst’s victory here guarantees Ireland at least another bronze to add to the two already secured by Connemara’s Niamh Folan and Sally Carrig from Ennis BC.
Other Irish boxers in action Monday night were less fortunate as Irish Junior champion (48kg) Kristina O’Hara from the Emerald BC went under to the highly rated Ukrainian light flyweight Hanna Okhotu on an 11:8 score line.
Swinford’s Aoife Hennigan was even more unlucky. Hennigan was just one point down going into the fourth and final round in her bout against Anastasia Sokolovska , when she suffered a knee injury and was retired by the Irish corner.
IABA Director of Boxing, Dominic O’Rourke had this to say of the Irish boxers: “Amy performed exceptionally well and she can be very pleased with her performance against a strong opponent”.
“Kristina was level after the first two rounds with the Ukrainian girl and she boxed very well. Aoife was just a point down going into the fourth when she twisted her knee. She was very unlucky.”
In all some 94 Youth and 96 Junior boxers are competing in Wladyslawowo. More quarter finals take place Wednesday with up to five of the Irish squad seeing action among them Christine Gargan of the St. George’s Club in Belfast.
So far we have brought you news of the Irish team but since this is a tournament that will most likely see many of those same boxers in action in the months leading up to Rio 2016, let us take a look here at some of the main challengers for places in their countries Rio squads.
This report courtesy of aiba.org
“There is no stopping women’s boxing after the success of the London 2012 Olympic Games and the fourth edition of the EUBC’s European Women’s Youth and Junior Championships will give the world another glimpse of the abundance of talent coming through the ranks yesterday in Wladyslawowo, Poland.
The European Boxing Confederation launched this event for the youth and junior women back in 2008 and it has been a roaring success ever since. It allows fledgling talent to test itself on the big stage. The previous editions in Yambol, Bulgaria in Sangatte, France and in Orenburg, Russia, showcased exactly why women’s boxing is taking the world by storm.
In Wladyslawowo, a record number of nations are competing with Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland. Italy, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, Ukraine, Turkey and Wales all having sent athletes. 94 youth and 96 junior boxers are taking part in this tough continental event.
The host nation’s youth team is the one a lot of people will be keeping their eye on. AIBA Junior World Championships bronze medallist Kamila Zawol, Laura Grzyb, AIBA Junior World Champion Hanna Solecka and European Junior Champion Patrycja Woronowicz have got enough experiences to win their weight classes on home soil.
Russia’s AIBA Youth Women’s World Championships silver medallist Svetlana Dmitriyeva, Lyudmilla Shakhova, Oksana Paltseva, Irina Tsarkova and AIBA Junior World Champion Saida Gamidova are the golden hopes at youth level while the next generation of Russian junior boxers are amongst the favourites for medals.
Sweden’s top youth boxer, 18-year-old Patricia Berghult, is a titleholder and has an unbeaten record to protect at this level. Her compatriot, 17-year-old AIBA Junior World Champion Ida Lundblad linked up with the youth squad and is one to look out for. Their best junior boxer is defending 16-year-old AIBA Junior World Champion Agnes Alexiusson and also has got gold medal expectations in Wladyslawowo.
Ukraine sent a full 10-member youth team with top athletes, 17-year-old European Junior Champion Viktoriya Virt and Marina Malovanova both seeking glory. Their best junior hope is European Junior Champion Irina Vinnik, who is fighting at the over 80kg weight division.
Three of Hungary’s most talented boxers, all bronze medallists last year, will be competing once again. Lili Vary, Kornelia Kitti Nagy and Nikolett Csosz are all great hopes while Petra Szatmari, who competed at the AIBA Women’s World Championships Qinhuangdao 2012, also has her eyes on reaching the top of the podium.
One of the best European hopes is Netherlands’ super talented 16-year-old AIBA Women’s Junior World Championships bronze medallist Alicia Holsken, who is still unbeaten this year. England’s best chance lies with European Junior Champion Sarah Rostron and Wales sees European Championships bronze medallist Lauren Price as their best bet for honours.
These will be the women looking to make an impact during the next four years and follow in the footsteps of Nicola Adams, Katie Taylor and Claressa Shields, by claiming the gold medal on the biggest stage of all. Who will be the ones to make their mark”?
You can follow the fortunes of the Irish boxers here on SportsNewsIreland throughout the week.