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Adams, Jonas and Drabik shine on opening day of Women's 7th European Union Championships in Keszthely, Hungary
Story by Michael O'Neill
Photo by George Gillard
Of Daily Mail
July 2, 2013
     
   
   

(JULY 2) The 7th edition of the Women’s European Union Championships opened Monday at the Hotel Helikon Sport and Conference Centre in Keszthely on the shores of beautiful Lake Balaton in Hungary.

For the first time these Championships also incorporate the Youth and Junior Championships so for those present this week an opportunity to see in action the stars of today and some of Europe’s future Rio 2016 Olympic hopes.

Among the top boxers competing in Keszthely are Olympic Gold medallists, England’s Nicola Adams and Ireland’s Katie Taylor, the latter in search of a record 15th successive Gold medal in major International championships.

First ,here with thanks to the European Boxing Confederation (EUBC) ,some historical on these Championships, in which some 218 athletes from 23 countries have entered the Senior, Youth and Junior events.

The 2006 Championships were first held in the Area Teleferica in Porto Torres, Sardinia, Italy from June 6 to June 11 2006,when some 78 fighters representing 17 federations competed in 13 weight divisions. Turkey was the most successful country with 2 gold, 4 silver and four bronze medals.

The second edition took place in the Palais St Sauveurs in Lille, France from December 4 to December 8 2007. 76 boxers, from 15 National Teams, competed in 13 weight divisions. France, the host country, were top team thanks to 3 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze medals.

The Greenbank Sports Academy in Liverpool staged the third edition, from August 4 to August 8 2008. 80 Boxers, on behalf of 17 Nations, fought in 13 weight Categories. Turkey returned to top spot on the medals table with 4 gold and 4 bronze medals. Host country England won its first gold medals in these competitions, thanks to Lucy Abel and Lesley Sackey . So too did Ireland courtesy of 60 kg World Champion Katie Taylor. In Hungary Taylor is seeking a fifth EU title in a row.

The 2009 event was in the city of Pazardzhik, Bulgaria, The competition lasted 5 days, from June 24 to June 28. Some 62 athletes, representing 12 National federations, competed in 11 weight categories. England came out on top , gaining 3 gold and 2 bronze medals through Sharon Holford, Natasha Jonas (at 64kg) and Savannah Marshall. The 60kg title went to Katie Taylor.

The Hotel Helikon in Keszthely, where this year’s competition is being staged, was the venue of the 5th edition of the tournament, Hungary from August 4 to August 7 2010. 107 e entrants from 21 federations challenged for the medal in 11 Weight categories. The Turkish line-up was top team in the medal standings, achieving 7 medals (3 gold, 1 Silver, 3 Bronze) and yes the lightweight crown came Taylor’s way.

The last European Union Amateur Boxing Championships were held in the Spodek Stadium in Katowice (Poland) from June 6 to June 11 2011. There some 84 fighters, coming from 20 National Teams, competed in 10 weight divisions. Host country Poland finished the edition as overall medal table leader, thanks to 4 gold and 6 silver Turkey, which their boxers got 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze, was the runner-up squad. Ireland’s Katie Taylor won her fourth straight gold in the 60 kg division.

The European Union Championships are open to any European Union country (old or new – Croatia joined only today (1 July) but also open to those countries who have signified a serious desire to join the E.U in future.

Invitations went out from the EUBC to : All EUBC National Federations – European Union’s Members, candidates and potential candidates:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark,

Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia,

Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia,

Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales) +

Iceland, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Albania, Bosnia and

Herzegovina, Kosovo.

England and Wales have both sent teams and naturally the strong English squad includes GB Olympic stars Nicola Adams, Natasha Jonas and Savannah Marshall as well as Talia Anthony and Lisa Whiteside whilst Charlene Jones (at 60 kg) and Lynsey Holdaway will be the Welsh representatives with world no 2 ,Lynsey in particular hoping to be ‘on top of the podium’ come finals day on 7th July.

Ireland has the 2nd largest team in the tournament, 26 boxers with only Hosts Hungary having more with 33.

In today’s preliminary round, there were wins for England’s Jonas and Adams as well as for Poland’s world no.3 Sandra Drabik. The latter defeated the young up and coming Irish star, Ceire Smith from Cavan winning 2: 1 on a majority decision.

Drabik got the verdict after a great fight though Irish coach Pete Taylor felt that Smith was somewhat unlucky.

“I thought Ceire was brilliant against the World number three and I thought she did enough to win it, said Pete Taylor, who was working Smith’s corner today.

“It was a very close fight, but unfortunately for us the Polish girl got it on a split decision.”

Nicola Adams and Natasha Jonas both had convincing wins for England. The 30 years old Adams from Leeds overcame the challenge of Italy’s Terry Gordini who took a standing count in the final round. Adams had undergone hand surgery at the end of 2012.

She told BBC Sport: “Adams told BBC Sport: "It's quite tough, everybody wants to beat the number one, everybody wants to beat Nicola Adams. Every time I get in there now I've got to live up to the hype.

"I was a bit ring-rusty, I haven't boxed since the games last year so she put me through my paces and I'm glad it went all four rounds."

Friend and teammate Jonas defeated Ester Konecna of the Czech Republic.

The 29-year-old Liverpool lightweight dominated her opponent and was well on top from the opening bell, forcing her opponent to take three standing counts.

She anticipates meeting Katie Taylor again in Hungary, after losing that epic Olympic quarter-final bout which was deemed to be the best fight of the 2012 Olympics, male or female, by many experts.

"At the Olympics I did what I could at the time and you move on from that, learn from it and hopefully we'll see the improvements," she told the BBC.

"You've got to beat the best to be the best. I always plan to get to the final and Taylor does the same. We're always going to meet somewhere along the line."

Today’s Results:


RING A


51 Kg
Marta Branas Rumbo (ESP) vs Sallaamaari Hannonen (FIN) 0-3
51 Kg Katalin Ancsin (HUN) vs Lenka Kardova (Cech) 3-0
51 Kg Terry Gordini (ITA) vs Nicola Adams (ENG) 0-3
51 Kg Monika Bozicko (SLO) vs Abbygail Deekman (NDL)0-3
51 Kg Sandra Drabik (POL) vs Ceire Smith (IRL) 2-1
51 Kg Lydia Boussadia (FRA) vs Hikmet Arisoy (TUR) 3-0
60 Kg Jennifer Miranda Maqueda (ESP) vs Vaida Valskyte (LIT) 2-1

RING B


48 Kg Lynsey Holdaway (WAL) vs Sevda Asenova (BUL) 3-0
48 Kg Lynne McEnery (IRL) vs Meltem Akar (TUR) 0-3
48 Kg Talia Anthony (ENG) vs Anita Bode (HUN) 1-2
48 Kg Sarah Bormann (GER) vs Valeria Calabrese (ITA) 0-3
60 Kg Romina Marenda (ITA) vs Estelle Mossely (FRA) 1-2
60 Kg Ester Konecna (Cech) vs Natasha Jonas (ENG) 0-3
60 Kg Tasheena Bugar (GER) vs Karolina Graczyk (POL) 0-3

All the results here from all previous editions of the championships, courtesy the excellent Strefa.pl : Link

This year’s entrants at the EUBC Championships are here courtesy EUBC : Link 
 

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