(JUNE 1) The 9th Edition of
the Women's European Elite Championships got underway Saturday
at the Polyvalenta Sports Hall in downtown Bucharest, Romania
and few surprises
from the first two days of the 2014 Championships which also
serve as the only qualifier for the 2015 inaugural European
Games in Baku, Azerbaijan where for the first time there will be
weights for women.
When the draw was held Saturday
morning, it was confirmed that some 163 boxers, representing 31
European countries, are competing for the medals. Most interest
centred on the 60kg lightweight division where two of those
hoping to challenge Ireland's Katie Taylor for her title were
drawn against each other in the preliminaries with French
titleholder Estelle Mossely having a clear cut win over
England's Chantelle Cameron 3:0. The individual judges
scorecards showed the Frenchwoman's margin of victory as 40-36
39-37 39-37. A big disappointment for Chantelle and the English
Also Saturday, Russia's London 2012 Silver medallist, Sofya
Ochigava had a very easy win over the 18 years old Dutch
representative Maria Jassen also on a 3:0 judges scorecard and
even more convincingly by 40:34 40:31 40:35 at 60kg
In other key bouts on day one, at
51kg, Olympic Gold medallist Nicola Adams defeated the
internationally inexperienced Moldovan, Iulia Coroli 3:0.
And so to Sunday in the Romanian
capital and appearances from both Ochigava and Ireland's Katie
Taylor in the Lightweight division. Ochigava again had a clear
cut win over the tough Finnish champion Mira Potkonen 3;0 whilst
France's Mossely overcame challenger Jelena Jelic from Serbia.
Taylor meantime had had a bye on Saturday and today came up
against the Swiss champion Sandra Brugger whom she had defeated
in the 2007 final in Denmark. The Irish woman was in fine form
winning as convincingly as the 3:0 score suggests 40-36 40:34
40:36 with the Swiss woman doing well to recover fro m a
standing count in the first round.
Speaking with the ' Irish Times' later, the champion said she
was relieved to have got the win under her belt adding:
"“Yeah, it is actually great to get the first one down it’s
always tough . “It’s the same for all the big competitions, to
get those four rounds down so I’m delighted with the win.
“It’s just great to get it over with. There is no replacement
for competition and there’s always a bit of nerves but I’m
pleased to have come out with the win and I’m pleased with my
Next up for the Bray woman is the host nation'a Lavinia-Ioana
Mera on Wednesday. There was a second Irish win on Sunday when
Michaela Walsh from the Holy Family Golden Gloves Club in
Belfast overcame the champion of Belarus, Helina Bruyevight
again 3:0 (40:36 39:37 39:37) to force a second round clash with
the more experienced Ivanna Krupenia from Ukraine.
In the 69kg championship ,Azerbaijan's Elena Vystropova,one of
the favourites for the tournament, reached the next round at the
expense of Hungarian Eszter Olah. No surprise there either.
Tomorrow there are 28 bouts scheduled over two sessions
including England's Natasha Jonas against Anais Kistler of
Switzerland whilst Ireland's Clare Grace meets Turkish
titleholder Gulazar Kara.
In the 69kg category the bout of the day should be that between
Nouckka Fontijn of the Netherlands and Russia's Yaroslava
Yakushina . Another Russian Anastasia Belyakova takes on
Germany's Cindy Rogge at 64kg.
To sum up Sunday in Bucharest, it seems highly likely that come
Saturday's finals day we will again be seeing a repeat of the
2012 World and Olympic Finals between Russia's Sofya Ochigava
and Ireland's Katie Taylor in their continuing battle for
supremacy in the 60kg Lightweight division. A mouth watering
'cat and mouse' battle in prospect IF it comes to pass.
For the record the five weights in Baku 2015 will be those at :
Light Fly :48-51kg
Light Welter: 69-75kg
You can find the full 2015 European Games - Boxing -
Qualification System here:
And finally herewith a link to the Romanian Boxing Federation's
coverage of the weekend's events in the European Championships
in Bucharest but beware - these links are best viewed on a fast
broadband service and if you have a 'no limit' download