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Shock Quarter Final  Defeat for Olympic  Champion Nicola Adams In Bucharest
By Michael O’Neill
June 5, 2014


(JUNE 5) England’s Olympic Gold Medallist Nicola Adams went ‘crashing out’ of the 2014 Women’s Elite European Championships at the Polyvalent Hall in Bucharest Wednesday, suffering a shock 3:0 defeat to Bulgaria’s Stoyka Petrova in their quarter-final meeting. The judges scored it, all in favour of Petrova, 40:36 39:37 39:37.

Adams, who has been hoping to take the title for a second successive time, started slowly and never reached the heights of her London 2012 success as she lost for the first time in two years. Speaking to the media later the Leeds woman had this to say:

“Although I was not at my best today, I felt I had done enough to go through however sometimes the judges just do not see it your way.

“The most important thing is to come back stronger than ever and my priority now is to make sure I am in the best possible condition for the Commonwealth Games and the World Championships later in the year.”

In Friday’s semi-finals Petrova will meet Hungary’s Katalin Ancsin whilst Russia’s impressive Saiana Sagataeva meets French woman, Wassila Lkhadiri. On Bucharest form to date, one would anticipate a final between the Russian and Bulgarian but a few hours ago few would have expected Adams to miss out on even Bronze after those heady days of Summer 2012?

The lightweight division proceeded as expected with Olympic Gold medallist Katie Taylor gaining a TKO4 decision over the young Romanian challenger Ioana Mera. The Romanian was disappointed not to have lasted the distance but Taylor was at her best today. Coach and Dad Peter together with Zuar Antia had obviously done their homework as she was in complete control from the opening bell.

She later told ‘The Irish Times’ that ‘The tactics have always been spot on and goes for all the (Irish) girls this week,” said Taylor modestly. “She was a very young boxer and I think she is very, very inexperienced. I think she showed a lot of heart in there as well.”

It was good to see after the final bell tolled that coaches Taylor and Antia spent some moments ‘hugging’ the young Romanian as indeed did Katie whose words of encouragement ringside will have helped Mera overcome her initial disappointment that she had not lasted all four rounds. Mera will be wiser and more experienced when next the pair meet.

Later on Facebook Ioana thanked all of her army of supporters for their ‘commiserations’ and said of Taylor : “It was a hard match, she truly is a golden girl !!”

Next up for the Irish champion who today gained her 21st consecutive European Championships win is her old adversary Denitsa Eliseeva from Bulgaria.

Russia’s AIBA World no.4 Sofya Ochigava also won – against Germany’s Tasheena Bugar as convincingly as the 40:36 40:36 39:37 judges scorecards indicate. Few would bet against a repeat of the 2012 World Championships and Olympic Finals again on Friday. Ochigava meets Estelle Mossely of France in Thursday’s second semi-final.

Another Russian who went through today (at 54kg) was AIBA World No 5, Elena Saveleva who met fierce resistance from Ireland’s Michaela Walsh, 21 years old tomorrow, but Saveleva won through 2:0 with the French judge calling it 38:38. Walsh told ‘The Irish Times’ later: “I knew it was going to be a tough fight. She was a European champion and she was at the Olympics,” said the Belfast challenger.

“I got so close just to get beaten before the medal stages was a pity. I wished my opponent the best of luck. Hopefully she can go on and get the gold. I’ll be back and I’ll be stronger.”

Also out is Ireland’s 57kg representative Joanne Lambe from Carrickmacross who fought a gallant fight against world no.4 Svetlana Staneva Kamenova (Bulgaria).

No complaints either from Lambe about the unanimous decision for her opponent – she simply said : “Tough fight, a very technical fight today. A lot more patience was involved. I went out in the last two rounds and I had to give it everything. I did my best.”

England’s Natasha Jonas gained a convincing win at 64kg against Italy’s Valentina Alberti and later told the assembled media : “I feel like I am starting to get my best form back now after a mixed start to the year.” said Liverpool’s Jonas.

“It is great to have secured another major medal, however the competition is still on-going so I am just focusing on my next bout and ensuring I go as far as possible in this tournament.” That bout will be against the host nation’s Simona Sitar with the winner facing either Russia’s Anastasia Beliakova or Poland’s Siwa Kinga in Friday’s final.

Championships results to date are here courtesy of that excellent Polish boxing website Strefa :


For Friday’s Semi-Finals line-up see here: http://www.eubcboxing.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/C58D0606.CP_.pdf


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