(JUNE 8) The 2014, ninth edition
of the EUBC Women’s Elite Championships came to a close at the
Polyvalent Arena in Bucharest Saturday with no major surprises
on finals day.
Earlier this week we had seen Olympic Gold medallist, Nicola
Adams exit the tournament and in Friday’s semi-finals (60kg)
Russia’s Sofya Ochigava was surprisingly ousted by young French
champion Estelle Mossely.
Could the French woman from
Champigny cause an even bigger upset against reigning Olympic
and World champion, Katie Taylor one wondered? The question was
quickly answered as ‘Irish Times’ boxing correspondent Johnny
Watterson reported from ringside in the Romanian capital.
“Mossely, a surprise semi-final winner over Russia’s Sofya
Ochigava, was a rangy counter puncher, who had her stall set out
from the beginning. But as others have discovered, Taylor’s
speed and power were too much. Her left jab was the first
scoring shot in the opening round, consistently beating her
French opponent to the punch. Mossely had a longer reach and a
slight height advantage but Taylor’s movement and tempo were
unmatched, a big right hand landing just on the bell.
The fight never changed, the gold medal was always going back to
Ireland, with Taylor switching from jab to combinations, the
back hand always dangerously arching in. Mossely is a talented
fighter and while there was a marked difference in ability, she
did catch the Irish champion a few times, a point her father and
coach Pete said would be corrected before the World
Championships in the autumn.
“I was thinking about it all week that I wanted to make
history,” said Katie. “Zaur (Antia) and my dad are the best
coaches in the world. I’m just absolutely delighted and I want
to thank everyone for all their prayers and support throughout
this week. A six time European Champion . . . god’s hand was on
me all week.
“Yeah it’s a lot to take in,” she added in an emotional post
fight press conference. “The best thing about is I believe my
best is yet to come. I’ve got the World Championships this year
as well and the Olympics hopefully in a couple of years.
Hopefully I’ll get the chance to defend all those titles.”
Stacey Copeland Wins Silver
Natasha Jonas and Stacey Copeland
have won silver medals for England. Liverpool’s Jonas took
silver in the light-welterweight category after losing out in
the final to Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.
GB Boxing reports that Copeland secured her silver after losing
out to Elena Vystropova of Azerbaijan in the welterweight final.
It capped an incredible week for the 32-year-old from Bredbury
Stockport Boxing Club who only took up the sport four years and
was competing in her first major international tournament.
“I can’t quite believe what I have achieved this week,” said
Copeland. “I was just looking forward to the experience of going
to my first major tournament with England, so to make the final
and come away with a silver medal is incredible.
Commenting on her silver medal, which is her third major medal
after bronzes at the 2011 European Championship and 2012 Worlds,
Natasha Jonas said: “It is a shame that I couldn’t quite win the
gold today, but overall I am pleased with my performances this
week and very happy to have won a silver medal.
Lee Pullen, Senior Podium Coach from the GB Boxing programme,
said: “To come away from a major tournament like the European
Championships with two silver medals is a good performance by
the team. It was good to see Natasha starting to get back to her
best and, for Stacey, it has been unbelievable start to her
international career winning a silver medal in her first
“It is reassuring to see that we are starting to build more
strength in depth in women’s boxing and the performance and
results here will stand us in good stead for the major
tournaments we have coming up later in the year.”
The 48kg title went to the host nation’s Steluta Duta who was a
comprehensive winner (3:0) over Bulgaria’s Sevda Asenova.
Bulgaria though had its own Gold medal in the 51kg Olympic class
albeit in unfortunate circumstances as Stoyka Petrova’s success
came as a result of a walk-over when Russia’s emerging
star,Saina Sagataeva was unable to compete due to an injury
sustained in the semi-finals. Petrova though had earned her Gold
by virtue of that earlier defeat of Olympic Gold medallist
There was also a richly deserved
win for Italy’s veteran Marzia Davide who overcame Poland’s
Ewelina Wicherska (Peralska) also 3:0. No one deserves such a
reward as Davide one of the stalwarts of Italian, indeed
European women’s boxing for over a decade. She also took the
‘Boxer of the Tournament’ award.
At 57kg, the Gold went to Russia’s Zinaida Dobrynina a clear
winner against Bulgaria’s Svetlana Staneva, one of two Russian
golds in Bucharest, the other being 21 years old Beliakova at
Holland’s Mireille Nouchka Fontijn was in a rich vein of form in
this tournament and annexed the 75kg title at the expense of
German neighbour, Sarah Scheurich (3:0)
A lively bout at 81kg saw Ukraine’s Lilya Durnyeva take home the
Gold,being too strong here for another Romanian benefiting from
huge host nation support, Marinela
Radu whilst at 81kg+ another ‘veteran’ of the European rings
over many years, Hungary’s Maria Kovacs deservedly took the
title (2:0) over Italy’s Flavia Severin.
“The last competition day of the EUBC European Women's
Continental Championships was a fantastic showcase for women’s
boxing, and every competitor that has taken part in this
prestigious competition can be proud of their excellent
performances”. Said AIBA.org
"This is another proud moment for our sport. Katie is a
tremendous athlete and a consistent source of pride. Katie
Taylor and Clare Grace and the Irish squad in Romania did
Ireland proud," said Tommy Murphy, President of the Irish
Amateur Boxing Association.
"I'm delighted with the win. It was a tough week, four fights
this week to win the gold, but it's all worked out for me," said
Katie Taylor after a 16th Gold medal in major international
championships. "It's fantastic to win my sixth European title,
that was always my target. I would like to thank everyone for
their support and well wishes throughout the week."
"Romania should be very proud of themselves, the championships
were excellently run, the transport and hotel were also great.
Although I did not win the gold medal in Bucharest I have had a
brilliant time and great experience which I will learn from. I
have had some great performances which I will carry forward onto
my next bouts and obviously improve on my weaknesses," stated
England's London 2012 Olympian Natasha Jonas who claimed a
silver medal in Bucharest.
And so the 2014 European Championships come to an end. No doubt
who was the star of the show once again. When Katie Taylor
arrives at Dublin Airport on Sunday afternoon on Ryanair Flight
FR7347 at 15.05 she and the rest of the Irish team she can be
assured of a warm welcome in true Irish style.
A final message from Bucharest before setting out for home from
“Thanks everyone for all your support and prayers. 6 X European
Champion!! To God be the glory....always!!!”
Links : ALL the week’s results courtesy Strefa that fine Polish
European Finals – all the medal winners from Bucharest :
Video 60kg Final : Taylor v Mossely here: :
Top 8 in Bucharest per weight. :http://www.iaba.ie/images/C96A.CP_.pdf