Great results for the England and Ireland teams at the European Junior championships in Russia
IN the first European Junior championships combining male and female categories, the England team enjoyed tremendous success, finishing second on the medal table after Russia. The England Juniors secured four gold, three silver and five bronze medals.
Courtney Scott was voted the best female boxer, after four bouts in the tournament in Anapa, Russia. On October 16 in the 52kgs final she beat the host nation’s Diana Ermakova, putting in good work in the first and third rounds to take a unanimous decision win in Russia.
Lightweight Adam Azim also came through to win gold. A warning in the last round didn’t upset him. With efficient shot selection he still managed to win a unanimous decision over Georgia’s Giorgi Gegetchkori.
Alex Brown beat Gamze Soguksu in the 46kgs final, unanimously outscoring the Turk. An impressive first round put her in the ascendancy and landing quality combinations maintained her lead.
At 80kgs England’s Emily Asquith displayed her power in the final, handing Poland’s Martyna Jancelewicz a standing count, controlling the pace and winning a unanimous points verdict.
Ireland came third in the medal table in Russia. Their Ellie Maigartland and Lauren Dempsey both won gold medals, beating Romania’s Maria Gheorghe and Russia’s Azalia Amineva respectively in the 54kgs and 57kgs finals on a unanimous and split decision. “It means everything to me, it’s a dream come true. I have been training so hard the past year for this moment,” Gartland said.
“To be honest today was the best day of my life. I worked so hard to get where I am today and I can’t believe it. I have never believed in myself until today,” said Dempsey. “I’m so grateful for it and I just can’t believe it, all the hard work that my trainers put into me mentally and physically, I just can’t believe it.
“I had three very hard competitions and today was the hardest as she was home girl, but I just dug deep. I really wanted it, so I went for it.” RESULTS
Male: 46: Jack Dryden (England) outpd Victor Serbov (Moldova) unan, Mike Donoghue (Ireland) outpd Erik Ervandyan (Armenia) unan, Ioannis Evmorfiadis (Greece) outpd James Sweeney (Scotland) split, Donoghue outpd Dryden split, Mikhail Grigoryan (Russia) outpd Donoghue unan. 48: Joe Mcgrail (England) outpd Simonas Liesinas (Lithuania) unan, Ekrem Hanusa (Serbia) outpd Brandon Scott (Wales) unan, Mihail Taranu (Moldova) outpd Colin Cairney (Scotland) unan, Michael Maughan (Ireland) outpd Mark Rozsavolgyi (Hungary) unan, Mcgrail outpd Eusebiu Tirzoman (Romania) split, Taranu outpd Maughan split, Mcgrail outpd Enrico Kliesch (Germany) unan, Ali Zamanov (Azerbaijan) outpd Mcgrail split. 50: Charlie Hickford (England) outpd Alexandr Karevskiy (Belarus) unan, Sean O’brien (Ireland) stpd Martin Balogh (Hungary) 2nd, Hickford outpd Daniel Stefanov (Bulgaria) split, Michele Baldassi (Italy) outpd O’brien split, Baldassi outpd Hickford unan. 52: Billy Adams (England) outpd Giorgi Sajaia (Georgia) split, Jon Mcconnell (Ireland) outpd Matvejs Prokudinis (Latvia) split, David Quinn (Scotland) outpd Eles Asanov (Macedonia) unan, Adams outpd Davit Egoryan (Armenia) unan, Jon Mcconnell (Ireland) outpd Evgeniy Zhorov (Russia) split, Quinn outpd Muhammet
Sacli (Turkey) split, Mcconnell outpd Adams unan, Yasen Radev (Bulgaria) outpd Quinn unan, Semiz Alicic (Serbia) outpd Mcconnell split. 54: Ellis Price (England) outpd Vitalie Prisacaru (Moldova) unan, Zsolt Zuro (Hungary) outpd Patrick Sweeney (Ireland) unan, Gerard Mctaggart (Scotland) stpd Antonio Stojanovic (Croatia) 3rd, Price outpd Stefan Camovic (Serbia) unan, Adrian Florin Preda (Romania) outpd Mctaggart split, Price outpd Alexander Fredriksson (Sweden) unan, Khunkerkhan Tyulemeshev (Russia) outpd Price split. 57: Junaid Boston (England) outpd Bendeguz Szigetvari (Hungary) unan, Scott Jones (Wales) stpd Oliwier Zamojski (Poland) 2nd, Barry O’connor (Ireland) outpd Antun Lovakovic (Croatia) unan, Maksim Shumov (Russia) outpd Boston split, O’connor outpd outpd Jones O’connor split, unan. Maksim 60: Giorgi Shumov Gegechkori (Russia) (Georgia) split, Kyle outpd Kerr (Scotland) Stephen Cairns outpd (Ireland) George Marin (Romania) unan, Adam Azim (England) stpd Paddy Murphy (Wales) 2nd, Azim stpd Kerr 3rd, Azim outpd Ferenc Samu (Hungary) unan, Azim outpd Gegechkori unan. 63: Dmitriy Zakharov (Russia) outpd Taylor Guiney (Ireland) split, Elmir Novruzov (Azerbaijan) outpd Jay Delaney (Scotland) unan, George Bance (England) outpd Alexandru Viorel Badea (Romania) split, Lado Lomaya (Georgia) outpd Jayden Torrance (Wales) unan, Bance outpd Novruzov unan, Bance outpd Giacomo Micheli (Italy) unan, Bance outpd Dmitriy Zakharov (Russia) unan, Emirdzhan Mehmed (Bulgaria) outpd Bance split. 66: Igor Kuznetsov (Russia) outpd Patrick 70: Mullane Eoghan Lavin (Wales) (Ireland) split. stpd Renato Kozak (Hungary) 3rd, Aleksandr Trofimciuk (Lithuania) outpd Lavin split. 75: Jason Myers (Ireland) outpd Angelo Sparaco (Italy) unan, Tommy Dixon (England) stpd Hrant Torosyan (Armenia) 1st, Giorgi Gutsaev (Georgia) outpd Myers unan, Ramazan Dadayev (Russia) outpd Dixon unan. 80: Patrick Myers (Ireland) stpd Matus Kusniarik (Czech Republic) 1st, Myers outpd Borna Loncaric (Croatia) unan, Murad Allakhverdiyev (Azerbaijan) outpd Myers unan. 80&: Timur Avdoyan (Russia) outpd William Howe (England) split. Female: 46: Alex Brown (England) outpd Anastasia Kiriyenko (Russia) split, Brown outpd Erika Prisciandaro (Italy) unan, Brown outpd Gamze Soguksu (Turkey) unan. 48: Valeria Linkova (Russia) outpd Chloe Gabrielle (Ireland) split, Megan Bainbridge (England) stpd Irina Vinogradova (Belarus) 2nd, Bainbridge outpd Gayane Ter-barseghyan (Armenia) unan, Valeria Linkova (Russia) outpd Bainbridge unan. 50: Lucia Elen Ayari (Italy) outpd Rachael Lawless (Ireland) split, Viktoriia Silke (Latvia) outpd Holly Heffron (England) unan. 52: Courtney Scott (England) outpd Antonia Giannakopoulou (Greece) unan, Niamh Fay (Ireland) outpd Nikolina Boke (Latvia) split, Scott outpd Fay split, Scott outpd Karolina Ampulska (Poland) unan, Scott outpd Diana Ermakova (Russia) unan. 54: Sameenah Toussaint (England) outpd Maria Vancometti (Italy) unan, Ellie Mai Gartland (Ireland) outpd Eva Porumova (Bulgaria) unan, Gartland outpd Toussaint unan, Gartland outpd Alexandra Gheorghe (Romania) unan. 57: Sacha Hickey (England) outpd Zeynab Rakhimova (Azerbaijan) unan, Lauren Dempsey (Ireland) outpd Josefien Betist (Netherlands) unan, Hickey outpd Viktoria Sawatzki (Germany) unan, Dempsey outpd Michaela Turacova (Slovakia) unan, Azalia Aminyova (Russia) outpd Hickey unan, Dempsey outpd Aminyova split. 60: Danielle Marshall (England) outpd Daniela Golino (Italy) unan, Sinainn Glynn (Ireland) outpd Alna Kantemirova (Russia) split, Glynn outpd Marshall unan, Ilona Sarembo (Germany) outpd Glynn unan. 63: Leanne Murphy (Ireland) outpd Loredana Marin (Romania) split, Rumeysa Atas (Turkey) outpd Ciara Hodnett (England) unan, Murphy outpd Fruzsina Botos (Hungary) unan, Maria Bersteneva (Russia) outpd Murphy unan. 66: Leah Gallen (Ireland) outpd Finja Bree (Germany) unan, Miriam Tommasone (Italy) outpd Gallen split. 70: Lisa O’rourke (Ireland) outpd Annamarie Schierle (Germany) split, Zofia Stachowiak (Poland) outpd O’rourke split. 75: Kaitlyn Doyle (Ireland) outpd Roberta Andrei (Romania) unan, Margarita Zuyeva (Russia) stpd Doyle 1st. 80: Emily Asquith (England) outpd Sena Kosaoglis (Turkey) unan, Petronela Schinte (Romania) outpd Bethany Doocey (Ireland) split, Asquith stpd Petronel Schinte (Romania) 1st, Asquith outpd Martyna Jancelewicz (Poland) unan. 80&: Oliwia Toborek (Poland) outpd Kori Goad (Ireland) split.
‘I HAVE BEEN TRAINING SO HARD FOR THIS MOMENT’
TOP OF THE PODIUM: Azim wins lightweight gold in Russia
SIMPLY THE BEST: Scott wins the award for Best Female Boxer