Day 4 in Paris distributed the last 13 Olympic quotas to be assigned at the Boxing Road to Tokyo European Qualifier.
In total, the event held in the French capital awarded 61 Olympic slots, which went to 20 different countries. These are in addition to the 16 quotas already awarded during the first three days of competition at the London’s qualifier in 2020 (the competition was stopped after day 3), for a grand total of 77 qualification tickets.
Tomorrow, the finals of the thirteen weight categories will take place and there’s much more at stake than just the medals. Winning here means collecting ranking points, and thus having a better chance to be seeded at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
At the beginning of today’s first session, the Women’s Fly (48-51) event’s seed #1 Buse Naz Cakiroglu of Turkey defeated Bulgaria’s Stoyka Krasteva by unanimous decision to move on to the final, where she we will meet Great Britain’s Charley-Sian Davison who beat Italy’s Giordana Sorrentino. Svetlana Soluianova of Russia and Sandra Drabik of Poland won their respective box-offs, securing a ticket to Tokyo each.
Cakiroglu said: “I’ve sparred her [Davison] before, I’ve not boxed her, so that will be interesting. Similar styles as well, so I’m looking forward to it. I know what she does, I know what she’s good at, so it’s just keeping an eye on that and doing what I’m good at to beat her.”
Boxing powerhouse Turkey produced another victory today as Europe’s #1 Busenaz Surmeneli outscored Ukraine’s Anna Lysenko in the Women’s Welter (64-69kg) event, booking a spot in the final. There, she will face Nadine Apetz of Germany, who claimed a split-decision win against seed #3 Angela Carini of Italy. Russia’s Saadat Dalgatova secured the fifth available quota place in the category, winning the box-off final against Poland’s Karolina Koszewska.
In the Women’s Feather (54-57kg), Nikolina Cacic of Croatia and Karriss Artingstall of Great Britain pocketed two quotas, prevailing in their respective box-offs. In the race for the medals, Italy’s Irma Testa moved on to the final, claiming a unanimous decision on Maria Nechita of Romania. She’s now bound for a gold medal match against Ireland Micahela Walsh, a #2 seed in the tournament. The Italian athlete said: “I got to fight with the best boxers in the semi-final and in the final. This is something really important for the seeding procedures of the Games. If I don’t win here, I could end up facing the bests in the early stages of the competition in Tokyo. Every fight is hard, and it’s complicated in its own way.” She continued, “I feel tired, I feel pain, but in the end being in the ring is always a good feeling. I am happy I have reached the final. It’s so important to be here.”
Great Britain’s Pat McCormack, seeded #1 in the Men’s Welter (63-69kg) weight category, showed once again his top class here in Paris, as he met and defeated Aidan Walsh of Ireland in the semi-final. Walsh tried several times to break the British boxer’s guard, but McCormack’s furious reactions left him few chances. A unanimous decision gave McCormack the victory and propelled him in to the final. There, he will face Russia’s Andrei Zamkovoi, in a rematch of the 2019 World Championship final, which was won by the Russian, competing on his turf. In the category’s box-offs, Eskerkhan Madiev of Georgia and Alexandr Radzionau of Belarus secured the last two quota places in the weight class.
In the Men’s Middle (69-75kg) box-offs, Belarus’ Vitali Bandarenka beat Belgium’s Lancelot Proton De La Chapelle in the first round, as the referee stopped the bout due to a cut and commanded a points’ count. Georgi Kharabadze of Georgia claimed the last quota place, beating Adam Chartoi of Sweden. Rebecca Nicoli of Italy and Maiva Hamadouche of France won the two Women’s Light (57-60kg) box-offs. Closing an action-packed day, competing in the Men’s Light Heavy (75-81kg) box-offs, Emmet Brennan of Ireland outscored Lindon Nuha of Sweden, while Imam Khataev of Russia beat Bayram Malkan of Turkey (seed #3), both by unanimous decisions, and both securing their ticket to Japan.
Watch the finals: check the schedule and follow on the Olympic Channel
The Boxing Road to Tokyo European Qualifier continues in Paris, tomorrow (8 June), with 13 finals taking place on the rings of Le Grand Dome in Paris. Download here the schedule of the finals.
Fans can watch the action live on the Olympic Channel, with all the women’s and men’s bouts across all weight categories available with commentary in English and Spanish. Coverage is available in all territories worldwide free of charge at olympicchannel.com and on its apps for mobile and connected TV devices.
News, photos and results will be posted online on the dedicated Paris Qualifier page of the Athlete365 Boxing Corner website. We encourage fans to join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.