Boxing Road to Paris: Host Cities and Dates of 2024 World Qualifiers Unveiled

25/08/2023

The Paris 2024 Boxing Unit (PBU) has officially announced the host cities and the dates for the two World Qualification Tournaments, where boxers from around the globe will compete for a spot at the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

The first world qualification tournament will take place in Busto Arsizio, Italy – from 29 February to 12 March, 2024. The event will allocate 49 quota places (21 Women and 28 Men). 

The second world qualification tournament will be held in Bangkok, Thailand – from 23 May to 3 June, 2024. By the end of the tournament, the remaining 51 quotas places will be awarded and the boxing qualification period for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 will be finalized.

The two World Qualification Tournaments ensure that each National Olympic Committee (NOC) will have up to three qualification opportunities on their Boxing Road to Paris. 

As per the Paris 2024 Qualification System for Boxing, NOCs will only be able to enter athletes at the World Qualification Tournaments in the specific weight categories where they have not yet been allocated and confirmed a quota place. 

For more details regarding the Boxing Road to Paris qualification pathway, please refer to the Qualification System (link).



European Games Wrap-Up: Medals and Quota Places

02/07/2023

The boxing tournament of the III European Games concluded today at the Nowy Targ Arena, where 319 athletes from 42 countries and the European Refugee Athletes team competed from June 23 to July 2 in 13 weight categories (7 men, 6 women).

France finished atop the medal standings with an outstanding total of 7 medals, including 3 gold, 2 silver, and 2 bronze. Turkie ended up in second place, collecting 6 medals (2 gold, 1 silver, and 3 bronze). Ireland followed in third, thanks to 2 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze, for a total of 5 athletes on the podium.

The European Games boxing tournament also served as a Boxing Road to Paris continental qualifier, with 44 Olympic Games quota places up for grabs across 13 weight categories.

A total of 17 countries secured at least one quota place out of the 42 participating nations, with Team France winning the highest number of Olympic berths. The host of the next Olympic Games secured an impressive number of seven slots (4 women, 3 men), preparing to deliver a strong performance on their home turf in Paris in one year.

Boxing powerhouse Turkie also finished in the spotlight as they secured six Olympic quotas (4 women, 2 men) on the rings of the Nowy Targ Arena. Team Ireland chased them with five slots collected during the tournament (3 women, 2 men).

What’s up next on the Boxing Road to Paris? According to the Paris 2024 qualification system for boxing, a total of 248 Olympic quota places are to be distributed. With 44 of them awarded here in Poland, the remaining 204 will be assigned through four more continental qualifiers and two World Qualifiers.

Spotlights are now turning to Dakar, Senegal, where an ad-hoc Africa Qualification Tournament will be held on September 9-15, 2023. Olympic qualifications for boxing will then continue at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou (CHN) from September 23 to October 8, 2023. The American continent will follow swiftly, with boxers entering the Pan American Games ring from October 20 to November 5, 2023. Finally, the 2023 Pacific Games will serve as a qualifier for Oceania from November 27 to December 2, 2023. The two World Qualifiers will be held in the first and second quarters of 2024, but the exact dates and locations haven’t been unveiled yet. Stay tuned for more boxing action!

Results: https://results.european-games.org/EG2023/ENG/reports/BOX/all-event/

Photos: https://boxing.athlete365.org/boxing-road-to-paris-2024/europ-photo-galleries/

Videos: https://europeangames.tv/sports/boxing

III European Games Boxing Tournament Medal Standings, by Country (after 13 out 13 events finished)

NOCGSB
France (FRA)322
Turkie (TUR)213
Irland (IRL)212
Bulgaria (BUL)211
Italy (ITA) 104
Great Britain (GBR)103
Denmark (DEN)100
Ukraine (UKR)100
Serbia (SRB)020
Spain (ESP)012
Belgium (BEL)011
Azerbaijan (AZE)011
Croatia (CRO)010
Georgia (GEO)010
Romania (ROU)010
Hungary (HUN)002
Germany (GER)002
Poland (POL)002
Sweden (SWE)001

III European Games Boxing Tournament Medal Standings, by Event (after 13 out 13 events finished)

Event GoldSilverBronzeBronze
W 50kgBuse Naz Cakiroglu (TUR) Wassila Lkhadiri (FRA)FUERTES FERNANDEZ Laura (ESP)SORRENTINO Giordana (ITA)
W 54kgPETROVA Stanimira (BUL)PERIJOC Lenuta Lacramioara (ROU)AKBAS Hatice (TUR)DAVISON Charley-Sian Taylor (GBR)
W 57kgAmina Zidani (FRA)Svetlana Kamenova Staneva (BUL)   WALSH Michaela (IRL)TESTA Irma (ITA)
W 60kgHARRINGTON Kellie (IRL)SHADRINA Natalia (SRB)MOSSELY Estelle (FRA)OZER Gizem (TUR)
W 66kgSURMENELI Busenaz (TUR)DERIEUW Oshin (BEL)HAMORI Anna Luca (HUN)ECCLES Rosie Joy (GBR)
W 75kgAoife O’Rourke (IRL)Davina-Myrha Michel (FRA)   SCHOENBERGER Irina Nicoletta (GER)WOJCIK Elzbieta (POL)
M 51kgBENNAMA Billal (FRA)GUMUS Samet (TUR)MACDONALD Kiaran Bradley (GBR)SERRA Federico Emilio (ITA)
M 57kgJavier Ibanez Diaz (BUL)Jose Quiles Brotons (ESP)USTUROI Vasile (BEL)IBRAHIM Nebil Mahmud (SWE)
M 63.5kgOUMIHA Sofiane (FRA)GURULI Lasha (GEO)CLANCY Dean (IRL)KOVACS Richard (HUN)
M 71kgNikolai Terteryan (DEN)Vakhid Abbasov (SRB)TRAORE Makan-Vie (FRA)ERDEMIR Tugrulhan (TUR)
M 80kgKHYZHNIAK Oleksandr (UKR)VEOCIC Gabrijel (CRO)CAVALLARO Salvatore (ITA)ALLAHVERDIYEV Murad (AZE)
M 92kgMOUHIIDINE Aziz Abbes (ITA)MARLEY Jack (IRL)REYES PLA Enmanuel (ESP)BEREZNICKI Mateusz (POL)
M +92kgDelicious Justin Orie (GBR)Mahammad Abdullayev (AZE)HERNANDEZ MOREJON Yordan Alain (BUL)TIAFACK Nelvie Raman (GER)

Paris 2024 Quota Places awarded (44 out of 44) at the European Games, by Event

Event Quota PlaceQuota PlaceQuota PlaceQuota Place
W 50kgBuse Naz Cakiroglu (TUR)Giordana Sorrentino (ITA)Laura Fuertes Fernandez (ESP)Wassila Lkhadiri (FRA)
W 54kgCharley-Sian Taylor Davison (GBR)Stanimira Petrova (BUL)Lenuta Lacramioara Perijoc (ROU)Hatice Akbas (TUR)
W 57kgIrma Testa (ITA)Svetlana Kamenova Staneva (BUL)Micahela Walsh (IRL)Amina Zidani (FRA)
W 60kgKellie Harrington (IRL)Estelle Mossely (FRA)Gizem Ozer (TUR)Natalia Shadrina (SRB)
W 66kgAnna Luca Hamori (HUN)Oshin Derieuw (BEL)Rosie Joy Eccles (GBR)Busenaz Surmeneli (TUR)
W 75kgDavina-Myrha Michel (FRA)Aoife O’Rourke (IRL)Only 2 quotas availableOnly 2 quotas available
M 51kgBillal Bennama (FRA)Samet Gumus (TUR)Only 2 quotas availableOnly 2 quotas available
M 57kgVasile Usturoi (BEL)Javier Ibanez Diaz (BUL)Nebil Mahmud Ibrahim (SWE)Jose Quiles Brotons (ESP)
M 63.5kgDean Clancy (IRL)Sofiane Oumiha (FRA)Lasha Guruli (GEO)Richard Kovacs (HUN)
M 71kgMakan-Vie Traore (FRA)Nikolai Terteryan (DEN)Vakhid Abbasov (SRB)Tugrulhan Erdemir (TUR)
M 80kgSalvatore Cavallaro (ITA)Oleksandr Khyzhniak (UKR)Gabrijel Veocic (CRO)Murad Allahverdiyev (AZE)
M 92kgJack Marley (IRL)Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine (ITA)Only 2 quotas availableOnly 2 quotas available
M +92kgMahammad Abdullayev (AZE)Delicious Justin Orie (GBR)Only 2 quotas availableOnly 2 quotas available

Paris 2024 Quota Places awarded (44 out of 44) at the European Games, by Country

NOC#Quota Places
France (FRA)7·      Women’s 50kg: Wassila Lkhadiri, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 57kg: Amina Zidani, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 60kg: Estelle Mossely, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 75kg Davina-Myrha Michel (FRA), 30 June 2023
·      Men’s 63.5kg: Sofiane Oumiha, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 71kg: Makan-Vie Traore, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 51kg: Billal Bennama, 30 June 2023
Turkie (TUR)6·      Women’s 54kg: Hatice Akbas, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 50kg: Buse Naz Cakiroglu, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 60kg: Gizem Ozer, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 66kg: Busenaz Surmeneli, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 71kg: Tugrulhan Erdemir, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 51kg: Samet Gumus, 30 June 2023
Ireland (IRL)5·      Women’s 57kg: Micahela Walsh, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 60kg: Kellie Harrington, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 75kg: Aoife O’Rourke (IRL), 30 June 2023
·      Men’s 63.5kg: Dean Clancy, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 92kg: Jack Marley, 30 June 2023
Italy (ITA)4·      Women’s 50kg: Giordana Sorrentino, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 57kg: Irma Testa, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 80kg: Salvatore Cavallaro, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 92kg: Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine (ITA), 30 June 2023
Bulgaria (BUL)3·      Women’s 54kg: Stanimira Petrova, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 57kg: Svetlana Kamenova Staneva, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 57kg: Javier Ibanez Diaz, 28 June 2023
Great Britain (GBR)3·      Women’s 54kg: Charley-Sian Taylor Davison, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 66kg: Rosie Joy Eccles, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s +92kg: Delicious Justin Orie, 30 June 2023
Azerbaijan (AZE)2·      Men’s 80kg: Murad Allahverdiyev, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s +92kg: Mahammad Abdullayev (AZE), 30 June 2023
Belgium (BEL)2·      Men’s 57kg: Vasile Usturoi, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 66kg: Oshin Derieuw, 28 June 2023
Hungary (HUN)2·      Women’s 66kg: Anna Luca Hamori, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 63.5kg: Richard Kovacs, 28 June 2023
Serbia (SRB)2·      Women’s 60kg: Natalia Shadrina, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 71kg: Vakhid Abbasov, 28 June 2023
Spain (ESP)2·      Women’s 50kg: Laura Fuertes Fernandez, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 57kg: Jose Quiles Brotons, 28 June 2023
Croatia (CRO)1·      Men’s 80kg: Gabrijel Veocic, 28 June 2023
Denmark (DEN)1·      Men’s 71kg: Nikolai Terteryan, 28 June 2023
Georgia (GEO)1·      Men’s 63.5kg: Lasha Gurul, 28 June 2023
Roumania (ROU)1·      Women’s 54kg: Lenuta Lacramioara Perijoc, 28 June 2023
Sweden (SWE)1·      Men’s 57kg: Nebil Mahmud Ibrahim, 28 June 2023
Ukraine (UKR)1·      Men’s 80kg: Oleksandr Khyzhniak, 28 June 2023



Day 10 Concludes European Games with 6 Champions on the Podium

02/07/2023

After ten intense days and a total of 306 bouts, the boxing tournament of the III European Games came to an end at the Nowy Targ Arena today, with the last six gold medal matches crowning champions in the Women’s 50kg, 57kg, and 75kg events, and in the Men’s 57kg, 71kg, and +92kg weight categories.

The tournament served as a Boxing Road to Paris continental qualifier, distributing 44 quota places across 13 weight categories for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 (find a detailed table of the qualified athletes at the bottom of this news).

In the first gold medal match of the day, the Women’s 50kg event saw the two most successful nations of this tournament meeting in a direct clash as Turkey’s Buse Naz Cakiroglu faced France’s Wassila Lkhadiri. Tokyo 2020 silver medalist Cakiroglu was the favorite going into the match as she came to Poland to defend the European Games title she won in 2019, and she didn’t disappoint her fans. Dominating for three rounds and earning 10/9 decisions across her scorecard, the Turkish athlete imposed a commanding 5-0 decision on her French rival to finish atop the podium. Her victory also lifted Turkey to the second place in the overall medal rankings by event.

France was in the spotlight again in the Women’s 57kg final, as Amina Zidani clinched a 4-1 victory over Bulgaria’s Svetlana Kamenova Staneva at the end of a hard-fought medal match. After the first two rounds, the bout was still open, with Zidani enjoying a slight advantage over her Bulgarian opponent. Round 3 became the game changer as the French athlete zeroed in and landed a few powerful blows, coming out in the lead.

It was the 2019 and 2022 European champion Aoife O’Rourke from Ireland who stood on the top step of the podium in the Women’s 75kg event. The 25-year-old boxer outscored Davina-Myrha Michel, the third French finalist of the day, with a 5-0 victory after leading throughout the entire match.

Moments later, a high-energy final bout decided the outcome of the Men’s 57kg event, with Bulgaria’s Javier Ibanez Diaz and Spain’s Jose Quiles Brotons boxing at full pace. Round 1 finished with the two athletes almost tied, leaving the bout wide open. It was in Rounds 2 and 3 that the Bulgarian athlete stepped up his efforts, claiming both rounds to secure the gold medal match by unanimous decision.

In the Men’s 71kg final, Nikolai Terteryan of Denmark secured the European Games title by defeating Serbia’s Vakhid Abbasov with a split decision (4-1). The Danish athlete comfortably led Rounds 1 and 2, collecting a string of 10/9 decisions, and then withstood the Serbian’s comeback in Round 3 to claim the gold medal.

The last match of the boxing tournament of the European Games, Bout 306, crowned Delicious Justin Orie (GBR) as the Men’s +92kg champion after a stellar match against Mahammad Abdullayev (AZE). Round 1 slightly favored Abdullayev (3 out of 5 judges voted for him), while Orie led Round 2, securing the votes of all judges. Round 3 became the tiebreaker between the two. There, Orie took advantage of his longer reach to control the distance and landed a series of powerful and precise blows that lifted him to the top of the podium with a commanding unanimous decision of 5-0. The Superheavyweight boxer, who follows in the footsteps of 2012 Olympic Champion Anthony Joshua, now looks forward to the Olympic Games Paris 2024, where he will be seen as the man to beat.

After hundreds of great bouts and a display of superb boxing, the curtains fall on the European Games. But the Boxing Road to Paris continues. The qualification series will now proceed with four more continental legs to be held in 2023 and two World Qualifiers scheduled in the first and second quarters of 2024 (dates and locations to be confirmed).

Spotlights are now turning to Dakar, Senegal, where an ad-hoc Africa Qualification Tournament will be held on September 9-15, 2023. Olympic qualifications for boxing will then continue at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou (CHN) from September 23 to October 8, 2023. American athletes will follow swiftly, stepping into the ring from October 20 to November 5, 2023. Finally, the 2023 Pacific Games will serve as a qualifier for Oceania from November 27 to December 2, 2023.

Stay tuned for more boxing action!

Results: https://results.european-games.org/EG2023/ENG/reports/BOX/all-event/

Photos: https://boxing.athlete365.org/boxing-road-to-paris-2024/europ-photo-galleries/

Videos: https://europeangames.tv/sports/boxing

III European Games Boxing Tournament Medal Standings, by Country (after 13 out 13 events finished)

NOCGSB
France (FRA)322
Turkie (TUR)213
Irland (IRL)212
Bulgaria (BUL)211
Italy (ITA) 104
Great Britain (GBR)103
Denmark (DEN)100
Ukraine (UKR)100
Serbia (SRB)020
Spain (ESP)012
Belgium (BEL)011
Azerbaijan (AZE)011
Croatia (CRO)010
Georgia (GEO)010
Romania (ROU)010
Hungary (HUN)002
Germany (GER)002
Poland (POL)002
Sweden (SWE)001

III European Games Boxing Tournament Medal Standings, by Event (after 13 out 13 events finished)

Event GoldSilverBronzeBronze
W 50kgBuse Naz Cakiroglu (TUR) Wassila Lkhadiri (FRA)FUERTES FERNANDEZ Laura (ESP)SORRENTINO Giordana (ITA)
W 54kgPETROVA Stanimira (BUL)PERIJOC Lenuta Lacramioara (ROU)AKBAS Hatice (TUR)DAVISON Charley-Sian Taylor (GBR)
W 57kgAmina Zidani (FRA)Svetlana Kamenova Staneva (BUL)   WALSH Michaela (IRL)TESTA Irma (ITA)
W 60kgHARRINGTON Kellie (IRL)SHADRINA Natalia (SRB)MOSSELY Estelle (FRA)OZER Gizem (TUR)
W 66kgSURMENELI Busenaz (TUR)DERIEUW Oshin (BEL)HAMORI Anna Luca (HUN)ECCLES Rosie Joy (GBR)
W 75kgAoife O’Rourke (IRL)Davina-Myrha Michel (FRA)   SCHOENBERGER Irina Nicoletta (GER)WOJCIK Elzbieta (POL)
M 51kgBENNAMA Billal (FRA)GUMUS Samet (TUR)MACDONALD Kiaran Bradley (GBR)SERRA Federico Emilio (ITA)
M 57kgJavier Ibanez Diaz (BUL)Jose Quiles Brotons (ESP)USTUROI Vasile (BEL)IBRAHIM Nebil Mahmud (SWE)
M 63.5kgOUMIHA Sofiane (FRA)GURULI Lasha (GEO)CLANCY Dean (IRL)KOVACS Richard (HUN)
M 71kgNikolai Terteryan (DEN)Vakhid Abbasov (SRB)TRAORE Makan-Vie (FRA)ERDEMIR Tugrulhan (TUR)
M 80kgKHYZHNIAK Oleksandr (UKR)VEOCIC Gabrijel (CRO)CAVALLARO Salvatore (ITA)ALLAHVERDIYEV Murad (AZE)
M 92kgMOUHIIDINE Aziz Abbes (ITA)MARLEY Jack (IRL)REYES PLA Enmanuel (ESP)BEREZNICKI Mateusz (POL)
M +92kgDelicious Justin Orie (GBR)Mahammad Abdullayev (AZE)HERNANDEZ MOREJON Yordan Alain (BUL)TIAFACK Nelvie Raman (GER)

Paris 2024 Quota Places awarded (44 out of 44) at the European Games, by Event

Event Quota PlaceQuota PlaceQuota PlaceQuota Place
W 50kgBuse Naz Cakiroglu (TUR)Giordana Sorrentino (ITA)Laura Fuertes Fernandez (ESP)Wassila Lkhadiri (FRA)
W 54kgCharley-Sian Taylor Davison (GBR)Stanimira Petrova (BUL)Lenuta Lacramioara Perijoc (ROU)Hatice Akbas (TUR)
W 57kgIrma Testa (ITA)Svetlana Kamenova Staneva (BUL)Micahela Walsh (IRL)Amina Zidani (FRA)
W 60kgKellie Harrington (IRL)Estelle Mossely (FRA)Gizem Ozer (TUR)Natalia Shadrina (SRB)
W 66kgAnna Luca Hamori (HUN)Oshin Derieuw (BEL)Rosie Joy Eccles (GBR)Busenaz Surmeneli (TUR)
W 75kgDavina-Myrha Michel (FRA)Aoife O’Rourke (IRL)Only 2 quotas availableOnly 2 quotas available
M 51kgBillal Bennama (FRA)Samet Gumus (TUR)Only 2 quotas availableOnly 2 quotas available
M 57kgVasile Usturoi (BEL)Javier Ibanez Diaz (BUL)Nebil Mahmud Ibrahim (SWE)Jose Quiles Brotons (ESP)
M 63.5kgDean Clancy (IRL)Sofiane Oumiha (FRA)Lasha Guruli (GEO)Richard Kovacs (HUN)
M 71kgMakan-Vie Traore (FRA)Nikolai Terteryan (DEN)Vakhid Abbasov (SRB)Tugrulhan Erdemir (TUR)
M 80kgSalvatore Cavallaro (ITA)Oleksandr Khyzhniak (UKR)Gabrijel Veocic (CRO)Murad Allahverdiyev (AZE)
M 92kgJack Marley (IRL)Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine (ITA)Only 2 quotas availableOnly 2 quotas available
M +92kgMahammad Abdullayev (AZE)Delicious Justin Orie (GBR)Only 2 quotas availableOnly 2 quotas available

Paris 2024 Quota Places awarded (44 out of 44) at the European Games, by Country

NOC#Quota Places
France (FRA)7·      Women’s 50kg: Wassila Lkhadiri, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 57kg: Amina Zidani, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 60kg: Estelle Mossely, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 75kg Davina-Myrha Michel (FRA), 30 June 2023
·      Men’s 63.5kg: Sofiane Oumiha, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 71kg: Makan-Vie Traore, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 51kg: Billal Bennama, 30 June 2023
Turkie (TUR)6·      Women’s 54kg: Hatice Akbas, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 50kg: Buse Naz Cakiroglu, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 60kg: Gizem Ozer, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 66kg: Busenaz Surmeneli, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 71kg: Tugrulhan Erdemir, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 51kg: Samet Gumus, 30 June 2023
Ireland (IRL)5·      Women’s 57kg: Micahela Walsh, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 60kg: Kellie Harrington, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 75kg: Aoife O’Rourke (IRL), 30 June 2023
·      Men’s 63.5kg: Dean Clancy, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 92kg: Jack Marley, 30 June 2023
Italy (ITA)4·      Women’s 50kg: Giordana Sorrentino, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 57kg: Irma Testa, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 80kg: Salvatore Cavallaro, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 92kg: Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine (ITA), 30 June 2023
Bulgaria (BUL)3·      Women’s 54kg: Stanimira Petrova, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 57kg: Svetlana Kamenova Staneva, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 57kg: Javier Ibanez Diaz, 28 June 2023
Great Britain (GBR)3·      Women’s 54kg: Charley-Sian Taylor Davison, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 66kg: Rosie Joy Eccles, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s +92kg: Delicious Justin Orie, 30 June 2023
Azerbaijan (AZE)2·      Men’s 80kg: Murad Allahverdiyev, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s +92kg: Mahammad Abdullayev (AZE), 30 June 2023
Belgium (BEL)2·      Men’s 57kg: Vasile Usturoi, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 66kg: Oshin Derieuw, 28 June 2023
Hungary (HUN)2·      Women’s 66kg: Anna Luca Hamori, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 63.5kg: Richard Kovacs, 28 June 2023
Serbia (SRB)2·      Women’s 60kg: Natalia Shadrina, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 71kg: Vakhid Abbasov, 28 June 2023
Spain (ESP)2·      Women’s 50kg: Laura Fuertes Fernandez, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 57kg: Jose Quiles Brotons, 28 June 2023
Croatia (CRO)1·      Men’s 80kg: Gabrijel Veocic, 28 June 2023
Denmark (DEN)1·      Men’s 71kg: Nikolai Terteryan, 28 June 2023
Georgia (GEO)1·      Men’s 63.5kg: Lasha Gurul, 28 June 2023
Roumania (ROU)1·      Women’s 54kg: Lenuta Lacramioara Perijoc, 28 June 2023
Sweden (SWE)1·      Men’s 57kg: Nebil Mahmud Ibrahim, 28 June 2023
Ukraine (UKR)1·      Men’s 80kg: Oleksandr Khyzhniak, 28 June 2023



7 Champions Crowned At Today’s European Games Finals

01/07/2023

The boxing tournament of the III European Games in Krakow-Malapolska has reached its final phase. Today (July 1) and tomorrow (July 2), the gold medal matches of all 13 weight categories will take place under the spotlights of the Nowy Targ Arena.

319 athletes from 42 European countries (plus the European Refugee Team) arrived here to compete from June 23 to July 02, aiming for the coveted European Games titles and the 44 Paris 2024 Olympic Quota Places up for grabs. This tournament serves as the first leg of the Boxing Road to Paris qualifying series.

Today, the gold medal matches for Women’s 54kg, 60kg, 66kg, and Men’s 51kg, 63.5kg, 80kg, and 92kg took place.

Bulgaria’s Stanimira Petrova secured the first gold medal of the tournament in the Women’s 54kg event. Petrova, who had previously won a featherweight title at the 2019 European Games, once again proved to be one of the most formidable boxers in her class. She advanced in the tournament by defeating Great Britain’s Charley-Sian Taylor Davison and Ukraine’s Anastasiia Kovalchuk with two perfect 5-0 scores, leading her to the final against Romania’s Lenuta Lacramioara Perijoc. In the gold medal match, she dominated her opponent, earning 10/9 scores across all three rounds and finishing atop the podium.

In the Women’s 60kg event, Kellie Harrington (IRL) claimed the gold medal, solidifying her position as the woman to beat in her category on the road to Paris 2024. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and 2022 European champion from Ireland outscored Serbia’s Natalia Shadrina in a tense bout. Although Round 1 ended with the two athletes nearly tied, Harrington turned Round 2 in her favor and secured an unanimous decision win with a strong performance in Round 3.

Turkie’s Busenaz Surmeneli added the missing medal to her trophy showcase as she claimed gold in the Women’s 66kg weight class at the European Games. The 2020 Olympic Champion, two-time World Champion, and reigning Mediterranean Games champion dashed Belgium’s hopes by outscoring Oshin Derieuw with a commanding 5-0 score. Surmeneli led throughout all three rounds without hesitation, convincing all five judges. With a quota place secured and all regional, continental, and international titles in her books, she is now heading full steam to the Paris 2024 Games as the athlete to beat.

In the Men’s 51kg category, France’s Billal Bennama defeated Samet Gumus (TUR) with a score of 4-1, concluding his European Games journey atop the podium after a hard-fought gold medal match. Throughout the tournament, the 25-year-old boxer showcased great skills and determination, earning three 5-0 decisions and shining on the road to Paris 2024.

It took another French boxer, Sofiane Oumiha, eight years and three attempts before reaching the highest step of the European Games podium. The Rio 2016 silver medalist outscored Georgia’s Lasha Guruli 4-1 points in the Men’s 63.5kg category today, claiming the brightest medal in his third participation in the continental Games. In both 2015 and 2019, he reached the final but walked away with a silver medal. This time, the 28-year-old athlete secured a hard-fought victory with a stellar performance in Round 3, cementing his name among the category’s top contenders on the pathway to Paris.

In the quickest round of the day, it took less than two rounds for Ukraine’s Oleksandr Khyzhniak to defeat Croatia’s Gabrijel Veocic in the Men’s 80kg gold medal match. The 27-year-old from Poltava clearly won Round 1, forcing his opponent into a standing count at 2:15 into the round and earning four 10/9 scores and one 10/8 from the judges. Round 2 didn’t even reach its natural end as the referee stopped the contest at 1:33 after counting Veocic for the second time. Khyzhniak, a Tokyo 2020 silver medalist, is no stranger to the European Games podium. In 2015, he won bronze at the inaugural edition in Baku, and in 2019, he finished atop the podium, entering the III European Games in Krakow-Malapolska as the defending champion.

Italy’s Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine, arguably the most dominant boxer of this tournament, became the European Games champion in the Men’s 92kg weight class tonight by outscoring Ireland’s Jack Marley with a 5-0 decision. The 24-year-old Italian athlete, who had already claimed the first Olympic quota place in men’s boxing events for Italy in eight years, proved to be the best in the continent after winning the 2022 European championship. With his longer reach, the Italian controlled the rhythm of the match and kept his opponent at a distance. Moving around the ring with a dodge-and-hit style resembling the Cuban school, the 24-year-old dominated the bout and secured his first European Games title.

The boxing tournament of the III European Games will come to an end tomorrow, July 2, with the last six gold medal matches taking place from 13:00 (CET) at the Nowy Targ Arena. Stay tuned!

Results: https://results.european-games.org/EG2023/ENG/reports/BOX/all-event/

Photos: https://boxing.athlete365.org/boxing-road-to-paris-2024/europ-photo-galleries/

Videos: https://europeangames.tv/sports/boxing

III European Games Boxing Tournament Medal Standings, by Country (after 7 out 13 events finished)

NOCGSB
France (FRA)202
Turkie (TUR)113
Irland (IRL)112
Italy (ITA)104
Bulgaria (BUL)101
Ukraine (UKR)100
Belgium (BEL)011
Croatia (CRO)010
Georgia (GEO)010
Romania (ROU)010
Serbia (SRB)010
Great Britain (GBR)003
Hungary (HUN)002
Germany (GER)002
Poland (POL)002
Spain (ESP)002
Azerbaijan (AZE)001
Sweden (SWE)001

III European Games Boxing Tournament Medal Standings, by Event (after 7 out 13 events finished)

Event GoldSilverBronzeBronze
W 50kgFinal: July 02Final: July 02FUERTES FERNANDEZ Laura (ESP)SORRENTINO Giordana (ITA)
W 54kgPETROVA Stanimira (BUL)PERIJOC Lenuta Lacramioara (ROU)AKBAS Hatice (TUR)DAVISON Charley-Sian Taylor (GBR)
W 57kgFinal: July 02Final: July 02WALSH Michaela (IRL)TESTA Irma (ITA)
W 60kgHARRINGTON Kellie (IRL)SHADRINA Natalia (SRB)MOSSELY Estelle (FRA)OZER Gizem (TUR)
W 66kgSURMENELI Busenaz (TUR)DERIEUW Oshin (BEL)HAMORI Anna Luca (HUN)ECCLES Rosie Joy (GBR)
W 75kgFinal: July 02Final: July 02SCHOENBERGER Irina Nicoletta (GER)WOJCIK Elzbieta (POL)
M 51kgBENNAMA Billal (FRA)GUMUS Samet (TUR)MACDONALD Kiaran Bradley (GBR)SERRA Federico Emilio (ITA)
M 57kgFinal: July 02Final: July 02USTUROI Vasile (BEL)IBRAHIM Nebil Mahmud (SWE)
M 63.5kgOUMIHA Sofiane (FRA)GURULI Lasha (GEO)CLANCY Dean (IRL)KOVACS Richard (HUN)
M 71kgFinal: July 02Final: July 02TRAORE Makan-Vie (FRA)ERDEMIR Tugrulhan (TUR)
M 80kgKHYZHNIAK Oleksandr (UKR)VEOCIC Gabrijel (CRO)CAVALLARO Salvatore (ITA)ALLAHVERDIYEV Murad (AZE)
M 92kgMOUHIIDINE Aziz Abbes (ITA)MARLEY Jack (IRL)REYES PLA Enmanuel (ESP)BEREZNICKI Mateusz (POL)
M +92kgFinal: July 02Final: July 02HERNANDEZ MOREJON Yordan Alain (BUL)TIAFACK Nelvie Raman (GER)

Paris 2024 Quota Places awarded (44 out of 44) at the European Games, by Event

Event Quota PlaceQuota PlaceQuota PlaceQuota Place
W 50kgBuse Naz Cakiroglu (TUR)Giordana Sorrentino (ITA)Laura Fuertes Fernandez (ESP)Wassila Lkhadiri (FRA)
W 54kgCharley-Sian Taylor Davison (GBR)Stanimira Petrova (BUL)Lenuta Lacramioara Perijoc (ROU)Hatice Akbas (TUR)
W 57kgIrma Testa (ITA)Svetlana Kamenova Staneva (BUL)Micahela Walsh (IRL)Amina Zidani (FRA)
W 60kgKellie Harrington (IRL)Estelle Mossely (FRA)Gizem Ozer (TUR)Natalia Shadrina (SRB)
W 66kgAnna Luca Hamori (HUN)Oshin Derieuw (BEL)Rosie Joy Eccles (GBR)Busenaz Surmeneli (TUR)
W 75kgDavina-Myrha Michel (FRA)Aoife O’Rourke (IRL)Only 2 quotas availableOnly 2 quotas available
M 51kgBillal Bennama (FRA)Samet Gumus (TUR)Only 2 quotas availableOnly 2 quotas available
M 57kgVasile Usturoi (BEL)Javier Ibanez Diaz (BUL)Nebil Mahmud Ibrahim (SWE)Jose Quiles Brotons (ESP)
M 63.5kgDean Clancy (IRL)Sofiane Oumiha (FRA)Lasha Guruli (GEO)Richard Kovacs (HUN)
M 71kgMakan-Vie Traore (FRA)Nikolai Terteryan (DEN)Vakhid Abbasov (SRB)Tugrulhan Erdemir (TUR)
M 80kgSalvatore Cavallaro (ITA)Oleksandr Khyzhniak (UKR)Gabrijel Veocic (CRO)Murad Allahverdiyev (AZE)
M 92kgJack Marley (IRL)Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine (ITA)Only 2 quotas availableOnly 2 quotas available
M +92kgMahammad Abdullayev (AZE)Delicious Justin Orie (GBR)Only 2 quotas availableOnly 2 quotas available

Paris 2024 Quota Places awarded (44 out of 44) at the European Games, by Country

NOC#Quota Places
France (FRA)7·      Women’s 50kg: Wassila Lkhadiri, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 57kg: Amina Zidani, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 60kg: Estelle Mossely, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 75kg Davina-Myrha Michel (FRA), 30 June 2023
·      Men’s 63.5kg: Sofiane Oumiha, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 71kg: Makan-Vie Traore, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 51kg: Billal Bennama, 30 June 2023
Turkie (TUR)6·      Women’s 54kg: Hatice Akbas, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 50kg: Buse Naz Cakiroglu, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 60kg: Gizem Ozer, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 66kg: Busenaz Surmeneli, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 71kg: Tugrulhan Erdemir, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 51kg: Samet Gumus, 30 June 2023
Ireland (IRL)5·      Women’s 57kg: Micahela Walsh, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 60kg: Kellie Harrington, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 75kg: Aoife O’Rourke (IRL), 30 June 2023
·      Men’s 63.5kg: Dean Clancy, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 92kg: Jack Marley, 30 June 2023
Italy (ITA)4·      Women’s 50kg: Giordana Sorrentino, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 57kg: Irma Testa, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 80kg: Salvatore Cavallaro, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 92kg: Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine (ITA), 30 June 2023
Bulgaria (BUL)3·      Women’s 54kg: Stanimira Petrova, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 57kg: Svetlana Kamenova Staneva, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 57kg: Javier Ibanez Diaz, 28 June 2023
Great Britain (GBR)3·      Women’s 54kg: Charley-Sian Taylor Davison, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 66kg: Rosie Joy Eccles, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s +92kg: Delicious Justin Orie, 30 June 2023
Azerbaijan (AZE)2·      Men’s 80kg: Murad Allahverdiyev, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s +92kg: Mahammad Abdullayev (AZE), 30 June 2023
Belgium (BEL)2·      Men’s 57kg: Vasile Usturoi, 28 June 2023
·      Women’s 66kg: Oshin Derieuw, 28 June 2023
Hungary (HUN)2·      Women’s 66kg: Anna Luca Hamori, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 63.5kg: Richard Kovacs, 28 June 2023
Serbia (SRB)2·      Women’s 60kg: Natalia Shadrina, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 71kg: Vakhid Abbasov, 28 June 2023
Spain (ESP)2·      Women’s 50kg: Laura Fuertes Fernandez, 28 June 2023
·      Men’s 57kg: Jose Quiles Brotons, 28 June 2023
Croatia (CRO)1·      Men’s 80kg: Gabrijel Veocic, 28 June 2023
Denmark (DEN)1·      Men’s 71kg: Nikolai Terteryan, 28 June 2023
Georgia (GEO)1·      Men’s 63.5kg: Lasha Gurul, 28 June 2023
Roumania (ROU)1·      Women’s 54kg: Lenuta Lacramioara Perijoc, 28 June 2023
Sweden (SWE)1·      Men’s 57kg: Nebil Mahmud Ibrahim, 28 June 2023
Ukraine (UKR)1·      Men’s 80kg: Oleksandr Khyzhniak, 28 June 2023



European Games Finalists Decided. 44 Quota Places Distributed.

30/06/2023

Day 8 of the boxing tournament at the III European Games in Krakow-Malapolska featured 26 semifinals, determining the finalists in the 13 weight categories scheduled for July 1st and 2nd.

Between the afternoon and evening sessions today, the last 8 Paris 2024 Olympic quota places were distributed here. This tournament serves as a continental qualifier for the Boxing Road to Paris series, awarding a total of 44 qualification slots across all 13 boxing categories.

During the afternoon session, Billal Bennama (FRA) and Samet Gumus (TUR) secured their tickets to Paris in the Men’s 51kg category, while Jack Marley (IRL) and Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine (ITA) qualified in the Men’s 92kg weight class.

In the evening session, Davina-Myrha Michel (FRA) and Aoife O’Rourke (IRL) earned their spots for Paris in the Women’s 75kg weight class. Mahammad Abdullayev (AZE) and Delicious Justin Orie (GBR) claimed the Men’s +92kg quota places.

After all quotas were distributed, France finished at the top of the list with 7 Paris 2024 tickets, followed by Turkey with 6 and Ireland with 5. A total of 17 countries earned at least 1 quota place. Along the Boxing Road to Paris, there will be four more continental qualifiers (Africa, Asia, Americas, Oceania), followed by two World Qualifiers to be held in the first half of 2024 (dates and locations TBD), providing European athletes with two more chances to secure participation slots for the Games.

In today’s evening session:

The Women’s 50kg final will see Buse Naz Cakiroglu (TUR) facing Wassila Lkhadiri (FRA). They advanced to the gold medal match by defeating Italy’s Giordana Sorrentino (5-0) and Spain’s Laura Fuertes Fernandez (5-0) tonight.

Bulgaria’s Svetlana Kamenova Staneva defeated Tokyo 2020 Olympic bronze medalist Irma Testa (ITA) to advance to the Women’s 57kg final to be held on July 2. That night, she will go up against France’s Amina Zidani, who beat the reigning Commonwealth Games champion Michaela Walsh (IRL) via a 4-1 split decision.

The 2022 World Champion, Davina-Myrha Michel from France, easily won her Women’s 75kg bout against Irina Nicoletta Schoenberger (GER) with a commanding score of 5-0. Moments later, the entire Nowy Targ Arena erupted in cheers for Elzbieta Wojcik, the local athlete fighting for a medal on her home turf. The Polish boxer faced Ireland’s Aoife O’Rourke, securing the judges’ votes in round 1 but ultimately losing to the Irish in rounds 2 and 3. Both Davina-Myrha Michel and Aoife O’Rourke secured Paris 2024 quota places and will now face each other in the European Games gold medal match on July 2.

In the Men’s 57kg weight category, Javier Ibanez Diaz (BUL) defeated Nebil Mahmud Ibrahim (SWE) with a score of 4-1 and will compete in the gold medal match against Spain’s Jose Quiles Brotons, who won 5-1 against Belgium’s Vasile Usturoi.

Vakhid Abbasov from Serbia claimed a unanimous decision victory over France’s Makan-Vie Traore in the Men’s 71kg category, earning a place in the final against Nikolai Terteryan (DEN), who advanced to the gold medal bout via a walkover in his semifinal match against Tugrulhan Erdemir (TUR).

In the Men’s +92kg semifinals, Mahammad Abdullayev (AZE) won a hard-fought match against Germany’s Nelvie Raman Tiafack (4-1), securing a spot in the gold medal match against Delicious Justin Orie (GBR), who outscored Yordan Alain Hernandez Morejon (BUL) 5-0 to advance in the tournament. Both Mahammad Abdullayev and Delicious Justin Orie were granted Paris 2024 qualification slots.

The boxing tournament of the III European Games will continue with two nights of medal matches on July 1st and 2nd, featuring 13 finals in the Nowy Targ Arena. Stay tuned for more exciting boxing action!

Results: https://results.european-games.org/EG2023/ENG/reports/BOX/all-event/

Photos: https://boxing.athlete365.org/boxing-road-to-paris-2024/europ-photo-galleries/

Videos: https://europeangames.tv/sports/boxing

Paris 2024 Boxing Olympic Quota places awarded today, by event:

  • Women’s 75kg: Davina-Myrha Michel (FRA), Aoife O’Rourke (IRL)
  • Men’s 51kg: Billal Bennama (FRA), Samet Gumus (TUR)
  • Men’s 92kg: Jack Marley (IRL), Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine (ITA)
  • Men’s +92kg: Mahammad Abdullayev (AZE), Delicious Justin Orie (GBR)

Paris 2024 Boxing Olympic Quota places awarded at the European Games, by event:

  • Women’s 54kg: Charley-Sian Taylor Davison (GBR), Stanimira Petrova (BUL), Lenuta Lacramioara Perijoc (ROU), Hatice Akbas (TUR)
  • Women’s 50kg: Buse Naz Cakiroglu (TUR), Giordana Sorrentino (ITA), Laura Fuertes Fernandez (ESP), Wassila Lkhadiri (FRA)
  • Women’s 57kg: Irma Testa (ITA), Svetlana Kamenova Staneva (BUL), Micahela Walsh (IRL), Amina Zidani (FRA)
  • Women’s 60kg: Kellie Harrington (IRL), Estelle Mossely (FRA), Gizem Ozer (TUR) and Natalia Shadrina (SRB)
  • Women’s 66kg: Anna Luca Hamori (HUN), Oshin Derieuw (BEL), Rosie Joy Eccles (GBR), Busenaz Surmeneli (TUR)
  • Women’s 75kg: Davina-Myrha Michel (FRA), Aoife O’Rourke (IRL)
  • Men’s 51kg: Billal Bennama (FRA), Samet Gumus (TUR)
  • Men’s 57kg: Vasile Usturoi (BEL), Javier Ibanez Diaz (BUL), Nebil Mahmud Ibrahim (SWE), Jose Quiles Brotons (ESP).
  • Men’s 63.5kg: Dean Clancy (IRL), Sofiane Oumiha (FRA), Lasha Guruli (GEO), Richard Kovacs (HUN)
  • Men’s 71kg: Makan-Vie Traore (FRA), Nikolai Terteryan (DEN), Vakhid Abbasov (SRB),  Tugrulhan Erdemir (TUR)
  • Men’s 80kg: Salvatore Cavallaro (ITA), Oleksandr Khyzhniak (UKR), Gabrijel Veocic (CRO), Murad Allahverdiyev (AZE)
  • Men’s 92kg: Jack Marley (IRL), Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine (ITA)
  • Men’s +92kg: Mahammad Abdullayev (AZE), Delicious Justin Orie (GBR).

Paris 2024 Boxing Olympic Quota places awarded at the Euopean Games, by country:

France, 7 Quota Places:

  • Women’s 50kg: Wassila Lkhadiri, 28 June 2023
  • Women’s 57kg: Amina Zidani, 28 June 2023
  • Women’s 60kg: Estelle Mossely, 28 June 2023
  • Women’s 75kg Davina-Myrha Michel (FRA), 30 June 2023
  • Men’s 63.5kg: Sofiane Oumiha, 28 June 2023
  • Men’s 71kg: Makan-Vie Traore, 28 June 2023
  • Men’s 51kg: Billal Bennama, 30 June 2023

Turkey, 6 Quota Places:

  • Women’s 54kg: Hatice Akbas, 28 June 2023
  • Women’s 50kg: Buse Naz Cakiroglu, 28 June 2023
  • Women’s 60kg: Gizem Ozer, 28 June 2023
  • Women’s 66kg: Busenaz Surmeneli, 28 June 2023
  • Men’s 71kg: Tugrulhan Erdemir, 28 June 2023
  • Men’s 51kg: Samet Gumus, 30 June 2023

Ireland, 5 Quota Places:

  • Women’s 57kg: Micahela Walsh, 28 June 2023
  • Women’s 60kg: Kellie Harrington, 28 June 2023
  • Women’s 75kg: Aoife O’Rourke (IRL), 30 June 2023
  • Men’s 63.5kg: Dean Clancy, 28 June 2023
  • Men’s 92kg: Jack Marley, 30 June 2023

Italy, 4 Quota Places:

  • Women’s 50kg: Giordana Sorrentino, 28 June 2023
  • Women’s 57kg: Irma Testa, 28 June 2023
  • Men’s 80kg: Salvatore Cavallaro, 28 June 2023
  • Men’s 92kg: Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine (ITA), 30 June 2023

Bulgaria, 3 Quota Places:

  • Women’s 54kg: Stanimira Petrova, 28 June 2023
  • Women’s 57kg: Svetlana Kamenova Staneva, 28 June 2023
  • Men’s 57kg: Javier Ibanez Diaz, 28 June 2023

Great Britain, 3 Quota Places:

  • Women’s 54kg: Charley-Sian Taylor Davison, 28 June 2023
  • Women’s 66kg: Rosie Joy Eccles, 28 June 2023
  • Men’s +92kg: Delicious Justin Orie, 30 June 2023

Azerbaijan, 2 Quota Places:

  • Men’s 80kg: Murad Allahverdiyev, 28 June 2023
  • Men’s +92kg: Mahammad Abdullayev (AZE), 30 June 2023

Belgium, 2 Quota Places:

  • Men’s 57kg: Vasile Usturoi, 28 June 2023
  • Women’s 66kg: Oshin Derieuw, 28 June 2023

Hungary, 2 Quota Places:

  • Women’s 66kg: Anna Luca Hamori, 28 June 2023
  • Men’s 63.5kg: Richard Kovacs, 28 June 2023

Serbia, 2 Quota Places:

  • Women’s 60kg: Natalia Shadrina, 28 June 2023
  • Men’s 71kg: Vakhid Abbasov, 28 June 2023

Spain, 2 Quota Places:

  • Women’s 50kg: Laura Fuertes Fernandez, 28 June 2023
  • Men’s 57kg: Jose Quiles Brotons, 28 June 2023

Croatia, 1 Quota Place:

  • Men’s 80kg: Gabrijel Veocic, 28 June 2023

Denmark, 1 Quota Place:

  • Men’s 71kg: Nikolai Terteryan, 28 June 2023

Georgia, 1 Quota Place:

  • Men’s 63.5kg: Lasha Gurul, 28 June 2023

Romania, 1 Quota Place:

  • Women’s 54kg: Lenuta Lacramioara Perijoc, 28 June 2023

Sweden, 1 Quota Place:

  • Men’s 57kg: Nebil Mahmud Ibrahim, 28 June 2023

Ukraine, 1 Quota Place:

  • Men’s 80kg: Oleksandr Khyzhniak, 28 June 2023


Men’s 51kg and 92kg quota places awarded at today’s European Games afternoon session

30/06/2023

Today marked the semifinals of the boxing tournament at the III European Games in Krakow and Malapolska, held at the Nowy Targ Arena from June 23 to July 2.

After six days of competition and a day-off to reconfigure the arena from two rings to one, the afternoon session determined the finalists in the Women’s 54kg, 60kg, and 66kg, as well as the Men’s 51kg, 63.5kg, 80kg, and 92kg weight categories.

Moreover, four Paris 2024 Olympic quota places were at stake in the afternoon session, with two each in the Men’s 51kg and 92kg categories. According to the boxing qualification system for Paris 2024, only two quotas will be awarded in these two weight classes at the European Games, meaning only the gold and silver medalists will secure a ticket to Paris. Four more quotas will be distributed tonight during the evening session to the winners of the Women’s 75kg and Men’s +92kg semifinals.

In the first semifinal of the day, Bulgaria’s Stanimira Petrova triumphed over Great Britain’s hopeful Charley-Sian Taylor Davison with a unanimous decision, in the Women’s 54kg weight class. Petrova impressed boxing experts at the European Games, progressing through the tournament with three consecutive 5-0 victories. In the final scheduled for July 1, Petrova will face Romania’s Lenuta Lacramioara Perijoc, who secured her spot in the gold medal match with a hard-fought 3-2 win against Turkey’s Hatice Akbas. All four semifinalists had already secured a Paris 2024 Olympic quota place on June 28 by reaching the semifinals.

In the Women’s 60kg category, the highly anticipated clash between the 2020 and 2016 Olympic Champions ended in favor of Ireland’s Tokyo 2020 gold medalist, Kellie Harrington. She delivered a commanding performance, defeating France’s Rio 2016 champion Estelle Mossely with a resounding 5-0 score. Harrington seemed inspired by competing against one of the world’s best athletes in her category, elevating her boxing to another level compared to her previous bouts in the European Games tournament, where she had secured two split decisions out of three. In the final, Harrington will meet Serbia’s Natalia Shadrina, who earned her place in the gold medal match with a 4-1 split decision victory over Turkey’s Gizem Ozer. All four semifinalists have already claimed a Paris 2024 Olympic slot.

Belgium’s Oshing Derieuw took center stage in the first Women’s 66kg semifinal, comfortably defeating Hungary’s Anna Luca Hamori with a unanimous decision from the judges. Derieuw, a professional boxer, displayed exceptional confidence in the ring, showcasing the tremendous work she and her team had put in over the past months and weeks to adapt to the Olympic-style boxing. However, her path to the top of the European Games podium will feature a formidable opponent: Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli, the 2020 Olympic Champion. Surmeneli secured her place in the final with a 4-1 split decision victory over Great Britain’s Rosie Joy Eccles, demonstrating her skills and power in the third round. With both boxers already holding Olympic quotas, their final is one of the most highly anticipated matches of the tournament.

In the Men’s 51kg category, France’s Billal Bennama, the 2022 European Champion, claimed the first Olympic qualification slot of the day by defeating Great Britain’s Kiaran Bradley MacDonald with a unanimous 5-0 score in the semifinals. Bennama will now face Turkey’s Samet Gumus, who secured a 4-1 victory over Italy’s Federico Emilio Serra to earn a place in the final and secure the second available Paris 2024 quota.

Another French boxer, Rio 2016 silver medalist Sofiane Oumiha, took the spotlight in the Men’s 63.5kg semifinals. The experienced athlete outscored Ireland’s rising star Dean Clancy with a commanding 5-0 victory, setting up a final against Georgia’s Lasha Guruli, who prevailed 5-0 against Hungary’s Richard Kovacs.

In the Men’s 80kg event, Ukraine’s Oleksandr Khyzhniak left no chance for his Italian opponent Salvatore Cavallaro, winning by a 5-0 unanimous decision with all judges scoring 10/9 in every round. Croatia’s Gabrijel Veocic will boxe Khyzhniak in tomorrow evening’s final after securing a 5-0 victory over Azerbaijan’s Murad Allahverdiyev.

Italy’s Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine dashed Poland’s hopes as he defeated local favorite Mateusz Bereznicki with a unanimous decision, dominating all three rounds with a dodge-and-hit style reminiscent of Cuban boxing. Mouhiidine fulfilled his dream of qualifying for the Olympic Games, as today’s victory secured him a ticket to Paris. Moving forward in the tournament, he will face Ireland’s Jack Marley. In one of the most intense fights of the day, Marley overcame Spain’s Enmanuel Reyes Pla with a 4-1 decision, claiming the second Paris 2024 quota place up for grabs. The Spanish athlete had clearly won the first round, while the second round leaned in Marley’s favor. Therefore, the outcome was determined in the third round, where Marley gave his all to secure a slot at the next Games.

The boxing tournament of the III European Games serves as a continental qualifier for the Boxing Road to Paris series supervised by the Paris 2024 Boxing Unit (PBU). A total of 44 Olympic quota places were up for grabs in Nowy Targ, with the majority of 40 already distributed. The remaining four quotas will be awarded tonight during the evening session in the Women’s 75kg and Men’s +92kg categories.

Results: https://results.european-games.org/EG2023/ENG/reports/BOX/all-event/

Photos: https://boxing.athlete365.org/boxing-road-to-paris-2024/europ-photo-galleries/

Videos: https://europeangames.tv/sports/boxing

Paris 2024 Boxing Olympic Quota places awarded today, by event:

  • Women’s 75kg: to be assigned during the evening session, today
  • Men’s 51kg: Billal Bennama (FRA), Samet Gumus (TUR)
  • Men’s 92kg: Jack Marley (IRL), Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine (ITA)
  • Men’s +92kg: to be assigned during the evening session, today

Paris 2024 Boxing Olympic Quota places awarded at the European Games, by event:

  • Women’s 54kg: Charley-Sian Taylor Davison (GBR), Stanimira Petrova (BUL), Lenuta Lacramioara Perijoc (ROU), Hatice Akbas (TUR)
  • Women’s 50kg: Buse Naz Cakiroglu (TUR), Giordana Sorrentino (ITA), Laura Fuertes Fernandez (ESP), Wassila Lkhadiri (FRA)
  • Women’s 57kg: Irma Testa (ITA), Svetlana Kamenova Staneva (BUL), Micahela Walsh (IRL), Amina Zidani (FRA)
  • Women’s 60kg: Kellie Harrington (IRL), Estelle Mossely (FRA), Gizem Ozer (TUR) and Natalia Shadrina (SRB)
  • Women’s 66kg: Anna Luca Hamori (HUN), Oshin Derieuw (BEL), Rosie Joy Eccles (GBR), Busenaz Surmeneli (TUR)
  • Men’s 51kg: Billal Bennama (FRA), Samet Gumus (TUR)
  • Men’s 57kg: Vasile Usturoi (BEL), Javier Ibanez Diaz (BUL), Nebil Mahmud Ibrahim (SWE), Jose Quiles Brotons (ESP).
  • Men’s 63.5kg: Dean Clancy (IRL), Sofiane Oumiha (FRA), Lasha Guruli (GEO), Richard Kovacs (HUN)
  • Men’s 71kg: Makan-Vie Traore (FRA), Nikolai Terteryan (DEN), Vakhid Abbasov (SRB),  Tugrulhan Erdemir (TUR)
  • Men’s 80kg: Salvatore Cavallaro (ITA), Oleksandr Khyzhniak (UKR), Gabrijel Veocic (CRO), Murad Allahverdiyev (AZE)
  • Men’s 92kg: Jack Marley (IRL), Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine (ITA)

Paris 2024 Boxing Olympic Quota places awarded at the Euopean Games, by country:

France, 6 Quota Places:

  • Women’s 50kg: Wassila Lkhadiri, 28 June 2023
  • Women’s 57kg: Amina Zidani, 28 June 2023
  • Women’s 60kg: Estelle Mossely, 28 June 2023
  • Men’s 63.5kg: Sofiane Oumiha, 28 June 2023
  • Men’s 71kg: Makan-Vie Traore, 28 June 2023
  • Men’s 51kg: Billal Bennama, 30 June 2023

Turkey, 6 Quota Places:

  • Women’s 54kg: Hatice Akbas, 28 June 2023
  • Women’s 50kg: Buse Naz Cakiroglu, 28 June 2023
  • Women’s 60kg: Gizem Ozer, 28 June 2023
  • Women’s 66kg: Busenaz Surmeneli, 28 June 2023
  • Men’s 71kg: Tugrulhan Erdemir, 28 June 2023
  • Men’s 51kg: Samet Gumus, 30 June 2023

Ireland, 4 Quota Places:

  • Women’s 57kg: Micahela Walsh, 28 June 2023
  • Women’s 60kg: Kellie Harrington, 28 June 2023
  • Men’s 63.5kg: Dean Clancy, 28 June 2023
  • Men’s 92kg: Jack Marley

Italy, 4 Quota Places:

  • Women’s 50kg: Giordana Sorrentino, 28 June 2023
  • Women’s 57kg: Irma Testa, 28 June 2023
  • Men’s 80kg: Salvatore Cavallaro, 28 June 2023
  • Men’s 92kg: Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine (ITA), 30 June 2023

Bulgaria, 3 Quota Places:

  • Women’s 54kg: Stanimira Petrova, 28 June 2023
  • Women’s 57kg: Svetlana Kamenova Staneva, 28 June 2023
  • Men’s 57kg: Javier Ibanez Diaz, 28 June 2023

Belgium, 2 Quota Places:

  • Men’s 57kg: Vasile Usturoi, 28 June 2023
  • Women’s 66kg: Oshin Derieuw, 28 June 2023

Hungary, 2 Quota Places:

  • Women’s 66kg: Anna Luca Hamori, 28 June 2023
  • Men’s 63.5kg: Richard Kovacs, 28 June 2023

Great Britain, 2 Quota Places:

  • Women’s 54kg: Charley-Sian Taylor Davison, 28 June 2023
  • Women’s 66kg: Rosie Joy Eccles, 28 June 2023

Serbia, 2 Quota Places:

  • Women’s 60kg: Natalia Shadrina, 28 June 2023
  • Men’s 71kg: Vakhid Abbasov, 28 June 2023

Spain, 2 Quota Places:

  • Women’s 50kg: Laura Fuertes Fernandez, 28 June 2023
  • Men’s 57kg: Jose Quiles Brotons, 28 June 2023

Azerbaijan, 1 Quota Place:

  • Men’s 80kg: Murad Allahverdiyev, 28 June 2023

Croatia,1 Quota Place:

  • Men’s 80kg: Gabrijel Veocic, 28 June 2023

Denmark, 1 Quota Place:

  • Men’s 71kg: Nikolai Terteryan, 28 June 2023

Georgia, 1 Quota Place:

  • Men’s 63.5kg: Lasha Gurul, 28 June 2023

Romania, 1 Quota Place:

  • Women’s 54kg: Lenuta Lacramioara Perijoc, 28 June 2023

Sweden, 1 Quota Place:

  • Men’s 57kg: Nebil Mahmud Ibrahim, 28 June 2023

Ukraine, 1 Quota Place:

  • Men’s 80kg: Oleksandr Khyzhniak, 28 June 2023


European Games: 36 Paris 2024 Olympic Quota Places Awarded today

28/06/2023

The III European Games boxing tournament held at the Nowy Targ distributed 18 additional Paris 2024 quota places during today’s evening session. Together with the slots awarded at today’s afternoon session, this brought the total number of quota places awarded to 36 in a single day. These allocations are part of the 44 Paris 2024 qualification slots to be granted during the European Games, which serve as a Boxing Road to Paris qualifier.

France and Turkey emerged on top at the ened of the day, securing the highest number of Paris 2024 qualification slots, with five each. Bulgaria, Ireland, and Italy also claimed three slots each. In total, 17 countries earned at least one Quota Place, including Ukraine.

Boxing powerhouse Turkey continued its jubilant streak at the Nowy Targ Arena. Earlier in the day, they had secured two quota places in the Women’s 60kg (Gizem Ozer), and in the Women’s 66kg category (Busenaz Surmene). In the evening session, they started off with a third Olympic slot clinched by Buse Naz Cakiroglu in the Women’s 50kg quarterfinal, where she outscored local medal hopeful Natalia Rok (POL). Cakiroglu will now face Giordana Sorrentino (ITA) in the semifinal, as Sorrentino advanced in the tournament (and collected a quota place) by defeating Serbia’s Nina Radovanovic with a score of 4-1. In the same weight category, Laura Fuertes Fernandez (ESP) outscored Rita de Pinho Soares (POR), securing her country’s first Paris 2024 Olympic quota in boxing. In the semifinals, she will meet Wassila Lkhadiri (FRA), who secured the fourth quota place in this weight category with a 3-1 victory against Ireland’s Daina Moorehouse.

In the Women’s 54kg event, Romania’s Lenuta Lacramioara Perijoc dominated her bout against Poland’s Sandra Drabik, securing a commanding 5-0 win that earned her a place in the Olympic Games Paris 2024. She is set to face Hatice Akbas in the semifinal, who claimed the fourth Olympic quota for her country, Turkey, by defeating Sirine Charaabi (ITA).

The spotlight turned on Italy’s Irma Testa, the Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist, as she triumphed over Jenifer Fernandez Romero (ESP) with a score of 5-0, leading in all three rounds with a flawless performance. Testa secured an Olympic slot in the Women’s 57kg weight class and will now meet Svetlana Kamenova Staneva (BUL) in the semifinals. Staneva also secured an Olympic slot with a decisive 5-0 victory over Poland’s Julia Szeremeta. The other weigh class’s semifinal will feature Ireland’s Micahela Walsh and France’s Amina Zidani, who both emerged victorious in their respective bouts against Melissa Juvonen Mortensen (DEN) and Mahsati Aghamaliyeva Hamzayeva (AZE), securing their spots at the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

In the Women’s 75kg category, only two Olympic quota places are available at the European Games, guaranteeing the finalists a ticket to Paris. In the semifinals, Davina-Myrha Michel (FRA) will face Irina Nicoletta Schoenberger (GER) after defeating Melissa Gemini (ITA) and Monika Langerova (CZE), respectively. In the other semifinal, Poland’s Elzbieta Wojcik will go up against two-time European champion Aoife O’Rourke from Ireland. Both athletes secured their spots with unanimous 5-0 decisions over Turkey’s Busra Isildar and Sweden’s Love Nelli Holgersson.

Belgium’s Vasile Usturoi swiftly secured victory in a fierce Men’s 57kg bout when the referee stopped the contest at the end of Round 1, as he outclassed his opponent Frederik Lundgaard Jensen (DEN). Usturoi will now face Spain’s Jose Quiles Brotons in the tournament’s semifinal. Both Usturoi and Brotons have guaranteed quota places through their victories. In an even faster match in the same category, Sweden’s Nebil Mahmud Ibrahim knocked down his opponent Roland Veres (HUN) in just 55 seconds, earning an Olympic qualification slot and advancing in the tournament. He will now face Bulgaria’s Javier Ibanez Diaz in the semifinals, who also secured an Olympic berth by defeating Armenia’s Artur Bazeyan in an intense bout.

In one of the closest matches of the day, France’s Makan-Vie Traore secured victory against Azerbaijan’s Sarkhan Aliyev by a razor-thin margin of 3 points to 2 in the Men’s 71kg event. Traore also earned the opportunity to represent his country at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games with a nominal quota place. In two days time, he will face Serbia’s Vakhid Abbasov, another quota place winner, who emerged on top in a split decision (4 to 1 points) against Armenia’s Gurgen Madoyan. The other semifinal in this weight category will see Nikolai Terteryan (DEN) facing Tugrulhan Erdemir (TUR). Terteryan, a southpaw, secured a unanimous decision win over Alban Beqiri (ALB) in a powerful match. Erdemir, on the other hand, outscored Magomed Elim Sultanovic Schachidov (GER). Both winners were granted quota places.

No quotas were up for grabs in the Men’s 92kg quarterfinals, as only two slots will be awarded in this weight class at the European Games. Azerbaijan’s Mahammad Abdullayev advanced by outclassing Greece’s Stylianos Roulias with a commanding score of 5-0. In the next phase, the semifinal, he will face Germany’s Tiafack Nelvie Raman. Yordan Alain Hernandez Morejon from Bulgaria will go up against Delicious Justin Orie from Great Britain.

Results: https://results.european-games.org/EG2023/ENG/reports/BOX/all-event/

Photos: https://boxing.athlete365.org/boxing-road-to-paris-2024/europ-photo-galleries/

Videos: https://europeangames.tv/sports/boxing

Paris 2024 Boxing Olympic Quota places awarded today, by event:

  • Women’s 54kg: Charley-Sian Taylor Davison (GBR), Stanimira Petrova (BUL), Lenuta Lacramioara Perijoc (ROU), Hatice Akbas (TUR)
  • Women’s 50kg: Buse Naz Cakiroglu (TUR), Giordana Sorrentino (ITA), Laura Fuertes Fernandez (ESP), Wassila Lkhadiri (FRA)
  • Women’s 57kg: Irma Testa (ITA), Svetlana Kamenova Staneva (BUL), Micahela Walsh (IRL), Amina Zidani (FRA)
  • Women’s 60kg: Kellie Harrington (IRL), Estelle Mossely (FRA), Gizem Ozer (TUR) and Natalia Shadrina (SRB)
  • Women’s 66kg: Anna Luca Hamori (HUN), Oshin Derieuw (BEL), Rosie Joy Eccles (GBR), Busenaz Surmeneli (TUR)
  • Men’s 57kg: Vasile Usturoi (BEL), Javier Ibanez Diaz (BUL), Nebil Mahmud Ibrahim (SWE), Jose Quiles Brotons (ESP).
  • Men’s 63.5kg: Dean Clancy (IRL), Sofiane Oumiha (FRA), Lasha Guruli (GEO), Richard Kovacs (HUN)
  • Men’s 71kg: Makan-Vie Traore (FRA), Nikolai Terteryan (DEN), Vakhid Abbasov (SRB),  Tugrulhan Erdemir (TUR)
  • Men’s 80kg: Salvatore Cavallaro (ITA), Oleksandr Khyzhniak (UKR), Gabrijel Veocic (CRO), Murad Allahverdiyev (AZE)

Paris 2024 Boxing Olympic Quota places awarded today, by country:

France, 5 Quota Places:

  • Women’s 50kg: Wassila Lkhadiri
  • Women’s 57kg: Amina Zidani
  • Women’s 60kg: Estelle Mossely
  • Men’s 63.5kg: Sofiane Oumiha
  • Men’s 71kg: Makan-Vie Traore

Turkey, 5 Quota Places:

  • Women’s 54kg: Hatice Akbas
  • Women’s 50kg: Buse Naz Cakiroglu
  • Women’s 60kg: Gizem Ozer
  • Women’s 66kg: Busenaz Surmeneli
  • Men’s 71kg: Tugrulhan Erdemir

Bulgaria, 3 Quota Places:

  • Women’s 54kg: Stanimira Petrova
  • Women’s 57kg: Svetlana Kamenova Staneva
  • Men’s 57kg: Javier Ibanez Diaz

Ireland, 3 Quota Places:

  • Women’s 57kg: Micahela Walsh
  • Women’s 60kg: Kellie Harrington
  • Men’s 63.5kg: Dean Clancy

Italy, 3 Quota Places:

  • Women’s 50kg: Giordana Sorrentino
  • Women’s 57kg: Irma Testa
  • Men’s 80kg: Salvatore Cavallaro

Belgium, 2 Quota Places:

  • Men’s 57kg: Vasile Usturoi
  • Women’s 66kg: Oshin Derieuw

Hungary, 2 Quota Places:

  • Women’s 66kg: Anna Luca Hamori
  • Men’s 63.5kg: Richard Kovacs

Great Britain, 2 Quota Places:

  • Women’s 54kg: Charley-Sian Taylor Davison
  • Women’s 66kg: Rosie Joy Eccles

Serbia, 2 Quota Places:

  • Women’s 60kg: Natalia Shadrina
  • Men’s 71kg: Vakhid Abbasov

Spain, 2 Quota Places:

  • Women’s 50kg: Laura Fuertes Fernandez
  • Men’s 57kg: Jose Quiles Brotons

Azerbaijan, 1 Quota Place:

  • Men’s 80kg: Murad Allahverdiyev

Croatia,1 Quota Place:

  • Men’s 80kg: Gabrijel Veocic

Denmark, 1 Quota Place:

  • Men’s 71kg: Nikolai Terteryan

Georgia, 1 Quota Place:

  • Men’s 63.5kg: Lasha Gurul

Romania, 1 Quota Place:

  • Women’s 54kg: Lenuta Lacramioara Perijoc

Sweden, 1 Quota Place:

  • Men’s 57kg: Nebil Mahmud Ibrahim

Ukraine, 1 Quota Place:

  • Men’s 80kg: Oleksandr Khyzhniak


Charley-Sian Taylor Davison (GBR) Becomes First Boxer to Qualify for the Olympic Games Paris 2024

28/06/2023

Great Britain’s Charley-Sian Taylor Davison has made history as the first boxer to secure a qualification for the Olympic Games Paris 2024. In the Women’s 54kg quarterfinals at the III European Games, Davison emerged victorious against Sweden’s Zehra Milli, securing her spot in the tournament’s semifinals, and booking a ticket to Paris.

Charley-Sian Ta Davison (GBR) in RED and Maria Del Carme Romero Molina (ESP) in BLUE compete in the Boxing Road to Paris Qualification Tournament in Nowy Targ (POL) in the Women’s (54kg) event on 26 June 2023.

Davison, who previously participated in the Tokyo Olympics and finished in 9th place, is a mother of three from Lowestoft (GBR), who staid seven years away from the sport to start a family before Tokyo 2020, after having won several junior medals. Today, she said: “I am so happy; this is a dream coming true. I had already competed in Tokyo, and it didn’t go so well there as I was inexperienced. But this time is different, I have worked hard, the experience is there, now, I believe in myself, now.”

Looking ahead, Davison will face Bulgaria’s Stanimira Petrova in the semifinals on June 30. Petrova secured her own Paris 2024 quota by defeating Ireland’s Jennifer Lehane with a resounding 5-0 score.

In the larger context of the tournament, a total of 44 quota places are up for grabs across 13 weight categories during this Boxing Road to Paris qualifier. Thirty-6 of these quotas are set to be distributed today, with 18 allocated in the afternoon session and another 18 in the evening session.

As the afternoon session progressed, two Olympic champions swiftly added their names to the list of Paris 2024 qualified athletes.

Kellie Harrington from Ireland, the 2020 Olympic Champion in the Women’s 60kg category, secured a well-deserved 4-1 split decision victory against Sweden’s Agnes Alexiusson. Harrington’s win advances her to the semifinals and secures her place in the Paris 2024 Games, where she will defend her title. Shortly after, Estelle Mossely, the Rio 2016 gold medalist from France, triumphed over Kosovo’s Donjeta Sadiku with a 4-1 decision, securing her own quota place. The clash between these two champions in the upcoming semifinal promises to be a spectacle on June 30 at the Nowy Targ Arena.

The other two Women’s 60kg quarterfinal winners, Gizem Ozer (TUR) and Natalia Shadrina (SRB), who claimed their victories against Hanna Okhrei (UKR) and Sara Beram (CRO) respectively, also earned qualification for Paris 2024.

In the Women’s 66kg quarterfinals, Hungary’s Anna Luca Hamori showcased her dominance with a commanding 5-0 win over Luna Amaro Beeloo from the Netherlands, securing her Paris 2024 quota. She will meet Belgium’s Oshin Derieuw in the semifinals, who secured her own qualification with a narrow 3-2 victory over France’s Emilie Sonvico. Additionally, Great Britain’s Rosie Joy Eccles claimed her spot in the next Games with a hard-fought 3-2 win against Ireland’s Amy Broadhurst. Eccles faces a formidable opponent in the semifinals, 2020 Olympic Champion Busenaz Surmeneli from Turkey, who dashed the hopes of Poland’s Aneta Rygielska with a commanding 5-0 decision.

In the Men’s 51kg weight class, only two Paris 2024 Quota Places are to be awarded at the III European Games, meaning that only the two finalists will secure their berths for Paris. Great Britain’s Kiaran Bradley Macdonald emerged victorious with a commanding 5-0 decision against Serbia’s Omer Ametovic, propelling him to the semifinals where he will face France’s Billal Bennama. The other semifinal features Turkey’s Samet Gumus and Italy’s Federico Emilio Serra, both securing their spots with impressive 5-0 victories.

Ireland’s Dean Clancy showcased his prowess in the Men’s 63.5kg category with a dominant performance against Italy’s Gianluigi Malanga, earning a qualification for Paris 2024. He will face off against France’s Sofiane Oumiha, the Rio 2016 silver medalist, in the semifinals. Another thrilling quarterfinal saw Georgia’s Lasha Guruli secure a Paris 2024 Quota with a resounding 5-0 victory over Bulgaria’s Radoslav Simeonov Rosenov, mirroring the feat achieved by Richard Kovacs from Hungary in his match against Aleksej Vitorovic Sendrik from Serbia.

Italy celebrated their first Olympic quota place in the Men’s 80kg event, as Salvatore Cavallaro dominated his bout against Gradus Kraus from the Netherlands with a sharp 5-0 performance. His next challenge will be none other than Ukraine’s Tokyo 2020 Silver medalist, Oleksandr Khyzhniak, in what promises to be a spectacular and breathtaking matchup. Croatia’s Gabrijel Veocic also claimed his Paris 2024 ticket with a convincing 5-0 win, setting up a highly anticipated encounter with Azerbaijan’s Murad Allahverdiyev, who dashed Armenia’s hopes with a resounding 5-0 victory over Hambardzum Hakobyan.

Moving forward in the tournament, Jack Marley from Ireland secured a place in the semifinals of the Men’s 92kg category by defeating Marko Calic from Croatia with a 4-1 score. Marley’s upcoming challenge is Spain’s Enmanuel Reyes Pla, with the winner securing a qualification slot for the Games. In the same weight category, Italy’s Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine advanced to the other semifinal alongside Mateusz Bereznicki from Poland.

As the III European Games continue to unfold, the stakes are high for the athletes competing for their Paris 2024 quota places. Follow today’s evening session, where 18 more Olympic berth will be awarded in 5 weight categories.

Results: https://results.european-games.org/EG2023/ENG/reports/BOX/all-event/

Photos: https://boxing.athlete365.org/boxing-road-to-paris-2024/europ-photo-galleries/

Videos: https://europeangames.tv/sports/boxing

Paris 2024 Quota places awarded today:

  • Women’s 54kg: Charley-Sian Taylor Davison (GBR), Stanimira Petrova (BUL)
  • Women’s 60kg: Kellie Harrington (IRL), Estelle Mossely (FRA), Gizem Ozer (TUR) and Natalia Shadrina (SRB)
  • Women’s 66kg: Anna Luca Hamori (HUN), Oshin Derieuw (BEL), Rosie Joy Eccles (GBR), Busenaz Surmeneli (TUR)
  • Men’s 63.5kg: Dean Clancy (IRL), Sofiane Oumiha (FRA), Lasha Guruli (GEO), Richard Kovacs (HUN)
  • Men’s 80kg: Salvatore Cavallaro (ITA), Oleksandr Khyzhniak (UKR), Gabrijel Veocic (CRO), Murad Allahverdiyev (AZE)


Day-5 Evening Session: Exciting Action Unfolds in Round of 16 Matches at III European Games Boxing Tournament

27/06/2023

Twenty-four more bouts took place in the evening session at the Nowy Targ Arena, marking Session 10 of the III European Games Boxing Tournament in Krakow and Malapolska. Starting at 18:00, this session concluded the Round of 16 matches for the Women’s 50kg, 57kg, and 75kg, as well as the Men’s 57kg, 71kg, and +92kg weight classes, shaping the brackets for the upcoming quarterfinals.

In the Women’s 50kg category, Spain’s Laura Fuertes Fernandez secured victory in the first bout of the evening with a 3-2 split decision win over Sofie Vinther Rosshaug from Denmark. She is now set to face Rita de Pinho Soares from Portugal in the quarterfinals. Another matchup in the same category will feature France’s Wassila Lkhadiri against Daina Moorehouse from Ireland, who defeated Ukraine’s Tetiana Kob on points.

Michaela Walsh from Ireland, the 2022 Commonwealth champion, dominated her Round of 16 bout in the Women’s 57kg division with a convincing unanimous decision win against Turkey’s Aysen Taskin. Walsh will now face Melissa Juvonen Mortensen from Denmark, who secured a 5-0 victory over Dea Bolanca from Croatia.

In the same weight category, Mahsati Hamzayeva Aghamaliy from Azerbaijan emerged victorious with an unanimous decision over Armenia’s Tatevik Khachantryan. She is scheduled to face France’s Amina Zidani, who won 4-1 against Lucie Sedlackova from Czechia.

Poland’s Elzbieta Wojcik thrilled the home crowd as she triumphed over Ukraine’s Anastasiia Chernokolenko in the Women’s 75kg event. Displaying excellent skills, Wojcik claimed a comfortable 5-0 victory. She will now face Busra Isildar from Turkey, who narrowly defeated Lithuania’s Gabriele Stonkute with a 3-2 score.

In another Women’s 75kg matchup, Love Nelli Holgersson from Sweden put on an impressive performance, securing a dominant 5-0 decision win against Serbia’s Nikolina Gajic. Holgersson will meet Ireland’s Aoife O’Rourke in the quarterfinals, who advanced after a tense bout against Cindy Winner Djankeu Ngamba of the European Refugee Team with a slim 3-2 margin.

Turning to the Men’s event, Vasile Usturoi from Belgium emerged victorious with a unanimous decision win against Albania’s Ardit Murja in the Men’s 57kg weight class. Usturoi will now face Denmark’s Frederik Lundgaard Jensen in the quarterfinals. Jensen showcased his skills with a commanding 5-0 victory over Great Britain’s Jack James Dryden.

Spain’s Jose Quiles Brotons secured his place in the Men’s 57kg quarterfinals with a unanimous decision win against Batuhan Ciftci from Turkey. Brotons will face Georgia’s Artyush Gomtsyan in the next round. Earlier in the day, Gomtsyan secured his spot by defeating Poland’s Jaroslaw Iwanow with a 4-1 score.

In the Men’s 71kg category, Albania’s Alban Beqiri cleared the Round of 16 with a 4-1 victory over Lithuania’s Aleksandr Trofimcu. Beqiri will meet Nikolai Terteryan from Denmark, who achieved a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Italy’s Salvatore Cavallaro.

In the Men’s +92kg division, Yordan Alain Hernandez Morejon from Bulgaria secured a 4-1 decision win against Italy’s Diego Lenzi. Hernandez Morejon is now set to face Lithuania’s Jonas Jazevicius, who defeated Shpejtim Shabani from Kosovo by RSC (Referee Stop Contest).

Delicious Justin Orie, the Commonwealth champion from Great Britain, delivered an outstanding performance, winning with a flawless 5-0 score against Norway’s Omar Mohamed Shiha. Armenia’s Davit Chaloyan, who won by unanimous decision against Martin Pinc from Czechia, will face Orie in the quarterfinals.

The III European Games Boxing Tournament is currently underway at the Nowy Targ Arena in Krakow and Malapolska, Poland. A total of 319 athletes from 42 countries and the European Refugee Team are competing in 13 weight categories from June 23 to July 2. This tournament is part of the Boxing Road to Paris series, supervised by the Paris 2024 Boxing Unit (PBU), and serves as a continental Olympic qualifier for the upcoming Games. There are 44 qualification slots available for the best boxers in each category.

The tournament will continue tomorrow, June 28, with the quarterfinals phase. Stay tuned for more exciting action at the Nowy Targ Arena!

For results and drawsheets, visit https://results.european-games.org/EG2023/ENG/reports/BOX/all-event/

Explore photo galleries at: https://boxing.athlete365.org/boxing-road-to-paris-2024/europ-photo-galleries/

Watch European Games TV coverage at: https://europeangames.tv/sports/boxing



Day-5 Afternoon Session: Olympic medalists Testa and Cakiroglu advance to the quarterfinals

27/06/2023

The action at the III European Games Boxing Tournament in Krakow and Malopolska, a qualifying event of the Boxing Road to Paris series with 44 qualification slots at stake, continues today. Taking place at the Nowy Targ Arena from June 23 to July 2, the tournament showcases 319 athletes from 42 nations and the European Refugee Team, competing in 13 weight categories, including 7 men’s and 6 women’s divisions.

During today’s afternoon session, the Women’s 50kg, 57kg, and 75kg, as well as the Men’s 57kg, 71kg, and +92kg weight classes, entered the ring for their Round of 16 bouts. The victors of these matches progress to the Quarterfinal phase, which is scheduled to take place tomorrow, June 28, for their respective weight categories.

In the Women’s 50kg category, Buse Naz Cakiroglu from Turkey, the Tokyo Olympic silver medalist and reigning European Games champion, showcased her skills with a dominant 5-0 unanimous decision victory over Anush Grigoryan from Armenia. Cakiroglu will now face local athlete Natalia Rok from Poland, who secured a hard-fought 4-1 victory over Maxi Carina Kloetzer from Germany.

Giordana Sorrentino from Italy claimed a 4-1 victory in her bout against Great Britain’s Demie-Jade Resztan. Sorrentino’s next opponent will be Serbia’s Nina Radovanovic, who defeated Hungary’s Petra Mezei. These two boxers will meet tomorrow, on June 28, for a spot in the semifinals.

Moving on to the Women’s 57kg category, Irma Testa from Italy, the Tokyo Olympic Bronze medalist and current World and European Games champion, faced a tough challenge in her debut bout. Testa started slow, and after two rounds, the match was evenly scored. However, in the third round, she managed to gain a margin and secured a narrow 3-2 victory over Great Britain’s Elise Jacquelin Glynn. Testa will now face Spain’s Jenifer Fernandez Romero, who outscored Marianna Basanets from Ukraine with a commanding 5-0 performance.

In another Women’s 57kg match, Julia Szeremeta from Poland triumphed in a tense bout against Vilma Siiri Mar Viitanen from Finland, winning by a split decision (4-1). Szeremeta’s next opponent will be Svetlana Kameno Staneva from Bulgaria, who secured a convincing 5-0 victory over Romania’s Maria Claudia, today.

In the Women’s 75kg category, Davina-Myrha Michel from France dominated her bout against Hungary’s Timea Nagy, winning by a commanding score of 5-0. Michel will meet Italy’s Melissa Gemini in the quarterfinals. Gemini secured a 4-1 victory over Slovakia’s Jessica Triebelova earlier in the day. Additionally, Monika Langerova from Czechia claimed a 5-0 victory over Vasiliki Stavridou from Greece, while Germany’s Irina Nicoletta Schoenberger outscored Aynur Rzayeva from Azerbaijan by the same margin. Langerova and Schoenberger will face each other in an exciting quarterfinal match.

Moving to the Men’s divisions, in the Men’s 57kg category, Roland Veres from Hungary secured a 4-1 split decision victory over Murat Yildirim from Germany, despite a 1-point deduction for holding. Veres will now face Sweden’s Nebil Mahmud Ibrahim, who collected a dominant 5-0 victory over Farid Walizadeh, representing the European Refugee Team. In the other quarterfinal matchup, Artur Bazeyan from Armenia will face Bulgaria’s Javier Ibanez Diaz. Bazeyan won his bout against Matvejs Prokudins from Latvia, while Ibanez Diaz defeated Taras Bondarchuk from Ukraine.

In the Men’s 71kg weight class, Sarkhan Aliyev from Azerbaijan and Makan-Vie Traore from France advanced to the quarterfinals with victories over Eskerkhan Madiev from Georgia and Petar Kresimir Knezevic from Croatia, respectively. Gurgen Madoyan from Armenia secured an unanimous decision win against Pavel Kamanin from Estonia and will face Serbia’s Vakhid Abbasov, who claimed a 3-2 victory over Rami Mofid Kiwan from Bulgaria, in the next phase of the tournament.

Lastly, in the Men’s +92kg category, Greece’s Stylianos Roulias secured a convincing victory over Jure Simunovic from Slovenia, recording a score of 5-0. Roulias will now face Mahammad Abdullayev from Azerbaijan, who defeated Nikoloz Begadze from Georgia by a score of 3-1. Spain’s Ayoub Ghadfa Drissi El Ai dominated his match against Ukraine’s Dmytro Lovchynskyi and earned a unanimous decision victory. He will meet Germany’s Nelvie Raman Tiafack, who outdid Djamili-Dini Aboudou Moindze from France on points, by split decision.

The stage is almost set for the quarterfinals in these weight categories: this evening’s session will complete the brackets for tomorrow’s matchup.

Remember, you can access the official results and drawsheets on the European Games official website at: https://results.european-games.org/EG2023/ENG/reports/BOX/all-event/.

Additionally, you can view photo galleries at https://boxing.athlete365.org/boxing-road-to-paris-2024/europ-photo-galleries/ and watch live or playback the bouts on the European Games TV at https://europeangames.tv/sports/boxing.



Day-4 Evening Session: Quarterfinal Brackets Take Shape in Women’s 54/60/66kg, and Men’s 51/80/92kg Categories

26/06/2023

The evening session of Day 4 at the European Games Boxing Tournament in Nowy Targ, Poland, witnessed 24 intense bouts in the Round of 16 for the Women’s 54kg, 60kg, and 66kg, as well as the Men’s 51kg, 80kg, and 92kg categories, matches that shaped the tournament’s brackets for the forthcoming quarterfinals (see this news about today’s afternoon session for a complete overview).

In the Women’s 54kg division, Sandra Drabik of Poland delighted the home crowd by securing a 4-1 split decision victory over Armenia’s Ekaterina Sycheva. Drabik’s impressive performance earned her a place in the quarterfinals where she will face Lenuta Lacramio Perijoc from Romania, who won by unanimous decision against Georgia’s Ana Khunjua. Another standout performance came from Hatice Akbas of Turkie, who claimed an unanimous decision win over Hungary’s Hanna Lakotar. Akbas will advance to the quarterfinals to face Italy’s Sirine Charaabi, who outscored Croatia’s Nikolina Cacic by 5-0 points.

In the Women’s 60kg category, southpaw Hanna Okhrei from Ukraine emerged victorious with a 4-1 decision over Nayara Arroyo Rodriguez of Spain. Okhrei will now meet Turkie’s Gizem Ozer, who won by a 4-0 decision against Lithuania’s Ana Starovoitova. Croatia’s Sara Beram also secured her spot in the quarterfinals with a commanding 4-0 victory over Bulgaria’s Aslahan Sezgin Mehmedova. Beram will face Natalia Shadrina from Serbia, who outclassed Alessia Mesiano of Italy with a sharp 5-0 decision.

Continuing with the evening session, the Women’s 66kg bouts provided thrilling action. Ireland’s Amy Broadhurst secured her place in the quarterfinals with a unanimous decision win over Beatrise Rozentale from Latvia. On June 28Broadhurst will face Great Britain’s Rosie Joy Eccles, who outscored Assunta Canfora of Italy by 4-1 points. Another Polish athlete, Aneta Rygielska, advanced in the tournament with a hard-fought 4-1 split decision victory over Stefanie von Berge from Germany. Rygielska, supported by her enthusiastic home crowd, is set to face the highly anticipated Turkish boxer Busenaz Surmeneli, who defeated Paraskevi Mavrommati of Greece by referee stoppage.

In the Men’s 51kg category, Italy’s Federico Emilio Serra secured a place in the quarterfinals after a hard-fought match against Rudolf Garboyan from Armenia. Serra emerged victorious with a late surge in the third round. In the next round, Serra will face Hungary’s Attila Bernath, who dominated his preliminary bout against Masud Yusifzada from Azerbaijan. On ring B, Spain’s Molina Salvador shattered the hopes of Ireland’s Sean Mari with an impressive 5-0 performance, securing a place in the next phase of the tournament. Salvador will face Turkie’s Samet Gumus, who defeated Dmytro Zamotayev from Ukraine with a 3-1 decision.

In the Men’s 80kg category, Estonia’s Stiven Aas moved forward as his opponent, Daniel Ilyushonok from Israel, was disqualified 10 seconds into round 3. Aas will face Croatia’s Gabrijel Veocic, who secured a dominant 5-0 victory on points against Paul Andrei Aradoaie from Romania. Murad Allahverdiyev from Azerbaijan clinched a hard-fought 4-1 split decision win against Nikita Nystedt from Finland, earning a spot in the quarterfinals against Armenia’s Hambardzum Hakobyan, who outscored Serbia’s Vladimir Mironchikov by a narrow 3-2 margin.

Lastly, in the Men’s 92kg category, Poland’s Mateusz Bereznicki thrilled the home crowd with a narrow and hard-fought 3-2 victory over Hungary’s Levente Hunor Kiss. Bereznicki’s exceptional performance sets up an exciting quarterfinal clash with Israel’s Yan Zak, who secured a 4-1 victory over Andrei Zaplitnii from Moldova. Completing the quarterfinal brackets, Italy’s Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine and Turkie’s Berat Acar emerged victorious against Ukraine’s Arkadii Kartsan and Lewis Robert Williams from Great Britain, respectively, paving their way to face each other in the next round.

Check the official results and the drawsheets on the European Games official website at: https://results.european-games.org/EG2023/ENG/reports/BOX/all-event/

You can also check our photo galleries at https://boxing.athlete365.org/boxing-road-to-paris-2024/europ-photo-galleries/ and watch or replay all matches on the European Games TV at https://europeangames.tv/sports/boxing.

Stay tuned for more action at the European Games Boxing Tournament, continuing tomorrow, June 27, at the Nowy Targ Arena!



Two Olympic Champions advance on Day 4 of the European Games boxing tournament

26/06/2023

The boxing tournament at the III European Games in Krakow and Malopolska moves ahead at full speed. Today, June 26, is an action-packed day-4 with 48 bouts to be contested on two rings between the afternoon and evening sessions.

It’s the Round of 16 for the Women’s 54kg, 60kg, and 66kg, and the Men’s 51kg, 80kg, and 92kg categories. Today’s matches will determine who’s moving on to the quarterfinals, and thus getting closer to the 44 Olympic Quota Places to be awarded here. This tournament serves as a Boxing Road to Paris qualification event, with direct, nominal qualification slots for Paris 2024 at stake.

In the afternoon session, 24 bouts took place, with some of the best amateur boxers stepping into the ring.

Two Olympic champions made their way to the quarterfinals in the Women’s 60kg event. On Ring A, Tokyo 2020 Olympic Champion Kellie Harrington (IRL) outscored Armenia’s Elida Kocharyan by 5-0. At the same time, on Ring B, Estelle Mossely from France met Chelsey Laurent Heijnen (NED). After a tight round 1, Rio 2016 champion Mossely gained an edge in round 2 to eventually dominate round 3 and secure a unanimous decision victory. On June 28, Harrington will face Sweden’s Agnes Alexiusson who overcame Sandra Kruk of Poland with a sharp 5-0 unanimous decision after leading all three rounds. Mossely, on her side, will meet Kosovo’s Donjeta Sadiku who clinched a split-decision win over Anna Julia Jenni (SUI).

In the Women’s 54kg category, Charley-Sian Ta Davison (GBR), boxing in red, won her very first bout in the tournament as she defeated Maria Del Carme Romero Molina from Spain with a unanimous decision. In the quarterfinal to be held on June 28, she will meet Sweden’s Zehra Milli who won her match against Mayssen Lambot (BEL) by unanimous decision today.

In the same weight category, Bulgaria’s Stanimira Petrova and Ukraine’s Anastasiia Kovalchuk stepped into the ring at Nowy Targ Arena for the first time today, as they had both passed through the Round of 32 without boxing. Petrova advanced via a “bye,” while Kovalchuk took advantage of a walkover. Full of fresh energy, the two boxers staged an intense and powerful bout, which saw Kovalchuk coming out on top with a split decision score of 4-1. In a couple of days, she will meet Jennifer Lehane (IRL) in the quarterfinal. The Irish boxer gained a hard-fought win by unanimous decision today as she beat Greece’s Antonia Filippa Giannakopoulou.

In the Women’s 66kg category, France’s Emilie Sonvico won the bout against Sona Harutyunyan (ARM) as the referee stopped the contest amid round 2. On June 28, she will face Belgium’s Oshin Derieuw who outscored Shahla Allahverdiyeva (AZE) 5-1 points today. In the same weight class, Hungary’s Luca Hamori secured a 5-0 win against Madeleine Elisa Angelsen (NOR), collecting her second victory by unanimous decision in this tournament, which propels her into the quarterfinal phase. Up next, she will go against Luna Amaro Beeloo (NED) who won a hard-fought match against Ukraine’s Mariia Bova (UKR) with a split decision (4-1) today.

In the Men’s 51kg category, the home crowd at the Nowy Targ Arena burst with excitement as Poland’s Jakub Slominski stepped into the ring to face Bulgaria’s Daniel Asenov. The Polish athlete boxed consistently across the three rounds, gaining a razor-thin edge over his competitor blow after blow, to eventually secure a split decision with a 3-2 score. He will meet one of the strongest competitors in the category in the quarterfinals in two days. Indeed, the 2022 European Champion Billal Bennama (FRA) who moved on in the brackets as he won his Round of 16 match against Bashkim Bajoku (KOS) by unanimous decision. In the meantime, on Ring A, Kiaran Bradley Macdonald (GBR) claimed a unanimous decision win over Salah Ibrahim Omar (GER), advancing to the Men’s 51kg quarterfinal where he will face Serbia’s Omer Ametovic who today beat Leon Vranjes (BIH) as the referee stopped the bout at the beginning of the second round.

Today is the third consecutive day that a Salvatore Cavallaro goes into the ring here in Nowy Targ. Two Italian cousins who share both their name and surname are competing in the tournament in the 71kg and 80kg Men’s event. Today, it was the 80kg Cavallaro’s turn to get through the ropes as he competed against Spain’s Gazimagomed Sch Jalidov Gafurova. The Italian boxer initially suffered the longer reach of his opponent, just to eventually clinch a split decision victory (4-1) through a powerful last round. Cavallaro will be up against Kraus Gradus (NED) in the quarterfinals on June 28. No worries, though: every day is a Cavallaro day here in Nowy Targ, and tomorrow it will be his cousin’s turn in the spotlight at the 71kg event.

In the same Men’s 80kg division, but boxing on Ring B, it was Ireland’s Kelyn Cassidy who secured a unanimous decision victory against Great Britain’s Taylor Jay Bevan after a high-energy bout that kept the spectators breathless from the first to the last second. The Irish boxer won the first round, while the British turned the second in his favor, leaving the decision to the third. There, Cassidy gave his best, putting up a show of dominance that convinced the judges to award him the victory. In two days’ time, the skilled up-and-coming boxer will have to face Tokyo 2020 Olympic silver medalist and reigning European Games champion Oleksandr Khyzhniak from Ukraine, who beat Michail Tsamalidis (GRE) to advance in the tournament.

Moving on to the Men’s 92kg category, the 2022 European Championship silver medalist Enmanuel Reyes Pla (ESP) outscored Armenia’s Narek Manasyan, securing a unanimous decision win to move on to the quarterfinals where he will meet Germany’s Alexander Chris Okafor (who defeated Slovakia’s David Michalek in the Round of 16). In the same class, Marko Calic (CRO) won with a unanimous decision against Simonas Urbonavicius (LTU) and is set to face Jack Marley (IRL) in the quarterfinals as the Irish boxer claimed a narrow victory (4-1) on points against Greece’s Vagkan Nanitzanian today.

The Boxing Tournament at the European Games continues this evening when 24 more bouts will take place, starting at 18:00.

You can check the official results and the drawsheets on the European Games official website at: https://results.european-games.org/EG2023/ENG/reports/BOX/all-event/

You can also check our photo galleries at https://boxing.athlete365.org/boxing-road-to-paris-2024/europ-photo-galleries/ and catch the rewind of all matches on the European Games TV at https://europeangames.tv/sports/boxing.



Explosive Night of Boxing at the III European Games: Champions Emerge in Thrilling Bouts

25/06/2023

The III European Games Boxing Tournament in Nowy Targ, Poland, continued with a riveting evening session featuring 19 preliminary matches in the Women’s 75kg and Men’s 63.5kg, 71kg, and +92kg categories. The arena was filled with anticipation as the athletes showcased their skills, delivering excellent performances.

In the Women’s 75kg category, the stage was set for fierce competition. Davina-Myrha Michel from France emerged victorious with a captivating split decision win (3:2) over Kerry Susan Davis from Great Britain. Meanwhile, the home crowd erupted with excitement as Poland’s Elzbieta Wojcik capitalized on the electric atmosphere, delivering a masterful display of speed and precision. She claimed a well-deserved 4:1 victory on points against Norway’s Sunniva Hofstad.

Representing the European Refugee Team, Cindy Winner Djankeu Ngamba displayed remarkable skill and determination, securing a unanimous decision win over Ani Hovsepyan from Armenia in the same Women’s 75kg division. This marked the first bout and the first victory of an European Refugee Team member in this boxing tournament.

In the Men’s 63.5kg category, the action was intense. Radoslav Simeon Rosenov from Bulgaria showcased his prowess, claiming a resounding unanimous decision victory over Reese Lynch from Great Britain. In a closely contested match, Alexandru Paraschiv from Moldova emerged triumphant with a split decision win (3:2) over Aleksej Vitorov Sendrik from Serbia. Additionally, Richard Kovacs from Hungary delivered a scintillating performance, outscoring Narek Hovhannisyan from Armenia with a commanding 4:1 score.

The Men’s 71kg category witnessed thrilling bouts and exceptional performances. Salvatore Cavallaro from Italy, cousin of the homonymous Salvatore Cavallaro who triumphed in the Men’s 80kg event the previous day, showcased his skills in a close Round-of-32 bout against Ireland’s Dean Walsh. In a hard-fought contest, Cavallaro emerged as the victor, securing a narrow 3:2 win. Meanwhile, Aleksandr Trofimcuk from Lithuania claimed a razor-thin edge victory (4:1) over Esad Avdic from Austria. Alban Beqiri from Albania displayed his strength and technique, prevailing over Dejan Leburic from Slovenia with a notable 4:1 score. Danish boxer Nikolai Terteryan dominated his bout against Diogo Marcelino Da Silva from Portugal, earning a unanimous decision win with several impressive 10/8 decisions in his scorecard.

In the Men’s +92kg category, another Italian athlete, Diego Lenzi, secured a commanding unanimous decision victory over Juraj Soldo from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Meanwhile, Lithuania’s Jonas Jazevicius caused an upset, earning a hard-fought split decision win (4:1) against Poland’s Radoslaw Kawczak.

Adding to the excitement, Great Britain’s Delicious Justin Orie exhibited his skills, outpointing Marko Milun from Croatia with a convincing 4:0 score in the same Men’s +92kg division. In the final match of the day, Davit Chaloyan from Armenia left little chance for Vladan Babic from Serbia, dominating the entire bout with his skills and utilizing his longer reach to secure a unanimous decision victory.

The III European Games Boxing Tournament, which also serves as a Boxing Road to Paris qualifier with 44 Olympic slots at stake, will continue tomorrow, June 26.

Stay up to date with the latest results, tomorrow’s schedule, and additional content by visiting the official website of the III European Games at https://results.european-games.org/EG2023/ENG/schedule/BOX/all-days/all-event.

You can also check our photos galleries at https://boxing.athlete365.org/boxing-road-to-paris-2024/europ-photo-galleries/  and catch the rewind of all matches on the European Games TV at https://europeangames.tv/sports/boxing.

Stay tuned for more boxing action!



European Games Day-3: Poland in the Spotlight, +92kg Boxers Make Their Debut

25/06/2023

The Nowy Targ Arena was ablaze with excitement as the Boxing Tournament of the III European Games continued on June 25, with a Polish athlete featuring in the very first match of the day, and the Men’s +92kg category started competing. Over 300 athletes from various countries are competing in 13 weight categories from June 23 to July 2, vying for the prestigious European titles and the 44 Paris 2024 Olympic Quota Places.

During Day 3 of the tournament, two more sessions take place, featuring a total of 38 preliminary bouts in the Women’s 50kg and Men’s 63.5kg, 71kg, and +92kg events.

The first session of the day (#5 of the tournament) commenced with a thrilling match featuring the local hero, Natalia Rok from Poland. In the Women’s 50kg category, Rok faced off against Bulgaria’s Zlatislava Gena Chukanova Georgieva. With the home crowd rallying behind her, the young Polish boxer put on a consistent performance, securing a split decision victory (4:1 points) and advancing to the next stage of the tournament.

In the same weight category, Denmark’s Sofie Vinther Rosshaug claimed a resounding victory with a unanimous decision against Nela Freiherrova from the Czech Republic. On ring B, Ukraine’s Tetiana Kob and Finland’s Pihla Matilda Kaivo-Oja engaged in a closely contested match. Kaivo-Oja took the first round, while Kob rebounded in the second. Ultimately, it was Kob’s performance in the third round that sealed the deal, as she secured a 4:1 victory and progressed in the tournament.

In the Men’s 63.5kg Round of 16 bout, Rio 2016 Silver medalist Sofiane Oumiha of France faced Germany’s Assan Hansen. Oumiha emerged victorious with a 4:1 split decision, showcasing his skills and determination. Another closely fought match in the same weight category saw Gianluigi Malanga from Italy triumph over Petr Novak of the Czech Republic with a split decision victory (4:1 points). Turkey’s Bilge Kagan Kanli also secured a split decision win (3:2) against Shpetim Bajoku from Kosovo. In a tightly contested bout, Dean Clancy from Ireland emerged victorious with a 3:2 split decision.

Moving on to the Men’s 71kg Round of 32, 2021 World Championship bronze medalist Sarkhan Aliyev of Azerbaijan demonstrated his dominance against Michal Takacs from Slovakia, claiming a unanimous decision victory despite a standing count in the third round. Meanwhile, on ring B, Vakhid Abbasov from Serbia showcased his exceptional boxing skills and footwork against Miroslav Kapuler-Ishchenko from Israel, securing a clear 5:0 decision.

In the same weight category, Eskerkhan Madiev from Georgia emerged triumphant as the referee stopped the contest just 8 seconds into Round 2, awarding Madiev the victory over Martins Blumentals from Latvia. Croatia’s Petar Kresimir Knezevic secured a unanimous decision win against Cosmin Daniel Hermeziu from Romania, while France’s Makan-Vie Traore also won by unanimous decision, defeating Patriot Behrami from Kosovo. With impressive performances, Pavel Kamanin from Estonia and Gurgen Madoyan from Armenia both secured neat 5:0 unanimous decisions against Gianni Dedic from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Stefan Savkovic from Montenegro, respectively. Additionally, southpaw Rami Mofid Kiwan from Bulgaria showcased his rapid footwork, outscoring Tony Jas from the Netherlands with a unanimous decision victory (5:0).

In the first Men’s +92kg bout of the tournament, Ayoub Ghadfa Drissi El Ai from Spain faced Alexei Zavatin from Moldova. Ghadfa Drissi El Ai exhibited exceptional skills, nullifying his opponent’s longer reach and controlling the match throughout all three rounds, ultimately winning by a unanimous decision.

Continuing in the heaviest weight category, two-time World Championship bronze medalist Mahammad Abdullayev from Azerbaijan dominated his bout against Ugur Aydemir from Turkey, leading in the first two rounds and forcing the referee to stop the contest in Round 3.

Nelvie Raman Tiafack from Germany, displaying speed, confidence, and pure power, collected several 10/8 decisions on his way to the round of 16, showcasing his dominance in the ring as he defeated Stan Gijsbertus Bertens from the Netherlands by unanimous decision. Meanwhile, on ring A, Jure Simunovic from Slovenia secured victory with a 4:1 split decision over Laszlo Lajos Felfoldi from Hungary.

The action-packed European Games Boxing Tournament will continue with the second session of the day, scheduled to start at 18:00 CET later today.

Make sure to stay updated with the latest competition information, results, schedules, and additional content by visiting the official website of the III European Games at https://results.european-games.org/EG2023/ENG/schedule/BOX/all-days/all-event. Additionally, you can catch the live action on European Games TV at https://europeangames.tv/sports/boxing.

Stay tuned for more exhilarating matches as the III European Games Boxing Tournament unfolds at the Nowy Targ Arena.



Day-2’s Evening Session Unveils Mixed Results as Prominent Champions Take to the Ring

24/06/2023

The evening session of the second competition day of the European Games Boxing Tournament saw 19 more bouts being contested on the two rings of the Nowy Targ Arena, where 319 athletes are competing in 13 events from June 23 to July 2. It was a session of mixed results and emotions. The host country Poland celebrated two victories, witnessing two of its athletes advancing in the tournament. However, one of the most anticipated boxers, reigning European Games champion Loren Berto Alfonso Dominguez from Azerbaijan, was defeated in his very first bout. Sharing the spotlight, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Champion Busenaz Surmeneli from Turkie lived up to the expectations of her fans, breezing through her preliminary bout effortlessly.

There are 44 Olympic Quota Places (22 men, 22 women) at stake, in this first leg of the Boxing Road to Paris qualification pathway. The qualification slots will be awarded to the best athletes in each event (see the Qualification System for details), so passing these first preliminary bouts and moving on in the brackets of the tournament is a must for those chasing the Paris 2024 Olympic dream.

In the Women’s 54kg category, the session started strong with the Nowy Targ Arena cheering out loud for the local boxer Sandra Drabik (POL), competing in red. Boxing on her home turf, the young Polish athlete met France’s Delphine Mancini in a very close bout, and the cheering of the home crowd accompanied her to victory with a 4:1 split decision. Hanna Lakotar from Hungary also secured a 4:1 split decision win against Claudia Totova from Czechia. Italy’s Sirine Charaabi claimed a unanimous decision victory over Finland’s Emma Natalia Jokiaho, after putting her opponent down twice in standing counts during rounds 2 and 3. Lenuta Lacramio Perijoc from Romania emerged victorious against Zeynab Rahimova from Azerbaijan as the referee stopped the contest just 44 seconds into the first round.

Moving on to the Women’s 66kg category, Busenaz Surmeneli from Turkie, a Tokyo 2020 Olympic Champion, had an easy victory in her bout against Austeja Auciute from Lithuania, recording an unanimous decision and advancing toward the next phase of the tournament and the Paris 2024 qualification slots. Anna Luca Hamori from Hungary dominated her bout against Marketa Tojnarova from Czechia, securing an unanimous decision win with a full scorecard across the three rounds. Amy Broadhurst, the reigning European and Commonwealth champion from Ireland, showcased her skills once again as she outscored Milena Matovic from Serbia, winning via an unanimous 5:0 decision after dominating the third and last round.

In the Men’s 80kg category, Daniel Ilyushonok from Israel advanced into the tournament by knocking down Altin Shala from Kosovo 1 minute and 51 seconds into round 3. Estonia’s Stiven Aas secured a split decision in his favor, defeating Leo Cvitanovic from Bosnia and Herzegovina 4 to 1 points. Murad Allahverdiyev from Azerbaijan finished in the spotlight with a dominant performance against Kevin Boakye Schumann from Germany, resulting in the contest being stopped by the referee at the 2:05 mark of the third round. Nikita Nystedt from Finland showcased his skills, outclassing Rudolfs Ozols from Latvia and forcing the referee to stop the contest.

In the Men’s 92kg category, reigning European Games champion Loren Berto Alfonso Dominguez from Azerbaijan suffered a setback in his very first bout, losing to Yan Zak from Israel by a split decision of 4:1 points after a closely fought match. A few minutes earlier, the Nowy Targ Arena burst into applause when the home athlete Mateusz Bereznicki from Poland secured an unanimous decision victory over Pavol Hrivnak from Czechia. Lewis Robert Williams from Great Britain outclassed his opponent Taulant Jakupi from Kosovo, who had to abandon the match during round 2, allowing Williams to advance in the tournament. Arkadii Kartsan from Ukraine also progressed to the next stage by defeating Filip Nenadovic from Serbia with an unanimous decision.

Photos of all bouts are available in the gallery section of this website, at https://boxing.athlete365.org/boxing-road-to-paris-2024/europ-photo-galleries/

Live action can be followed on European Games TV at: https://europeangames.tv/sports/boxing](https://europeangames.tv/sports/boxing

At the same time, information, results, schedules, and additional content by visiting the official website of the III European Games at https://results.european-games.org/EG2023/ENG/schedule/BOX/all-days/all-event .

As the competition continues, the intensity rises and the boxers strive to secure their places in the next rounds, inching closer to their Olympic dreams and the coveted Paris 2024 qualification slots. The Boxing Tournament of the III European Games continues tomorrow, June 25, with the first session of day-3 scheduled at 13:00. Stay tuned!



Day-2 of Action-Packed Bouts at III European Games Boxing Tournament

24/06/2023

Day-2 of the Boxing Tournament at the III European Games kicked off in full swing with 25 thrilling bouts at the Nowy Targ Arena, today. Athletes from various weight categories, including Women’s 54kg and 57kg, as well as Men’s 51kg, 80kg, and 92kg, showcased their skills and determination to advance further in the tournament.

With a total of 319 athletes competing for the European Games titles and 44 Olympic quota places, this event serves as a continental Boxing Road to Paris qualifier along the Olympic qualification pathway managed by the IOC Paris 2024 Boxing Unit (PBU).

In the Women’s 57kg category, Michaela Walsh from Ireland, the reigning Commonwealth champion, dominated her bout against Olga Pavlina Papadatou from Greece, securing a unanimous decision victory. Walsh, who had previously won silver at the 2019 European Games, is now focused on securing a qualification slot for the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympics, following her participation in the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Maria Claudia Nechita from Romania claimed a hard-fought victory by split decision (3:2) over Asya Ari from Germany in another intense Women’s 57kg matchup. Meanwhile, Marianna Basanets from Ukraine emerged victorious in her match against Ajla Vojic from Bosnia and Herzegovina, as the referee stopped the contest during the first round.

Amina Zidani from France delivered an impressive performance, securing a unanimous decision win against Ana Marija Milisic from Switzerland in the Women’s 57kg category. Elise Jacquelin Glynn from Great Britain also secured a unanimous decision victory, eliminating Serbia’s Andela Brankovic and advancing further in the tournament’s brackets.

In the Women’s 54kg division, Ireland’s Jennifer Lehane claimed a closely contested match, defeating Sara Cirkovic from Serbia by a narrow margin of 3:2 points, as she impressed the judges with a strong third round. Spain’s Maria Del Carme Romero Molina secured a split decision victory (4:1) against Bojana Gojkovic from Montenegro in another thrilling Women’s 54kg bout.

While Anastasiia Kovalchuk from Ukraine advanced to the next round by walk-over, Mayssen Lambot from Belgium showcased her skills and claimed a unanimous decision win in her bout against Iulia Coroli from Moldova.

In the Men’s 51kg category, Attila Bernath from Hungary outscored David Alaverdian from Israel with a score of 4:1, dominating the first two rounds and leaving few opportunities for his opponent to mount a comeback. Martin Molina Salvador from Spain secured victory as the referee stopped the contest during the second round of his match against Dumitru Vieru from Moldova. Salah Ibrahim Omar from Germany emerged triumphant with a unanimous decision win against Allan Morozov from Estonia. In the same event, Tokyo 2020 Olympian Billal Bennama from France showcased his prowess, securing a comprehensive 5:0 victory against Sakhil Alakhverdovi from Georgia.

The Men’s 80kg category witnessed some intense matchups. Oleksandr Khyzhniak from Ukraine, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic silver medalist, emerged victorious in a closely contested match against Georgii Kushitashvili from Georgia. The Ukrainian athlete displayed exceptional skills in the first two rounds of the match. With strategic maneuvering, he consistently pushed his opponent to the ropes, effectively neutralizing his longer-reach advantage. In an impressive display of power, Khyzhniak dominated the third round, delivering powerful blows that resulted in his opponents being counted by the referee multiple times. Eventually, the referee had no choice but to stop the bout, declaring Khyzhniak the victor.

In the same weight category, Gradus Kraus from the Netherlands secured the quickest victory of the day, as the referee stopped the contest some 30 seconds into the first round of his match against Jindrich Janecka from the Czechia. Lithuania’s Robertas Liorancas claimed a unanimous decision win against Andrei Chiriacov from Moldova, showcasing his dominance in the first two rounds while fending off Chiriacov’s comeback attempts in the third round.

Gazimagomed Sch Jalidov Gafurova from Spain, a bronze medalist at this year’s Mediterranean Games, secured a unanimous decision victory against the home athlete Klemens Szczepaniak from Poland. Kelyn Cassidy from Ireland delivered an impressive performance, defeating Mindaugas Gedminas from Norway in the Men’s 80kg category. Cassidy’s strategic defense and precise counter-blows helped him secure victory in all three rounds.

Michail Tsamalidis from Greece claimed a unanimous decision win over Arjan Iseni from North Macedonia in another thrilling Men’s 80kg bout. Salvatore Cavallaro from Italy led the match against Redis Karaj from Albania, ultimately winning by unanimous decision.

In a captivating matchup between Southpaw Mathieu-Albert Bauderlique from France and Taylor Jay Bevan from Great Britain in the Men’s 80kg event, Bevan’s exceptional footwork and ring control proved decisive. Bevan secured the first two rounds with a scorecard full of 10/9s in his favor and dominated the third round, forcing Bauderlique into a standing countdown. Bevan emerged victorious by unanimous decision.

In the Men’s 92kg category, Enmanuel Reyes Pla from Spain, a 2022 European Championship silver medalist, claimed a split decision victory (4:1) over Soheb-Youcef Bouafia from France. Marko Calic from Croatia emerged triumphant in a thrilling Balkan derby against Dzemal Bosnjak from Bosnia and Herzegovina, securing a unanimous decision win. Alexander Chris Okafor from Germany displayed his skills and secured a unanimous decision victory against Gelian Rojku from Albania. Vagkan Nanitzanian from Greece advanced to the next round as he overwhelmed Michel Erpelding from Luxembourg, prompting the referee to stop the bout during the third round.

The Boxing Tournament of the III European Games will continue with the second session of the day, scheduled to start at 18:00 CET.

Stay updated with the latest competition information, results, schedules, and additional content by visiting the official website of the III European Games at https://results.european-games.org/EG2023/ENG/schedule/BOX/all-days/all-event

Additionally, live action can be followed on European Games TV at: https://europeangames.tv/sports/boxing](https://europeangames.tv/sports/boxing

Stay tuned for more action as the III European Games Boxing Tournament unfolds at the Nowy Targ Arena.



European Games day-1 continues with 18 more preliminary bouts

23/06/2023

The second session of Day 1 at the Boxing Tournament of the III European Games in Krakow, held at the Nowy Targ Arena, provided fans with another round of great bouts. Athletes in the Women’s 60kg and the Men’s 57kg, 63.5kg, and 71kg categories took to the ring, determined to advance in the brackets.

In the Women’s 60kg category, Hanna Okhrei from Ukraine showcased her skills and earned a unanimous decision victory against Tara Bohatjuk from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Gizem Ozer from Turkey left no room for doubt as she secured a flawless victory of 5:0 on points against Cristina Chiper from Moldova. Sara Beram from Croatia progressed in the brackets with a decisive unanimous decision win over Germany’s Lena Marie Buechner. Italy’s Alessia Mesiano displayed her dominance in the ring, securing a full scorecard unanimous decision victory against Loredana Andree Marin from Romania.

The Men’s 57kg division witnessed impressive performances as well. Jack James Dryden representing Great Britain impressed the judges, earning a sharp score of 5:0 against Riad Labidi from France. Jose Quiles Brotons from Spain showcased his skills and secured a convincing 5:0 victory over Andrei Valentin Gavae from Romania. Batuhan Ciftci from Turkey advanced in the brackets with an unanimous decision win against Kirill Serikov from Estonia. Competing on home turf, Jaroslaw Iwanow from Poland thrilled his supporters cheering him loud at the Nowy Targ Arena with a split decision victory of 4:1 point against Michele Baldassi from Italy.

In the Men’s 63.5kg event, the bouts were filled with intensity. Reese Lynch, the 2022 Commonwealth Games champion representing Great Britain, displayed his dominance as he outperformed Marcis Grundulis from Latvia, securing a sharp score of 5:0 after dominating all three rounds. Radoslav Simeon Rosenov from Bulgaria emerged victorious with a split decision of 4:0 in his match against Wael Mejri from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Viliam Tanko from Slovakia clinched the victory in his match against Semjon Kamanin from Estonia with a score of 4:1. Alexandru Paraschiv from Moldova outscored Norway’s Sayed Kazemi with 5 points, securing a well-deserved victory. Aleksej Vitorov Sendrik from Serbia dominated the bout with a full scorecard and forced his opponent, Abdallah Nazih Abou-Arab from Denmark, into a standing countdown twice, securing a unanimous decision victory. Narek Hovhannisyan from Armenia secured a close split decision victory of 3:2 against Ahmad Shtiwi from Israel. Lasha Guruli from Georgia also secured a split decision victory of 3:2 over Adrian Thiam Creus from Spain. Richard Kovacs from Hungary showcased his skills and earned a convincing 5:0 victory against Andriejus Lavrenovas from Lithuania.

In the Men’s 71kg category, Eskerkhan Madiev from Georgia displayed his prowess in the ring, earning a 4:0 victory against Youba Sissokho Ndiaye from Spain. Aleksandr Trofimcuk from Lithuania showcased his dominance with a flawless 5:0 victory over Soma Mester from Hungary. Miroslav Kapuler-Ishchenko from Israel impressed the judges, securing a clear unanimous decision victory of 5:0 against Milos Bartl from the Czech Republic. The last bout of the day in the Men’s 71kg category saw Martin Skogheim from Norway emerge triumphant with a unanimous decision victory and a full scorecard against Rafail Pafios from Cyprus.

The Boxing Tournament of the III European Games, which serves as a qualification event for the European continent on the Road to Paris, will continue on June 24. With over 300 athletes from 42 countries and the Refugees Olympic Team competing until July 2, the stakes are high as they vie for the European Games titles and the 44 qualification slots to Paris awarded in each category.

For updated competition information, results, schedules, and additional content, visit the official website of the III European Games.



Thrilling Action as III European Games Boxing Tournament begins in Nowy Targ

23/06/2023

The Boxing Tournament of the III European Games commenced today at the Nowy Targ Arena, featuring 319 boxers representing 42 nations and the Refugee Olympic Team. Over the course of ten days, from June 23 to July 2, these athletes will compete in 13 events, vying not only for European titles and medals but also for 44 Paris 2024 Olympic Quota Places. These coveted quota places serve as tickets to the next Olympic Games, providing a nominal qualification slot for participation.

In the first session of the day, the two rings of the Nowy Targ Arena witnessed a thrilling display of talent with 17 preliminary bouts taking place. The tournament commenced on an exhilarating note as two Olympic Champions, Ireland’s Kellie Harrington and France’s Estelle Mossely, stepped into the ring at the same time, in the very first two bouts of the day, and emerged victorious in their respective matches.

The women’s 60kg category witnessed impressive performances from these Olympic champions. Kellie Harrington, the Tokyo 2020 gold medalist representing Ireland, showcased her skills and secured a points victory of 4:1 over Miroslava Jedinakova from Slovakia.

Continuing the success of Olympic champions, Rio 2016 gold medalist Estelle Mossely from France left no room for doubt as she claimed a unanimous decision victory over Teresa Benedict Makinen from Finland. Donjeta Sadiku from Kosovo also made her mark, securing a convincing 4:0 decision win over Shona Catherine Whitwell from Great Britain. Agnes Alexiusson from Sweden also displayed her prowess, earning a flawless victory of 5:0 on points against Lenka Bernardova from the Czech Republic.

In the men’s 57kg division, the blue corner tasted victory in the first two bouts. Artur Bazeyan from Armenia impressed the judges, earning a unanimous decision win over Vladimir Trakal from the Czechia. Meanwhile, Javier Ibanez Diaz representing Bulgaria secured a hard-fought victory with a split decision of 4 points to 1 over Jude Gallagher from Ireland.

Taras Bondarchuk, a southpaw boxer hailing from Ukraine, showcased his skills and secured a unanimous decision victory, earning all five points against Alen Rahimic from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Roland Veres from Hungary followed suit, earning a unanimous decision win over Umid Rustamov from Azerbaijan.

In a closely contested bout, Nebil Mahmud Ibrahim from Sweden emerged victorious with a split decision victory, with the judges awarding him 4 points to 1 point against Alen Rustemovski from North Macedonia. Ardit Murja from Albania also secured a close victory with a split decision of 3 to 2 points against Victor Vacula from Moldova.

The men’s 63.5kg category witnessed several impressive performances as well. Gianluigi Malanga from Italy, utilized his dancing footwork and left-handed guard to his advantage and secured a unanimous decision victory over Ilhan Atilla Ozmen from North Macedonia. Malik Hasanov from Azerbaijan also displayed his dominance in the ring, earning a unanimous decision win over Bartlomiej Roskowicz from Poland, who was fighting on his home turf.

Dean Clancy from Ireland showcased his skills and determination as he secured a unanimous decision victory over Arsen Chabyan from Austria. Assan Hansen from Germany emerged triumphant with a split decision victory of 4:1 points against Yaroslav Khartsyz from Ukraine. Sofiane Oumiha from France, a 2016 Olympic Silver medalist and two-time European Games silver medalist, moved on in the brackets securing a unanimous decision win over Aljaz Sircelj from Slovenia.

In the same men’s 63.5kg category, Shpetim Bajoku from Kosovo claimed victory with a split decision of 4:1 against Matteo Komadina from Croatia. Bilge Kagan Kanli from Turkie displayed his skills and earned a unanimous decision victory with all five points against Alexandros Christodoulou from Cyprus.

The opening session of the boxing tournament provided fans with thrilling bouts and showcased the talent and determination of the athletes. As the competition continues later on today at the evening session starting at 18:00 CET, there is much more excitement to come.

Find updated competition information, results, schedules, and additional contents on the official website of the III European Games.



2023 European Games: the Official Draw

22/06/2023

The Official Draw for the 2023 European Games Boxing took place today, June 22, at the COS Zakopane Hall in Zakopane (POL). Two Olympic Champions will be boxing in the very first two bouts of the Tournament tomorrow, June 23.

The Official Draw of the 2023 European Games Boxing Tournament takes place at the COS Zakopane Hall in Zakopane (POL), on 22 June 2023.

Starting tomorrow, June 23, and continuing until July 2, a total of 319 boxers from 42 National Olympic Committees and the Refugee Olympic Team will compete in 13 weight categories, vying for one of the 44 Paris 2024 qualification slots to be awarded at the III European Games. The tournament will be held at the Nowy Targ Arena, with two daily sessions scheduled from June 23 to June 30 (with a day off on June 29), and one daily session on July 1 and 2.

Two Olympic champions will take center stage in the opening bouts of the tournament tomorrow (June 23). In Ring A, Kellie Harrington from Ireland, a Tokyo 2020 Olympic Champion, will face off against Mirolava Jedinakova from Slovakia in the Women’s 60kg event at 13:00 CET. Simultaneously, in the same category but on Ring B, Estelle Mosseley of France, the Rio 2016 Olympic Champion, will go head-to-head with Teresa Benedict Makinen from Finland. A total of 37 bouts will be held throughout the day across both rings and two sessions.

The Official Draw followed the Technical Meeting, presented by the 2023 European Games Boxing Competition Manager, Pawel Grabowski, the Chair of the Paris 2024 Boxing Unit (PBU), Alex MCLIN, and the competition’s Technical Delegate, Marina Ni.

Find the complete Official Draw results here:

Men’s +92kgDraw Sheet 
Men’s 92kgDraw Sheet 
Men’s 80kgDraw Sheet 
Men’s 71kgDraw Sheet 
Men’s 63kgDraw Sheet 
Men’s 57kgDraw Sheet 
Men’s 51kgDraw Sheet 
Men’s 75kgDraw Sheet 
Women’s 66kgDraw Sheet 
Women’s 60kgDraw Sheet 
Women’s 57kgDraw Sheet 
Women’s 54kgDraw Sheet 
Women’s 50kgDraw Sheet 

More information on the European Games official website

Find the event schedule more information here.  



319 Boxers Ready to Compete in Nowy Targ as III Olympic Games Officially Open

22/06/2023

The official lighting of the torch marked the beginning of the III European Games at Krakow’s Henryk Reyman Stadium. The grand opening ceremony on June 21 showcased a remarkable fusion of sports and artistry, welcoming 7,000 athletes who will compete in 29 sports across thirteen cities in southern Poland.

The Boxing Tournament, which is conducted under the supervision of the Paris 2024 Boxing Unit (PBU), will take place at the Nowy Targ Arena. A total of 319 boxers (193 men and 126 women) from 42 countries, and the Refugee Olympic Team, will compete in 13 weight categories from June 23 to July 2.

With 44 Paris 2024 Quota Places at stake (22 men, 22 women), the tournament holds significant importance, offering a chance to secure a participation slot for the Games out of the total 248 available. Following this event, the Boxing Road to Paris qualification pathway will continue with four more continental qualifiers in 2023 and two ad-hoc world qualifiers in the first and second quarters of 2024 (refer to the Qualification System for further details).

The boxing action at the European Games begins tomorrow, with the first bout scheduled for 13:00 CET. From June 23 to June 30 (with a break on June 29), two sessions will be held daily at 13:00 and 18:00, respectively. The final stage of the Tournament on July 1 and 2 will feature a single session per day, starting at 18:00 and 13:00, respectively.



European Games in Krakow Set to Kick Off Boxing Road to Paris 2024 Qualification Pathway

20/06/2023

The stage is set for a great display of boxing excellence as the third edition of the European Games descends upon the vibrant city of Krakow, Poland. From June 23 to July 2, 2023, the Nowy Targ Arena will bear witness to the first leg of the Boxing Road to Paris 2024 qualification pathway, where boxers from across the continent will battle it out for a chance to secure their coveted spots at the upcoming Olympic Games.

This tournament marks the beginning of the qualification journey that will culminate at the grand stage of Paris 2024. Over the course of seven qualification tournaments, spread from June 2023 to May 2024, the best boxers in the world will engage in fierce competition to secure their spot. Five continental qualification tournaments in 2023 will be followed by two world qualification tournaments in the early months of 2024. In total, 248 Quota Places, equally divided between men and women, are up for grabs across 13 weight categories, providing boxers with a golden opportunity to realize their Olympic dreams.

The Nowy Targ Arena will witness some of Europe’s finest boxers vying for supremacy. With the stakes set high, a total of 44 Paris 2024 Olympic quota places (22 women, 22 men) will be up for grabs in this first qualification tournament of the series. The tournament features 13 weight categories, including seven men’s events and six women’s events.

As the boxing world turns its attention to Krakow, several standout athletes have emerged as ones to watch. Let’s take a closer look at these remarkable contenders who are poised to make a mark on the tournament:

Sofiane Oumiha (FRA) – Competing in the Men’s 63.5kg category, Sofiane Oumiha is hailed as one of France’s brightest hope for Paris. Having claimed a silver medal in Rio 2016, Oumiha’s elite boxing skills and unwavering determination make him a formidable force in the ring.

Irma Testa (ITA) – Known for her entertaining boxing style, Irma Testa of Italy has already left her mark on the sport. With a bronze medal from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the Women’s 57kg category, Testa’s agility and flair make her a crowd favorite and a force to be reckoned with.

Kellie Harrington (IRL) – A reigning gold medalist from Tokyo 2020, Kellie Harrington represents one of Ireland’s best chances for glory. With her exceptional skills and proven track record, Harrington carries immense expectations as the biggest name in the tournament.

Enmanuel Reyes Pla (ESP) – Born in Cuba and now representing Spain, Enmanuel Reyes Pla is regarded as an excellent boxer in the Men’s 92kg category. Armed with a wealth of experience and technical prowess, Reyes Pla possesses the skills necessary to shine on the European stage and further on to on the road to the Paris 2024 ring.

Elzbieta Wojcik (POL) – Hailing from Poland, Elzbieta Wojcik brings a blend of past achievements and homegrown aspirations to the Women’s 75kg category. With a gold medal from the 2014 Youth Olympic Games and a bronze from the European Games in 2019, Wojcik aims to clinch the ultimate prize in front of her home crowd.

Loren Berto Alfonso Dominguez (AZE) – Another Cuban-born talent, Loren Berto Alfonso Dominguez represents Azerbaijan in the Men’s 92kg category. With a bronze medal from the Tokyo Olympics already under his belt, Dominguez possesses the skill and determination to make his mark in Krakow.

Teresa Benedicta Makinen (FIN) – The youngest boxer in the Women’s 60kg category, Teresa Benedicta Makinen, embarked on a promising journey to the her first European Games. Picking up the torch from the retired legendary Mira Potkonen, who won her second Olympic medal in Tokyo at the age of 40, Makinen represents Finland’s future of this weight category.

Furthermore, the inclusion of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team Paris 2024 athletes, Farid Walizadeh (Men’s 57kg), originally from Afghanistan and now residing in Portugal, and Cindy Winner Djankeu Ngamba (Women’s 60kg), originally from Cameroon and now training with Team GB in England, adds an inspiring and hopeful dimension to the event.

Stay tuned for comprehensive coverage, including news, photos, and official documents, as the Road to Paris 2024 unfolds before our eyes in Krakow.

Find additional information on the event on the Boxing page of the official 2023 European Games website, and download the full schedule here.



IOC Executive Board recommends to IOC Session to withdraw recognition of International Boxing Association

08/06/2023
The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today recommended to the IOC Session to withdraw recognition of the International Boxing Association (IBA), in accordance with Rule 3.7 of the Olympic Charter (OC).

The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today recommended to the IOC Session to withdraw recognition of the International Boxing Association (IBA), in accordance with Rule 3.7 of the Olympic Charter (OC).

Find the full news on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) website, here https://olympics.com/ioc/news/ioc-executive-board-recommends-to-ioc-session-to-withdraw-recognition-of-international-boxing-association



Paris 2024 boxing qualification system to achieve a fair process for all NOCs

06/12/2022

The delivery model for the Paris 2024 Olympic boxing competition and Olympic boxing qualifiers was discussed today by the Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

©IOC/Greg Martin

Designed by the IOC in close collaboration with boxing experts, the Olympic qualification system focuses on:

  • Achieving a fair process for all NOCs – with the same number of qualification events available to their boxers, regardless of weight category;
  • An increased number of qualification opportunities in comparison to Tokyo 2020;
  • Retaining the Athlete Eligibility Criteria successfully used in the Tokyo 2020 boxing qualification system;
  • Reviewing the quota place distribution per weight category in comparison to the International Boxing Association (IBA)’s proposal; and
  • Reviewing the quota place distribution per qualification tournament in comparison to IBA’s proposal.

The new qualification system was approved by the IOC EB in September and is based on direct qualification through selected competitions, including the use of NOC regional multisport events as Olympic boxing qualification tournaments. Following the continental phase of the quota place allocation, two world qualification tournaments are planned to be held in 2024, with the goal of providing a balance in terms of geographical opportunity to qualify for the Olympic Games Paris 2024. Details can be found here.

This process puts boxers first, reducing the complexity of the qualification process by using existing regional events and giving up to three qualification opportunities, ultimately achieving a fair and equal pathway for all boxers.

The “Paris 2024 Boxing Event Regulations” for the qualification tournaments and the Olympic Games are due to be published as early as possible in 2023.

With regard to anti-doping, the testing at the Olympic qualification tournaments will be carried out in addition to IBA’s existing programme, in close collaboration with the International Testing Agency (ITA). 



New boxing qualification system approved for Paris 2024

08/09/2022

A new boxing qualification system for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 was approved by the Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today after a full update on the situation of boxing, including governance issues within the International Boxing Association (IBA). 

©IOC/Greg Martin
©IOC/Greg Martin

Boxers’ pathway to Paris 2024 approved

After deciding last June that the boxing qualifying events and competitions for Paris 2024 would not be run under the authority of the IBA, the IOC EB was presented with an additional qualification model, which was approved during its meeting in Lausanne.

Designed by the IOC in close collaboration with boxing experts, the new qualification system is based on direct qualification through selected competitions, including the use of National Olympic Committee (NOC) regional multisport events as Olympic boxing qualification tournaments. The responsibility for the boxing competitions in the following events will therefore not lie with the IBA, and alternative arrangements will be put in place with the respective event organisers:

  • Pan-American Games – Santiago 2023
  • European Games – Krakow 2023
  • Pacific Games – Honiara 2023
  • Asian Games – Hangzhou 2022 (taking place in 2023)
  • ANOCA (Africa) multisport event to be confirmed

Following the continental phase of the quota place allocation, two world qualification tournaments are planned to be held in 2024.

The new Olympic qualification process puts boxers first, lowering the complexity of the qualification process by using existing regional events and giving up to three qualification opportunities, ultimately achieving a fair and equal pathway for all boxers.

Remaining concerns over IBA

The various IOC concerns around the governance of the IBA, including the refereeing and judging process and the IBA’s financial dependency on the state-owned company Gazprom, are still ongoing.

The IOC EB today received a report on the issues related to competition management and refereeing and judging processes highlighted by independent experts during the boxing competition at the recent Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

It also noted that no clear efforts have been made by the IBA to respect and fully implement the roadmap set out by the IOC EB in December 2021 with regard to the IBA’s governance.

As a consequence, the IOC EB has sent a letter to the IBA informing it of the IOC’s ongoing grave concern. Boxing is currently not included in the sports programme of the Olympic Games Los Angeles 2028 and, considering the absence of any real evolution, the IOC Executive Board is not in a position to reverse its decision. This letter will be shared with the NOCs and national boxing federations.



IOC EB: IBA not in position to run qualifying events and boxing competitions for Paris 2024

24/06/2022

In the interest of the athletes and the boxing community, the Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided that the boxing qualifying events and competitions at the Olympic Games Paris 2024 will not be run under the authority of the International Boxing Association (IBA).

The decision is centred on the athletes and the need to provide certainty on the Olympic competitions and qualifications leading to Paris 2024. It follows the continuing and very concerning issues of the IBA, such as its governance and its refereeing and judging system.

The IOC administration will finalise on an exceptional basis alternative models for the organisation of these boxing competitions, working closely with the Paris 2024 Organising Committee and athletes’ representatives. The outcomes of these discussions and suggested recommendations will then be presented to the IOC EB in due course.

Whether or not boxing will be included on the sports programme of the Olympic Games Los Angeles 2028 will be discussed at a later stage.

Continuing concerns

The various IOC concerns around the governance of the IBA, including the refereeing and judging process and its financial dependency on the state-owned company Gazprom, are still ongoing.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced on 14 June 2022 that the decision of the IBA Interim Nominations Unit, which had deemed the presidential candidate Boris van der Vorst and three other electoral candidates ineligible for election the day prior to the scheduled IBA elections, had been overturned. The CAS arbitrator accepted the request that they be reinstated as eligible candidates. Furthermore, the CAS stated that Umar Kremlev had committed the same rule violation yet had been admitted to the election as the sole candidate.

With regard to the planned IBA qualification pathway to Paris 2024, the IOC EB noted that no host-city agreements had been signed for the qualification competitions and that there was an insufficient number of certified referees and judges to deliver the planned events.

Background information

Following an investigation and report by an IOC Inquiry Committee in 2019, recognition of the International Boxing Association (at that time still called AIBA) was suspended by the IOC. This suspension is still in force today. Following the suspension, the IOC created a special Task Force with the remit to deliver the qualification events for the boxing tournament at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Led by IOC Member and President of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) Morinari Watanabe, the Boxing Task Force delivered a clear, fair and transparent pathway for boxers to qualify for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and ensured a fair and just competition, both on the road to Tokyo and at the Games.

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