Ukraine Wins 5 Golds at Youth European Boxing Championships


40 countries participated in the championships held in Sofia (Photo: IBA)

The EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships 2022 have ended with Ukraine topping the medals table, winning 5 out of the 25 gold medals at Sofia, Bulgaria.

England came second with four gold medals, followed by Ireland with three golds. Both countries had returned to the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships after a break.

Georgia won two golds, while Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Romania, Serbia and Turkey won one gold medal each.

Serbian boxer Sara Cirkovic and three-time European champion Enriko Itauma from England were named the best boxers of the championship.

“The quality of the boxers and the quality of the championships is really high-class, I’m very satisfied. The kids bring a lot of very exciting fights, and I saw a lot of talents,” said Istvan Kovacs, Secretary General of the International Boxing Association (IBA).

“The very important point is that not only Ukraine, not only Italy and other big countries showed they have a lot of potential but others too. That means that Europe has not just several countries but all of the European countries (are) ready to step into a high level,” he noted. 

377 young boxers from 40 countries participated in the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships. Boxers who were born in 2004 and in 2005 were eligible to compete in the 12 female weight categories and 13 male weight categories.

The Bulgarian Boxing Federation hosted the event in Sofia after a gap of three years.

“This is one of our main goals to host one elite or youth championship during the year. And we hope that we will be able to elevate the next ones. And we also hope that we will be part of the World boxing tour as we had the pilot event this year,” said Krasimir Ininski, president of the Bulgarian Boxing Federation.

The winners list:


48kg: Filiz Isik, Turkey

50kg: Sara Cirkovic, Serbia

52kg: Kaelya Mopin, France

54kg: Emily Whitworth, England

57kg: Asya Ari, Germany

60kg: Tetiana Dovhal, Ukraine

63kg: Valentina Marra, Italy

66kg: Crinuta Andra Sebe, Romania

70kg: Veronika Nakota, Ukraine

75kg: Sunniva Hofstad, Norway

81kg: Dearbhla Tinnelly, Ireland

+81kg: Cliona D’Arcy, Ireland


48kg: Kanan Babayev, Azerbaijan

51kg: Gor Ayvazyan, Georgia

54kg: Owen Ketley, England

57kg: Aider Abduraimov, Ukraine

60kg: Erik Israyelyan, Armenia

Men’s 63.5kg: Demur Kajaia, Georgia

67kg: Oleksiy Boklakh, Ukraine

71kg: Flood Duggan, Ireland

75kg: Oleksandr Balabin, Ukraine

80kg: Michail Tsamalidis, Greece

86kg: Georgi Stoyanov, Bulgaria

92kg: Damar Thomas, England

+92kg: Enriko Itauma, England


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