After nine competition days, the EUBC Youth Men’s and Women’s European Boxing Championships came to an exhilarating end, with 23 countries sharing in the medal haul. The bragging rights of champion and gold medal winners were shared by eleven national federations. Altogether, 29 countries and 275 boxers competed in the Armenian capital city. The medal distribution signified that the 2023 youth championships was one of the most competitive ever.
Over two thousand spectators came to the Mika Sports Hall on the final day, with most of them supporting the three Armenian boxers who had a chance to win a gold medal. This was the first major competition in Europe in 2023, and it was organized and executed at a high level. The organization of the event, quality of boxing and judging was up to standard. The Armenian Boxing Federation once again showed their organizational ability, making sure that all the teams, officials and delegate were well taken care of and left Yerevan satisfied.
The champions were crowned after action-packed final bouts, in the spectacular, high-energy atmosphere of the Mika Sports Hall. Team Russia dominated the championships with 22 medals, including 12 gold. Second and third place went to Romania and the host nation Armenia respectively. Team Georgia managed to win two gold medals in the men’s division, while the team Montenegro created some sensation, participating with two boxers and winning a gold medal in the light middleweight category.
The best referee award of the event went to Sandor Babai from Hungary. He was selected and awarded by the Observer and R&J Evaluators Mr. Zoltan Szalma, Mr. Dorian Butar and Mr. Anatoli Kaigorodov. The best female boxer is Maria Amalia Nita from Romania and the best male boxer was Armenian Davit Simonyan. Trophies were presented by Ms. Ria Ramnarine, EUBC Secretary General, while Mr. Pavel Kachatryan, CEO of SoulMe IT Company awarded 500 euros for each of the best boxers.
EUBC President, Dr. Ioannis Filippatos was onsite and expressed high praise for the boxers. “They displayed very good boxing, skills and condition, but even more admirable was the behaviour and respect that the boxers showed to each other and to the officials”. The President extended congratulations to the Armenian Boxing Federation for the excellent management of the event and their hospitality to all delegations. Dr. Filippatos went further to congratulate and thank all the officials and referee/judges for their hard work, and the teams and spectators for making the championships an outstanding success.