Finals day in Villebon-sur-Yvette

The European TQO therefore delivered its verdict on this fifth and final day. High-quality fights, a sumptuous epilogue to an event that took place without a hitch when the health and sports issue was major.


Flyweight: Billal Bennama (Fra) def. Galal Yafai (Eng) by disqualification

Galal Yafai, vice-champion of Europe 2027, aspired to take the ascendancy by imposing a suffocating pressing on the kid from Toulouse. Unfortunately for him, it takes much more to destabilize the Occitan who knows how to box perfectly by backing down. The British false guard therefore attacked continuously, relying on a high rate of blows and hoping to find the fault in the hermetic guard of the local. In vain to the extent that his sequences were not elaborate and subtle enough for him to achieve his ends. The Haut-Garonnais, on the other hand, managed to get rid of the vise both by keeping his rival at bay with his front arm and closely by short series immediately punctuated by a lateral movement. For his part, the Englishman disjointed his head forward, to the point of opening the left arch of the Tricolore at the end of the second restart, the bleeding requiring the intervention of the doctor. A scenario that prompted Billal Bennama to harden the debates in the next round. He went on the offensive and delivering high-class suits. The subject of his Gracious Majesty was outdated and used his skull again so irregularly that the arbitrator disqualified him.

Featherweight: Albert Batyrgaziev (Rus) def. Samuel Kistohurry (Fra) on points

The Frenchman had a lot to do in front of the false Russian guard who at the same time started a career in the professionals where he has three victories before the limit. But if, on paper, there was nothing to impress the Girondin, the latter struggled to take the debates on his own. However, such a showdown corresponded to his preferences in the magic square, he who is always at ease when it comes to going to the fight… in good order. But it was quickly understood that he lacked tone, that extra energy which is, in normal times, his own and which allows him to chop his opponents.
Unfortunately, this was not the case here. Not that he was suffering, but he was not really dominating. In addition, he sometimes cashed in lefts of his rival at the end of exchanges. Albert Batyrgaziev, like a metronome, dutifully cut and did not let go of the piece. His boxing did not border on genius but it was effective and sober enough to collect the touches synonymous with logical victory.

Lightweights: Sofiane Oumiha (Fra) def. Dzmitry Asanau (Blr) by forfeit

Welters: Pat McCormack (Eng) def. Andrei Zamkovoi (Rus) points

It was one of the most anticipated finals between two technicians who box on the fault of the opponent and who had faced each other in the final of the last Worlds. The problem was that none of the protagonists made a plethora of mistakes, so opportunities to make a difference were scarce. To decant the debates, Pat McCormack decided to advance intermittently even though Andrei Zamkovoi, 2019 world champion, agreed to back down slightly. The exchanges were not of great intensity, the wait-and-see attitude and defensive vigilance taking over. And this, especially since the duelists worked, for the most part, on one or two strokes. This game of chess was, by the way, pleasant and indecisive. In the end, the Englishman’s offensives were a sharper than the surrenders of the false Russian guard. This was noted by the judges who logically wished to give priority to the one who was the most enterprising.

Middleweight: Oleksandr Khyzhniak (Ukr) def. Gleb Bakshi (Rus) on points

It was the main event of the evening between the Ukrainian, 2017 world champion, and the Russian, his successor on the list. From the liberating gong, Oleksandr Khyzhniak, true to form, rushed to the attack and unfurlable pressing. Knowing only the forward march and only delivering short hooks from both hands, sometimes plunging, he was spectacular more by the rhythm he imprinted than by the diversity of his pugilistic arsenal. Even if it was rather he who recoiled, Gleb Bakshi, probably less powerful, proved to be more complete. He was able to block with his shoulder, deliver uppercuts on one step and direct and, above all, combine even if it was only on two or three shots. Not really overwhelmed, he used his sense of dodancing to store finely and precisely. But his skills proved insufficient in front of Oleksandr Khyzhniak, insatiable steamroller whose impressive flow and continuity of the offensives could only carry the decision of the judges.

Welterweight: Loren Berto Alfonso Dominguez (Aze) def. Benjamin Whittaker (Eng) by forfeit

Muslim Gadzhimagomedov (Rus) def. Emmanuel Reyes Pla (Esp) points

The Russian, reigning world champion, knew where the path of success was going: to stem the buffalo loads and the powerful hooks of the Iberian who knows only one path, the straight line embellished with a few rotations of the bust. For this, his rival used his lengthening, his sense of dodding and, above all, his superior arm speed to speed his too predictable opponent. More diversified, able to alternate short and long strokes and trigger in movement, even lateral, it took the ascendancy over the resumptions. His mobility in all directions prevented the Spaniard from framed it or, failing that, from jamcing it in the ropes. Many of the assaults of Emmanuel Reyes Pla, admittedly very active, were also coming to the end of the race or did not reach their target. This confirmed the victory of Muslim Gadzhimagomedov.

Super heavyweight: Murad Aliev (Fra) def. Frazer Clarke (Eng) on points

The French made the choice to let the English come – somewhat – to pick him halfway up thanks to his arm speed. The plan was relevant because while he was in the ropes, he made a withdrawal of his huge bust and put back in the wake, touching the Briton who began to back off. The Northerner chained and passed a direct combination from the left to the body – right hook to the chin which was a model of the genre. The subject of his Gracious Majesty was counted standing from the first resumption! For all that, he recovered perfectly and proved, moreover, to be more enterprising than before. It must be said that the local had not accelerated to carry the fatal estocade. From then on, the debates changed somewhat in appearance as the visitor was active. He returned constantly, aiming alternately at the body and the face. Nevertheless, the replicas of the Tricolore were not long in coming. They had the merit of power. He constantly gave the feeling, which was, moreover, fully founded, of controlling exchanges and of fighting in this way not by constraint but by choice.


Flieweight: Charley-Sian Davison def. Charley-Sian Davison (Eng) on points

The two duelists began the hostilities in a cautious way, by a work of feints intended to force the opposing camp to trigger the first and to discover itself. Finally, the false English guard decided to advance and chase the Turk. A laudable idea but which had involved being both more impactful and more varied in his approaches. Indeed, Charley-Sian Davison almost never managed to surprise Buse Naz Cakiroglu who, by her mobility and the promptness of her discounts, reached the pugilistic Grail: touch without being touched. More precise and faster, she easily contained the constant assaults of the British.

Featherweight: Irma Testa (Ita) def. Michaela Walsh (Irl) on points

Smaller, Michaela Walsh hesitated between leaving quickly for the collision to surprise Irma Testa or letting the Transalpine slender line advance in order to better counter it. However, in a ring too, when it persists excessively, indecision becomes sterile. In fact, the Briton was trying to oscillate between the two options, even if it meant doing a little halfway rather than one thing fully without constantly having the glove on the brake. Hence a feeling of incompleteness in her performance that suited her rival, who had no difficulty in adapting and modulating her movements accordingly. Her lengthening allowed her, moreover, to manage day-to-day affairs, either by delivering with her front arm or by knowingly being more offensive when delivering series of short hooks. The Irish may have been valiant, but she was not sufficiently inspired or active to reverse the trend in her favour.

Lightweights: Kellie Harrington (Irl) def. Caroline Dubois (Eng) on points

This final, which looks like a derby from across the Channel, looked promising. Somewhat tense, Kellie Harrington was slow to free herself, unlike Caroline Dubois who began the fight in unison with what she had shown so far during this TQO: without complex, playing her luck and taking full advantage of her lengthening. It is also she who most often took the initiative by boxing on two or three strokes. On the other hand, it lacked precision and thus exposed itself to the counters of the Irish, more parsimonious in her efforts but also more effective. In the third installment, Kellie Harrington took more measure of her rival, her counters prevailing over the somewhat disorderly offensives of Daniel Dubois’ sister.

Welters: Busenaz Surmeneli (Tur) def. Nadine Apetz (All) on points

The best of the defenses being, very often, the attack, the Turk started the forward march and, by the same token, a work of undermining. She hammered the German’s flanks and went up to satiety in her face. Nadine Apetz evolved in much the same register but a tone below in almost all compartments. Valiant and resistant, two essential qualities in the circumstance, she was on the other hand less powerful and also less hermetic. As a result, she could not benefit from her higher lengthening since she was not able to stop the opposing machine. To the point that Busenaz Surmeneli offered herself the luxury of attacking low hands, only by performing rotations of the bust before releasing the horses at half-distance, from all angles, both in hooks and uppercuts.

Middleweight: Lauren Price (Eng) def. Zenfira Magomedalieva (Rus) on points

Although significantly smaller than her opponent, Lauren Price decided to let Zenfira Magomedalieva come to her and box by putting it back. Her arm speed and her more complete technical background undoubtedly allowed her to do so. Especially since in this configuration, the Russian was not at all to her advantage, she who prefers the mano a mano that give pride of place” to you, to me and to power”. There, she had to run after the Briton and trigger at the right time to touch her. The task was too complicated for her because of a lack of timing and coordination that made her attack either from too far and strike in the void, or too close at the risk of impaling herself on the aftershocks of her opponent. The Russian also had an unfortunate tendency to knowingly press the Welshwoman’s neck, which made the exchanges even more confused for the benefit of her opponent who logically prevailed.

Alexandre Terrini
Translated by Laurence Lorenzon