Great names and young but experienced boxers will be competing at the 2nd European Women's Youth and Junior Championships in Calais, France from today.
The first edition of the championships was held in Bulgaria two years ago and the story now continue in France.
After the IOC's positive decision to include women's boxing in the program for the London 2012 Olympic Games last year, each women's boxing tournament enjoys more prestige and generates greater media interest.
Women's boxing is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world and AIBA has therefore decided to organize its first Women's Youth and Junior World Championships next year. It will be an important event before the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games.
Boxers born in 1992-1993 are eligible to compete in the youth event while athletes born in 1994-1995 will be fighting among the junior section of the championships.
Altogether seventeen strong European nations have entered the championships: Bulgaria, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, Turkey and Ukraine.
France's 18-year-old Estelle Mosselly made an excellent debut among the elite boxers at the European Union Women's Championships in Keszthely where she secured the gold medal in her first major tournament. The local spectators will be able to see her box in the 60kg division.
Mosselly's biggest opponent will be Russia's 17-year-old Anastasiya Belyakova who won the Nikolayev Women's Cup in August and was selected for the Russian elite squad and competed at the 6th AIBA Women's World Championships in Barbados. She was stopped by the world's best female boxer Katie Taylor of Ireland in the quarter-final.
Sweden's top youth boxer is 17-year-old welterweight Love Holgersson who became Junior European Champion in Bulgaria two years ago and won the gold medal at the Swedish National Elite Championships.
Russia's Svetlana Kosova became National Champion this year and competed at the 6th AIBA Women's World Championships where she lost only to eventual winner Andrecia Wasson from the US in a close contest at 69kg. Kosova went up to 75kg after the event and will be fighting at the Olympic weight class in Calais.
Hungary's experienced youth Vivien Mizsei competed in Barbados and many other international elite events at 51kg and therefore has a good chance of claiming the gold. Mizsei's biggest rival will be Russia's Viktoriya Kuleshova, who is the younger sister of AIBA World Championships bronze medalist Aleksandra.
Among the junior boxers, Sweden's 16-year-old 60kg boxer Patricia Berghult is one to watch, as is France's Lea Bauderlique, who is French national boxer Mathieu Bauderlique's sister, who will be going for gold in home ring.