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|geplaatst op 28 mei 2011|
The Polish women's team will be competing in the upcoming Women's European Championships beginning May 29th. It will be held in Katowice, one of the biggest cities in Southern Poland.
Poland's top female boxer, reigning European Champion veteran Karolina Michalczuk, became AIBA World Champion in Ningbo two and half years ago. She will be the host nation's flag bearer in Katowice. Michalczuk moved down to the flyweight class, despite her age, in order to seek better chances for the London Olympic Games.
Michalczuk's teammate, Sandra Drabik, won the silver medal at the Feliks Stamm Memorial Tournament in April and won several valuable contests at the international level. EU Women's Championships silver medalist Sandra Kruk has proved she will be difficult to defeat in the 57kg weight class with her tough fighting style.
Additional fighters on the national team participating in this tournament include AIBA Women's World Championships bronze medalist Karolina Graczyk, veteran European Championships silver medalist Oliwia Luczak, former European Youth Champion Lidia Fidura, and Poland's top super heavyweight fighter Anna Slowik, also the current titleholder of the event.
The last edition of the event was organized by the Hungarian Boxing Association with great success. It was held in Keszthely last August where a record number of 107 boxers from 20 countries competed.
20 nations will also be competing in this year's EU Women's Championships but less than 93 boxers will be fighting for the medals. The participating nations include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and Turkey.
Only the host team and the Turkish squad will be competing with ten boxers in the Championships while Ireland selected eight boxers. England, France, and Hungary will each send seven athletes to the event.
The entry list contains Ireland's three-time World Champion Katie Taylor of Bray. She is currently one of the best female boxers in the world and the biggest gold medal contender in the lightweight class in Katowice.
Hungary's two-time World Champion and multiple European Champion, Maria Kovacs, is the defending champion of the Olympic middleweight class. Her teammates were also successful at last year's event and the 6th AIBA Women's World Championships at Bridgetown in 2010.
England's Nicola Adams and Savannah Marshall were both silver medalists at the 6th AIBA Women's World Championships. Meanwhile, lightweight's Chantelle Cameron poses as the best young hope for the country and demonstrated her excellent skills last year.
Europe's high ranked female boxing nation, Romania, will missed the EU Women's Championships due to their Federation's financial problems while Czech Republic, Denmark and Portugal will not be competing in the tournament either.
The event will be held in ten different weight classes as the official AIBA rules note, from 48kg up to over 81kg weight classes. The most competitive battles to be expected are at the Olympic weight classes. The tournament is the first major event in the preparation for the upcoming European Women's Championships which will be held at Rotterdam in October.
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