Schools Euros 2022: Seven wins from eight on day three as Three Lions continue to roar

August 14, 2022 | by Matt Halfpenny


A superb day from Team England’s boxers saw seven out of eight make progress to their respective next rounds on day four of the EUBC Schools European Championships 2022 in Erzurum Turkey.

The day was a real strength of girl power as all bout one of the bouts involved female contenders, with only one of the Lionesses unable to advance.

Layla Straughan ensured England began the day well at Under 40kg as she was a unanimous victor over Ani Mkitaryan of Armenia.

Serena Mali’s victory over Hungary’s Dzsenifer Horvath at Under 42kg was even more emphatic as the Cleary’s boxer enforced a second round stoppage.

Club-mate Jaya Kalsi was unable to make it a hat-trick of successive wins as she was edged out on a split by Lauren Crinnion at Under 44kg, but gave an excellent account of herself nonetheless.

The two Rubys –  Cuthbertson and Took – were the final two bouts of the afternoon session for England – and both emerged victorious.

Under 46kg contender Cuthbertson triumphed unanimously against Georgia’s Nino Bekauri, while Under 48kg boxer Took was a 4-1 winner over Ireland’s Mary Furlong.

There were three more successes for the Three Lions in the evening session as first Rosanna Bycroft notched her second win in as many days at Under 51kg, this time eliminating the home nation’s Alp Ecrin with a unanimous decision.

Rihanna Holden opened her tournament with an impressive unanimous victory over Lithuania’s Luka Vitkute at Under 57kg before the day was rounded off with Harry Scadeng, at Under 40kg, seeing off the challenge of Tomasso Orlando with another clean sweep of the judges’ scorecards.

Five England boxers will compete tomorrow (Monday.

Day four bouts

The afternoon session starts at 2pm (12noon UK time) and 6pm (4pm UK time).

Afternoon session

Bout 2: Under 44kg – Igor Troyanovsky (Israel) v George Ralph.

Bout 9: Under 48kg – Giorgi Kilasonia (Georgia) v Noah Barney-Smith.

Bout 20: Under 60kg – Tony McCarthy v Cahit Akyuz (Turkey).

Evening session

Bout 5: Under 52kg – Tom Connors v Marcel Bogdanski (Poland).

Bout 14: Under 54kg – Alakbar Ahmadov (Azerbaijan) v Isaac Huczmann.