The strong commitment of the Royal Spanish Boxing Federation to ensure that greater activity and talent is the formula for results with impact. Spain has broken yet another historic ceiling by reaching a European Under-22 Championship, something that has never happened before.
The Biscayan Oier Ibarretxe This Sunday he was proclaimed European Under-22 Champion in the -63.50 kg category, by defeating Georgian Lasha Gagnidze in a close fight.
The wonderful Spanish tournament was crowned with gold, which was achieved with a new great performance. This time, Gadnidze proposed a more tactical combat suited to our larger representative. However, and even though Gadnidze’s hand speed was incredible, Ibarreche wasted nothing, causing several counters when the hand that came first was Oier’s. The scores, in the three rounds, were similar, as were the actions, although the Spaniard’s body shot from mid-range may have been the key. Finally, and through a split decision (3:2), Oier Ibarretxe became the new U22 continental champion.
Ibarretxe is one of the men who stand out in the lower categories and who continues to form the under-22 team, created by coach Rafael Lozano and president Felipe Martínez, a natural replacement for the names that have successfully starred in recent years. cycles. Olympics.
He was the first Spaniard to win gold in this competition.
For his part, the native of Castellón Frank Martinez (-71 kg), was unable to defeat Moldovan Vasile Cebotari in the final and had to settle for the silver medal after an amazing tournament.