For his first European Championship, this Friday evening at Roland Garros, Mathieu Bauderlique won against Russian Igor Mikhalkin by abandoning the call for the eighth round. The bronze medalist at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 (32 years old) thus seizes the vacant continental light heavyweight title.
A valuable performance, because Mikhalkin (36) had suffered only one setback for ten years, against his compatriot Sergey Kovalev during a WBO World Championship. Generous, offensive, Bauderlique regularly touched the Russian, in particular thanks to his rear arm, marking him at the level of the right eye. Bauderlique (21 wins, 1 loss) can now hope for a chance for a world belt.