MCU student became the European boxing champion

The European Men’s and Women’s Championships concluded in Belgrade, Serbia, and Dmitry Dvali, a student at the Institute of Natural Sciences and Sports Technologies of Moscow City University, emerged as the champion, winning the gold medal.

Competing in the weight category up to 54 kg, Dmitry faced a tough opponent from France, Billal Benam, a two-time European champion and two-time World Championship medalist. However, Dmitry showcased his skill and determination, earning a unanimous decision victory from the judges with a score of 0:5.

In a statement given to the press service of the Boxing Federation of Russia, Dmitry provided an overview of the fight’s outcome and outlined his future intentions:

As the victor, I would like to take this opportunity to extend my greetings to all those who supported me. I am fortunate to have a strong team behind me — my parents, family, brothers, and coaching staff. Together, we have achieved this success. This European Championship was my first, and I am content with the result. Now, my focus shifts towards the upcoming World Cup. This victory was just one step along the way. With hope and determination, I aim to secure another triumph there as well.


The sophomore of the “Coach-teacher” educational program has accumulated an impressive track record, including a gold medal from the World Championship among military personnel, a victory at the Russian championship, and a bronze medal from the World Championship in Tashkent. In the overall team standings, the Russian men’s national team secured the top position with 10 medals. The Serbian national team claimed second place, while the Bulgarian team took the third place.

Meanwhile, the European Women’s Championship concluded a day earlier in Belgrade, where the Russian national team also took first place with 10 medals. The Serbian national team achieved second place in the women’s team competition, with Turkey and Ireland sharing the third position.


Our team was declared the best team of the European Championship, earning a total of 11 gold, 8 silver, and 1 bronze medals. The Secretary General of the International Boxing Association presented us with the cup. Serbia took second place with 4 gold, 2 silver, and 13 bronze medals, while Turkey secured third place with 2 gold, 3 silver, and 6 bronze medals.

Photo: Boxing Federation of Russia