AIBA Women’s World Championships medallists as Apetz, Ryan and Nagy started strongly in the Boxam Women’s Tournament

29 September 2018 News

Following the General Weigh-in and the Official Draw the Boxam Women’s Tournament started with its first 24 contests in Castellon de la Plana today. AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships medallists as Germany’s Nadine Apetz, England’s Sandy Ryan and Hungary’s Timea Nagy shined in the first competition day.

The President of the Spanish Boxing Federation Mr. Felipe Martinez divided their traditional international competition the Boxam into two parts this year. The first was held for the elite, youth and junior male boxers in Murcia in the month of May while the second Boxam Tournament for the female athletes is holding in Castellon de la Plana this week.

Fourteen countries are taking part in the Boxam Women’s Tournament including Russia, United States of America, Australia, Germany, England, Italy, Puerto Rico, Finland and Hungary from the traditional boxing nations. The competition is a preparation event for the elite boxers before the start of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.

In the opening bout of the whole Boxam Women’s Tournament United States’ AMBC American Women’s Champion Virginia Fuchs had to meet with France’s No.1 Delphine Mancini in a top elite flyweight (51kg) contest. The US southpaw overcame in the attacks her French rival in the first round and took the lead on the scorecards. Mancini, who won plenty of international tournaments in the recent years, found her best rhythm only in the third round too late to turn back their hectic bout in Castellon de la Plana.

In another US vs. France battle AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Christina Cruz met with Cynthia Lauvergeon at the elite bantamweight (54kg). The US boxer was more experienced than her French rival but Lauvergeon exceeded the expectations with her fighting spirit. Cruz landed tough punches in the third round and won their narrow bout by split decision in the Boxam Women’s Tournament.

Finland’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games winner and EUBC European Women’s Champion Mira Potkonen is one of the best lightweight (60kg) boxers in the whole world and she started with tough punches against Hungary’s Kinga Mezovari. The 17-year-younger Hungarian was brave but Finland’s star has got more tactical weapons and experiences which she proved mainly in the second round. Potkonen, who is still unbeaten this year, dominated the third round and won their contest by unanimous decision.

Hungary’s EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships bronze medallist Hanna Lakotar used her better technique in the first round against Spain’s Naiara Leon Haro at the youth bantamweight (54kg). The Spanish boxer tried to move closer in the second round but the technician Hungarian stopped her attacks with jabs. The final verdict was unanimous decision to Lakotar who advanced to the last four in Castellon de la Plana.

Spain’s best woman junior boxer Gisselly Nicole Salcedo has got strong family roots to boxing as her father was Olympian athlete in the past. The 16-year-old Spanish flyweight (50kg) boxer started well against Germany’s experienced Maria Elena Avram and her heartfelt boxing was sympathy for the local crowd. The Spanish talent, who has been preparing to the upcoming EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships, impressed and defeated her German rival in Castellon de la Plana.

Hungary’s Krisztina Beri joined to the national team two years ago and trained in the Madarfeszek Boxing Academy in the recent months to raise her level. Following her strong punch the referee counted her Czech opponent Petra Lastovkova in the first round of their flyweight (51kg) bout. The Hungarian veteran had better footwork in the bout and used her height advantage well mainly in the first two rounds which means Beri advanced to the semi-finals of the Boxam Women’s Tournament.

Italy’s AIBA Youth World Champion and EUBC European U22 Women’s Champion Irma Testa attends at the lightweight (60kg) in the Boxam Women’s Tournament returning to her Olympic category. The 20-year-old Italian had to do her very best against France’s newcomer Rima Ayadi but she used her height advantage well in the final round. Testa’s finish was enough for her to win their contest and advanced to the semi-finals in Castellon de la Plana.

England’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Sandy Ryan started aggressively against Italy’s Assunta Canfora and landed powerful punches. The referee counted the Italian in the first round but Ryan continued her tough combinations in the further minutes of their welterweight (69kg) fight. Canfora was not able to survive the next dangerous moments and the referee confirmed Ryan’s RSC success in the third round.

Czech Republic’s two-time EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships bronze medallist Martina Schmoranzova tried to keep the best fighting distance against Norway’s Madeleine Angelsen who is member of the new generation in women’s boxing. The Czech southpaw, who has been attending in the international events since 2006, felt the tempo better in the second part of their contest and advanced to the semi-finals of the elite welterweight (69kg).

Hungary’s two-time AIBA Women’s World Championships bronze medallist Timea Nagy returned to the world of boxing after giving birth to her daughter and opened her bout against Spain’s Patricia Martin with tough combinations. The Spanish middleweight (75kg) No.1 approved the level of their contest and answered with a few effective shots. The Hungarian danced through the whole area of the ring and she was a hard target for the Spanish boxer therefore Nagy’s hand was raised after the final gong.

Germany’s Nadine Apetz claimed bronze medal in the Astana 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships at the welterweight (69kg). In that competition Australia’s Kaye Scott achieved silver at the light heavyweight (81kg) two years ago. The two AIBA medallists met in the Boxam Women’s Tournament and the German boxer was slightly better in their close contest in Castellon de la Plana.


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