Andrej Csemez is the first ever Slovakian bout winner in the history of the Olympic Games26 July 2021
Twenty-eight bouts were held in the third competition day at the Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan where these contests have been divided into two sessions. Andrej Csemez won his debuting contest which was Slovakia’s first ever victory in the history of the Olympic Games since the country is independent.
Altogether 24 European nations could send boxers to the Olympic Games to Japan where the continent have got 92 tough boxers including 33 women. Many of the European female and male boxers are among the medal and title favourites and title contenders in the Tokyo Olympic Games.
The bout of the day
Italy’s EUBC European Women’s Champion Irma Testa was only 18 by the time of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games but she qualified for the Brazilian event. Those Olympic experiences is strongly useful for the Italian who eliminated Russian Olympic Committee’s Liudmilla Vorontsova in the first competition day. Testa could rest only two days after her first success and met with another powerful European rival, Ireland’s Michaela Walsh. The Italian defeated her two-time Commonwealth Games silver medallist Irish rival during her career and she used her long distance strategy well-enough on their re-match. The featherweight (57kg) favourite Testa is the first European boxer in the Tokyo Olympic Games which marched into the last eight.
The surprise of the day
Great Britain’s Karriss Artingstall was still an unknown boxer in the beginning of the Olympic cycle but she worked seriously hard in the Army’s boxing gyms to reach the top level. She claimed medals in the 2019 EUBC and AIBA Championships after her amazing preparations and arrived to Tokyo with high hopes. Artingstall opened her campaign with a success on Day1 and she looked highly motivated against Brazil’s Cologne Boxing World Cup winner Jucielen Romeu. The British boxer found the rhythm immediately and she proved the best performance to beat the experienced and seeded Brazilian.
Slovakia’s Andrej Csemez claimed medals in big events as the European Games, European Union Boxing Championships and qualified for Tokyo as first from his country after 25 years of hiatus. The Slovakian middleweight (75kg) boxer trains with their President Tamas Kovacs and arrived to Tokyo with strong objectives. Csemez had a good draw in the Games, he had to meet with Trinidad & Tobago’s Aaron Prince who is over his best years during his long career. The Slovakian knocked down the Caribbean boxer in the first round which determined their contest. Csemez became the first ever Slovakian boxer who won an Olympic contest since the country is independent.
Great Britain’s EUBC European Boxing Championships silver medallist Galal Yafai is one of the medal favourites at the men’s flyweight (52kg) and he had Olympic experiences from Rio de Janeiro. The tough boxer, who moved up one category in the recent two years, was confident in the first round against Armenia’s Koryun Soghomonyan and took the lead in each scorecard. Yafai increased his tempo in the second and following the third standing count, the Colombian referee declared the British boxer as the winner of the contest.
Bulgaria’s two-time EUBC European Champion Daniel Asenov suffered an unexpected loss in the preliminary round of the European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event but he qualified through the ranking. The 24-year-old Bulgarian had also Olympic experiences from Rio as Galal Yafai and his efforts paid off against Romania’s Cosmin Girleanu. Asenov felt the distance and the tempo effectively in the first round against his neighbouring opponent. The former AIBA Junior World Champion Romanian had nice attacks in the second but Asenov was too smart for him today.
Spain’s European Games winner Gabriel Escobar is a strong European medal hopeful at the men’s flyweight (52kg). The Spaniard had two unexpected losses in the preparation events this year but he arrived to Tokyo in top form. Escobar started well in the first round against Argentina’s promising Ramon Nicanor Quiroga who claimed silver at the Istanbul Bosphorus International Tournament in March. The Spanish No.1 used quick attacks and landed his best weapon, his special hooks successfully in the bout therefore he won his debuting match by unanimous decision.
Romania’s Maria Nechita is a strong puncher at the women’s featherweight (57kg) and she proved her very best this year in all of her contests. The Romanian boxer is the lone girl from their national team who qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games but she advanced to the quarter-finals. The Romanian impressed in the first round against Somalia’s Ramla Ali who lives and trains in the United Kingdom. Nechita used her strength and attacking style to eliminate the Somalian veteran and remained her chance alive to get a medal in Tokyo.