Carini and Kulik are on the way to their final successes in the Feliks Stamm Memorial Tournament

02 May 2019 News

Two sessions were held in the third competition day of the 36thedition of the traditional Feliks Stamm Memorial Tournament in Warsaw, Poland. Italy’s Angela Carini and Poland’s Karolina Koszewska defeated their dangerous rivals at the women’s welterweight (69kg) on Day3 when the host nation’s Adam Kulik won his bout by RSC.

The first edition of the Feliks Stamm Memorial Tournament was held in 1977 and many of Europe’s stars won the titles in the recent decades. Besides to the European nations Australia, New Zealand, Algeria, Morocco, India and Brazil are also attending in the 36thFeliks Stamm Memorial Tournament which means all of the five Confederations sent boxers to Poland’s capital.

Bout of the day

Italy’s Angela Carini was gold medallist in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions of the EUBC European Boxing Championships in the women’s junior and youth age groups. She needed less than two years to make her debut in the AIBA Women’s Elite World Boxing Championships where she won her strong debuting contest.

The 21-year-old Italian defeated England’s Sarah Ryan in that bout and had to meet another GB team member Wales’ Commonwealth Games silver medallist Rosie Eccles in the third competition day of the Feliks Stamm Memorial Tournament. Carini tried to use her speed to control the bout against the attacking Eccles in their quarter-final. The Italian welterweight (69kg) boxer was narrowly better in their meeting and eliminated a favourite in Warsaw winning the bout by split decision.

Surprise of the day

Poland’s Adam Kulik has got superb physical conditions at the super heavyweight (+91kg) but he began boxing only a few years ago and he needs more experiences against top boxers. Poland’s new pride in the king category faced with Morocco’s Mediterranean Games silver medallist Mohamed Firisse and caused the main surprise of the day. Kulik spent only a short time in the ring against the North African favourite when the referee stopped his RSC success after the known downs.

The Round-Up

Poland’s Baku 2015 European Games silver medallist Sandra Drabik returned in top shape in the recent months and defeated Denmark’s newcomer Amalie Manich in the quarter-finals of the women’s flyweight (51kg). Her teammate Natalia Rok is also in her career’s best form and eliminated Italy’s Roberta Mostarda by large margin of differences which means the two Polish stars are advanced to the semi-finals.

Poland’s Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games winner Elzbieta Wojcik moved down to the welterweight (69kg) and the current year is a test for her in this category. The 23-year-old Polish boxer controlled her contest against New Zealand’s Che Kenneally on Day3. Her teammate Karolina Koszewska-Lukasik returned to the world of boxing and faced with Denmark’s Yvonne Baek Rasmussen in the battle of the veteran boxers. Following their active contest Koszewska-Lukasik’s hand was raised who won the bout by split decision.

Switzerland’s FISU University World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Uke Smajli attended in the last edition of the European Games and he is aiming to attend in his second in Minsk. The Swiss light heavyweight (81kg) boxer was too strong for Poland’s Sebastian Wiktorzak in the third competition day. His next opponent will be Sweden’s WSB boxer Liridon Nuha who eliminated Poland’s Piotr Szczukowski in Warsaw.

Germany’s Nelvie Raman Hess Tiafack performed strongly in the second competition day but he had to meet with Russia’s more experienced Maksim Babanin on Day3. The Russian super heavyweight (+91kg) boxer won their meeting by unanimous decision which means he is a guaranteed medallist in Warsaw. In the heaviest category England’s Solomon Dacres also proved his strength and stopped Poland’s Damian Wisniewski in a one-sided bout.

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