Croatia’s Nikolina Cacic impressed in the semi-finals of the Slovenia Open Tournament

09 June 2019 News

The Slovenia Open Tournament is holding this week in Podcetrtek which is a small town near to the Croatian border. Among the biggest stars of the Slovenia Open Tournament Croatia’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Nikolina Cacic impressed in the second competition day of the event.

The Slovenian Boxing Federation arranged this new international event for the elite, youth, junior and schoolboys boxers to increase their international bouts and experiences. Neighbouring Croatia, Ecuador, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Mongolia, Poland, and host Slovenia sent teams to the Slovenia Open Tournament before the start of the Minsk 2019 European Games.

Bout of the day

Croatia’s 18-year-old Nikolina Cacic won high number of international contests and achieved a fantastic silver medal at the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. The Croatian boxer is still at the youth age group and could be the biggest favourite for the gold medal in the upcoming EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships. The Croatian featherweight (57kg) talent was taller than a top opponent Mongolia’s Yesugen Oyuntsetseg and used her great distance well enough in their top bout. The Mongolian is also attending in the international stage since 2016 but this time Cacic was tactically too smart for Oyuntsetseg.

Surprise of the day

Hungary’s Istvan Bundovics began boxing only five years ago at the age of 15 but his hard work paid off in the semi-finals of the Slovenian Open Tournament. Bundovics, who attended in the 2017 EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships, proved his tough development against such powerful opponent as Ecuador’s Jean Caicedo who claimed silver medal in the Panamerican Games Qualifier on April. The Hungarian eliminated his South American rival and will be boxing for the title with his teammate Krisztian Matyas who eliminated Hong Kong’s Ashish Gurung in Podcetrtek. Both Hungarians were born in 1999 and they are member of the new generations in our continent.

The Round-Up

Slovenia’s best female boxer Vida Rudolf claimed silver medal in the Golden Girl Box Championships and she attended also in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships. The Slovenian featherweight (57kg) boxer controlled he semi-final against Croatia’s Sara Luzar Smajic and will be meeting with Germany’s Elisa Rohde for the title.

Croatia’s Damir Plantic achieved bronze medal at the 2017 EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships in Kharkiv and qualified for the Hamburg AIBA World Boxing Championships. The tall Croatian landed clear punches when he met with Slovenia’s Kevin Dornik in the semi-final of the light heavyweight (81kg). The experienced Croatian will be facing for the title with Slovenia’s Denis Lazar who stopped Croatia’s Emanuel Dodic.

Croatia’s Toni Filipi achieved silver medals in the 2014 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and also at the 2017 EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships during his successful career and the 23-year-old heavyweight (91kg) boxer returned in top form. Filipi stopped Slovenia’s Gregor Skrjanec in a one-sided semi-final which means his final opponent will be Ecuador’s two-time Olympian Julio Castillo.

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