Cyprus’ Laila Abdullatif continued her winning path at the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament

11 September 2021 News

Ten junior and also ten youth final bouts were held in the fifth competition day in the new 16th edition of the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament in Gliwice, Poland. Greece, Cyprus, Poland, Germany, Slovakia, Norway, and the Czech Republic won the youth and junior gold medals in Gliwice. Cyprus’ super talented Laila Abdullatif continued her outstanding winning path and remained unbeaten after the final.

The Silesian Women’s Open Tournament holds for the elite, youth and junior girls and it is now a traditional event with a well-known brand name. The Silesian Open is a preparation event for the youth talents before the upcoming EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships which is scheduled to be held in Budva, Montenegro on October 12-22. Russia, France, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Switzerland, Spain, Slovakia, Serbia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Sweden, and Norway all sent boxers to the Silesian Open.

The Event Director Mr. Henryk Wilk is the engine of the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament and after the tough 2020 edition, more boxers joined to the international event. The Technical Delegate of the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament is Mr. Dragoljub Radovic of Montenegro.

The first edition of the Silesian Women’s Open Boxing Tournament was held still in 2006 with the participation of a few neighbouring countries. The level of the competition was uprising in the recent years step by step and the first non-European countries are joined to the women’s event in 2013. The 2020 edition of the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament was the first international competition after six months of break during the Covid-19 pandemic.

All of the participants had to arrive with a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours upon arrival to Poland. The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls were the responsibility of the local organizers in Poland avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the new Silesian Open Women’s Tournament.

The bout of the day

Laila Abdullatif won the 2019 EUBC Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships and the 2021 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships. Both events were held in Georgia and the Cyprian girl impressed in all of her international tournaments delivering amazing and historical results for her nation. The 15-year-old Abdullatif met in the final with Switzerland’s Angela De Felice who was also born in 2006 and has got strong international experiences. The Cyprian talent was confident in the bout, she controlled the exchanges and celebrated her next tournament title at the junior light flyweight (48kg).

The surprise of the day

Czech Republic’s Katrina Ivanovova has been attending in the international events since 2019 and won tough international tournaments as schoolgirl and junior. She proved also her talent at the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships in Georgia this July therefore she tried to use her experiences against Norway’s Julie Enge in the final of the featherweight (57kg). The Norwegian won the Golden Girl Box Cup as schoolgirl in the past but she was not able to compete in the recent one and half year. Enge enjoyed her return in the whole event and surprised the Czech boxer in their impressive final bout, she used the right tactic and the judges picked her as the winner of the title contest. Enge’s teammate, Sunniva Hofstad claimed Norway’s second gold medal, she stopped Poland’s Oliwia Czerwinska in the final of the youth middleweight (75kg).

The Round-up

Greece’s Anna Maria Tryfilli arrived to the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament as lone boxer from her country and the junior talent left the venue with a gold medal. The Greek pinweight (46kg) boxer was too smart for Armenia’s Mahur Marikyan in their final and took the first gold medal of the whole event. Slovakia’s lone gold medal was achieved by Bibiana Lovasova who had an emotional success over Germany’s Laura Helms at the junior bantamweight (54kg).

Germany’s Steffi Grin is one of their strongest boxers in the 2005 age group who won various international tournaments in the recent three years. The 16-year-old German was stronger and landed the better punches than Poland’s Natalia Swiatek in the first round of their final at the light bantamweight (52kg). Grin increased her tempo in the beginning of the second round and the referee confirmed her RSC success over the talented Polish.

The first youth gold medal was taken by AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Natalia Kuczewska who defeated her teammate, Malgorzata Osinka in the final of the light flyweight (48kg). Nikola Prymaczenko impressed in the whole week at the Silesian Open and she has been crowned in Gliwice following her success over Julia Kabzinska at the youth light bantamweight (52kg). The Polish youth girls proved impressive performance in the day of the finals, their experienced Julia Szeremeta also amazed at the featherweight (57kg).

Czech Republic’s EUBC Youth European Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Claudie Tothova won her tough battle over her teammate, Veronika Zajicova and the 18-year-old boxer claimed the title of the bantamweight (54kg). Another Czech hope, AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Veronika Gajdova secured also a title in Gliwice after beating Poland’s Julianna Rutkowska in the final of the lightweight (60kg). The third Czech youth gold medal was achieved by Nela Cihlarova who stopped Poland’s Daria Napora in the final of the light middleweight (70kg).

Live Streaming from Gliwice on Day6

You can follow Day6 actions from the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament LIVE from 17:00 CET on Saturday here:

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