Cyprus’ Laila Abdullatif remained unbeaten after the finals of the Brasov Junior & Youth Open where 16 girls celebrated their titles27 February 2022
The eight women’s junior and the eight women’s youth finals took place in the first edition of the Brasov Youth & Junior Open in Romania on Day4. Sixteen female champions celebrated their titles in Brasov including stars from Cyprus, Greece, Romania, France, Hungary, Scotland, Spain and Cape Verde. Cyprus’ Laila Abdullatif earned her next tournament title and remained unbeaten during her whole career.
Next to the female title bouts, the junior and the youth male semi-finals were on the agenda of the fourth competition day. Eighteen male junior and twelve male youth bouts featured on Day4 which made the day seriously long and busy in Brasov.
More than 20 countries are attending in the first Brasov Junior & Youth Open from four Confederations, including non-European teams as United States, Cape Verde, Egypt and Bahrain. The number of the participating boxers is 220 in the Brasov Open which is preparation event before the main championships.
The venue of the new international competition will be the Polivalenta Hall in Brasov where boxers from the 2004-2005 age groups can attend in the youth age group, while the younger talents who were born in 2006 and in 2007, can compete in the junior competition.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks, the vaccines check and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Romania avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the first edition of the 2022 Brasov Junior & Youth Cup.
The bout of the day
Romania’s Dorulet Tiu won his recent national events and reached his career highlight at the 2020 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships where he earned a valuable bronze medal. Tiu defeated the Russian No.1 in that junior event one and half year ago and since then he moved up three categories up to the light middleweight (71kg). Tiu is a powerful youth boxer who met with a highly competitive Hungarian, Levente Gemes who bagged bronze at the 2021 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships. Both boxers wanted to fight and win the contest therefore the bout was one of the most remarkable ones at night. Tiu was slightly more punctual than his Hungarian opponent which means the Romanian advanced to the final winning the bout by split decision.
The surprise of the day
United States’ El Sarai Brown impressed in the previous international competitions and she is a top boxer at the youth flyweight (52kg). The US girl was highly confident during her road to the finals but Spain’s Luna Maria Mairena Aragon surprised her in the title contest. The Spaniard is well-known from previous events but she was not the favourite of their final bout at the Brasov Open. The energetic Mairena was able to share her power well to beat the US boxer in their tough final on Day4.
Greece’s Anna Maria Tryfilli is one of the experienced junior boxers at the Brasov Open who impressed in the Nations Women’s Cup one month ago. The 16-year-old junior talent eliminated Romania’s Federica Ceravolo in the semi-final and she controlled her final against Hungary’s Greta Bojti at the pinweight (46kg). Another powerful Southern European girl, EUBC European Junior Champion Laila Abdullatif of Cyprus remained unbeaten in Brasov too, she defeated Spain’s junior No.1, experienced Noelia Gutierrez in the final of the light bantamweight (52kg).
Switzerland’s Angela De Felice was born in 2006 but she has already more than 30 contests and she attended in several international events in 2021 through Poland to Hungary and Spain. The Swiss boxer remained at the light flyweight (48kg) and celebrated her gold medal after the final in Brasov. De Felice controlled more than two thirds of the exchanges against Romania’s Luciana Petrache and earned a tournament title.
Romania’s best female hope for the future is Amalia Maria Nita who bagged gold in the last edition of the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships. Following her quick success over Hungary’s Mirabella Horvath, she earned the title of the junior light welterweight (63kg) after beating Cyprus’ Christina Ntzaragan. Czech Republic’s Viktorie Jilkova, Spain, Canela Carnerero, Romania’s duo Livia Kozma and Diana Tanasescu were also among the junior winners at the Brasov Open.
Scotland’s Neely Brooke joined to the international stage only a few months ago but she almost defeated Cyprus’ unbeaten star Laila Abdullatif in the Silesian Open. The Scottish talent is now at the youth age group and she advanced to the final of the light flyweight (48kg) where Brooke was too smart for Spain’s Laura Barcelo. Serbia’s EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Sara Cirkovic earned the second youth gold medal following her success over Spain’s Iratxe Del Valle.
France’s Kaelya Mopin returned to the competitions after nearly two years of break in November 2021 but she proved her best ever performance at the Brasov Open. The French girl defeated Romania’s Ana Maria Romantov in the final of the youth bantamweight (54kg) and earned her next title. Her teammate, Mayssa Belkhadra faced with Sweden’s EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships silver medallist Sipel Duna but her technical skills controlled their youth featherweight (57kg) final. Two Hungarians advanced to the final of the women’s light middleweight (70kg) where Nikolett Kovacs defeated Klaudia Turbucz in a narrow contest.