Cyprus’ No.1 Laila Abdullatif impressed at the Zagreb Open Tournament23 October 2021
The Zagreb Open Tournament started with 15 junior and schoolboys contests in the Croatian capital which is the next competition in the European continent. Cyprus’ 15-year-old but two-time EUBC European Champion promising star, Layla Abdullatif impressed once again and defeated an experienced Swiss girl in a re-match.
The Zagreb Open Tournament was a small regional event but grew step by step in the recent years and currently many of the countries including Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Switzerland, Kosovo, Scotland, Cyprus, Greece, Slovenia and Montenegro decided to send talents to Croatia. Mr. Viorel Sima of Romania is the Technical Delegate in the new edition of the Zagreb Open Tournament.
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 Croatia avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Zagreb Open Tournament.
The bout of the day
The Greek boxers impressed in the schoolboys, junior and youth competitions this year proving their rapid developments. The Greek squad arrived to compete in Zagreb with new faces who can make their international debuts in the open event. Vasileios Topalos competed only in national events but he showed impressive technical skills in the first session of the Zagreb Open. The Greek junior featherweight (57kg) boxer had a Croatian rival, Marko Vuckovic which was one of the tightest contests of the first session. The Greek talent became the winner of their contest using his jabs better than his local opponent.
The surprise of the day
Laura Horvath is a newcomer in the Hungarian junior national team but she competed in eight events in her homeland in the recent two years. The 16-year-old bantamweight (54kg) boxer competes in her first ever international tournament but she exceeded the expectations with her success over Poland’s Oliwia Formela. The final verdict was split decision in the favour of Laura Horvath who advanced to the next stage of boxing in Zagreb.
Cyprus’ Layla Abdullatif is a sensational female talent who claimed gold medals at the 2019 EUBC Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships and at the 2021 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships. The Cyprian girl was born in 2006, she will spend the next year also among the junior boxers but she proved her amazing talent in all of her international events. Abdullatif, who trains with her father Mahmud, continued her amazing winning path against a well-known Swiss boxer who is also 15 as the Cyprian. Angela De Felice lost to Abdullatif in an international tournament this year and the Cyprian was able to beat her once again.
Hungary’s newcomer in the national team this year, Greta Bojti competed at the Tbilisi 2021 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships and proved she has the potential for the future to be a good boxer. The junior light flyweight (48kg) talent was not able to maintain the best fighting distance against Poland’s Martyna Koczkodaj and she had disadvantage after two minutes in all of the scorecards. The Polish talent controlled the second and third rounds well enough and won their contest by unanimous decision.
Scotland’s Alan Perrie knocked down Kosovo’s Dior Berisha in the first round of their junior light middleweight (70kg) contest and showed his power also in the second. The Polish referee stopped the contest in the second round and confirmed Perrie’s RSC success. His teammate, Sonny Kerr also arrived to Zagreb to increase his international experiences but he opened his campaign with a clear success against Croatia’s Luka Jerkovic at the junior featherweight (57kg).