Denmark’s No.1 Yvonne Baek Rasmussen was confident in the first day of the Golden Girl Box Cup03 February 2018
The first competition day of the Golden Girl Box Cup delivered a marathon program with 50 bouts in Boras which is located near to Gothenburg which city hosted the 1991 edition of the European Boxing Championships.
Denmark’s best boxer veteran Yvonne Baek Rasmussen returned with impressive performance in the opening day of the Golden Girl Box Cup but Sweden’s Agnes Alexiusson, Elise Saulescu, Sara Svensson and Love Holgersson were also pretty good in their debuting contests in Boras.
Among the top women boxing nations of the European continent England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Russia and Sweden are all competing in the Golden Girl Box Cup where altogether 23 countries are attending with talented girls.
Hungary’s Csenge Jozo competed in three international events in spite of the fact she is only 14 now but her first opponent at the Golden Girl Box Cup was France’s Lauryne Brankaer who has got even more experiences. The French junior light bantamweight (52kg) boxer opened the first round and the whole competition with a strict jab and she tried to dictate the tempo which meant Brankaer won her opening bout in Boras.
Sweden’s top woman youth boxer Elise Saulescu worked hard from the first seconds in her opening quarter-final contest against Denmark’s Cecilie Koelle. Both boxers knew each other well enough but Saulescu’s punches worked better and she was able to follow her strong tactic until the end of the final gong. The final verdict was unanimous decision to Saulescu who advanced to the last four in the women’s youth lightweight (60kg).
Denmark’s Freja Hansen and Latvia’s Karolina Lecko both joined to the elite age group last month and tried to do their bests in a hectic bantamweight (54kg) contest. The Danish boxer moved back before launching her counter-attacks while her Latvian opponent moved ahead continuously. Lecko’s attacking tactic paid off in their narrow contest which means she can prepares to her upcoming semi-final bout.
Norway’s veteran featherweight (57kg) boxer Britt Jane Mardal kept the focus well in the first round against Denmark’s Emelie Loie Jespersen and did nice things in the ring. The Danish boxer found the fighting range in the second round and caught her Norwegian rival with tough jabs. Mardal launched the stronger punches in the second part of the bout and the ringside doctor decided to finish the contest in the third round which delivered a place for the Norwegian in the semi-final.
Sweden’s Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games bronze medallist and AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Agnes Alexiusson had to meet with her main rival Switzerland’s Sandra Brugger at the lightweight (60kg) in the Golden Girl Box Cup in the first round. The 15 years younger Swedish boxer felt the tempo and her jabs were dangerous to the Swiss veteran who achieved silver medal in the 2007 EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships. The Swiss boxer was in the Top8 in the Astana 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships therefore Alexiusson had to do her very best to win this important quarter-final in Boras.
“It was great feeling to come back to the ring in the Golden Girl Box Cup after my long break and of course it was not my best performance today but I am satisfied with the win against such an experienced rival. I am focusing to the next step and I hope I will be there in the main events of the year as the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships in Poland,” said Sweden’s No.1 Agnes Alexiusson after her quarter-final contest in Boras.
Yvonne Baek Rasmussen and Ditte Frostholm are the two bests Danish women boxers in their elite national team but had to meet each other in the quarter-final of the light welterweight (64kg). They met four times previously in Denmark and among them EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships silver medallist Yvonne Baek Rasmussen won three contests. The elder Rasmussen was impressive today and her strategy worked well in all of the three rounds in Boras.
Sweden’s former AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Love Holgersson had several good results also in the elite level. After several injuries she recovered finally and could use her long distance tactic against England’s Elena Narozanski in the quarter-final of the middleweight (75kg) in Boras. Holgersson used single jabs in the first round to control the opening minutes and her longer range was the difference between them today. The Swedish boxer won the contest by unanimous decision which was a great season start for her.