Denmark’s Yvonne Baek Rasmussen was the hero of Day1 at the Feliks Stamm Memorial Tournament30 April 2019
The 36thedition of the traditional Feliks Stamm Memorial Tournament started with the Opening Ceremony and the first preliminary day in Warsaw, Poland. Denmark’s veteran Yvonne Baek Rasmussen proved that she is in strong shape and eliminated Brazil’s No.1 Beatriz Soares at the women’s welterweight (69kg) on Day1.
The first edition of the Feliks Stamm Memorial Tournament was held in 1977 and many of Europe’s stars won the titles in the recent decades. Besides to the European nations Australia, New Zealand, Algeria, Morocco, India and Brazil are also attending in the 36thFeliks Stamm Memorial Tournament which means all of the five Confederations sent boxers to Poland’s capital.
Bout of the day
Denmark’s Yvonne Baek Rasmussen is a veteran boxer in our sport who claimed silver medal already at the 2005 European Women’s Boxing Championships. The Danish boxer is fully focusing to her first ever Olympic participation and she increased her rhythm in the trainings to achieve her goal. Rasmussen moved up to the welterweight (69kg) and following her success at the Nordic Boxing Championships she gave in everything to her opening bout in the Feliks Stamm Memorial Tournament. Rasmussen’s opponent was Brazil’s Beatriz Soares who is a competitive boxer in the international stage. Denmark’s best female boxer moved ahead from the first seconds and her aggressive style paid off in Warsaw which bout she won unanimously against the tough South American.
Surprise of the day
Denmark’s Amalie Manich is a newcomer in their national elite team who is fully focusing to boxing after a few years of break. The Danish flyweight (51kg) boxer won her opening bout at the Cologne Boxing World Cup which was a surprise and she continued her winning path also in the Feliks Stamm Memorial Tournament. Manich, who will be turning to 25 this year, had to face with a more experienced Nordic rival in Warsaw but she managed to win her debuting bout against Norway’s Veronica Kim Losvik. Manich had less than 30 bouts during her whole career therefore her international success is a surprise in Warsaw.
Wales’ Rosie Eccles claimed silver medals in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and in the 2016 EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships. The 23-year-old boxer dominated the first round against Algeria’s Chahira Selmouni and increased her rhythm in the second. Eccles landed lethal punches in the second round and the Swiss referee confirmed her RSC victory.
Italy’s EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion Angela Carini was involved to the elite national team in 2018 and caused a surprise in the preliminary stage of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. The Italian welterweight (69kg) boxer was taller than her first opponent at the Feliks Stamm, France’s Emilie Sonvico which was a strong advantage in their bout. The 21-year-old Italian controlled all of the three rounds in Warsaw and won the bout by unanimous decision.
Poland’s strongest man category is the light welterweight (64kg) where their EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships bronze medallist Mateusz Polski started his campaign strongly in the Feliks Stamm Memorial Tournament. Polski used his energetic and pressurizing style to beat Morocco’s Hamza Rabii in Warsaw. His six-year younger teammate Damian Durkacz is a technician boxer who was slightly better than Denmark’s Frederik Lundgaard Jensen on Day1.