Drabik, Kruk, Rygielska, Koszewska, Durikova and Cacic are among the gold medallists at the 15th Silesian Women’s Open Tournament

06 September 2020 News

The second part of the youth and elite finals was held on the sixth and last competition day in the 15th edition of the Silesian Women’s Open Boxing Tournament in Gliwice, Poland. Poland’s best elite boxers such as Sandra Drabik, Sandra Kruk, Aneta Rygielska and Karolina Koszewska all won their weight classes in the event. Two 19-year-old talents as Slovakia’s Nicole Durikova and Croatia’s Nikolina Cacic both claimed their next titles in their career.

The Silesian Women’s Open Tournament was the first international competition since the stoppage in March due to Covid-19 Coronavirus. The Silesian Women’s Open Tournament was streamed from Day3 until the finals by the local broadcaster Tylko Sport Telewizja Internetowa in the vimeo.com channel.

The 15th Silesian Women’s Open Boxing Tournament took place for the elite, youth and junior female boxers in Gliwice. The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the controls were the responsibility of the local organizers in Gliwice. The first Silesian Women’s Open Boxing Tournament was held in 2006 and hosted annually in the recent 14 years.

The bout of the day

Poland’s European Games silver medallist Sandra Drabik was a strong favourite at the elite flyweight (51kg) and she dominated her previous contests in Gliwice. The AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships quarter-finalist Drabik had to face for the gold medal with her main national rival, Natalia Rok in a special re-match. Drabik is more experienced and handled all of the tactical issues of their fight which was also selection between them before the future objectives. Rok used her aggressive style but tactically Drabik managed to win their repeat contest in Gliwice taking the title of the weight class.

The surprise of the day

Czech Republic’s Martina Schmoranzova joined to the national team in 2006 at the age of 17 and she had more than 100 international fights in the recent 14 years. The AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships quarter-finalist Czech boxer moved up to the middleweight (75kg) in the recent weeks and tried to keep her best fighting distance against Poland’s younger Agata Kaczmarska. Her 22-year-old Polish boxer landed the stronger punches and caused a small surprise to beat her well-experienced Czech rival.

The Round-Up

In the first final of the sixth competition day, Czech Republic’s 17-year-old Claudia Totova controlled her fight over Poland’s Iga Kolodziejczyk and won the title of the youth bantamweight (54kg). The final verdict was unanimous decision in the favour of the Czech boxer who attended at the 2019 EUBC European Women’s Junior Boxing Championships. Her teammate Veronika Zajicova was not enough experienced to beat Poland’s Alexa Kubicki in the final of the youth flyweight (51kg).

Slovakia’s Nicole Durikova joined to the elite age group this January but the 19-year-old talent dominated her final over Poland’s Angelika Miegoc at the light flyweight (48kg). Another teenage talent Croatia’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Nikolina Cacic amazed in the battle of the 2001 born boxers against Poland’s Wiktoria Rogalinska. Their fight was one of the most anticipated ones in the day of the finals and the Croatian girl was slightly better than her Polish opponent.

Poland’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Sandra Kruk used close distance tactic to beat her fellow Karolina Tracz in the final of the elite featherweight (57kg). EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships runner-up Aneta Rygielska had great footwork against Croatia’s Sara Kos-Beram and won the title of the elite lightweight (60kg) in Gliwice.

Poland’s most experienced female boxer Karolina Koszewska faced with a 17-year-younger rival Natalia Marczykowska in the final of the welterweight (69kg). The 38-year-old Polish veteran used her longer reach to keep the safest distance against her compatriot in Gliwice. The defending European Games winner Koszewska was too smart for Marczykowska in another exciting final fight. Natalia Barbusinska is 21 as Marczykowska and she has been also preparing to the upcoming EUBC European U22 Boxing Championships therefore her gold medal at the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament was a great feedback for her.

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