England, Spain, Romania, Wales and Portugal achieved the women’s gold medals at the Boxam Tournament12 March 2022
The third competition day of the 36th edition of the Boxam Elite Tournament was held in Oropesa del Mar, Valencian Community, Spain where the winners of the women’s contests earned their titles. England, Spain, Romania, Wales and Portugal bagged the titles of the women’s weight categories in the Boxam Tournament.
Belgium, Cape Verde, England, EUBC Team, France, Hungary, Mexico, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, host Spain, Slovenia, and Wales registered to compete in the new edition of the Boxam Elite Tournament. Altogether seven females and thirteen male champions will be crowned at the 36th Boxam Elite Tournament in Spain which is a preparation event for the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and several other big events.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, the vaccines control, wearing masks and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Spain to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Boxam Elite Tournament.
The bout of the day
Belgium arrived to the Boxam Tournament with a mixed team which contains some experienced boxers and several new talents for the future. Their Vasile Usturoi joined to the national squad a few years ago and he had a tight contest against the current AIBA World Champion Jahmal Harvey of the United States in Belgrade too. The Belgian featherweight (57kg) boxer faced in the semi-finals of the event with Spain’s Antonio Barrul who progressed in the previous two years rapidly. The Spaniard had nice technical skills but Usturoi was able to reply to all of his actions and advanced to the final winning the bout of the day in Oropesa del Mar.
England’s Demi-Jade Resztan achieved silver medal at the 2019 EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships in Alcobendas and after two and half years, she returned to Spain in the same minimumweight (48kg). The English girl faced with Romania’s Steluta Duta who is four-times EUBC European Women’s Champion and this is her last year in boxing due to the age. Duta eliminated Hungary’s Lilla Szeleczki in the previous round and she used her energetic style of boxing but the English girl was quicker and handled their final with better strategy earning a gold medal.
Spain’s No.1 in their female national team, Laura Fuertes was quarter-finalist at the 2019 EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships and returned after her injuries in top shape. She eliminated Serbia’s Tokyo Olympic Games quarter-finalist Nina Radovanovic in the previous round of the Boxam Tournament and she met with another returning boxer, Portugal’s Rita Soares in the final of the light flyweight (50kg). Fuertes and her coaching staff analysed the Portuguese boxer well enough and won all of the three rounds in their final contest on Day3.
Wales’ Helen Jones has been preparing to the Commonwealth Games with full speed and the Boxam Tournament is a step for her on that road. The tall Welsh girl not only controlled her final against England’s Tori-Ellis Willetts but she delivered one of her best ever performances at the flyweight (52kg). Romania’s EUBC European Women’s Champion Lacramioara Perijoc earned the next gold medal in the Boxam Tournament, she landed the stronger punches than Spain’s Maria Del Carmen Madueno and won the hectic final of the women’s bantamweight (54kg).
Spain’s Jennifer Fernandez joined to the national team in 2018 and since then she earned medals in several international tournaments. Following her narrow victory over Hungary’s Szabina Szucs, she continued her winning path against Romania’s powerful Claudia Nechita at the featherweight (57kg). Portugal’s Carolina Ferreira is a new national team member at the light welterweight (63kg) but she earned the gold medal of this category after beating Spain’s Andrea Rogerio by unanimous decision.
Spain’s stars as Gabriel Escobar and Emmanuel Reyes both won their semi-finals in the Boxam Tournament beating their rivals by large margin of differences. Slovenia’s Tadej Cernoga impressed in the first competition day and he looked relaxed and well-prepared against Belgium’s Flavio D’Alessandro in the final of the lightweight (60kg). The Slovenian boxer won all of the three rounds in their meeting and will now face for the title with Javier Barroso of Spain.