EUBC boxer Emmanuel Reyes amazed the crowd in the Boxam Elite Tournament22 May 2019
The sixteen final contests were held in the fourth competition day of the new edition of the Boxam Elite International Boxing Tournament in Castellon de la Plana. A super strong ex-Cuban boxer Emmanuel Reyes represented EUBC in the Boxam Tournament and he has done a superb job against Italy’s star Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine in the final of the heavyweight (91kg).
The Boxam Tournament is a strong preparation event for the upcoming European Games and for the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships. Australia, Ecuador, New Zealand and Thailand are also sent boxers besides to the tough European countries which means four continents are attending in Castellon de la Plana.
Bout of the day
Italy’s EUBC European U22 Champion and Mediterranean Games winner Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine eliminated New Zealand’s two-time Commonwealth Games winner David Nyika in the semi-final of the heavyweight (91kg). The Italian, who moved down one category one year ago, had to meet against EUBC’s former Cuban National Champion Emmanuel Reyes in the final. The ex-Cuban boxer lives in Spain now and started strongly in the first round against the quick Italian hope who is only 21. Mouhiidine worked well also in the second round against Reyes who had tough responses. The powerful EUBC boxer defeated his Italian opponent in a superb contest which means Mouhiidine lost his unbeaten series after one and half year.
Surprise of the day
France’s Johanna Wonyou (54kg) and Mona Mestiaen (57kg) both claimed silver medals in the Boxam Tournament. Following their finals another French boxer Rima Ayadi had to meet for the title of the light welterweight (64kg) against Spain’s Melisa Gonzalez Tudge. The French boxer eliminated Hungary’s Eszter Olah in a good contest and she worked well against her younger Spanish opponent. Gonzalez, who will be turning to 20 this year, developed well in all aspects of boxing and her performance was enough to beat her French opponent causing a surprise in Castellon de la Plana.
Finland’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist defending EUBC European Women’s Champion Mira Potkonen controlled her contests in the Boxam Tournament in Castellon de la Plana and proved her strength. Potkonen met for the gold medal with Australia’s Commonwealth Games winner Anja Stridsman which was the repeat final of the 2018 Boxam Tournament. The Aussie boxer defeated Potkonen last September but Finland’s No.1 prepared well to their re-match with new tactic. Potkonen landed more punches in the first round of their repeat contest and her well-built strategy delivered for her a victory in the final of the lightweight (60kg).
England’s most experienced female boxer Sandy Ryan was bronze medallist in the Jeju 2014 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and she regained her amazing form in the recent months. The English welterweight (69kg) boxer was too strong for Denmark’s veteran Yvonne Baek Rasmussen in the semi-finals and met with France’s Emilie Sonvico in the final of the Boxam Tournament. Ryan felt the tempo in the first round of their contest and caught her French opponent a few times. Sonvico was competitive rival but Ryan was slightly better today and claimed gold medal for England.
Spain’s Martin Molina has got WSB experiences but he had difficulties in the first round against Ecuador’s teenager Luis Delgado but he stepped into the gas and turned back their light flyweight (49kg) final and claimed the host country’s first gold medal in Castellon de la Plana. The 24-year-old Spanish is among Europe’s bests in the lowest weight class and he is expecting a medal in the upcoming European Games.
Gabriel Escobar won the Mediterranean Games and the EUBC European Union Boxing Championships last year following his two silver medals in the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships. The Spanish No.1 felt the rhythm well in the first round against Italy’s Federico Serra and took the lead in their final. The Italian boxer tried to slow down the Spanish star but Escobar controlled most of their finals which meant he was able to defend his throne at the Boxam Tournament.
Spain’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games quarter-finalist Samuel Carmona moved up to the bantamweight (56kg) from the light flyweight (49kg) in the recent one year. The 23-year-old Spanish had a sensational final against Thailand’s FISU University World Champion Yuttapong Tongdee. The Thai boxer claimed silver medal in a strong tournament in Kazakhstan and at the Boxam Tournament he repeated that performance, became runner-up in Castellon de la Plana.
France’s Sofiane Oumiha is the defending AIBA World Champion at the lightweight (60kg) who moved up one category but their squad has got another strong option for the future in this division. AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Enzo Grau eliminated Thailand’s Rujakran Juntrong, Spain’s Cristian Eusse Vasquez and Italy’s Francesco Iozia during his road to the finals. The 20-year-old French lightweight (60kg) boxer controlled his final against Hungary’s former EUBC European Youth Champion Roland Galos and won his first big elite title.