EUBC #WomeninGloves: Here you are…. Veronika Szucs AOB-WSB-APB Referee and Judge11 July 2014
Beyond the boxers, who are the persons who make special the boxing world? The Noble art is made up by thousands and thousands of very skilled, experienced and passionate people, who help and support the boxers from their never-ending days inside the gym to the ringside during their matches. Another very important part of the boxing world is made up by the referees and judges, who oversee that the rules of boxing are respected.
And so, Today article is the second of a series of depicts about Coaches, Referees/Judges, ITO’S who stand out to make European Women’s Boxing World better and better. Szűcs Veronika, after a glorious time spent as boxer, is now one of the best referees and judges in the boxing world. She was appointed as Referee for the first historical Women’s Olympic Boxing Final, which took place during the London 2012 and was won by the british boxer Nicola Adams.
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– How did you get involved to boxing?
– I used to be a very dynamic little girl during the time spent between kindergarten and the primary school. The will to fight and to put on helmet and gloves aroused inside me during my childhood. My parents took me to a kick-boxing training where i met a lot of friend, who motivated me to get better, helping me to reach very good results at the same time. I had a strong desire to improve my boxing skill, and so i took the decision to have some Boxing Working-Outs. I immediately realized that this was my sport way of life and in 1996 i won the Hungarian Boxing Association-National Women’s in the 54kg weight class.
– Why have you decided to join to the referees & judges?
– Mr. Jozsef Nacsa, who is the current Chairman of the Referee & Judge Commission in the Hungarian Boxing Association, pushed me into becoming a ref. The successe in my new career was immediate and I started to get involved, as ref&judges, in several international boxing events. I was referee in various edition of European Boxing Championships and I also took part in the 2006, 2010 and 2012 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. I was the one Hungarian woman R&J to be chosen as judge of a final at the 2013 AIBA World Men’s Boxing Championships.
– How do you feel yourself in the ring during a bout?
– Before getting into the ring I’m used to being quite nerivous, but when i hear the sound of the bell i calm down, focusing only on the match.
– What is your next goal as a referee in boxing?
– The highest step of the podium for a ref is the Boxing Tournament Olympic final. I was the referee of the first historical Olympic female boxing at London 2012. I hope to live again the same experience at Rio 2016. I’d like to be appointed as referee of a men’s Olympic final as well, cause i think I have the right knowhow and skill to do that. I have been training very hard to increase my knowledge and I test myself in every international competitions. In addition to my AOB exams, I have got WSB and APB qualification and I would like to be part of the new season both of the World Series and of APB. I know I became referee & judge as very young, but I’m sure thata the best is yet to come.