European Champions shined in the third day of boxing at the Brasov Junior & Youth Open26 February 2022
A long competition day with 45 bouts took place in the the first edition of the Brasov Youth & Junior Open in Romania on Friday where the bouts finished after midnight. European Champions as Romania’s duo as Daniel Florin Girleanu and Amalia Maria Nita, Hungary’s Levente Olah and Cyprus’ Laila Abdullatif all shined on Day3.
More than 20 countries are attending in the first Brasov Junior & Youth Open from four Confederations, including non-European teams as United States, Egypt and Bahrain. The number of the participating boxers is 220 in the Brasov Open which is preparation event before the main championships.
The venue of the new international competition will be the Polivalenta Hall in Brasov where boxers from the 2004-2005 age groups can attend in the youth age group, while the younger talents who were born in 2006 and in 2007, can compete in the junior competition.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks, the vaccines check and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Romania avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the first edition of the 2022 Brasov Junior & Youth Cup.
The bout of the day
Romania’s Daniel Florin Girleanu was gold medallist at the 2020 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships and claimed bronze in the 2021 edition. He joined to the youth age group two months ago and moved up to the featherweight (57kg) which is a strong category in Romania’s boxing. The 16-year-old talent, who has strong family roots to boxing, was nervous in the first round against Sweden’s Hugo Harstedt but he changed his rhythm and strategy in the second. Girleanu used her great footwork in the contest and his performance was better rounds by rounds in Brasov to eliminate the Swedish boxer.
The surprise of the day
Hungary’s Sara Varga has just joined to the junior age group this January but she quickly won the gold medal at the Nations Women’s Cup in Serbia one month ago. The Hungarian talent was the favourite against Greece’s Ioanna Katzari but she was nervous in their junior featherweight (57kg) contest. The Hungarian has good technical skills but the Greek girl handled her with tough shots and aggressive style of boxing. Katzari was able to keep the pressure until the last gong and defeated a favourite boxer in Brasov.
Greece’s Anna Maria Tryfilli impressed in the Nations Women’s Cup one month ago and the 16-year-old junior talent continued her participation in the international stage at the Brasov Open. The Greek girl is a favourite at the pinweight (46kg) which is the smallest category in the female junior level. She proved her strength against Romania’s Federica Ceravolo and stopped the rival still in the first round. Her final opponent will be Hungary’s Greta Bojti who turned back her semi-final against Romania’s Silvia Mihaela Meltzer.
Cyprus’ Laila Abdullatif is probably Europe’s best junior female boxer, who earned gold medals at the 2019 EUBC European Schoolgirls Boxing Championships and at the 2021 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships. Abdullatif celebrated her 16th birthday a few days ago and enjoyed her new category, the light bantamweight (52kg) in Brasov. The Cyprian junior star controlled all of the three rounds against Czech Republic’s Julie Polednikova and advanced to the final where she will now meet with Spain’s EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist Noelia Gutierrez.
Romania’s Amalia Maria Nita is another super talented female boxer who earned gold in the last edition of the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships and spent short time in the ring against Hungary’s Mirabella Horvath in the junior light welterweight (63kg). The referee confirmed her RSC success after less than one round against the Hungarian newcomer. Another powerful Romanian female talent, Ana Maria Romantov controlled her contest against Hungary’s Csenge Csorba at the youth bantamweight (54kg).
Spain’s Boxam Youth Tournament winner Laura Barcelo has already EUBC medal and the 17-year-old Spaniard was able to beat Romania’s Emilia Dragan at the youth minimumweight (48kg) and will now meet for the title with Scotland’s promising Neely Brooke. Serbia’s EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships silver medallist Sara Cirkovic also proved her amazing technical skills and strength against France’s Melina Mezrag at the light flyweight (50kg). United States’ El Sarai Brown, Spain’s Maria Mairena Aragon, France’s Kaelya Mopin, Sweden’s Sipel Duna and Cape Verde’s Carina Mendes all have done remarkable victories in the women’s youth age group.