Fendero and Kuogo delivered the best performances in the Swiss Nations Cup30 September 2019
The Swiss Nations Cup was a two-day long international competition which saw youth, female elite and male elite bouts. Luzern hosted the new edition of their Nations Cup following various Swiss cities in the recent years. France’s Moreno Fendero returned with a tournament success in Luzern where Switzerland’s Jason Kuogo won the most difficult youth final in the second day of boxing.
Bout of the day
France’s Moreno Fendero reached excellent youth results in 2016 and in 2017 in spite of the fact he started his boxing career only at the age of 15. The French boxer remained at the middleweight (75kg) and advanced to the final of the Swiss Nations Cup where his opponent was Switzerland’s Angel Roque who was born in the Dominican Republic. The Swiss boxer defeated Germany’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Vezir Agirman in the semi-finals and tried to use his speed to beat the French youngster. The 20-year-old Fendero was never stopped attacking and his strength decided their contest which was the best in the day of the finals.
Surprise of the day
Switzerland sent two boxers to the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships to Sofia and their new hope Jason Kuogo were also there in the Bulgarian capital. The 18-year-old Swiss light welterweight (64kg) boxer had to face in the final of the Swiss Nations Cup with Ireland’s Brandon McCarthy who has been attending in the international events since 2014. The Irish achieved silver in the EUBC European Schoolboys Boxing Championships in 2015 and attended high number of top events during his successful career. McCarthy did not underestimate his Swiss opponent but Kuogo’s fighting style and stamina delivered an unexpected success for the host nation’s talent.
France’s Fatia Benmessahel was EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion in 2017 and she won most of her international contests. The 20-year-old French girl is a hard target for all of her opponents using great footwork to land punches. Benmessahel controlled all of the rounds against Switzerland’s Stefanie Rohrer at the women’s light welterweight (64kg) and won their bout unanimously.
Adam Hession is the current Irish Elite National Champion at the flyweight (52kg) which he won on February but since that event, he changed to the bantamweight (56kg). The 19-year-old Irish technically and tactically showed better performance than Germany’s Yves-Domenic Kentsch in the final of the Swiss Nations Cup. The Irish boxer has been awarded the Best Technical Boxer Trophy in Luzern proving his talent.
Colm Quinn is a 21-year-old boxer who competed smaller international tournaments during his career and increased his experiences in these competitions. The Irish hope moved up to the welterweight (69kg) and his confident style paid off in the final of the Luzern event where he was too smart for France’s Rayane Berriouiguet.