France’s Enzo Grau and Spain’s Jenifer Martinez caused the main surprises in the opening day of the Boxam Elite Tournament16 May 2019
Twenty-one contests were held in the first day of the new edition of the Boxam Elite International Boxing Tournament. France’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Enzo Grau and Spain’s Jenifer Fernandez delivered the top sensations of the first two sessions in Castellon de le Plana.
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
France’s Enzo Grau was bronze medallist in the St. Petersburg 2016 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and joined to the elite age group on January 2018. Less than one and half year of experiences among the elite boxers were enough to the French talent to win a sensational fight in Castellon de la Plana. His opponent was Thailand’s Asian Games bronze medallist Rujakran Juntrong who was never stopped attacking. The Asian lightweight (60kg) boxer launched more punches than his French opponent and his body punches were dangerous in the first round. Grau was technically better than his Thai rival and used his longer hands to keep the best fighting distance and won their spectacular bout with his excellent effectiveness.
Surprise of the day
Spain’s new National Champion at the featherweight (57kg) Jenifer Fernandez is not a well-known boxer in the international stage but she gave in absolutely everything in her first fight in Castellon de la Plana. The Spanish boxer moved down from the lightweight (60kg) in the recent months and met with New Zealand’s UK-based Amy Andrew who attended also in the New Delhi 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. In spite of the previous chances the Spanish boxer was able to adopt the level of the fight and her close distance punches delivered for her a success in the Boxam Tournament.
France’s Houria Djalout is No.2 behind EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships bronze medallist Wassila Lkhadiri in their national ranking but she proved strong developments in her opening contest at the women’s flyweight (51kg). The French boxer landed tough hooks in the first round against England’s Chloe Watson who is a newcomer in the elite stage. The French boxer was able to keep her level until the end of the final gong and eliminated the 19-year-old Watson in Castellon de la Plana.
Finland’s EUBC European Women’s Champion and Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist Mira Potkonen opened her campaign in Castellon de la Plana against Belgium’s Maysen Lambot and dominated he first fight at the lightweight (60kg). The referee counted the Belgian youngster twice in the first round but Lambot survived those dangerous moments. Potkonen was in different level following her plenty of experiences and the referee confirmed her RSC success in the third round.
Hungary’s two-time Bocskai Memorial Tournament winner Istvan Szaka has been fighting for his place to the upcoming European Games but his main national rival Martin Virban is also a technician boxer at the flyweight (52kg). Szaka arrived to the Boxam Tournament with great motivation and the referee counted his Italian opponent Massimo Spada twice in the first round. The 20-year-old Hungarian landed lethal right-handed hooks and won their unequal fight by RSC in Castellon de la Plana.
Johan Orozco was born in Colombia but started boxing in Spain and following a few years of experiences he reached the quarter-final in the 2015 EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships. The Spanish light welterweight (64kg) boxer returned to the national team following his injuries and started strongly against England’s Thomas Hodgson. The 25-year-old Spanish boxer and his English opponent have done a manly fight with tough exchanges in Castellon de la Plana. The Spanish boxer shocked Hodgson in the third round and knocked down his rival which was decided their contest.
Gazi Jalidov has got strong Russian roots but he is representing Spain in the Boxam Tournament who is a newcomer in the international stage. Jalidov won all of his contests in the Spanish National Boxing League against more experienced rivals and he started well against Hungary’s Pal Kovacs in the quarter-finals of the light heavyweight (81kg). The new Spanish hope was quicker than his Hungarian opponent and started his international campaign with a victory in Castellon de la Plana.