France’s Samuel Kistohurry won his next international tournament title11 May 2021
The six female and eight male finals were held in the 51st edition of the Grand Prix Usti nad Labem in the Czech Republic. France’s Samuel Kistohurry continued his amazing winning path and won his next international tournament. Czech Republic’s Vendula Sedlackova caused the main surprise of the final day in Usti nad Labem.
The traditional boxing competition returned to the boxing map after two years of break but there was huge interest from the National Federations to comeback to Usti nad Labem. The Technical Delegate of the Grand Prix Usti nad Labem was Mr. Dragoljub Radovic who worked also in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships.
The following 19 nations from three Confederations attended in the new edition of the Grand Prix Usti nad Labem: Austria, host Czech Republic, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Jordan, Mali, Mongolia, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, and Wales.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls were the responsibility of the local organizers in the Czech Republic to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Grand Prix Usti nad Labem.
The bout of the day
France’s Samuel Kistohurry is in amazing form since he has been qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games in London 14 months ago. Since then he had high number of international contests and won the gold medals in Hungary, in Germany and in France. Kistohurry proved his top form once again and he conquered also the Czech Republic with fantastic skills. The 26-year-old French had a tough battle against Mongolia’s Rio 2016 Olympian and Summer Universiade winner Enkh-Amar Kharkhuu in the final of the featherweight (57kg). The Mongolian used excellent speed in the bout while Kistohurry was better rounds by rounds in the final. Kistohurry produced his best round in the third which was decisive between the two experienced boxers.
The surprise of the day
Czech Republic’s Vendula Sedlackova eliminated Switzerland’s Anna Jenni in the semi-finals of the light welterweight (64kg) and she was seriously motivated in the final. Sedlackova met with Ukraine’s former AIBA Women’s World Champion Marina Badulina-Bova and she expected a tough battle. The Czech girl exceeded the expectations and defeated the Ukrainian veteran which was her biggest scalp during her whole boxing career.
Poland’s Baku 2015 European Games silver medallist Sandra Drabik won the first gold medal of the Grand Prix Usti nad Labem where she had to win four contests. The 33-year-old Polish defeated Mongolia’s Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg in the final of the flyweight (51kg), proving her strength once again. Poland’s second female gold medal was taken by their Minsk 2019 European Games winner Karolina Koszewska who had a narrow success over Italy’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Angela Carini.
Italy’s Rebecca Nicoli was involved to the youth national team in 2016 and she claimed gold medal at the 2018 EUBC European U22 Boxing Championships. The Italian eliminated Germany’s Lena Buechner in the semi-finals and met with Poland’s EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships silver medallist Aneta Rygielska in the final of the lightweight (60kg). Nicoli tried to reduce the fighting distance and she succeeded with that strategy therefore her hand was raised after the last gong.
Netherlands’ European Games winner and Olympic Games silver medallist Nouchka Fontijn has done a fantastic performance against Wales’ AIBA Women’s World Champion Lauren Price in the semi-finals of the middleweight (75kg) which was a revenge due to her previous loss. The experienced Dutch star met with Italy’s Assunta Canfora in the final which was another high quality bout in the day of the finals. Fontijn felt the tempo better and won the title contest by unanimous decision in Usti nad Labem.
France’s AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Billal Bennama is already a Tokyo Olympian who bagged his next tournament title in Usti nad Labem. The French flyweight (52kg) star eliminated Spain’s Martin Molina in the semi-final and he planned to use the same strategy against Mongolia’s tough Enkhmandakh Kharkhuu. Bennama used his virtuoso footwork to avoid the Mongolian punches and he could follow the strategy successfully in the final.