France’s Sofiane Oumiha won the chess game against Chinzorig Baatarsukh in Usti nad Labem09 May 2021
The female and male semi-finals took place in the 51st edition of the Grand Prix Usti nad Labem in the Czech Republic where the winners remained their chance alive to win the titles. France’s AIBA World Champion Sofiane Oumiha had a crucial tactical battle against Mongolia’s Chinzorig Baatarsukh at the lightweight (63kg).
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 is Mr. Dragoljub Radovic who worked also in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships.
The following 19 nations from three Confederations are attending 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 are 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 Rio 2016 Olympic Games silver medallist and AIBA World Champion Sofiane Oumiha is one of the biggest names in the Grand Prix who returned to the team before the European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event. The French is a key boxer at the lightweight (63kg) who had a world class battle against Mongolia’s Asian Games silver medallist Chinzorig Baatarsukh. Both boxers have had hundreds of contests and their technical skills are among the best in the whole globe. Their meeting delivered a sensational tactical contest which was a chess game between the two stars. Oumiha was slightly better in the exchanges and advanced to the final where he will be meeting with next Mongolian star, Asian Games winner and ASBC Asian Champion Erdenebat Tsendbaatar.
Poland’s European Games silver medallist Sandra Drabik had two victorious contests in the Grand Prix Usti nad Labem before the semi-finals but she was still fresh enough to win her third challenge. The Polish flyweight (51kg) boxer had a promising opponent as third, Germany’s Maxi Kloetzer who has been preparing for the EUBC European U22 Boxing Championships. Both had similar fighting styles and in that game Drabik was too experienced for the 12-years younger German.
Italy’s EUBC European U22 Champion Rebecca Nicoli is a strong hope at the lightweight (60kg) who is a native talent in our sport. The Italian was never stopped attacking in her semi-final against Germany’s Lena Buechner and she took the lead after three minutes. Nicoli maintained well the fighting distance in the first round and she could eliminate the young German talent. The Italian will be boxing for the final with Poland’s Aneta Rygielska who bowed out Czech Republic’s Magdalena Ticha in the second semi-final.
Italy’s next strong female boxer, AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Angela Carini impressed in the third competition day at the welterweight (69kg). The Italian talent will be 23 this year but she has got already eight years of international experiences. Carini controlled her semi-final against Sweden’s Malena Hede in Usti nad Labem and will be boxing for the gold medal with Poland’s European Games winner veteran Karolina Koszewska.
France’s Billal Bennama claimed bronze medal at the Yekaterinburg 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships and continued his preparation to the Tokyo Olympic Games in Usti nad Labem. The French flyweight (52kg) boxer kept his smaller Spanish opponent, Martin Molina on long and won their semi-final by unanimous decision. Bennama will be meeting for the gold medal with Mongolia’s great puncher, Enkhmandakh Kharkhuu who dominated his bout over Germany’s Christopher Goman.