Greece’s new junior sensation Anna Maria Tryfilli advanced to the finals of the 11th Nations Women’s Cup

28 January 2022 News

Further twenty-one bouts were held in the third competition day of the 11th edition of the Nations Women’s Cup in Sombor, Serbia where the winners advanced to the finals. Netherlands’ returning boxer, Alicia Holzken joined to the final but Hungary, Greece, Serbia, Kazakhstan and Russia also had strong competition day.

Algeria, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Cyprus, Czech Republic, England, Fair Chance Team, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia and Wales sent their girls to the Nations Women’s Cup. The boxers can prepare for the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships and EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships in this 11th Nations Women’s Cup.

There are events for the elite, youth, junior and also schoolgirl boxers in Sombor, Serbia therefore the interest is huge in the competition. Boxers who were born between 1982 and 2003 are eligible to attend in the elite part of the Nations Women’s Cup in Sombor. The 2004 and 2005 born boxers can compete in the youth part of the competition, the younger 2006 and 2007 age groups are the junior athletes in 2022. The youngest 2008 and 2009 born boxers can attend in the schoolgirls part of the Nations Women’s Cup and starts their international career.

The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, the vaccines control, wearing masks and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Serbia to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the 11th Nations Women’s Cup.

The bout of the day

Netherlands’ Alicia Holzken robbed into the best boxers more than ten years ago when she bagged bronze medal at the 2011 AIBA Women’s Junior World Boxing Championships at the age of 15. The Dutch girl switched to other martial arts in the recent years but returned to our sport in the recent months and she has got strong targets for the upcoming years. Holzken eliminated already her first rival and met with Wales’ new sensation, Zoe Andrews in the semi-finals of the elite bantamweight (54kg). Holzken is not the tallest boxer of this weight class but she lands punches from all possible angles which paid off against the technician Welsh girl in the bout of the day. Holzken will now meet for the title with Russia’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Anastasia Kirienko.

The surprise of the day

Greece arrived to the Nations Women’s Cup with a huge delegation, their number of the participating boxers is record in the event’s history. Their junior No.1, Anna Maria Tryfilli has got strong results from the previous international competitions but she had a tough rival on Day3, Russia’s Kristina Nevmiyanova. The Greek pinweight (46kg) boxer controlled almost all of the exchanges and her dynamism delivered for her a superb success in Sombor. Tryfilli proved her impressive skills and could be one of the favourites also at the 2022 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships.

The Round-up

Hungary’s Patricia Petriman is a 13-year-old schoolgirl boxer who has got strong family connections to boxing as all of her brothers are involved to the sport. Petriman met with Russia’s Ulan-Ude-based Bayraa Ayusheva but she managed to win all of the three rounds against a top opponent during the first schoolgirl bout of the Nations Women’s Cup. Petriman’s teammate, Sara Varga has just joined to the junior age group but she controlled her contest over Greece’s Vlasia Mavragani and delivered Hungary’s second success during the third session.

Serbia’s best future hope among the girls is Sara Cirkovic who earned silver medal at the 2020 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships and repeated that result at the 2021 EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships. The 17-year-old talent eliminated Greece’s Eleni Cholidi landing plenty of punches in their youth flyweight (52kg) contest. Russia’s EUBC European Junior Champion Daria Kostkina had a tough job against Hungary’s debutant Karmen Horvath but she managed to win that contest in the same weight class.

Kazakhstan sent a small delegation to the Nations Women’s Cup following their unexpected but hard situation which affected the country in January. Their ASBC Asian Junior Champion Ulzhan Sarsenbek controlled all of the three rounds against Hungary’s Fanni Laura Kovacs advancing to the final of the youth featherweight (57kg). Her teammate, ASBC Asian Elite Champion Rimma Volosenko was too strong for Russia’s Daria Dmitriyeva and stopped her opponent in the first round.

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