Italy, Spain, Russia, India, Kazakhstan and USA were the best nations of the semi-finals at the Boxam Tournament

06 March 2021 News

Twenty-eight semi-final contests were held in the fourth competition day at the 35th edition of the Boxam Elite International Boxing Tournament in Castellon de la Plana, Spain. Italy’s defending EUBC European Women’s Champion Irma Testa won a tough contest on Day4 when India, Italy, Russia, Spain, Kazakhstan and USA were the best nations.

Altogether twelve females and sixteen male bouts were scheduled in the fourth day of the Boxam Tournament in Castellon de la Plana. All of the winners of today’s contests remained their chance alive to win their weight categories in the Boxam Tournament.

Altogether 127 boxers from 17 different countries are competing in the Boxam Tournament this week and 15 champions will be crowned following the finals. The following nations are attending in the Boxam Tournament: Belgium, Chile, Denmark, Ecuador, France, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Monaco, Morocco, Panama, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Spain and United States of America.

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 Castellon de la Plana to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Boxam Tournament.

The bout of the day

Italy’s reigning EUBC European Women’s Champion Irma Testa used her previously successful strategy against Belgium’s Professional World Champion Delfine Persoon in the semi-final of the featherweight (57kg). The Belgian moved ahead and stepped into Testa’s punching range and received several clear shots. The Belgian was active, tried to pressurize her younger Italian opponent and she produced her best round in the third but that was not enough to turn back the fight. Persoon was not able to organize her defence well against the taller Italian therefore Testa can box for the gold of the category with India’s 19-year-old Jaismine who has similar fighting style as the Italian.

The surprise of the day

Denmark’s last remaining boxer at the Boxam Tournament, Nikolai Terteryan will be turning only to 20 this year but he has excellent technical skills already. The Danish lightweight (63kg) boxer had good defence against Lithuania’s Edgaras Skurdelis and tried to follow the best strategy in the bout. Terteryan was a hard target, moved permanently therefore the more experienced Skurdelis could not catch his younger opponent with strong punches. The Danish teenager can prepare to his final in Castellon de la Plana where he will be meeting with India’s AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Manish Kaushik.

The Round-Up

Italy’s Roberta Bonatti is the most experienced girl at the women’s light flyweight (48kg) in the Boxam Tournament in Castellon de la Plana. She looked quicker than Spain’s Cristina Navarro in the first round and moved more on feet in that part. Bonatti, who has been attending in the international competitions since 2013, enjoyed her semi-final and will be boxing for the gold medal of the smallest category with Spain’s strong Cristina Morales who switched from kick-boxing.

Russia’s EUBC European Women’s Champion Svetlana Soluianova is a tall boxer at the women’s flyweight (51kg) who used her distance well against Italy’s Olena Savchuk in the first round. The Italian had the strong fighting spirit and she landed also nice jabs in the bout but the Russian was punctual and effective in that semi-final. Soluianova will be meeting for the gold medal with United States’ No.1 Virginia Fuchs who eliminated India’s six-time AIBA Women’s World Champion Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte.

Russia’s Saadat Dalgatova claimed her first silver medal in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships still in 2014. Following a few years of break she returned in top shape and she can be an Olympian boxer this year. The Russian veteran tried to move closer to Puerto Rico’s taller Stephanie Pineiro and after quickly stepped back to avoid the counter-attacks. Dalgatova knew more about boxing and she advanced to the final of the welterweight (69kg) where her next opponent will be Italy’s Angela Carini.

Spain’s European Games winner Gabriel Escobar eliminated his main rival India’s AIBA World Boxing Championships silver medallist Amit Panghal in the quarter-final of the flyweight (52kg) but he had to produce another top performance in the last four. His opponent, France’s EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Ibrahim Boukedim is a technician boxer and he had a strong resistance in the bout but Escobar was still too experienced for him. Escobar can defend his throne against Kazakhstan’s two-time ASBC Asian Youth Champion Makhmud Sabyrkhan who is one of the strongest members of the next generation.

Spain’s Rio 2016 Olympian Youba Ndiaye Sissokho has done an incredibly strong battle against Russia’s AIBA World Champion Andrei Zamkovoy in the European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event one year ago. He lost that contest by split decision but he proved his amazing developments which he continued in the Boxam Tournament. The Spanish welterweight (69kg) boxer used virtuoso style of boxing and eliminated Lithuania’s Saimonas Banys in the event and will be meeting for the gold with India’s Vikas Krishan Yadav.

Spain’s Emmanuel Reyes is one of the best European heavyweight (91kg) boxers and following he switched from Cuba, he won almost all of his contests. The 28-year-old Spanish maintained the distance in the first minute against Italy’s newcomer Matteo Girolamo and after that he landed several punches. The Italian, who moved down from super heavyweight (+91kg), is a tough boxer and he fought until his last blood but Reyes was too experienced for him today.  

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