Italy’s Federico Serra won the most difficult contest in the opening day of the Boxam Tournament02 March 2021
The first competition day was held at the 35th edition of the Boxam Elite International Boxing Tournament in Castellon de la Plana which is located in the Valencian region of Spain. The younger Spanish boxers proved strong developments but the most difficult contest of the day was won by Italy’s Federico Serra.
Eighteen contests were held in one session in the opening day of the Boxam Tournament in Castellon de la Plana where all of the winners advanced to the quarter-finals. Boxers at the women’s featherweight (57kg), men’s flyweight (52kg), men’s featherweight (57kg), men’s lightweight (63kg), men’s welterweight (69kg), men’s middleweight (75kg) and men’s light heavyweight (81kg) were in action during the first day.
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 Federico Serra competed at the Boxam Tournament several times in the recent years and this time he avoided to meet with Spain’s No.1, European Games winner Gabriel Escobar. His first opponent was a tough one, Romania’s former AIBA Junior World Champion Cosmin Girleanu who qualified already for the Tokyo Olympic Games. The Romanian moved forward in the first round but in that game Serra proved better performance. Girleanu changed his tactic in the bout but too late and the experienced Italian advanced to the quarter-finals in the crucial flyweight (52kg).
The surprise of the day
Denmark’s Sebastian Terteryan will be turning to 20 this year but he reached excellent results in the previous years. The Danish boxer returned to the international stage after one year of break and met with Spain’s 18-year-old Sergio Martinez who competed in the Budva 2020 EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships. The Spanish teenager knocked down his Danish opponent and felt that he has the chance to win his first ever elite contest. Martinez exceeded the expectations and his stamina delivered for him a wonderful success in his debuting contest.
Belgium’s Delfine Persoon returned from the professional world where she had impressive contests and several strong successes. The Belgian girl was not able to win her first contest at the European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event but after that she decided to move down to the featherweight (57kg). Persoon moved ahead and tried to catch Spain’s Maria Del Carmen Madueno in the first bout of the day. The Spaniard moved more on feet in the third round but she was not able to turn back their contest in Castellon de la Plana.
Spain’s Martin Molina had excellent results in the World Series of Boxing and he competed several other international tournaments in the recent seven years. The experienced Spanish is small at the flyweight (52kg) but he has the skills to land punches also from longer distance. Molina was patient and let France’s Theo Ticout closer to use his best fighting range in the contest. Molina was better in the exchanges and his counter-attacks worked well to beat the younger French in Castellon de la Plana.
Lithuania sent two boxers to the Boxam Tournament at the lightweight (63kg) and among them Edgaras Skurdelis proved the better performance in the first day of boxing. The 27-year-old boxer had already more than 300 contests and that caused the difference in his opening contest against Ecuador’s Kevin Mosquera. Skurdelis advanced to the quarter-finals while his teammate Modestas Zmuidina failed to reach the next stage following his loss to United States’ Charles Sheehy.
Spain’s 20-year-old Pablo Coy competed at the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and after two and half years of continuous and hard training, he proved strong development in the first preliminary round in Castellon de la Plana. The Spanish middleweight (75kg) talent met with France’s Bocskai Memorial Tournament winner Victor Yoka in the last 16. Coy’s hooks worked well in the second round of their fight and he has done enough to beat the more experienced French boxer.