Jarzabek, Abdullatif, Nileborg and Yem were named as best boxers of their age groups at the Zagreb Open Tournament25 October 2021
The Zagreb Open Tournament finished with 31 junior, schoolgirl and schoolboy finals in the Croatian capital. Poland’s Martyna Jarzabek, Cyprus’ Layla Abdullatif, Hungary’s Benjamin Nileborg and Ukraine’s Anatoliy Yem were named as the best boxers of their age groups and genders in the Zagreb Open Tournament.
Poland, Croatia, Ukraine, Hungary, Cyprus, Slovenia, Scotland, Greece and Montenegro shared the gold medals in the Zagreb Open Tournament. The Cyprian team achieved record number of four gold medals in Croatia which was their best ever international performance.
The Zagreb Open Tournament was a small regional event but grew step by step in the recent years and currently many of the countries including Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Switzerland, Kosovo, Scotland, Cyprus, Greece, Slovenia and Montenegro decided to send talents to Croatia’s capital city. Mr. Viorel Sima of Romania was the Technical Delegate in the new edition of the Zagreb Open Tournament.
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 Croatia avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Zagreb Open Tournament.
The bout of the day
Scotland did not send any young female boxers to the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships but their Brooke Neely is a fantastic talent. She claimed the gold medal in the Scottish National Championships five-times and she spent the recent months in various training camps. The Scottish girl met in the final of the junior light flyweight (48kg) with Europe’s No.1, Cyprus Layla Abdullatif who bagged gold medals at the 2019 EUBC Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships and at the 2021 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships. Abdullatif never lost any international contests yet during her whole career but she had to do her very best against the competitive Scottish talent in the final of the Zagreb Open Tournament. The final verdict was split decision favoured to Layla Abdullatif but both talents impressed in Zagreb.
The surprise of the day
Poland’s Karolina Kuhn advanced to the final of the Tbilisi 2021 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships and claimed silver medal in Georgia’s capital this July. The Polish light welterweight (63kg) girl was the strong favourite in the final of the Zagreb Open Tournament against Cyprus’ Christina Ntzaragan but her opponent surprised her. The Cyprian talent never boxer out of her country yet but defeated one of the top European junior girls in Zagreb.
Poland’s Martyna Jarzabek was bronze medallist in the EUBC Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina two months ago and she competed in Zagreb to increase her international experiences. The 14-year-old Polish girl met in the final of the schoolgirls featherweight (57kg) with Hungary’s Sara Varga and she managed to win two out of the three rounds to get the title.
Hungary’s Benjamin Nileborg has got strong family connections to boxing, his elder brother Krisztian competed at the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships. The younger Benjamin not only advanced to the final of the schoolboys’ light flyweight (48kg) but he impressed against his teammate, Andras Horvath. The 13-year-old Hungarian earned the gold medal of the weight class and he awarded the best schoolboys’ boxer trophy.
Ukraine’s Anatoliy Yem is a well-experienced junior male boxer who was too strong for all of his opponents including Croatia’s Leon Maloic in the final of the lightweight (60kg). The 16-year-old Ukrainian became the best junior male boxer in the Zagreb Open Tournament but Montenegro’s EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships silver medallist Mirko Sarcevic, Scotland’s Alan Perrie, Croatia’s Lovro Pavcec and Greece’s Georgios Efthimiadis all proved impressive performance in the day of the finals.