Kistohurry and Boakye-Schumann turned back their finals in the Cologne Boxing World Cup20 December 2020
The women and the men finals were held in the third competition day of the Cologne Boxing World Cup in Germany which event closed the tough year. Germany’s new sensation Kevin Boakye-Schumann turned back his final with impressive power while France’s Tokyo Olympian Samuel Kistohurry proved he is a fighter and defeated the host nation’s pride, Hamsat Shadalov.
Altogether 72 boxers including 21 women attended in the new edition of the Cologne Boxing World Cup in Germany with many of the European and Asian stars on the board. The following nations attended in the Cologne Boxing World Cup: Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine.
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 Germany to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Cologne Boxing World Cup. The Technical Delegate of the competition Mr. Marko Marovic of Croatia and the Covid-19 manager controlled all of the aspects of the competition.
The German Boxing Federation was planning to host the event earlier this year and re-scheduled it two-times in the recent months. The German Boxing Federation hopes that the next edition of the Cologne Boxing World Cup can be hosted in the second week of March to prepare for the European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event.
The bout of the day
Germany’s Hamsat Shadalov and France’s Samuel Kistohurry both qualified already for the Tokyo Olympic Games and they spent the recent months with full training to amend their tiny faults in the movements. Both boxers returned in top shape and amazed in the road to the final of the featherweight (57kg). The younger Shadalov used his best tactic and tried to keep the distance in the first round against his strong French opponent. His impressive footwork was combined with counter-attacks but Kistohurry also landed effective punches especially in the end of the second round. The 25-year-old French increased his tempo in the second part of the bout and proved that he is a real fighter which delivered for him a gold medal in the Cologne Boxing World Cup.
The surprise of the day
Netherlands’ experienced Max Van der Pas delivered better performance in the Cologne Boxing World Cup in comparison to his previous events. The Dutch middleweight (75kg) boxer had to meet in the final with Germany’s powerful Kevin Boakye-Schumann. The 27-year-old Dutch started the first round well and he had nice combinations which reached the target. The younger German knocked down Van der Pas in the middle of the second round and he finished the bout with another tough punch in the end of the sixth minutes.
Ukraine’s Tetiana Kob was Olympian boxer in Rio de Janeiro and reached several top results during her boxing career. The Ukrainian veteran is still in top shape and moved forward from the first seconds in the final of the women’s flyweight (51kg) in Cologne. Her opponent Ursula Gottlob developed well in the recent two years and tried to avoid the Ukrainian punches with footwork. Kob, who has got more than 10 years of international experiences, was quicker in the second and third rounds and won the title of the event.
Two-time AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Nadine Apetz had to meet with her fellow Leonie Mueller who is the member of the next generation in German’s boxing. Apetz, who needs only one further step to earn the spot for the Tokyo Olympic Games in the European Qualifier, landed nice left-handed jabs in the first round. The more experienced Apetz had impressive single shots which arrived with perfect timing in all of the rounds. Apetz enjoyed the bout and her return to the competitions which was gold at the Cologne Boxing World Cup.
Netherlands’ Nouchka Fontijn is one of the best European female boxers who has got also more than ten years of experiences in the international stage as Kob and Apetz. The European Games winner Dutch star maintained the best fighting distance in the first round against Ukraine’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Anastasia Chernokolenko. Fontijn moved more on feet and found the best attacking positions from her safest distance in the second and third rounds. The Dutch boxer returned with the gold medal of the middleweight (75kg) and a clean success in the Cologne Boxing World Cup.
France’s No.1 Sofiane Oumiha claimed gold medal in the 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships and returned to Germany to get ring experiences. The Rio 2016 Olympic Games silver medallist French used his virtuoso style of boxing in the first round against Germany’s experienced Wladislaw Baryshnik. Oumiha moved ahead more in the second round and played with his younger German rival making full dominancy. The French proved that he is one of the gold medal contenders of the lightweight (63kg) in the Olympic Games and demonstrated all of his impressive combinations.
Germany’s Deniel Krotter is a young talent but he had already 150 contests during his career and his change to the welterweight (69kg) was a superb decision from his coaching staff. Krotter was a hard target for Netherlands’ experienced Delano James who competed in the recent big AIBA and EUBC Championships. Krotter used also his strength in the second round and the following the standing count the German boxer had a comfortable advantage. The 29-year-old Dutch increased his rhythm and caught his younger German rival with a tough hook and following that the referee counted Krotter as well. James had an impressive finish but he was not able to turn back their spectacular final.
Netherlands’ Artjom Kasparian won his semi-final with outstanding rhythm but he used a smart style of boxing against Germany’s Ibragim Bazuev in the final of the light heavyweight (81kg). The German boxer was member of their team at the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships and tried to find Kasparian’s weak points. Bazuev slowed down his Dutch opponent in the first and second rounds and tried to keep the aggressive Kasparian on long. The German boxer switched his stance a few times in the bout but Kasparian had good answers to the tactical changes and won the last final of the Cologne Boxing World Cup.