Laura Barcelo, Sandra Kruk and Helen Jones were among the winners at the Tenerife Island Women’s Boxing Tournament on Day2

18 December 2021 News

The second competition day of the Tenerife Island Women’s Boxing Tournament continued with one session in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. The local youth No.1, Laura Barcelo continued her winning path but Poland’s veteran Sandra Kruk and Wales’ Helen Jones all impressed in the session.

Following the Boxam Elite Tournament and the Boxam Youth & Junior Tournament, the third Spanish event is a new competition in the boxing map. Due to the postponement of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, the event also holds for the elite female boxers in Tenerife next to the youth and junior talents.

The first edition of the Tenerife Island Women’s Boxing Tournament is one of the last international competitions in 2021 besides to the Golden Gloves Tournament. The new international event is re-scheduled for the women’s elite, youth and junior boxers in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The picturesque Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a well-known tourist city and also an important sport centre in Spain.

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 Spain avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the new edition of the Tenerife Island Women’s Boxing Tournament.

The bout of the day

Poland’s Sandra Kruk achieved silver medal in the 2012 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and she has got already 13 years of international experiences. The veteran Polish girl decided to continue her career and arrived to the Tenerife Island Women’s Tournament to prepare well to the next big events. The 31-year-old Polish featherweight (57kg) boxer expected a strong battle against Spain’s most developed female boxer, Jennifer Fernandez in the second competition day. Kruk and Fernandez delivered the best contest of the day which was won by the Polish boxer by split decision.

The Round-up

Spain’s Laura Barcelo Calderon achieved silver medal at the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships one year ago and won the Boxam Youth Tournament in her last international appearance. The 17-year-old boxer met with her teammate, Spain’s Zuleima Gonzalez in the second competition day at the minimumweight (48kg). Barcelo controlled all of the exchanges from the first seconds and she defeated her rival by unanimous decision in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Spain’s Marta Lopez del Arbol competed in the youth age group successfully in 2018 and she joined to the elite national team immediately one year later. She moved back to the minimumweight (48kg) and attends in the smallest category in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The 21-year-old Spaniard faced with Poland’s Angelika Miegoc in the second competition day and she felt the tempo from the first seconds. Lopez enjoyed her return to the minimumweight (48kg) and won their contest by unanimous decision.

Wales produced amazing women boxers in the recent years and their squad has been preparing to the 2022 Commonwealth Games with full speed. Helen Jones is one of their new generation members who used her height and distance well to keep the control against Spain’s Maria Gonzalez. The 23-year-old Welsh girl used the best tactic against the local boxer and won their light bantamweight (52kg) bout.

Spain’s Laura Fuertes was quarter-finalist in the 2019 EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships but she could not attend as many events as she wanted due to her shoulder and other kind of injuries. The 22-year-old Spaniard faced with England’s Tori-Ellis Willetts in the first round of the elite light bantamweight (52kg) therefore she expected a hard battle. The English girl is new in their top national team but Fuertes had to give in everything to beat her tough opponent.

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