Leonie Mueller proved at the Cologne Boxing World Cup she is Germany’s new sensation14 March 2021
The female and male final contests, furthermore the last session of the Round Robin bouts were held in the Cologne Boxing World Cup in the third competition day. Germany’s 21-year-old Leonie Mueller caused an amazing surprise in the final of the welterweight (69kg) following her impressive success over the two-time AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Nadine Apetz.
The following 15 nations attended in the Cologne Boxing World Cup this year: Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Croatia, Denmark, France, host Germany, Hungary, IOC Refugee Team, Kazakhstan, Mali, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway and Romania. The number of the boxers were 92 in the Cologne Boxing World Cup including 29 women.
The Technical Delegate of the Cologne Boxing World Cup was the experienced official Mr. Dragoljub Radovic of Serbia who will be the TD of the upcoming AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Kielce. The German event was previously known as the Chemistry Cup and Halle hosted in the recent decades since 1970 as one of the strongest European elite international tournaments.
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 where bubble system works in all of the competition days.
The bout of the day
Germany’s two-time AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Nadine Apetz competed already at the 2011 EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships in Rotterdam 10 years ago. The German welterweight (69kg) No.1 met with the future of the country, her teammate, Leonie Mueller in the final of the Cologne Boxing World Cup. Apetz moved forward more this time and tried different strategy against the younger German in their final. Mueller was untouchable for Apetz and worked from longer distance effectively in the first round of the final. The 21-year-old Mueller kept the focus until the very end of the contest and caused a sensation with her success over Apetz. That success was an emotional victory for Mueller who could beat her Cologne-based rival at the very first time.
The surprise of the day
Germany’s Ornella Wahner won the title of the New Delhi 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and she returned in the Cologne Boxing World Cup. The 27-year-old German boxer tried to control the final against Brazil’s Jucielen Romeu but she did not find the best fighting distance from the first seconds. The 21-year-old Brazilian was quicker and landed more shots from longer range against the German No.1. Romeu was active, she wanted the fight and claimed the gold medal of the women’s featherweight (57kg) which was the main surprise of the day.
Germany’s Kevin Boakye-Schumann is a strong puncher who controlled all of his recent contests at the men’s middleweight (75kg) with excellent performance. He was not able to repeat his peak performance following his tough and emotional semi-final but he landed good punches in the final against Netherlands’ new teenage sensation, Gradus Kraus. The young Dutch has got strong family roots in boxing and he boxed over his previous level in Cologne. Kraus knocked down Boakye-Schumann in the final seconds but his efforts were not enough to turn back the exciting contest.
Brazil’s AIBA Women’s World Champion Beatriz Ferreira was the top favourite for the gold medal at the lightweight (60kg) in the Cologne Boxing World Cup. The Brazilian pressurized Croatia’s Marija Malenica with tough hooks and uppercuts from the first exchanges of their final. The Croatian tried to avoid these powerful shots and she had also good counter-punches especially in the second round. Ferreira was never stopped attacking and claimed her next competition gold after the Strandja Memorial Tournament.
Netherlands’ Rio 2016 Olympic Games silver medallist Nouchka Fontijn is one of the biggest name in the Cologne Boxing World Cup who eliminated Germany’s Christina Hammer in the semi-finals of the women’s middleweight (75kg) and continued her winning path in the title bout. The European Games winner Dutch boxer used long distance strategy in the final against France’s Davina Michel and she succeeded in Cologne once again.
France’s Billal Bennama and Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossynov both claimed bronze medals at the Yekaterinburg 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships. The two excellent flyweight (52kg) boxers advanced to the final of the Cologne Boxing World Cup and produced an outstanding battle. Bennama trusted on his speed and his tactic based on counter-attacks against the Kazakh boxer. Both qualified already for the Tokyo Olympic Games and their final was world class in Cologne and Bennama’s amazing technical skills decided their final.
France’s next finalist Samuel Kistohurry is already a Tokyo Olympian who won several tournaments in the recent one and half year despite of the hard circumstances. The French attacked in the first round with amazing power and caught his final opponent, Kazakhstan’s Orazbek Assylkulov. Kistohurry received punches from the quick Kazakh boxer but he turned up the heat and finished the second round with impressive shots. The French was smarter in the third round than Assylkulov and won his next tournament title at the featherweight (57kg).
Germany’s two hopes advanced to the final of the welterweight (69kg) in the Cologne Boxing World Cup, the defending champion Deniel Krotter and Magomed Schachidov who competed at the Minsk 2019 European Games. Schachidov landed a great jab in the first round of their battle but Krotter returned with nice counter-attacks. The younger Krotter combined the jabs with body shots but Schachidov kept the focus and became stronger in the day of the finals.