Lopez Del Arbol and Molina eliminated world class rivals at the Boxam Tournament on Day208 October 2020
The second competition day of the 34th edition of the Boxam Elite International Boxing Tournament saw further 11 bouts in Castellon de la Plana, Spain. Marta Lopez Del Arbol and Martin Molina defeated world class rivals in the second day of boxing when European Games winner Gabriel Escobar also won his fight.
Altogether 25 women and 43 men boxers are attending in the new edition of the Boxam Tournament in Castellon de la Plana. The strong US team, Italy, France, Wales, and Spain are the top nations in the Boxam Tournament but Peru, Puerto Rico and Mali also sent boxers to the competition. The Technical Delegate of the Boxam Tournament is Mrs. Susanne Karrlander of Sweden while EUBC Competition Manager Mr. Dmitriy Gaistruk is also in the venue of the prestigious competition.
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 to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Boxam Elite International Boxing Tournament. The Chairman of the EUBC Medical Commission Mr. Ioannis Filippatos of Greece is in the venue to check all safety instructions.
The bout of the day
Spain’s Martin Molina was a small but energetic boxer at the light flyweight (49kg) in several international events and in the World Series of Boxing. The 26-year-old boxer moved up to the flyweight (52kg) and arrived to Castellon de la Plana with huge motivation. The Spaniard had to meet with United States’ Anthony Herrera who won their National Olympic Trials. The US boxer is a native talent in our sport who has got less international experiences but his footwork is already world class. Their bout was the best in the second competition day which finished with Molina’s narrow success in Castellon de la Plana.
The surprise of the day
Spain’s Marta Lopez Del Arbol competed at the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and she won a bout also in the tough Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament in Bangkok but the 20-year-old talent was not a favourite against Puerto Rico’s Christina Cruz. The young Spanish boxer exceeded her previous limit against the former US national team member who claimed bronze medals in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships last time in 2016. The final verdict was split decision in the favour of the Spanish girl who proved strong developments at the women’s flyweight (51kg).
Spain’s Laura Fuertes was quarter-finalist at the light flyweight (48kg) in the 2019 EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships and moved up one category due to the possibility to attend at the World Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event. The 21-year-old boxer is the Spanish No.1 in women’s boxing who opened her campaign with a success over Wales’ promising Helen Jones in Castellon de la Plana. Fuertes has the focus on the upcoming EUBC European U22 Boxing Championships as her main target of the year.
France’s Wassila Lkhadiri was already bronze medallist at the 2014 EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships at the age of 19 and she is among the favourites at the women’s flyweight (51kg). The experienced French girl was too quick for Spain’s Maria Angeles Garcia Gonzalez and advanced to the last four in the Boxam Tournament. Spain’s best boxer at the women’s featherweight (57kg) Jennifer Fernandez had the confidence to beat Mali’s All Africa Games silver medallist tall Marine Camara on Day2.
Spain’s defending European Games winner at the flyweight (52kg) Gabriel Escobar has already qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games and he spent the recent months to train actively to the 2021 event. Spain’s top boxer used his virtuoso style of boxing to beat Italy’s Patrick Cappai in the second day of boxing. Another Italian boxer at the flyweight (52kg),Federico Serra, who was successful in the previous editions of the World Series of Boxing,eliminated France’s Theo Ticout in the quarter-finals.