Luna, De Felice and Enge defeated strong rivals at the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament on Day208 September 2021
The second competition day contained 20 bouts in the new 16th edition of the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament in Gliwice, Poland. Eleven junior, eight youth and one elite bouts scheduled in the second day of boxing in Poland. Spain’s Maria Mairena Luna Aragon, Switzerland’s Angela De Felice and Norway’s Julie Enge all defeated strong rivals.
The Silesian Women’s Open Tournament holds for the elite, youth and junior girls and it is now a traditional event with a well-known brand name. The Silesian Open is a preparation event for the youth talents before the upcoming EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships which is scheduled to be held in Budva, Montenegro on October 12-22. Russia, France, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Switzerland, Spain, Slovakia, Serbia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Sweden, and Norway all sent boxers to the Silesian Open.
The Event Director Mr. Henryk Wilk is the engine of the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament and after the tough 2020 edition, more boxers joined to the international event. The Technical Delegate of the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament is Mr. Dragoljub Radovic of Montenegro.
The first edition of the Silesian Women’s Open Boxing Tournament was held still in 2006 with the participation of a few neighbouring countries. The level of the competition was uprising in the recent years step by step and the first non-European countries are joined to the women’s event in 2013. The 2020 edition of the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament was the first international competition after six months of break during the Covid-19 pandemic.
All of the participants had to arrive with a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours upon arrival to Poland. 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 Poland avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the new Silesian Open Women’s Tournament.
The bout of the day
Maria Mairena Luna Aragon represented Spain at the 2020 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships and achieved bronze medal. The Spaniard moved up to the youth age group this January and following her national successes, she uses the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament as preparation before the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships. The 17-year-old Spanish had a tough opponent on Day2, Poland’s Dorota Wawszczyk but she managed all of the tactical issues and won their contest in Gliwice.
The surprise of the day
Norway was not able to send their best talents to the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships but the country attends at the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament in all age groups. Norway’s junior talent Julie Enge had some experiences from Danish and Swedish international events but she was not the favourite against Poland’s Milena Mandziej. Her Polish opponent had more international experiences from bigger competitions but Enge worked well and felt the rhythm to eliminate Mandziej in Gliwice.
Switzerland sent a small delegation to the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament but their junior talent Angela De Felice shined once again in her next international competition. The 15-year-old Swiss girl was too smart for Poland’s Oliwia Jakubczyk in her debuting contest at the junior light flyweight (48kg). The second bout of the session was won by Poland’s Maja Karbowinska who had to do her very best until the last seconds against Sweden’s Isabelle Dahlquist at the junior flyweight (50kg).
Germany’s Steffi Grin is one of their most experienced junior talents who could not do her very best in the recent EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships where she was one of the favourites. The German light bantamweight (52kg) boxer won already Russian international events and returned in top shape to Gliwice. Grin faced with Poland’s Hanna Rozniatowska and dictated the tempo in their contest from the first exchanges. The 16-year-old German was highly confident in her opening bout and won the contest by unanimous decision.
Hungary’s EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships bronze medallist Nikolett Kovacs is their most experienced boxer in the 2005 age group who demonstrated her power and excellent rhythm once again. The Hungarian light middleweight (70kg) boxer was simply too strong for Poland’s Oliwia Scislawska and marched into the next stage of boxing. In the only elite bout of the second competition day, France’s former Youth Olympian Davina Michel stopped Poland’s Zaklina Lason.