Netherlands’ Enrico La Cruz won the bout of the day in the quarter-finals of the Cologne Boxing World Cup

12 April 2019 News

The quarter-finals of the Cologne Boxing World Cup were taking place in Germany today where the 53 contests divided into three sessions. Netherlands’ Enrico La Cruz is in top form this year and defeated Russia’s National Champion Aleksei Mazur in the bout of the day. Europe’s stars as France’s Sofiane Oumiha, Ireland’s Joseph Ward, Nadine Apetz and many others also advanced to the semi-finals in Cologne.

The German event was previously known as Chemistry Cup and Halle hosted in the recent decades since 1970. It was moved to Cologne this time but several of the top countries will be attending in the re-branded competition.

The following 21 nations are taking part in the Cologne Boxing World Cup: Armenia, Australia, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Thailand and Wales.

Bout of the day

Netherlands’ best hope in the Cologne Boxing World Cup worked perfectly in the second competition day. Enrico La Cruz was bronze medallist at the 2015 EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships and he was Olympian boxer in Rio de Janeiro as well. The Dutch boxer moved up to the light welterweight (63kg) and started with great motivation against Russia’s National Champion Aleksei Mazur. La Cruz landed more punches in the second round than his Russian opponent who lost his confidence in that period. The Dutch boxer followed his well-built tactic perfectly and eliminated a top rival in Cologne where his next opponent will be Thailand’s Asian Games winner Wuttichai Masuk.

Surprises of the day

England’s Calum French had impressive record in the international events in 2016 and in 2017 when he won five big events and claimed bronze at the Kharkiv EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships. England’s best lightweight (60kg) boxer had a few difficulties in the first round against Russia’s Artur Subkhankulov but his energetic style impressed in the second. French caught his Russian opponent in the second round who had to go to the medical corner twice. Subkhankulov’s defence was better and was more concentrated in the last round and surprisingly his hand was raised after the last gong.

Thailand’s Anu Sritep won the gold medal at the Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament last July which was a small surprise in Bangkok. Thailand’s lightweight (60kg) boxer used his distance well in the recent competitions but at the Cologne Boxing World Cup he had attacking style against Germany’s Assan Hansen. The Thai boxer moved ahead from the first seconds while Hansen’s work based on counter-attacking style with plenty of footwork. The German boxer moved more on feet today and eliminated his top Thai opponent in Cologne.

China’s best female flyweight (51kg) boxer is Asian Games winner Chang Yuan who will be attending at the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships next week. Their No.2 Wu Qinqing has got fewer experiences internationally than Chang Yuan but her footwork and technical skills are also amazing. The Chinese boxer was not enough shape in the first round against Denmark’s Amalie Manich who had a brave attempt to beat her top opponent. The Danish boxer has got only 21 bouts but she was motivated against her Asian rival and delivered one of the biggest sensations of the second competition day.

The Round-Up

Germany’s two-time AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Nadine Apetz started the marathon program of the second competition day in the morning against a strong rival Ireland’s Grainne Walsh. The German welterweight (69kg) boxer started strongly the first round but Walsh came back with excellent hooks in the second. Apetz mobilized all of her energies in the final round and eliminated her experienced Irish rival in Cologne.

Denmark’s Yvonne Baek Rasmussen lost to AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain in Kienbaum last month and she had to meet with another Indian fighter Anjali Tushir in Cologne. The Danish welterweight (69kg) boxer used her pressurizing style and moved forward to use her own style against the inexperienced Indian. Rasmussen launched more punches and her style paid off when the referee confirmed the winner of the bout.

One of Germany’s best hopes Hamsat Shadalov defeated Cuba’s two-time Olympic Champion Robeisy Ramirez in the last edition of the event before his 20thbirthday. Shadalov is now more experienced and the lightweight (60kg) talent worked well from longer distance against Armenia’s Hrayr Shakhverdyan. The Armenian, who is member of the national team since 2011, switched his stances during the bout but he was unable to catch his quick opponent which means Shadalov advanced to the semi-finals.

Ireland’s two-time Commonwealth Games silver medallist Michaela Walsh was a hard target for Mongolia’s teenage talent Delgerkhangai Khongorzul in the first round. The Irish featherweight (57kg) boxer was highly confident in the second round and her counter-attacks reached the Mongolian several times. Walsh played with her younger Mongolian rival in the third round and she was much better tactically today. The Irish girl dominated the fight from the first seconds proving her strong development.

France’s Sofiane Oumiha is the defending AIBA World Champion at the lightweight (60kg) but he moved up to the light welterweight (63kg) in the recent months. The Rio 2016 Olympic Games silver medallist French star did not lose any contests since the Kharkiv 2017 EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships but he had to do his very best against Germany’s Wladislaw Baryshnik. Oumiha had excellent defensive skills in the first round but Baryshnik started the second with an excellent combination. The French boxer enjoyed the contest in the third round and delivered his world class footwork once again.

Ireland’s three-time EUBC European Champion Joseph Ward bowed out his Polish rival as first at the light heavyweight (81kg) met in the quarter-finals with China’s Zhang Jilei. Ireland’s team captain was patient in their contest and combined his body punches with quick head blows. Ward dominated their fight from the first seconds and will be facing for the title contest with Germany’s Abu-Lubdeh Abdulrahman who eliminated Russia’s Imam Khataev which was a surprise on Day2.


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