Norway’s 17-year-old Sunniva Hofstad made an amazing comeback at the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament

09 September 2021 News

Twenty-one bouts were held in the third competition day in the new 16th edition of the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament in Gliwice, Poland. Two junior, one youth and eighteen elite bouts scheduled in the third day of boxing in Poland. Norway’s best future hope 17-year-old Sunniva Hofstad returned to the international events and defeated Poland’s youth No.1 Barbara Marcinkowska in an exciting bout.

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

Natalia Shadrina represented the Russian boxing team between 2010 and 2020 and advanced to the quarter-finals at the 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. The experienced boxer switched to Serbia and won already international events to her new homeland in 2021. Shadrina moved up to the light welterweight (63kg) and met with a tough rival, neighbouring Sara Kos of Croatia who developed all of her skills in the recent one and half year. Their quarter-final contest was a unique one in the third competition day and Shadrina had to give in everything to take the victory over the upgraded Croatian.

The surprise of the day

Poland’s Barbara Marcinkowska claimed silver medal at the Kielce 2021 AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships and she reached one of the best results of the host country in April. The Polish middleweight (75kg) boxer had to meet with Norway’s promising Sunniva Hofstad in the third competition day. Her Norwegian rival achieved silver medal at the 2019 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships and returned after a long break to the international events. The 17-year-old Norwegian not only has done a superb comeback but enjoyed her contest and defeated one of the best Polish hopes in Gliwice.

The Round-up

Poland’s Aleksandra Jankowiak claimed silver medal as a junior boxer at the 2020 Silesian Open Women’s Tournament and she returned to the event following her experiences at the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships. The 16-year-old Polish junior started slowly against Hungary’s Nora Komjathi but from the second round, she could follow her best rhythm in their semi-final. The referee counted the Hungarian and from that moment, Jankowiak controlled the bout and advanced to the final of the junior light middleweight (70kg). Her final opponent will be another Hungarian, EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships bronze medallist Nikolett Kovacs who eliminated Poland’s Aleksandra Cyrek.

France’s Rim Bennama is a 20-year-old talent who moved up to the new flyweight (50kg) and proved her development in speed in Gliwice. The French talent, who came from a boxing family, impressed against Poland’s Angelika Miegoc and controlled all of the three rounds on Day3 therefore she will meet for the title with Sweden’s Tove Lundberg. Her teammate, the reigning EUBC U22 European Champion Romane Moulai dominated her semi-final against Germany’s Georgiana-Diana Podaru and will now face for the title with Poland’s young Wiktoria Rogalinska.

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