Oliveira and Boakye-Schumann were the heroes of the semi-finals at the Cologne Boxing World Cup

14 March 2021 News

The semi-finals have been divided into two sessions at the Cologne Boxing World Cup today which is Germany’s top elite international event. Brazil’s amazing Wanderson Oliveira and Germany’s Kevin Boakye-Schumann were the heroes of the second competition day at the Cologne Boxing World Cup.

The following 15 nations are attending in the Cologne Boxing World Cup: Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, IOC Refugee Team, Kazakhstan, Mali, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway and Romania. The number of the boxers is 92 in the Cologne Boxing World Cup including 29 women.

The Technical Delegate of the Cologne Boxing World Cup is the experienced official Mr. Dragoljub Radovic of Serbia who will be the TD of the upcoming AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. 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 are 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

Brazil’s Wanderson Oliveira was quarter-finalist at the Yekaterinburg 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships and he proved impressive performance in the opening day in Cologne. His second rival, Netherland’s European Games bronze medallist Enrico La Cruz moved back more than in his previous contests but he tried to land punches with not the perfect timing. The South American opened the second round with strong right-handed uppercuts in a bout which was strong promotions of boxing. The 23-year-old Brazilian moved forward all the time and his impressive technical skills determined the result of their outstanding semi-final. Oliveira won their superb semi-final and will have the chance to take the title of the lightweight (63kg) against Kazakhstan’s Yertugan Zeinulinov.

The surprise of the day

Brazil’s Hebert Sousa De Conceicao claimed bronze medal in the Yekaterinburg 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships and he is one of the top middleweight (75kg) boxers but he had a hard job against Germany’s Kevin Boakye-Schumann in the semi-finals. His German opponent gave in everything from the first exchanges and he delivered emotional fighting spirit today. Boakye-Schumann, who trains with Michael Timm, felt the tempo well especially in the first and second rounds and bowed out the Brazilian in Cologne.

The Round-Up

Germany’s Ornella Wahner claimed gold medal at the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships as first from her country in the history of the event. The German featherweight (57kg) boxer was quicker than her opponent from Mali, All Africa Games silver medallist Marine Fatoumata Camara. The former French boxer was taller but Wahner used her faults to land punches in their semi-finals which means the German AIBA Women’s World Champion can box for the gold medal with Brazil’s Jucielen Romeu who defeated Germany’s Zaina Nasser in the second semi-final.

Croatia’s Marija Malenica won a few international tournaments in the recent two and half years and secured her place in the top national team. The Croatian lightweight (60kg) boxer had tough fighting spirit in the semi-final against Germany’s Lena Buechner who adopted the rhythm of the bout in the first round. Malenica landed the stronger punches and advanced to the final of the weight category where she will now meet with Brazil’s defending AIBA Women’s World Champion Beatriz Ferreira.

France’s Billal Bennama won his first international events as a junior boxer in 2014 and moved ahead step by step until he claimed bronze medal at the 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships. The French flyweight (52kg) boxer met with a small Brazilian, Ronaldo Da Silva in the semi-finals of the Cologne Boxing World Cup. Bennama, who will be turning to 23 this year, used his longer reach as a weapon and his successful tactic means that he can box for the gold medal with Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossynov.

Germany’s Deniel Krotter is the titleholder of the welterweight (69kg) at the Cologne Boxing World Cup and Mr. Michael Timm’s pupil tried to use his best tactical weapons against his teammate Nick Bier who competed in the 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships. Krotter was patient and he landed excellent single jabs especially in the second round of their contest. Krotter overcame his rival in most of the exchanges and advanced to the final which means he has the chance to defend his throne against Magomed Schachidov.

Germany’s two-time AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Nadine Apetz had to meet with her old rival, France’s Emilie Sonvico in the semi-finals of the welterweight (69kg). The experienced German, who trains with coach Mr. Lukas Wilaschek in Cologne, had better footwork in the contest and eliminated one of her most difficult rivals in the event. Apetz has the chance to defend her throne against Leonie Mueller who eliminated the third tough German of the weight category, 20-year-old Stefanie Von Berge.

Netherlands’ No.1 Nouchka Fontijn had a tough battle in the semi-final of the women’s middleweight (75kg) but she managed all tactical issues against Germany’s Christina Hammer who returned from the professional world a few months ago. Hammer, who has got 26-1 professional record, was a strong opponent but Fontijn found the best moments to land punches in the contest. The Rio 2016 Olympic Games silver medallist Dutch will be boxing for the gold medal with France’s Davina Michel who had an emotional battle against Germany’s Sarah Scheurich.

Germany’s Hamsat Shadalov is a Tokyo Olympian and he is a boxer who has got an impressive and world class footwork. The German featherweight (57kg) boxer is a hard target for all of his opponents but France’s Samuel Kistohurry has all of the skills and physical condition to catch him. The French, who is also a Tokyo Olympian, did not let the German to fight in long distance and he was able to beat Shadalov in a fantastic battle. Kistohurry will be meeting as last with Kazakhstan’s National Championships silver medallist Orazbek Assylkulov who bowed out Bosnia & Herzegovina’s Alen Rahimic.

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