Oumiha and Abdulrahman made the show in the last day of the Cologne Boxing World Cup14 April 2019
The Cologne Boxing World Cup finished in Germany with its seven women and ten men finals today. German Boxing Federation’s great show delivered sensational fights in the last competition day when France’s Sofiane Oumiha remained unbeaten following his world class final. Germany’s Abu-Lubdeh Abdulrahman exceeded all of the expectations with his win at the light heavyweight (81kg).
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 attended in the Cologne Boxing World Cup in the recent days: 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
France’s Sofiane Oumiha is the defending AIBA World Champion at the lightweight (60kg) who did not lose any contests since the Kharkiv 2017 EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships. The Rio 2016 Olympic Games silver medallist French boxer had to face with Thailand’s Asian Games winner and ASBC Asian Champion Wuttichai Masuk which was one of the most anticipated fights of the finals in Cologne. Both boxers have been using counter-attacking styles since many years therefore their final was a spectacular one in the last competition day. Masuk started slightly better but his French opponent found his bets rhythm in time in the second round. Oumiha’s counter-attacks worked well in the second part of the bout and he was able to overcome Masuk with rapid jabs. Oumiha won their spectacular and world class final in Cologne and remained unbeaten since June 2017.
Surprise of the day
Germany’s Abu-Lubdeh Abdulrahman has done one of the main sensations of the semi-finals when he eliminated Ireland’s three-time EUBC European Champion Joseph Ward. The 25-year-old German light heavyweight (81kg) boxer absolutely gave in everything in his final against Russia’s Georgiy Kushitashvili who knocked out his Cuban rival in the semi-finals. Abdulrahman received punches in the first round therefore he knew he needs to do more in the second. The German boxer landed better punches and the referee counted the Russian in that period. Abdulrahman exceeded all of the expectations with his win over Ward and Kushitashvili claiming a surprise gold in Cologne.
Armenia’s Anush Grigoryan arrived to the Cologne Boxing World Cup in high confidence following her gold medal at the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships which she won in Vladikavkaz last month. The Armenian flyweight (51kg) boxer had to meet for the title with Ireland’s Carly McNaul who achieved silver medal at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Irish girl moved ahead from the first seconds which was perfect for the counter-attacking Armenian. Grigoryan boxed through the final from safe distance and won her next important title in 2019.
Ireland’s two-time Commonwealth Games silver medallist Michaela Walsh is one of the best European boxers at the women’s featherweight (57kg) who was motivated in her final against India’s two-time AIBA Women’s World Champion Sakshi Choudhary. Following her impressive successes over Mongolia’s Delgerkhangai Khongorzul and Romania’s Lacramioara Perijoc, she has done smart boxing against the super talented Indian teenager. Walsh was better in the exchanges and she had the strong will to win the final which was Ireland’s first success in the Cologne Boxing World Cup.
Russia sent 20 boxers to the Cologne Boxing World Cup, two in each men weight class to select their bests for later actions. London 2012 Olympic Games silver medallist Andrei Zamkovoy had to face in the final of the men’s welterweight (69kg) with his teammate Khariton Agrba. Zamkovoy defeated his rival in the final of the Russian National Boxing Championships and he was able to repeat that performance also in the Cologne Boxing World Cup on their re-match.
Russia’s next gold medal was achieved by EUBC European U22 Champion and silver medallist of the Kharkiv 2017 EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships Muslim Gadzhimagomedov. The 21-year-old heavyweight (91kg) boxer had a tough opponent in the final Ireland’s Anthony Browne who exceeded the expectations with his quick footwork. Gadzhimagomedov worked well in the three rounds to win the title but Browne also proved his talent in our sport.
Finland’s star Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist and defending EUBC European Women’s Champion Mira Potkonen dominated her semi-final against China’s Xu Zichun on Day3 and met with England’s Paige Murney. The Commonwealth Games silver medallist English boxer was more competitive for Potkonen who tried to dictate the tempo from the first seconds. Potkonen’s jabs destroyed Murney’s defence in the second round and she won her next tournament title following the Nordic Boxing Championships.
Wales’ New Delhi 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships bronze medallist and Commonwealth Games winner Lauren Price had to meet with Germany’s experienced Sarah Scheurich in a crucial final in Cologne. The Welsh middleweight (75kg) boxer was not enough shape in the first round but she turned up the heat in the second. Price began the third with good jabs and her effective combinations delivered for her a title in the Cologne Boxing World Cup.
Germany’s best flyweight (52kg) boxer Rio 2016 Olympian Hamza Touba is member of the national team since 2009 and he eliminated Russia’s two-time EUBC European Champion Vasilii Egorov in the semi-finals. The German boxer had to meet with France’s Billal Bennama in the final which was another spectacular bout in Cologne. Both boxers have the same long-distance style which is based on their long hands. Touba tried to use his counter-punches but Bennama attacked more than in his previous bouts and the French won the title of the Cologne Boxing World Cup.