Poland’s teenage hope Daria Puszka earns gold medal in the Silesian Open Women’s Boxing Tournament16 September 2018
The thirteenth edition of the Silesian Open Women’s Boxing Tournament was finished in Gliwice, Poland with the finals of the youth and elite age groups. Poland’s EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion Daria Puszka changed her weight class this year and won her first international tournament at the lightweight (60kg) in Gliwice.
The female elite, youth and junior boxers could attend in the 13th edition of the Silesian Women’s Boxing Tournament where among the top nations of the world Russia, Kazakhstan, India, England, Ukraine and Poland are also attended with their teams. Eight youth and ten elite contests were held in the final day of the Silesian Open Women’s Boxing Tournament in Gliwice.
Boxers from the youngest age group have been preparing to the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships which will be held in Anapa, Russia next month. The elite female boxers are also focusing to a big target to the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships which will be taking place in November.
The first gold medal in the youth part of the competition was achieved by Poland’s Wiktoria Labus who did enough to beat Germany’s Karolina Delmaczynska in the final of the light flyweight (48kg). Poland dominated the finals of the youth competitions and their Jessica Zelazko, Wanessa Orczyk, Klaudia Budasz and EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion Patrycja Borys all won their weight classes in Gliwice.
Daria Puszka was EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion at the bantamweight (54kg) one year ago but she moved up to the lightweight (60kg) this year. The 18-year-old Polish talent is not enough tall in this category but her aggressive and attacking style pressurized her teammate Klaudia Poliwczak in the final which meant Puszka celebrated her title after the last gong in Gliwice.
Sweden’s new 15-year-old sensation Thelma Sagerfeldt-Eskilsson defeated such a strong rival as India’s Sanya Negi in the final of the junior lightweight (60kg) on Day5 and following that extra performance her teammate Claudia Ozgun bagged another gold medal for the Northern European country in Gliwice. The 18-year-old talent was slightly better than Poland’s national team member Natalia Gajewska and the Swedish girl won the final of the youth middleweight (75kg) by split decision.
Ukraine’s Ivanna Krupenia was involved to the national team still in the last decade but after a few years of hiatus she decided to come back to the sport. The Ukrainian bantamweight (54kg) boxer was in top form in the whole week of the Silesian Open Women’s Boxing Tournament and she has done her final step for the gold medal successfully. Krupenia defeated such a powerful rival for the title as India’s Manisha who eliminated Kazakhstan’s AIBA Women’s World Champion Dina Zholaman during her road to the finals.
Russia’s hope Ludmilla Vorontsova is only a 19-year-old talent at the elite level but following her strong junior and youth career she was able to beat Ukraine’s Snizhana Kholodkova in the semi-final of the featherweight (57kg). The Russian teenager impressed once again and defeated Poland’s former AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Sandra Kruk for the gold medal.
Ukraine’s Maria Badulina Bova was AIBA Women’s World Champion in 2012 but she moved down one category this year. She was confident Kazakhstan’s current National Champion Milana Safronova in the semi-final of the light welterweight (64kg). The Ukrainian veteran had to meet with another boxer from Kazakhstan, reigning ASBC Asian Women’s Champion Madina Nurshayeva but the 30-year-old Badulina Bova defeated her next rival as well.
Poland’s Karolina Koszewska returned to the world of boxing after a long break and won the title of the elite welterweight (69kg) in Gliwice after beating Russia’s Rio 2016 Olympian Iaroslava Iakushina. In the next Russia vs. Poland final Darima Sandakova did revenge and defeated Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games winner Elzbieta Wojcik. Sandakova is Russia’s new flag bearer at the women’s middleweight (75kg) who controlled her final in Gliwice.