Poland’s top elite boxer Aneta Rygielska had a tough debuting contest at the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament

08 September 2021 News

The new 16th edition of the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament started with 15 contests in Gliwice, Poland. One of the top local boxers, Aneta Rygielska had to do her very best already in the first day to beat Hungary’s female talent, Luca Hamori.

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.

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 2020 edition of the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament was the first international competition after six months of break during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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.

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

Poland’s Aneta Rygielska reached her career highlight at the 2019 EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships where she earned a silver medal in Alcobendas. The former AIBA Youth World Champion was near also to qualify to the Tokyo Olympic Games but she has the focus to make it happen in the next edition. The 26-year-old Polish girl attacked from the first seconds against Hungary’s Luca Hamori who earned bronze at the 2021 EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Roseto. The six-years-younger Hungarian adopted the rhythm of the contest and Rygielska had to do her very best to win their key light welterweight (63kg) contest on Day1.

The surprise of the day

Germany’s Lea Ratzka is not an experienced youth boxer yet who competed mostly in the national level and in the Brandenburg Youth Cup. The 18-year-old German proved her new technical repertoires in her debuting contest at the youth lightweight (60kg) despite of the fact that she met with Sweden’s Duna Sipel who claimed silver medal at the 2020 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships. Ratzka surprised her 17-year-old Swedish opponent and delivered the surprise of the first competition day in Gliwice.

The Round-up

Three contests were held in the women’s youth lightweight (60kg) in Gliwice as the starting of the whole Silesian Women’s Open Tournament. The first bout of the event was won by Dagmara Kaliszan who stopped her teammate, Patrycja Kunc on Day1. Czech Republic’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Veronika Gajdova used her longer hands against Martyna-Roza Janc and her excellent technical skills delivered for her a clear success.

Norway’s Annabelle Bruun competed in several junior and youth international events between 2016 and 2019 but she had a short break in her career following these experiences. The currently 20-year-old Norwegian returned to the national team and opened her campaign in Gliwice with a triumph over Germany’s Emelie Voss at the bantamweight (54kg). Another youngster in the elite level, Poland’s Izabela Rozkoszek worked well on Day1 and eliminated an experienced boxer, Monika Serafin.

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