Portugal’s Rita Soares returned to the international events with a success at the Boxam Tournament

11 March 2022 News

The second competition day of the 36th edition of the Boxam Elite Tournament was held in Oropesa del Mar, Valencian Community, Spain where the female boxers opened their campaigns. Portugal’s girls did not attend any international competitions in the previous years but their Rita Soares returned to the business with a success.

Belgium, Cape Verde, England, EUBC Team, France, Hungary, Mexico, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, host Spain, Slovenia, and Wales registered to compete in the new edition of the Boxam Elite Tournament. Altogether seven females and thirteen male champions will be crowned at the 36th Boxam Elite Tournament in Spain which is a preparation event for the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and several other big events.

The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, the vaccines control, wearing masks and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Spain to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Boxam Elite Tournament.  

The bout of the day

Portugal’s Rita Soares competed at the 2015 Boxam Elite Tournament but in the recent years she could not attend in any of the international competitions. The Portuguese girl returned to the national team and enjoyed her contest in Oropesa del Mar where she met with Romania’s Eugenia Anghel. Soares surprised the experienced Romanian boxer with her energetic attacks and strength in the first round which resulted Portuguese advantage after three minutes. Soares could share her energies in their light flyweight (50kg) contest and eliminated her Romanian opponent made a superb comeback.

The surprise of the day

Spain’s Laura Fuertes was quarter-finalist at the 2019 EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships but she had several injuries in the recent years. She recovered and won important contests in the previous Strandja Memorial Tournament too but Fuertes was not the favourite against Serbia’s Tokyo Olympic Games quarter-finalist Nina Radovanovic on Day2. The Spanish light flyweight (50kg) boxer exceeded the expectations in Oropesa del Mar and she could handle the powerful Serbian in most of the rounds. Fuertes used her quick movements, stepped aside and landed shots which stopped Radovanovic in their meeting therefore the Spaniard got through to the next stage.

The Round-up

Romania’s Steluta Duta is four-times EUBC European Women’s Champion and she earned medals at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in the past during her bright career. The Romanian boxer will be turning to 40 and 2022 is her last year in boxing due to the age limit but she is still active and wants to reach a medal in the upcoming IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. Duta was aggressive against Hungary’s Lilla Szeleczki who is a new young talent in their team but the Romanian boxer controlled the rounds.

Spain’s Maria del Carmen Madueno is member of the national team since 2017 but she progressed strongly in the recent one and half year. She moved down to the bantamweight (54kg) and used her distance well against Wales’ teenage hope, Zoe Andrews in the second day of boxing. Her promising teammate, Jennifer Fernandez was a hard target in the session, she moved away and avoided the Hungarian attacks, therefore she could beat the Bocskai Memorial Tournament silver medallist Szabina Szucs at the featherweight (57kg).

Wales’ Romeo Costa achieved medal at the 2021 Boxam Youth Tournament in Crevillente and after a few months, he returned to Spain as elite boxer. The 18-year-old boxer moved up to the light welterweight (63.5kg) but he is still tall in that category and worked from longer distance against Spain’s teenager, Fabio Mazzilli. The Welsh boxer has been preparing to the Commonwealth Games with full speed and he managed to win his elite contest using also his strength and stopping the Spaniard in the second round.

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