Sandra Maran and Nina Radovanovic bowed out strong Algerian rivals at the Golden Gloves Tournament

18 December 2021 News

The second part of the semi-finals were on the schedule of the third day of boxing at the 64th edition of the Golden Gloves Tournament in Loznica, Serbia. The best local female boxers as Sandra Maran and Nina Radovanovic won their semi-finals on Day3 but England’s new super heavyweight (+92kg) talent, Delicious Orie also proved his very best during the session.

The Serbian Boxing Federation hosted the AIBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships between October 24 and November 6 and a top event returned to the country. Powerful nations arrived to the new edition of the Golden Gloves Tournament in Serbia. The competition was launched in the end of the ’50s and saw several big champions in the recent decades. The Technical Delegate of the Golden Gloves Tournament is Mr. Maxim Cherticovtsev of Moldova.

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 Serbia avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the new edition of the Golden Gloves Tournament.  

The bout of the day

Serbia’s best female boxer Nina Radovanovic qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games and she has done strong job in Japan’s capital taking two historical victories and reached the quarter-finals. The energetic Serbian returned to the events and she began her preparation to the 2022 IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. Radovanovic had a strong opponent in the semi-finals of the light flyweight (50kg), Algeria’s All Africa Games winner Roumaysa Boualem but she managed to win their contest in Loznica. She will be meeting for the gold medal with Bulgaria’s Zlatislava Chukanova who returned to the national team.

The surprise of the day

England’s Delicious Orie is their new super heavyweight (+92kg) boxer who has got very limited international experiences and less than 40 contests yet. The tall and athletic boxer had a more experienced rival in the semi-finals, Croatia’s Luka Pratljacic who claimed bronze in the 2019 EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships. The English boxer used his long hands to keep the best fighting distance and despite of his low number of bouts, eliminated the Croatian in Loznica.

The Round-up

Serbia’s Sandra Maran competed in the level of the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships and she proved during her international events that she is a real fighter. The Serbian girl met with Algeria’s Louiza Berkane in the semi-finals of the women’s minimumweight (48kg). Maran gained the control of the first round immediately and landed the stronger and better punches in their contest. The Serbian eliminated Berkane by unanimous decision and will now meet for the title with another Algerian boxer, Fatiha Mansouri who eliminated Slovakia’s Nicole Durikova.

One of the top stars of the women’s competition at the Golden Gloves Tournament is Imane Khelif of Algeria who earned several international titles in the recent three years in spite of her age of 22. The Algerian moved up to the light welterweight (63kg) but she is still the tallest boxer in that category as well. Khelif not only used her long distance tactic against Serbia’s Tijana Milosevic but her strength decided the contest. The local boxer abandoned the contest therefore Khelif will now meet for the gold medal with Serbia’s Nikolina Gajic.

Miroslav Kapuler has got strong Ukrainian roots but he represents Israel since 2017 and after a few years of international experiences he decided to move up to the middleweight (75kg) in the recent weeks. The 24-year-old boxer had a tough job against Serbia’s teenage hope, EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships bronze medallist Almir Memic but he handled that tactical challenge in Loznica. Kapuler will be fighting for the title with England’s Lewis Richardson who eliminated Serbia’s Sandro Poletan.

Sadam Magomedov claimed bronze medal at the Baku 2015 European Games representing Team Russia but due to the powerful rivals in his homeland, he decided to switch to Serbia this year. The experienced heavyweight (92kg) boxer competed at the AIBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships in Belgrade and he is also a star at the Golden Gloves Tournament. Magomedov controlled all of the three rounds against Moldova’s Andrei Zaplitnii and he can prepare to a top contest against Russia’s EUBC European U22 Champion, Vladimir Uzunyan.

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