Seven German finalists in the Cologne Boxing World Cup including Apetz, Scheurich and Shadalov13 April 2019
The 33 semi-final bouts of the Cologne Boxing World Cup were held in Germany today where the winners are remained their chance alive to win the titles. Germany’s Nadine Apetz defeated Wales’ Rosie Eccles in a top bout and her teammates as Sarah Scheurich, Hamza Touba, Sharafa Raman, Hamsat Shadalov, Artur Ohanyan-Beck and Abu-Lubdeh Abdulrahman also advanced to the finals in Cologne.
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 are taking part in the Cologne Boxing World Cup: 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
One of Germany’s most experienced female boxers is two-time AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Nadine Apetz who had a tough quarter-final against Ireland’s Grainne Walsh on Day2. The German welterweight (69kg) boxer had to face with a high hope Wales’ Commonwealth Games silver medallist Rosie Eccles in the semi-finals. Apetz proved much better performance in the semi-finals and stopped the Welsh attacks with her strong jabs mainly in the second round. Eccles did not stop attacking in the third but Apetz joined to the finals and will be meeting with China’s Yang Liu who eliminated Denmark’s Yvonne Baek Rasmussen.
Surprises of the day
Germany’s best flyweight (52kg) boxer Hamza Touba is member of the national team since 2009 and he attended in all levels of boxing including the Rio 2016 Olympic Games but he was not the favourite against Russia’s two-time EUBC European Champion Vasilii Egorov. The taller German boxer tried to keep his safest distance and his tactic was based on counter-attacks. The Russian pressurized Touba but the German was able to avoid most of Egorov’s combinations in their remarkable bout. Touba was tactically better therefore he needs only one further step against France’s Billal Bennama to get the title of the event.
Germany’s Sharafa Raman is a veteran boxer who worked strongly in the Bundesliga and returned to the national team after a few years of break. The German bantamweight (57kg) boxer had to meet with a younger rival Russia’s promising star Ruslan Belousov which was a spectacular bout for the crowd. The veteran German boxer was slightly better than his Russian opponent and remained her chance alive to win the title of the Cologne Boxing World Cup causing a surprise in the third competition day. Raman’s final opponent will be another Russian boxer their National Champion Albert Batyrgaziev.
Armenia’s Anush Grigoryan won the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Vladikavkaz last month and worked hard in her debuting contest in the Cologne Boxing World Cup. The Armenian flyweight (51kg) boxer had to meet with Denmark’s new national team member Amalie Manich who had a surprise win on Day2. Grigoryan was patient and awaited for the best angles when she landed fast jabs and her tactic delivered for her a place in the final in Cologne. The 22-year-old Armenian will be facing for the title with Ireland’s Carly McNaul who eliminated India’s Pinky Jangra Rani in the second semi-final.
Ireland’s two-time Commonwealth Games silver medallist Michaela Walsh is a key European boxer at the featherweight (57kg) who developed step by step during her career. Following her impressive success over Mongolia’s teenage talent Delgerkhangai Khongorzul the Irish No.1 tried to use her same tactic against Romania’s Lacramioara Perijoc. The Romanian was a more competitive rival for her as the Mongolian but Walsh won their narrow fight in Cologne. Ireland’s pride will be meeting for the title of the weight class with India’s two-time AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Sakshi Choudhary.
England’s Paige Murney attended in the last edition of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and claimed silver in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The English lightweight (60kg) boxer used her experiences to eliminate India’s 19-year-old Parveen in a hectic semi-final bout. Murney’s final opponent will be Finland’s star Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist and defending EUBC European Women’s Champion Mira Potkonen who dominated her fight against China’s Xu Zichun today.
Wales’ Lauren Price earned bronze medal at the middleweight (75kg) of the New Delhi 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and performed strongly in the semi-finals of the Cologne Boxing World Cup. Price, who won her first international medals in 2011 at the age of 17, controlled almost all aspects of boxing in the semi-final against Germany’s Irina Schoenberger. Price’s next opponent for the title will be another German, Sarah Scheurich who defeated China’s young Zhang Jie in Cologne.
Armenia’s Artur Hovhannisyan was Olympian boxer in Rio de Janeiro at the light flyweight (49kg) and he claimed medals from several international events but he started his semi-final with strong motivation against Cuba’s Alisbel Poll. The 23-year-old Armenian caught his Cuban rival in the first round and the German referee counted Poll after the knock down. Hovhannisyan controlled the middle of the ring and his hooks were dangerous for the Cuban therefore the Armenian is able to continue in the final. Hovhannisyan’s final opponent will be Thailand’s Wuttichai Yurachai who demonstrated his world class technique against Germany’s Salah Ibrahim.
Russia’s Georgiy Kushitashvili involved to the national team in 2016 and he was more experienced than his semi-final opponent, Cuba’s Raciell Poll. The Caribbean light heavyweight (81kg) boxer won his quarter-final by RSC but his Russian opponent was stronger and controlled their exchanges. Kushitashvili landed tough body punches and knocked out his Cuban rival which means he will be able to box for the title with Abu-Lubdeh Abdulrahman who eliminated surprisingly Ireland’s three-time EUBC European Champion Joseph Ward in Cologne.