Spain, Belgium, France and England won the male titles at the 36th Boxam Tournament

13 March 2022 News

The fourth and last competition day of the 36th edition of the Boxam Elite Tournament was held in Oropesa del Mar, Valencian Community, Spain which is the new location of the prestigious event. Such high hopes as Spain’s Gabriel Escobar, Martin Molina, Emmanuel Reyes, France’s Moreno Fendero, Belgium’s Vasile Usturoi and England’s Aaron Bowen were the heroes of the last competition day in the Boxam Tournament.

England, Spain, Romania, Wales and Portugal bagged the titles of the women’s weight categories in the Boxam Tournament. Following them, Spain, Belgium, France, and England won the gold medals in the men’s part of the 36th Boxam Tournament at the weekend.

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. The 36th Boxam Elite Tournament was a preparation event for the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and several other big events as EUBC European Men’s Elite Boxing Championships.

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 were 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

France’s EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships bronze medallist Moreno Fendero progressed every year step by step and reached even better results. The powerful French has now the speed and the tactical knowledge to handle such a tough contest as in the final of the middleweight (75kg) against England’s Ramtin Mushah. Both boxers were born in 1999 and had the same level of skills and experiences therefore the bout delivered one of the closest finals of the Boxam Tournament. The smaller French looked fresh enough in the third round to beat his English rival and earned the gold medal in this important international tournament in Spain.

The Round-up

Spain’s Martin Molina is member of the national team since 2014 and he competed in the World Series of Boxing too in the past. The experienced boxer competes at the flyweight (51kg) now where he is still small but he uses his aggressive style to beat his opponents. Molina met with England’s Hamza Mehmood in the final of the Boxam Tournament and proved development in his footwork. The Spaniard controlled their exchanges and won the Boxam Tournament once again returning to the top of the podium.

Spain’s European Games winner Gabriel Escobar moved up to the bantamweight (54kg) after the Tokyo Olympic Games and acclimatized to his new category very quickly. Following the Strandja Memorial Tournament, Escobar spent a few days in training camp and arrived to Oropesa del Mar in top form. The Spaniard had impressive performance in the final of the Boxam Tournament when he faced with Cape Verde’s David Pina. The African boxer has strong skills but Escobar danced him through and his counter-punches decided their final bout in the Boxam. The next gold medal was achieved by Belgium’s Vasile Usturoi at the featherweight (57kg) who showed impressive performance in the event.

Victor Manuel Catalino Vargas has Dominican origins but he represents Spain in the competitions. He spent the recent half year to increase his speed and technical skills in the gym and delivered a fantastic surprise in the semi-finals of the Boxam Tournament when he bowed out Scotland’s AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Reese Lynch. The Spanish boxer was not able to repeat that performance within short period of time and France’s Lounes Hamraoui used his faults up to win their light welterweight (63.5kg) final.

England’s Commonwealth Youth Games winner Aaron Bowen joined back to their national team one year ago with successes. He returned with upgraded technical skills and his efforts were enough to control all of the rounds against Spain’s Timothy Jewa Kelvin Almahdi at the light heavyweight (80kg). The last final of the day won by Spain’s AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Emmanuel Reyes who used his experiences to beat France’s Soheb Bouafia at the heavyweight (92kg).

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