Spain’s Jose Quiles recovered from his operation and returned at the Golden Belt Tournament with a success06 April 2022
The prestigious Golden Belt Tournament is a preparation event for the upcoming EUBC European Men’s Elite Boxing Championships and the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. Spain’s Tokyo Olympian Jose Quiles recovered from his operation and returned to the international stage at the Golden Belt Tournament which started in Targu Mures with preliminary contests.
The Romanian Boxing Federation hosted the Brasov Youth & Junior Open on February but there is not any stoppage in their boxing agenda. Their management is planning to arrange further international competitions in 2022, and the Golden Belt Tournament is their next.
The recent editions of the Golden Belt Tournament were taking place in Constanta, in Chiajna, in Craiova, in Iasi and in Galati. Following the decision of the Romanian Boxing Federation, the Golden Belt Tournament moved to the city of Targu Mures. The last edition of the Golden Belt Tournament took place in Galati on September 2018 therefore the event returned to the boxing map after four years of break.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, the vaccines check, the mask wearing and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Romania to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Golden Belt Tournament.
The bout of the day
Spain’s Maria Gonzalez Caceres joined to the national team in the recent years and she competed in high number of international tournaments to increase her experiences. The Spaniard received the right to attend at the Golden Belt Tournament where she represents her nation at the flyweight (52kg). Gonzalez had a young Ukrainian rival, Yaroslava Marynchuk who worked hard in the youth competitions to reach medals. Gonzalez started the first round better in their meeting but the Ukrainian also adopted the rhythm of the contest. The Spaniard had better tactical repertoires than Marynchuk and defeated a young but super talented rival in Targu Mures.
The surprises of the day
Italy’s Sharon Prisco achieved silver medal at the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Porec where she used her five years of international experiences to beat top rivals. The Italian talent did not receive any rests after the Confederation’s event and attends at the Golden Belt Tournament. Prisco was not enough fresh in her opening bantamweight (54kg) bout in Targu Mures and suffered an unexpected loss to Germany’s Zeina Nassar in the traditional competition. Prisco’s teammate, the young Melissa Gemini delivered a positive result in the opening session, she eliminated Bulgaria’s EUBC European Champion Melis Yonuzova at the light middleweight (70kg).
The first bout of the whole event delivered an excellent contest between Spain’s Jose Quiles and Romania’s Valentin Daniel Velicu. The Spanish lightweight (60kg) boxer achieved bronze medal at the Kharkiv 2017 EUBC European Boxing Championships and qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games too. Quiles had several shoulder injuries and operations in the recent three years but he fully recovered and returned to the international stage at the Golden Belt Tournament. Quiles was a hard target for the local boxer and his stronger punches decided their contest in Targu Mures.
Ireland’s Kelyn Cassidy competed first in Romania as an U22 boxer in 2017 and after five years of break, he returned to the country. The Irish light heavyweight (80kg) boxer worked through all of the three rounds against Ukraine’s EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships silver medallist Bogdan Tolmachov and succeeded. In another contest of this weight class, Georgia’s Georgi Gutsaev triumphed over Romania’s David Catalin Bejenaru and advanced to the next stage of boxing.
Georgia’s first ever female medallist in an EUBC Championships was Ana Khunjua who will be turning to 23 this year and she has the potential to reach her next career highlight in 2022. The Georgian bantamweight (54kg) boxer faced with a young German opponent, Maria Elena Avram who had already nearly 100 bouts despite of her young age. Khunjua controlled all of the three rounds against the younger German and won their contest in Targu Mures where she proved her progress once again.