Spain’s Jose Quiles returned with a gold medal celebrating his 22nd birthday at the Leszek Drogosz Memorial Tournament29 October 2019
The finals of the new edition of the Leszek Drogosz Memorial Tournament were held in Kielce, Poland where twelve boxers celebrated their victories. The Spanish boxers impressed in the Leszek Drogosz Memorial Tournament, their Jose Quiles won the bout of the finals but Martin Molina and Emmanuel Reyes also claimed gold medals.
Altogether 66 female and male boxers from 11 nations attended in the Leszek Drogosz Memorial Tournament in Kielce where Jamaica competed at the very first time in the history of the event. The Technical Delegate of the Leszek Drogosz Memorial Tournament was Mr. Dragoljub Radovic of Serbia.
Bout of the day
Spain’s Jose Quiles claimed bronze medal in the Kharkiv 2017 EUBC European Boxing Championships when he was only 20. Following his career highlight, he suffered several injuries and had to miss most of the big events in the recent one year. Quiles attended at the lightweight (60kg) in Kielce where he had a tough final opponent, Lithuania’s Edgaras Skurdelis who is member of the national team since 2009. The Spaniard and the Lithuanian both had the same fighting style therefore their final fight was the most spectacular one in Kielce. The final verdict was split decision in the favour of Quiles who returned to the international events celebrating his 22nd birthday with a gold medal.
Surprise of the day
Jamaica sent one boxer to the Leszek Drogosz Memorial Tournament which was their debut in Kielce. The former Canadian National Champion Joshua Frazer returned to his roots and competes in the international stage for Jamaica. The 25-year-old welterweight (69kg) boxer had a tough final fight against Russia’s experiences Marat Gashimov but Frazer was able to follow his well-built strategy and kept his opponent long. Frazer’s counter-attacks were effective in their final and defeated the Russian boxer winning the bout unanimously.
Poland’s Natalia Rok is one of the discoveries at the women’s flyweight (51kg) this year whose energetic style of boxing paid off when she faced with Spain’s 20-year-old Laura Fuertes. The Polish boxer was quicker in their final contest and kept the gold medal of the category on home soil. Her teammate Minsk 2019 European Games winner Karolina Koszewska attended this time at the women’s middleweight (75kg) but she was too experienced for Natalia Marczykowska in the final.
Yana Sydor began her career in Ukraine before she moved to Azerbaijan and represent the country internationally as Yana Alekseevna. The Jeju 2014 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist returned to the world of boxing under Ukraine’s flag once again and won the title of the women’s lightweight (60kg) in Kielce. Sydor missed the recent big events but she performed strongly in the final against Poland’s Madrid 2019 EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships silver medallist Aneta Rygielska.
Spain’s Martin Molina moved up to the flyweight (52kg) but the former WSB boxer was enough powerful to win the category in Kielce where his final opponent was Hungary’s Martin Virban. Former Cuban National Champion Emmanuel Reyes received his Spanish passport in the recent weeks and as expected he dominated the heavyweight (91kg) and defeated all of his rivals including Poland’s Konrad Kaczmarkiewicz.
Hungary’s Samokov 2015 EUBC European Boxing Championships bronze medallist Nandor Csoka was too strong for Afghanistan’s Russian-based 19-year-old Sayel Amirmuhammad and landed effective shots to win the bantamweight (56kg). His compatriot Richard Kovacs recovered from his injury and demonstrated his technical skills against Poland’s Minsk 2019 European Games quarter-finalist Damian Durkacz in the final of the light welterweight (64kg).