Stonkute and Savchuk had strong starts in the 17th Silesian Women’s Open Tournament

07 September 2022 News

The strong 17th edition of the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament opened with one session in Gliwice, Poland where the elite boxers opened their campaigns. Lithuania’s IBA Women’s World Champion Gabriele Stonkute and Italy’s Olena Savchuk were the heroes of the first competition day in Gliwice.  

The new 17th edition of the Silesian Open will be preparation events for the upcoming IBA Youth World Boxing Championships, EUBC European Women’s Elite Boxing Championships, ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships and the EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships. The Technical Delegate of the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament is Mr. Dragoljub Radovic of Montenegro.

The competition is being held for the women’s elite, youth and junior boxers in Gliwice. The Event Director Mr. Henryk Wilk is the engine of the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament who launched the competition to develop female boxing in Poland and in the entire European continent.

The bout of the day

Lithuania’s Gabriele Stonkute is her nation’s first historic winner from the Women’s World Boxing Championships which was held in Istanbul on May. The 21-year-old Lithuanian boxer has been preparing for the upcoming EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships and the Silesian Open is her next preparation event. Stonkute had a veteran Hungarian rival, Timea Nagy who moved up to the light heavyweight (81kg) in the recent one year. The 34-year-old Hungarian landed several nice jabs and after two rounds of fight, the scorecards showed equal scores on both sides. Stonkute was never stopped attacking in the third round and her tempo decided this tough contest in Gliwice.

The surprise of the day

Italy’s Olena Savchuk joined the elite national team in 2019 and after three years of experiences, she impressed at the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Istanbul. The ex-Ukrainian boxer had a tough Thai opponent, Preedakamon Tintabthai who achieved a bronze medal in Istanbul three and half months ago. Savchuk not only adopted the rhythm but sometimes she dictated the tempo of their bantamweight (54kg) contest and eliminated one of the stars of the event.

The Round-Up

Italy’s Assunta Canfora reached several top results in the previous years and she decided to moved down to the light welterweight (63kg) after her challenges at the welterweight and middleweight. The experienced Italian feels herself great in her new weight category and opened her campaign at the Silesian Open Tournament on Day1. Canfora landed the better shots in the first round against Switzerland’s Anna Jenni and took the lead on the scorecards. The Swiss girl increased her speed in the second round and she looked more competitive in the middle of the bout but Canfora won their contest by split decision due to her effectiveness.

Natalia Shadrina was quarter-finalist at the 2019 Women’s World Boxing Championships but due to her loss in the national events, she switched from Russia to Serbia in 2020. The experienced lightweight (60kg) boxer won several international tournaments since her change and she started strongly in Gliwice too. The 32-year-old boxer has fantastic footwork and she landed enough shots in the first round to keep the control against Croatia’s Sara Beram. Her rival is in promising stage but Shadrina’s routine guaranteed her success in the opening day of boxing.

Czech Republic’s Claudia Totova achieved a silver medal at the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships and she joined to the elite and U22 age groups this January. The Czech teenager is planning to participate in the upcoming EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships and she hopes that she will be selected to the Budva event. Totova had a German rival, Zeina Nasser who competed at the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Istanbul but the Czech girl was much better in their meeting and marched to the next stage at the bantamweight (54kg).

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