Strong Romanian, Ukrainian and German performance in the women’s semi-finals at the Golden Belt Tournament

08 April 2022 News

The women’s semi-finals were held in the third competition day at the new edition of the Golden Belt Tournament in Targu Mures, Romania. The host nation’s veteran boxer, Steluta Duta eliminated a top Ukrainian rival on Day3 when Kloetzer, Perijoc, Kob, Lysenko and Mueller proved fantastic performance too.

The 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. 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

Romania’s Steluta Duta is a veteran star at the minimumweight (48kg) who spends her last year in the sport as a boxer due to the age limit of 40 years. The former EUBC European Women’s Champion faced in the last four with Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota who achieved silver medal at the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. Duta pressurized her Ukrainian rival effectively and her close range tactic was highly successful in the first round. Okhota tried to be smarter in their excellent semi-final bout but Duta’s efforts delivered for her a place in the finals where she will now meet with Ireland’s Shannon Sweeney.

The Round-Up

Germany’s Maxi Kloetzer moved ahead step by steps in the recent years, she achieved medals in almost all of the important championships. The 22-year-old German light flyweight (50kg) boxer was energetic against Romania’s Eugenia Anghel and controlled the exchanges from close range. The German talent could be a sensation at the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships with this strong performance. Kloetzer advanced to the final of the event and will now face with Spain’s Laura Fuertes who eliminated Ukraine’s Daria Olha Hutarina in the second semi-final. Her teammate, Leonie Mueller eliminated Italy’s Melissa Gemini and marched to the final of the light middleweight (70kg).

Ukraine’s Rio 2016 Olympian Tetiana Kob has fifteen years of experiences in the national team, she impressed in many of the championships. The 35-year-old Ukrainian decided to continue her active boxing career and she is still hungry for the further successes. Kob not only arrived to Targu Mures to prepare to the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships but she has done hard work against Italy’s Olena Savchuk in the last four of the flyweight (52kg). Kob had the dynamic attacks and she was able to beat her technician Italian rival which means she can meet for the title with Spain’s Maria Gonzalez who won her second bout in the Golden Belt Tournament.

Romania’s defending EUBC European Women’s Champion at the bantamweight (54kg), Lacramioara Perijoc is a fantastic fighter, she never stops attacking during her contests. The Romanian caught her German rival, Zeina Nassar already in the first round with tough shots and she took the lead on the judges’ scorecards. The Romanian No.1 continued the strong performance until the last gong and she eliminated the German talent in Targu Mures. Perijoc needs only one further step to win the title of the Golden Belt Tournament where her last rival will be Georgia’s Ana Khunjua. 

Ukraine’s Anna Lysenko was Olympian boxer in Tokyo last July where she was the lone female athlete from her strong boxing nation. The Ukrainian welterweight (66kg) boxer could not expect an easy contest against Hungary’s Luca Hamori who achieved silver medal at the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships last month. The Hungarian does not have time to rest after the Porec event and she delivered strong performance but Lysenko’s experiences decided their semi-final. The 30-year-old Ukrainian will be boxing for the gold medal with Ireland’s Grainne Walsh in Targu Mures.

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