Tarnoczy, Friga and Ibarreche had narrow successes in the first day of the Boxam Youth & Junior Tournament11 April 2019
The Spanish Boxing Federation divided their international event the Boxam Tournament into two parts in 2019. The first Youth & Junior Tournament is holding now while the competition for the elites is scheduled to take place in Castellon de la Plana on May. Hungary’s Tamara Tarnoczy defeated her tough rival in the bout of the day but Salma Friga and Spain’s Oier Ibarreche also won their difficult contests on Day1.
United States of America, India, France, Ireland, Italy, Hungary, Denmark and host Spain could be the key nations in the upcoming Boxam Youth & Junior Tournament. Murcia hosted the last edition of the Boxam Elite Tournament in 2018 and the city is now the venue of the top youth and junior boxers.
Bout of the day
Hungary’s Tamara Tarnoczy won their National Championships in different age groups several times and she was involved to their top women’s youth squad this year. The Hungarian flyweight (51kg) boxer has got strong experiences from various international events and she started her campaign in focusing style against a tough opponent France’s Ambrine Zitouni. Tarnoczy started their contest better and she looked confident from the first seconds in Murcia but her French opponent also landed a few effective punches. Both boxers proved their best in the final round to win one of the most difficult fights of the day. The final verdict was split decision in the favour of Tarnoczy who can continues her road in the Boxam Youth & Junior Tournament.
Surprise of the day
Bettina Kiss of Hungary, who is Tamara Tarnoczy’s teammate in their club, was silver medallist in the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Junior Boxing Championships in 2017. She performed in the preparation events better in 2019 than last year and the 18-year-old talent was brave against France’s technician Salma Friga in the key contest of the women’s youth bantamweight (54kg). The French boxer launched stronger punches from the second round and eliminated the Hungarian hope in Murcia.
Denmark has got strong youth and junior teams and arrived to the Boxam Tournament with big delegation to raise the international experiences of their hopes. Denmark’s new pinweight (46kg) hope in the junior level Rizvan Sardalov was slightly better than Spain’s Achraf El-Archi on Day1. In the second Denmark vs. Spain junior fight the local favourite Oier Ibarreche has done revenge and used his strong footwork to eliminated Jonas Jacobsen in a hectic bout.
Italy’s Giuseppe Vitolo is an experienced junior boxer who attends in the Boxam Tournament at the second time during his career. The 16-year-old Italian was quicker than Spain’s Juan Pantoja at the flyweight (50kg) and won their contest unanimously. His teammate Christian Chessa continued Italy’s victorious Day1 performance and eliminated Spain’s Carlos Martinez at the light bantamweight (52kg).
France’s female boxers worked well in the first competition day and following Friga’s success Sthelyne Grosy defeated Spain’s Kathrina Diaz Martinez at the featherweight (57kg) where India’s Jyoti Kanwar was too smart for Hungary’s Petra Szabo. France’s best junior female hope Sabrina Belkhadra had a tough battle against India’s Preeti Dahiya at the light welterweight (63kg) which she won closely.