The day of the surprises in the 35th Boxam Tournament04 March 2021
The second competition day was held at the 35th edition of the Boxam Elite International Boxing Tournament in Castellon de la Plana which is located in the Valencian region of Spain. Belgium’s professional World Champion Delfine Persoon eliminated Russia’s Liudmilla Vorontsova in the day of the surprises.
Twenty female contests were held in one session in the second day of the Boxam Tournament in Castellon de la Plana where the winners joined to the last four. Boxers at the women’s light flyweight (48kg), flyweight (51kg), featherweight (57kg), lightweight (60kg), welterweight (69kg) and middleweight (75kg) were in action on Day2.
Altogether 127 boxers from 17 different countries are competing in the Boxam Tournament this week and 15 champions will be crowned following the finals. The following nations are attending in the Boxam Tournament: Belgium, Chile, Denmark, Ecuador, France, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Monaco, Morocco, Panama, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Spain and United States of America.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Castellon de la Plana to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Boxam Tournament.
The bout of the day
Belgium’s Delfine Persoon had impressive results as a professional boxer in the recent years and after those experiences, she decided to return to the Olympic boxing. The Belgian boxer moved down to the featherweight (57kg) from the lightweight (60kg) in the recent one year since the European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event. Persoon met in the quarter-finals with Russia’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Liudmilla Vorontsova and proved that she has the experience in our sport. There were not any Belgian women’s national team when she began boxing in the early years of the 2000s, but she showed her potential in this bout. Persoon overcame Vorontsova in the attacks and she won the bout of the day in Castellon de la Plana.
The surprises of the day
Spain’s Carmen Gonzalez claimed silver medal at the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships in Budva, Montenegro and she is one of the host nation’s top talents. The light flyweight (48kg) talent met with her fellow Cristina Morales and tried to keep the distance in the bout. Her opponent competed in national events only but shocked Spain’s international boxer in the first bout of the day. Morales moved ahead more, she pressurized her opponent and caused one of the surprises of the day in Castellon de la Plana.
Italy’s Olena Savchuk competed first in the international stage in 2019 and she received the right once again to represent her country in a strong event. The Italian flyweight (51kg) boxer met with Puerto Rico’s former US veteran, two-time AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Christina Cruz in the second bout of Ring B. Savchuk had excellent stamina in the final minutes and she was able to keep her level until the very end to make the next surprise of the day.
Russia’s EUBC European Women’s Champion Svetlana Soluianova used her longer reach well against Spain’s 20-year-old Marta Lopez Del Arbol and she was confident in all of the three rounds. The Russian flyweight (51kg) boxer controlled all of the exchanges from her best fighting range and eliminated the Spanish talent. Italy’s 20-year-old Giordana Sorrentino is one of the top talents of this weight category who had an amazing battle against India’s six-time AIBA Women’s World Champion Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte. The Italian had brave actions, she moved a lot on feet and Sorrentino was near to beat the Indian star in Castellon de la Plana.
Italy’s defending EUBC European Women’s Champion Irma Testa met with her quarter-final opponent, India’s Manisha Moun in the recent years and she knew her from training camps. Testa was not enough shape in the first round of their featherweight (57kg) contest but she received strong advices from coach Mr. Emanuele Renzini in the break. The Italian girl stepped into the gas in the second round and her efforts were enough to beat the strong Indian in Spain.
Russia’s Saadat Dalgatova claimed silver medal at the Jeju 2014 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and after a few years of break she returned to the competitions. The experienced welterweight (69kg) boxer had to meet with another medallist from AIBA events, Lovlina Borgohain of India. Her taller rival tried to keep her Russian opponent on long and the Indian was successful in that game only in the first round. Dalgatova moved closer and her hooks impressed in the second part of the contest and won the bout unanimously.