The next generation of elite boxers shined in the 16th Silesian Women’s Open Tournament

13 September 2021 News

The twelve elite final bouts were held in the sixth and last competition day in the new 16th edition of the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament in Gliwice, Poland. The host nation’s 19-year-old Martina Jancelewicz won a superb final in the sixth day of boxing and many of the younger hopes including Rogalinska, Angelsen, Ahadi, Bennama and Mueller all achieved gold medals in Gliwice.

Greece, Cyprus, Poland, Germany, Slovakia, Norway, and the Czech Republic won the youth and junior gold medals in Gliwice. Norway, France, Poland, Russia, Serbia and Germany were the nations which bagged gold medal among the elite boxers.

The Silesian Women’s Open Tournament was held for the elite, youth and junior girls and it is now a traditional event with a well-known brand name. The Silesian Open was a preparation event for the youth talents before the upcoming EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships which is scheduled to be held in Budva, Montenegro on October 12-22. Russia, France, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Switzerland, Spain, Slovakia, Serbia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Sweden, Cyprus, Greece, Armenia, and Norway all sent boxers to the Silesian Open.

The Event Director Mr. Henryk Wilk is the engine of the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament and after the tough 2020 edition, more boxers joined to the international event. The Technical Delegate of the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament was Mr. Dragoljub Radovic of Montenegro.

The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls were the responsibility of the local organizers in Poland avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the new Silesian Open Women’s Tournament.

The bout of the day

Poland’s Martyna Jancelewicz achieved bronze medal at the Kielce 2021 AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships and the 19-year-old talent competed in her first Silesian Elite Open in Gliwice. The Polish talent had a tough final opponent, France’s Davina Michel who moved up to the light heavyweight (81kg) only in the previous weeks. The former Youth Olympian French is an experienced elite boxer and she tried to use her long hands in the first round of the final. Jancelewicz felt the distance better from the second round and her physical conditions were enough to win this excellent final by split decision.

The surprise of the day

Poland’s Wiktoria Rogalinska achieved bronze medal at the 2019 EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships but she was not the favourite in the final of the new light bantamweight (52kg). The 20-year-old Polish girl met with France’s defending EUBC U22 European Champion Romane Moulai and she tried to use an aggressive style of boxing. Rogalinska pressurized her technician French opponent and delivered the main sensation of the day winning the final by split decision. 

The Round-up

Norway’s Francine Ahadi Lukungu competed only in a few international events in the recent years but she proved impressive developments on her return to the competitions. She spent the previous months to strengthen her technical skills and after those preparations she arrived to Gliwice in excellent shape. The Norwegian boxer not only advanced to the final of the elite light flyweight (48kg) but she won the title of the category after her success over Slovakia’s 20-year-old Nicole Durikova.

France’s Rim Bennama is 20-year-old only but she has got wonderful experiences from the junior and youth age groups. The young French won her first elite tournament this April and she returned at the new flyweight (50kg) to show her boxing knowledge. Bennama, whose elder brother was Tokyo Olympian, has been preparing fully to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and the Silesian Open is one of her first stoppages. Bennama controlled the first two rounds against Sweden’s lone finalist, Tove Lundberg and decided their contest in the third winning the bout by RSC.  

Russia’s EUBC European Boxing Championships silver medallist Karina Tazabekova felt the tempo well enough in her bantamweight (54kg) final against Poland’s young Karolina Ampulska and won the final by unanimous decision. Serbia’s ex-Russian boxer Natalia Shadrina used her experiences to keep the control against Aleksandra Ordina who is a former EUBC European Women’s Champion. Shadrina has done an impressive debut at the light welterweight (63kg) and claimed her next tournament title.

Norway’s Madeleine Angelsen spent her summer in a long training camp in Canada and the 23-year-old boxer proved her development in Gliwice where she was able to win the welterweight (66kg) after beating Poland’s Julia Chudy. Germany’s Leonie Mueller impressed at the annual Cologne Boxing World Cup where she earned her first major elite title. The 22-year-old light middleweight (70kg) boxer faced for the title with her teammate, Joelle Seydou and won the gold medal using her excellent technical skills.

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