The Spanish teenagers impressed in the finals of the Boxam Women’s Tournament

01 October 2018 News

Nineteen junior, youth and elite finals were held in new edition of the Boxam Women’s Tournament in Castellon de la Plana in Spain today. The Spanish teenagers dominated the youth and elite light flyweight classes (48kg) in the event where the Australians and the US boxers won several titles.

The President of the Spanish Boxing Federation Mr. Felipe Martinez divided their traditional international competition the Boxam into two parts this year. The first was held for the elite, youth and junior male boxers in Murcia in the month of May while the second Boxam Tournament for the female athletes was taking place in Castellon de la Plana this week.

Fourteen countries were taking part in the Boxam Women’s Tournament including Russia, United States of America, Australia, Germany, England, Italy, Puerto Rico, Finland and Hungary from the traditional boxing nations. The competition was a preparation event for the elite boxers before the start of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.

Spain’s best elite boxer Laura Fuertes is only 19 but she is enough experienced to get good results in the international events. She attended in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships in Sofia and used up her experiences to beat United States’ Jazelle Bobadilla in the final of the light flyweight (48kg). After the first tactical round the Spanish teenager caught her US opponent a few times and celebrated her title in Castellon de la Plana after the last gong.

Spain has got strong traditions in the lowest weight class not only among the men but the women boxers as well. Their youth talent Marta Lopez del Arbol attended in the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships a few weeks ago and she performed effectively against Germany’s Georgiana-Diana Podaru in the semi-final of the light flyweight (48kg). The local talent was quicker than Spain’s Maria Angeles Garcia in the final and her punched were effective in each round. Marta Lopez del Arbol defeated her teammate with good technical skills and won her first international tournament title.

Italy’s 17-year-old Giorgia Rossi was quarter-finalist in the AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships in Budapest and proved significant development in the recent few months. Rossi moved up to the flyweight (51kg) and faced in the final with England’s Chloe Watson who is also a well-known boxer in the international level. The Italian boxer could not adopt the level of this weight class within this short time and Watson’s punches were decided their contest in Castellon de la Plana.

Hungary’s two-time EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships bronze medallist Hanna Lakotar eliminated Spain’s duo Naiara Leon Haro and Miranda Reveron during her road to the final of the youth bantamweight (54kg). The 17-year-old Hungarian had to meet with her third Spanish opponent Tania Medina Ramos in the final and tried to use her longer reach. Lakotar slowed down the aggressive Spanish boxer in the second round and her clear combinations delivered for her a title in Castellon de la Plana.

The next gold medal of the Boxam Women’s Tournament was achieved by Italy’s Flaminia Orazi who triumphed over Spain’s Katherina Bellatrix in the final of the youth featherweight (57kg). Germany’s Elisa Marie Rohde has got strong international experiences in the youth lightweight (60kg) and she has done enough to beat Spain’s newcomer Talia Muino in the final winning the title by unanimous decision.

Finland’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist and EUBC European Women’s Champion Mira Potkonen arrived to Castellon de la Plana with unbeaten record since November 2016. Finland’s star met in the final of the lightweight (60kg) with Australia’s powerful Anja Stridsman who eliminated Italy’s Rio 2016 Olympian Irma Testa in the last four. Potkonen was not enough shape due her illness today in the final and the Aussie girl was able to beat her in a close bout.

England’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist and Commonwealth Games winner Sandy Ryan eliminated the main favourite Finland’s EUBC European Women’s Champion Elina Gustafsson but she was still hungry for a next success. England’s welterweight (69kg) hope ruled the middle of the ring against Czech Republic’s Martina Schmoranzova and she was able to keep her strong focus until the end of the final gong and deserved her next title.

The US boxers dominated the highest weight classes in the Boxam Women’s Tournament, their Naomi Graham (75kg), Krystal Graham-Dixon (81kg) and Danielle Perkins (+81kg) all defeated their rivals in the finals. England’s new national team member at the featherweight (57kg) Ellie Scotney exceeded the expectations in her final and triumphed over United States’ Rianna Rios using her superb stamina.

Germany’s powerful Nadine Apetz claimed bronze medal in the Astana 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and also at the Sofia 2018 EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships at the welterweight (69kg). She eliminated Australia’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Kaye Scott and Spain’s Lucia Blazquez during her road to the finals. The experienced German met with France’s promising Emilie Sonvico in the final and she had to do her very best to win the title contest. Apetz’s gold medal is a perfect motivation for her before the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.


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