The US and French teams shared the female titles in the Boxam Tournament10 October 2020
Another thirteen bouts have been scheduled in the fourth competition day of the 34th edition of the Boxam Elite International Boxing Tournament in Castellon de la Plana, Spain. The five women finals and the second part of the men’s finals were in the official program of the Boxam Tournament on Day4. The United States and France shared the five available women gold medals in Castellon de la Plana.
Altogether 25 women and 43 men boxers are attending in the 34th edition of the Boxam Tournament in Castellon de la Plana. The strong US team, Italy, France, Wales, and Spain are the top nations in the Boxam Tournament but Peru, Puerto Rico and Mali also sent boxers to the competition. Many of the boxers have been using the Boxam Tournament as return to the international stage after the breaks.
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 Spain to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Boxam Elite International Boxing Tournament.
The Technical Delegate of the Boxam Tournament is Mrs. Susanne Karrlander of Sweden while EUBC Competition Manager Mr. Dmitriy Gaistruk is also in the venue of the prestigious competition. The Chairman of the EUBC Medical Commission Mr. Ioannis Filippatos of Greece is in the venue to check all safety instructions. The President of the Spanish Boxing Federation, the new AIBA EC member Mr. Felipe Martinez follows all bouts in the venue.
The bout of the day
United States’ Oshae Jones joined to the elite national team in 2017 at the age of 19 but she proved her strength against top opponents quickly. The 22-year-old US boxer won the Panamerican Games in 2019 and arrived to Castellon de la Plana as a favourite of the welterweight (69kg). Jones met in the final with France’s promising Emilie Sonvico who robbed into the world of boxing in 2018. The French girl tried to use her longer reach in their final but Jones also landed high number of attacks to take the control. Both proved that their skills could be enough for the next Olympic Games while the final verdict was split decision in the favour of Oshae Jones.
The surprise of the day
Spain’s Antonio Barrul competed in a few international events as a youth boxer but his development moved ahead when he spent more time with the elite national team with Mr. Rafael Lozano. The 21-year-old boxer has got low number of elite contests but he caused a surprise with his progress in the fourth competition day of the Boxam Tournament when he defeated Wales’ strong Billy Unsworth. The Spanish featherweight (57kg) boxer will be meeting for the gold medal with his fellow José Quiles who is already a Tokyo Olympian.
France’s EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships bronze medallist Wassila Lkhadiri has in perfect age, she is 25 now and in top shape at the flyweight (51kg). Her coaches Mr. Anthony Veniant and Mr. Fabricio Leclercq prepared her well in the recent months. Lkhadiri faced with Spain’s best female boxer Laura Fuertes in the final but she managed to win their contest unanimously.
France’s Maiva Hamadouche returned to the Olympic boxing with a silver medal at the Alcobendas 2019 EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships where she lost to only Finland’s star Mira Potkonen. The experienced French boxer won her second final in Spain using her energetic and powerful rhythm. She moved ahead without any stoppage and following her dominancy over EUBC’s Ioana Georgiana Fecioru, the Italian referee confirmed her RSC success in the final of the women’s lightweight (60kg).
Spain’s European Games winner Gabriel Escobar has already qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games through the European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event which has been suspended this March. The Spaniard has got nearly one and half year to prepare well to the Olympic Games which gave him extra motivations. The 24-year-old Escobar was in different level than United States’ Abraham Perez and will be boxing for the gold medal with Italy’s experienced Federico Serra.
Wales built up a young team which is aiming for top results at the boxing tournament of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Their 19-year-old welterweight (69kg) boxer Ioan Croft controlled his semi-final over Spain’s Narciso Carmona and advanced to the final. Monaco’s No.1 Hugo Micallef also defeated a Spanish opponent in the second semi-final of the category, won all of the rounds against David Hernandez.