Serbia’s Natalia Shadrina eliminated the strong Aneta Rygielska in the semi-finals of the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament

10 September 2021 News

Nineteen semi-final bouts were held in the fourth competition day in the new 16th edition of the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament in Gliwice, Poland. Following the lone junior contest, fourteen youth and four elite bouts were on the schedule of Day4. Serbia’s ex-Russian elite boxer, Natalia Shadrina amazed once again and eliminated Poland’s No.1 Aneta Rygielska in the semi-final.

The Silesian Women’s Open Tournament holds for the elite, youth and junior girls and it is now a traditional event with a well-known brand name. The Silesian Open is 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, 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 is Mr. Dragoljub Radovic of Montenegro.

The first edition of the Silesian Women’s Open Boxing Tournament was held still in 2006 with the participation of a few neighbouring countries. The level of the competition was uprising in the recent years step by step and the first non-European countries are joined to the women’s event in 2013. The 2020 edition of the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament was the first international competition after six months of break during the Covid-19 pandemic.

All of the participants had to arrive with a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours upon arrival to Poland. 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 Oliwia Toborek claimed bronze medal at the Kielce 2021 AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships and she had a lot of experiences as a junior and youth boxer. Toborek joined to the elite events after the Kielce competition and the 19-year-old heavyweight (+81kg) boxer was confident in the first round against Hungary’s Reka Hoffmann who is another teenage hope. The Hungarian adopted the rhythm in the second round and she has done serious attacks in the third but Toborek’s experiences decided their contest which was the last in the fourth competition day.

The surprise of the day

Poland’s Aneta Rygielska achieved silver medal at the 2019 EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships in Alcobendas and she is one of their top elite boxers and the main favourite for the gold also at the Silesian Open. The 26-year-old Polish light welterweight (63kg) boxer won two contests already in Gliwice but she failed to reach the final following her loss on Day4. Serbia’s ex-Russian Natalia Shadrina had a well-built strategy against the experienced Polish boxer and eliminated Rygielska in a most awaited fight.

The Round-up

Poland’s Karolina Kuhn reached the best result among their girls at the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia where she claimed silver medal. The 16-year-old talent had to meet with a promising talent, Norway’s Helene Berg in the semi-finals of the junior light welterweight (63kg) but took the control immediately. Kuhn attacked from the first seconds and her pressurizing tactic delivered for her a success which means she will now meet for the gold medal with Poland’s Patrycja Sikora.

Czech Republic’s Claudia Tothova achieved silver medal at the 2020 EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships and she was active in the whole Covid-19 period, competed in several international events. The 18-year-old Czech talent continued her winning path and defeated Poland’s Patrycja Cieslik in the semi-finals of the youth bantamweight (54kg). Tothova needs only one further step to take the title of the Silesian Open but her final opponent will be a strong compatriot, Veronika Zajicova.

Live Streaming from Gliwice on Day5

You can follow Day5 actions from the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament LIVE from 15:00 CET on Friday here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ279CMiBVo 

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