The women’s finals were held in the Belgrade Winner Tournament on Day427 April 2021
The women’s finals and the men’s semi-finals have been held in the fourth competition day at the 58th edition of the Belgrade Winner Tournament. France’s Rim Bennama won the first gold medal at the Hall “Pinki” Zemun on Day4 which were continued by boxers from Tunisia, Chile, Croatia, Wales and Russia.
Belgrade will be the host of the next edition of the AIBA World Boxing Championships in November therefore many of the countries decided to test the environment during the Belgrade Winner Tournament. Altogether 35 nations are attending in the Belgrade Winner Tournament representing four Confederations in Serbia.
The women boxers could attend in 10 weight categories while the male athletes compete in the 8 Olympic divisions. The number of the women boxers is 87 while 121 men participants are competing for the medals in the Belgrade Winner Tournament.
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 Serbia to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Belgrade Winner Tournament.
The bout of the day
Serbia’s new sensation at the welterweight (69kg), Vakhid Abasov won the title at the 2019 EUBC European U22 Boxing Championships representing Russia. He switched to Serbia more than one year ago and impressed in the Belgrade Winner Tournament once again. The Serbian boxer had a fantastic rival in the semi-finals, England’s AIBA World Boxing Championships silver medallist Pat McCormack and both have done excellent combinations. Abasov won the bout of the day with fabulous punches and will be boxing for the gold medal with Russia’s Alisa Sharifov who surprisingly eliminated Kazakhstan’s Ablaikhan Zhussupov.
The surprise of the day
Tunisia’s All Africa Games winner Khouloud Hlimi is one of the best African female boxers who qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games but she was not the favourite against Russia’s Liudmilla Vorontsova in the finals of the women’s featherweight (57kg). The Russian boxer was silver medallist in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships but Hlimi was smarter this time and won their narrow final in Belgrade.
France’s Rim Bennama is a newcomer in their elite national team who produced wonderful youth results but the 20-year-old talent is now one of their big hopes for the future. Her elder brother Bilal is AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist and Rim continued the family traditions in the Belgrade Winner Tournament. The French girl met with Kazakhstan’s Alua Balkybekova in the final of the light flyweight (48kg) and her rhythm was enough to win the first female gold medal of the whole event.
Croatia’s Sara Kos has been attending in the international competitions since 2015 and she collected enough experiences to win the Belgrade Winner Tournament. The Croatian moved up to the light welterweight (64kg) in the recent months and the bronze medallist of the European Shadowboxing Challenge impressed in the Serbian capital. Kos, who was known previously as Beram, proved her development in speed and she defeated Russia’s former EUBC European Women’s Champion Aleksandra Ordina in the final.
Russia’s two-time AIBA Women’s World Champion Zenfira Magomedalieva spent less than two rounds in the ring during her semi-final contest therefore she was fit and motivated in the final of the middleweight (75kg). She met with Uzbekistan’s twelve-year younger promising Mavluda Mavlonova in the final and her experiences decided the contest. Magomedalieva used the Belgrade Winner Tournament as preparation before the European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event.
Scotland’s Samuel Hickey continued his winning path in the Belgrade Winner Tournament and eliminated another top hope, Kazakhstan’s Nurkanat Raiys in the semi-finals of the middleweight (75kg) and will be meeting for the gold medal with Russia’s Nikita Voronov. England’s AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Benjamin Whittaker used his longer distance well against Montenegro’s Petar Marcic and advanced to the final of the light heavyweight (81kg) in Belgrade.