Sixteen bouts took place in the third competition day at the Moldavian Belt Tournament in Iasi which is the lone elite and youth competition in the month of August. Six of the female boxers earned gold medals in the third day of boxing including Romania’s star Claudia Nechita, Bulgaria’s Zlatislava Chukanova and Hungary’s Reka Hoffmann.
Iasi is a university city in Eastern Romania near to the boarder of Moldova and it has the population of more than 300,000. The Moldavian Belt Tournament is an international competition for the elite women, elite men and youth men boxers in Iasi. The Technical Delegate of the Moldavian Belt Tournament is Mr. Dragoljub Radovic of Montenegro.
The competition could be also preparation for the youth boxers on their road to the IBA Youth World Boxing Championships which will be held in La Nucia-Benidorm on November 13-27. The venue of the Moldavian Belt Tournament is the Polivalenta Hall in the city of Iasi and the IBA Scoring System and Technical Rules use during the competition.
The bout of the day
Romania’s Claudia Nechita was quarter-finalist at the Tokyo Olympic Games and she is one of the best European female boxers at the featherweight (57kg). She defeated Hungary’s Szabina Szucs already a few times and their last meeting at the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships was a tight preliminary bout. The Romanian boxer expected another hard battle in Iasi and both of them gave in everything in this excellent re-match. Szucs injured in the third round and their ringside did not make more risk before the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships therefore Nechita won this final bout.
Hungary’s Lilla Szeleczki is a 19-year-old talent who joined the national team this year but the energetic boxer achieved a gold medal at the Moldavian Belt Tournament. She had a Romanian opponent in the first female final, Alina Adriana Corbeanu but due to her excellent second round, Szeleczki won the title at the minimumweight (48kg). Her teammate, the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships silver medallist Reka Hoffmann found the best rhythm in time in her light heavyweight (81kg) final and her third round was enough to beat Romania’s Georgiana Mogos.
Bulgaria’s Zlatislava Chukanova had several strong international results in the 2010s and after a short break, she returned to the national team. She competed at the light flyweight (50kg) in all of the tournaments and championships this year and enjoyed her final at the Moldavian Belt Tournament. The experienced Bulgarian faced Romania’s Eugenia Anghel, another participant from the last IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, but Chukanova managed to win this final with her speed and higher tempo.
Romania’s EUBC European Youth Champion Loredana Marin is the youngest team member of their elite national team but she has all of the skills to be a champion in the near future. The Romanian talent met Hungary’s 19-year-old Rebeka Dobos in the final of the women’s lightweight (60kg) in Iasi. Dobos participated in several EUBC European Boxing Championships as a junior and youth boxer and attacked from the first seconds but Marin had the technical skills to keep her on long. Loredana Marin became Romania’s next winner at the Moldavian Belt Tournament and she is ready to participate at the upcoming EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships.
The Hungarian youth boxers impressed in the third competition day, their talents continued their winning path in Iasi. ISF Gymnasiade winner Milan Petriman found the best fighting range in the second round and defeated Romania’s Mihai Mindrigiu at the welterweight (67kg). Hungary’s ex-Ukrainian Oleksandr Khoma defeated Ukraine’s Gleb Valkovich in a unique middleweight (75kg) contest. A 17-year-old newcomer, Milan Kiss who defeated Romania’s Constantin Bobu, delivered Hungary’s third youth success on Day3.