The third edition of the International Boxing Tournament "Balkan" came to an end on Sunday and the Canadian delegation left its mark, claiming a total of five medals! Indeed, it's a great improvement compared to last year performance as Bianca Paquin (51Kg) was the sole Canadian to step onto the podium.
This year, Caroline Veyre (60Kg) and Marija Curran (81Kg) both reached the finales on Sunday in the hopes to climb on the highest step of the podium. Here's a recap of the final day of competition:
During the 60Kg final, Caroline Veyre faced the Brazilian Beatriz Jasmin Sonny Ferreira in a much anticipated bout. Indeed, the final was the perfect occasion for a rematch as Ferreira had won gold by a split decision of 4-1 against Veyre at the Continental Championships back in June.
However, after three intense rounds, it's the hand of the Brazilian that was once again raised following a unanimous win (5-0). Caroline Veyre wins the Silver medal after an impressive tournament.
As for Marija Curran, she was facing the #9 in the world, Liubov Iusupov, her second Russian opponent of the tournament after defeating Viktoria Krylova in semifinals.
Despite a deducted point and three judges allocating an equal score, Marija Curran won by a 3-2 split decision and was crowned champion in the 81Kg weight category! "I'm delighted to have won the Balkan Cup, but having the opportunity to represent Canada while doing what I love is definitely the best part of this experience. While I wish I could've fought a variety of countries, I was pleased to compete against two Russians. Anyone who has glanced at a history book knows they're tough and we were there for good fights." mentioned Marija Curran upon her return to Canada.
As for Christian Zelenco (Youth, 48Kg), Charlie Cavanagh (Youth, 69Kg) and Sabrina Aubin (57Kg), they all claimed Bronze in their respective division after being defeated in semifinals.
Congratulations to all Canadian boxers for their great performance throughout the tournament!
On the third day of competition, it was already time for the semifinal of the International Boxing Tournament "Balkan" where 5 Canadians were scheduled to compete for a chance to reach the finals. Here are the scores from the day in case you missed it:
48Kg Christian Zelenco (CAN) lost 0 - 5 Emi-Mari Todorova (BUL)
69Kg Charlie Cavanagh (CAN) lost 0 - 5 Patricia Budai (POL)
57Kg Sabrina Aubin (CAN) lost 2 - 3 Pwilao Basumatary (IND)
60Kg Caroline Veyre (CAN) won 5 - 0 Tuten Neuyen Thi (VIE)
81Kg Marija Curran (CAN) won 3 - 2 Viktoria Krylova (RUS)
Caroline Very and Marija Curran are now moving on to the final of the competition and will be fighting for GOLD on Sunday in the hopes to become champion in their weight category! Marija Curran will now compete against another Russian boxer, Liubov Iusupov. As for Caroline Veyre, she will now face Beatriz Jasmin Sonny Ferreira from Brazil, a much anticipated bout as the two faced each other in finals of the AMBC Continental Championships in June.
Caroline Veyre has now won three bouts by unanimous decision in as many days of competition! "Yesterday, my opponent was agressive and she never gave up. I had to work hard until the end to get the win." mentioned the 60 Kg Canadian representative after the semifinals. "I now have a day off before the finals against the Brazilian who beat me in finals of the Continental Championships and I can't wait the rematch!"
As for Christian Zelenco, Charlie Cavanagh and Sabrina Aubin, the participation in the tournament has come to an end, but they are still coming back from the competition with a BRONZE medal. Congratulations!!
To see the results of the draw, you can visit our Event Web page for more information (schedule, results, and link for live streaming).
ELITE & YOUTH (WOMEN)
ELITE: 51 Kg Sara Haghighat-Joo, 57 Kg Sabrina Aubin, 60 Kg Caroline Veyre, 64 Kg Sara Kali, 75 Kg Tammara Thibeault, 81 Kg Marija Curran
YOUTH: 51 Kg Christian Zelenco, 60 Kg Katiushka Vasquez-Soto, 69 Kg Charlie Cavanagh
SUPPORT TEAM: João Carlos Barros, Jill Perry and Sylvain Gagnon (coaches), Robert Schinke (sport psychologist), Jean-Paul Raphaël (therapist), Ève Crépeau (nutritionist) and Lyla Simon (R&J)
Gold: Elite 81 kg Marija Curran
Silver: Elite 60 Kg Caroline Veyre
Bronze: Elite 57 Kg Sabrina Aubin, Youth 51 Kg Christian Zelenco and Youth 69 Kg Charlie Cavanagh
SCHEDULE & RESULTS
DAY 4 Schedule | RESULTS Session 10 (Youth finals)
DAY 5 Schedule | RESULTS Session 11 (Elite finals)
For the third edition of the International Boxing Tournament ”Balkan”, Boxing Canada is proud to announce the female boxers who will participate in the competition that will take place October 18th – 22nd in Sofia, Bulgaria. Organized by the Bulgarian Boxing Federation, this women boxing tournament regroups Youth and Elite boxers. Here are the ten Canadians who will compete:
54 Kg Sara Haghighat-Joo
57 Kg Sabrina Aubin
60 Kg Caroline Veyre
64 Kg Sara Kali
75 Kg Tammara Thibeault
81 Kg Marija Curran
51 Kg Christian Zelenco
57 Kg Stéphanie Thibault
60 Kg Katiushka Vasquez-Soto
69 Kg Charlie Cavanagh
The Canadian delegation will be accompanied by coaches João Carlos Barros and Jill Perry, along with Robert Schinke (sport psychologist), Jean-Paul Raphaël (therapist) and Ève Crépeau (nutritionist). Moreover, AIBA 1-Star official Lyla Simon will also partake in the competition as a Canadian referee and judges.
“This tournament will be a great opportunity for the Youth boxers to watch and learn from the more experienced Elite boxers.” affirms Daniel Trépanier, Boxing Canada’s High Performance Director. “It will be the first competition for the Women’s National Team since their success at the Continentals and I am confident that our boxers are well-prepared coming into this tournament.” Indeed, back in June, all seven women who participated in the AMBC Continental Championships in Honduras made it all the way into the finals, which unprecedented!
The general weigh in and the official draw will take place on October 18th, 2017. Although the competition will not be available on live streaming, you can follow our boxers’ progression on our WEB PAGE for the event as well as our social media platforms (FACEBOOK PAGE & TWITTER) as information will be updated throughout the tournament.