Sara Kali

5 medals for Team Canada at the International Boxing Tournament “Balkan”

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!

Ups and Downs for Team Canada during quarterfinals of the International Boxing Tournament “Balkan”

Six Canadians were featured on today's card for the quarterfinals of the International Boxing Tournament "Balkan", including two boxers (51Ks Sara Haghighat-Joo and 60Kg Caroline Veyre) who had advanced in their respective category after convincing wins on the first day. Unfortunately, only two out of these six will move on to semifinals. Here's a recap of the bouts:

Youth boxer Katiushka Vasquez-Soto was the first Canadian to step into the ring early this morning as she was facing Zhuldyz Toikova from Kazakhstan. While Katiushka gave her all in the ring, she lost by unanimous decision against her more experienced opponent.

During the afternoon session, three more Canadians were competing in the hopes to reach the medals' round. After beating India by unanimous decision yesterday, Sara Haghighat-Joo faced local boxer Gabriela Dimitrova. However, despite a tough fight, Sara came on the wrong side of a split decision and lost 2-3 against the 51 Kg Bulgarian boxer.

After obtaining a bye in the first round of the competition, it was 57Kg Sabrina Aubin's turn to step into the ring against Linda Larsson. Although her Swedish opponent was much taller than her, Sabrina dominated the bout and won by unanimous decision. A great way to celebrate her birthday! 

 

Ranked 3rd in the world in the 64 Kg weight category, Sara Kali made her debut in the competition today against Jyoti from India. However, the decision didn't go as planned for Sara and she lost a 4-1 split decision. "Going into the ring, I felt confidant and I was ready to give my all as always. Despite a decision that didn't go my way, my performance still shows that I'm part of the boxing Elite and I will go back to the gym determined to work on some key aspects of my boxing." said Sara after her bout.

During the evening session, Caroline Veyre opposed Flora Pili from France. Although it was her 2nd bout of the competition in as many days, Caroline showed no sign of fatigue and won by unanimous decision (5 - 0). Caroline will be back in the ring tomorrow for the third day in a row against Vietnam.

Tammara Thibeault was the last bout of the day and she opposed Iaroslava Iakushina, who's currently ranked #9 in the world. Despite her height advantage, Tammara lost by split decision (4-1) against the Russian boxer.

Overall, Team Canada had some ups and downs during the second day of competition, with 2 wins and 4 losses. Caroline Veyre and Sabrina Aubin will join 3 more Canadian boxers tomorrow for the semifinals. Let's cheer for our 5 Canadian athletes as they will fight for a chance to reach the finals of the tournament:

DAY 3 - SEMIFINALS

Session 6 (morning)

  • Youth 48Kg Christian Zelenco (CAN) vs Emi-Mari Todorova (BUL)
  • Youth 69Kg Charlie Cavanagh (CAN) vs Patricia Budai (POL)

Session 8 (evening)

  • Elite 57Kg Sabrina Aubin (CAN) vs Pwilao Basumatary (IND)
  • Elite 60Kg Caroline Veyre (CAN) vs Tuten Neuyen Thi (VIE)
  • Elite 81Kg Marija Curran (CAN) vs Viktoria Krylova (RUS)

To see the results of the draw, you can visit our Event Web page for more information (schedule, results, and link for live streaming).

Two victories for Team Canada on the 1st day of the International Boxing Tournament “Balkan”

The 3rd edition of the International Boxing Tournament "Balkan" officially kicked off today in Sofia, Bulagaria and nine Canadians made the trip to represent their country. Following the draw, two boxers from the Elite National Team were on the card on the first day of competition: Caroline Veyre and Sara Haghighat-Joo.

Caroline Veyre was the first Canadian to step into the ring and she won 4-0 against the American Rashida Ellis during her opening bout. Caroline will be back tomorrow against France. Sara Haghighat-Joo, who usually competes at 54 Kg, made her debut in the competition at 51 Kg against  Poonam Bisht from India. She easily won by unanimous decision and will also be back in the ring tomorrow against Bulgaria, the host country of the tournament.

In addition to Caroline Veyre and Sara Haghighat-Joo, four more Canadians will be on tomorrow's cards over the course of three sessions:

Session 3 (morning)

Youth 60Kg Katiushka Vasquez (CAN) vs Zhuldyz Toikova (KAZ)

Session 4 (afternoon)

Elite 51 Kg Sara Haghighat-Joo (CAN) vs Gabriela Dimitrova (BUL)

Elite 57 Kg Sabrina Aubin (CAN) vs Linda Larsson (SWE)

Elite 64 Kg Sara Kali (CAN) vs Jyoti (IND)

Session 5 (evening)

Elite 60 Kg Caroline Veyre (CAN) vs Flora Pili (FRA)

Elite 75 Kg Tammara Thibeault (CAN) vs Iaroslava Iakushina (RUS)

 

To see the results of the draw, you can visit our Event Web page for more information (schedule, results, and link for live streaming).

 

International Boxing Tournament “Balkan”

ELITE & YOUTH (WOMEN)

 

ELITE51 Kg Sara Haghighat-Joo, 57 Kg Sabrina Aubin, 60 Kg Caroline Veyre, 64 Kg Sara Kali, 75 Kg Tammara Thibeault, 81 Kg Marija Curran

 

YOUTH51 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)

 

MEDALS

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 1     Schedule   | RESULTS   Session 1   //   Session 2
DAY 2     Schedule   | RESULTS   Session 3   //   Session 4   //   Session 5
DAY 3     Schedule   | RESULTS   Session 6   //   Session 7   //   Session 8  //  Session 9
DAY 4     Schedule   | RESULTS   Session 10 (Youth finals)
DAY 5     Schedule   | RESULTS   Session 11 (Elite finals)

 

 

DRAW SHEETS

ELITE YOUTH
       51 Kg
       57 Kg
       60 Kg
       64 Kg
       75 Kg
       81 Kg
48 Kg
60 Kg
69 Kg

 

 

10 female boxers will participate in the 3rd edition of the International Boxing Tournament “Balkan”

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:


ELITE

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
 

YOUTH

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. 

 

 

5 – 0 at the Women’s World Championships : A first for Canada

Two days into the competition, our Canadian boxers are shinning in all their glory at the 2016 Women’s World Championships in Astana. With a perfect score of 5 victories out of 5 bouts, it is a first in Boxing Canada’s history,

Caroline Veyre was the first to break the ice with a spectacular victory of 3-0 against Martina Schmoranzova (CZE). The 60 Kg Canadian representative can still qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games. She will need to finish in the Top 4 in order to punch her ticket for Rio.

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Caroline Veyre

The second day was just as exciting, from start to finish. Erica Adjei (54 Kg) kicked off session 3 with a victory of 2-1 against Mariem Homrani (TUN). A few bouts later, the Quebec boxers Sabrina Aubin (57 Kg ) and Sara Kali (64 Kg) respectively claimed a victory with the score of 2-0 and a TKO in 1st round. To conclude this historical debut, Ariane Fortin (75 Kg) convincingly won her bout 3-0 against Shunhyeong Kim (KOR).

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Sara Kali

It is the first time that Boxing Canada obtains similar results during this major competition. ”We are very pleased with the great start with 5 out of 5 wins in the first 2 days of the world championships. We know this is going to be a tough tournament and the team has prepared for that.” claimed Pat Fiacco, president of Boxing Canada. Three boxers have yet to make their first appearance in the ring. Kim Clavel (48 Kg), Mandy Bujold (51 Kg) and Alison Greey (81 Kg) are scheduled to make their debut over the weekend. Caroline Veyre will also be on Saturday’s card as she will face Maja Saric (CRO) during the second round of preliminaries.

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Sabrina Aubin

In order to follow our Canadian athletes’ journey, follow our Facebook Page, our Twitter Account as well as our webpage for the event.

 

Best of luck to all our boxers !