This week we have our male and female Canadian teams partaking in prestigious international competitions.
10th International Witch Cup
Our female team, Jackie Park 48kg, Mandy Bujold 50kg , Katie Dunn 63kg and Amber Konikow 75kg, are in Hungary competing in the 10th International Witch Cup in Hungary. There are 13 countries entered with 10 Hungarian local clubs as well.
September 4, 2008
48 kg Jacqueline Park (Can) lost to Derya Aktop of Turkey 4:5
50 kg Mandy Bujold (Can) defeated Mari of Finland 24:2
63 kg Katie Dunn (Can) defeated Csilla Csejtei of Hungary 15:5
70 kg Arianne Fortin (Can) defeated Ralica Ristov of Bulgaria Ret-2
September 5, 2008
50kg Mandy Bujold lost to Virginie Nave (FRA) RSCI-2
63kg Kathie Dunn lost to Gulsun Tatar (TUR) RSCI-2
70kg Ariane Fortin won over Martina Schmoranzova (CZE) RSC-2
75kg Amber Konikow lost to Maria Yavorskaya (RUS) 3-12
70kg Arianne Fortin – Gold
63kg Katie Dunn – Bronze
50kg Mandy Bujold – Bronze
75kg Amber Konikow – Bronze
Our males are also on the international search for stardom at the Brandenburg Cup in Frankfurt, Germany. Steve Wilcox, Colin Fish, and Ben Shamoon are all in competition for gold hardware.
September 4, 2008 Day 1 Results
Team Canada goes 4 and 1 in day 1 of competition at Brandenburg Cup, in Frankfurt Germany. Ontario’s Steven Wilcox got things started beating Slovakia Matus Bariak 15-4.
Stuart Twardzik from Manitoba was also impressive defeating Estonia’s Dennis Kormilin 17-2.
Quebec boxer Chris Plaitis was not going to be out done and took the fight to Finland’s Matti Koota defeating him on points 20-10.
Saskatchewan’s Brandt Butt recorded Canada’s only loss to Evgenly Jabs from the host country Germany, the score was 16-13 for Germany but Brandt fought his heart out and has no reason to hang his head over this close loss to a German in Germany.
Ontario’s Ben Shamoon finished the night off in style taking out Turkish boxer Omer Faruk Polat 16-11.
There will be three Quarter final sessions today, one at 10am the second at 3pm and the third at 7pm. Team Canada’s spirits are high with 7 of 8 boxers still in the tournament and into the quarter finals against this tough of a field. All 4 Ontario boxers will box in the quarter final bouts.
September 5, 2008 Day 2 Results
Day 2 of competition at Brandenburg Cup, proved to be as tough as it gets but two Canadians have progressed to the semi-finals and assured themselves of medals at this World Class event.
Stuart Twardzik from Manitoba gave it his all but fell short against Turish Boxer Ulus Kaya lossing on points 21-10.
Quebec boxer Chris Plaitis was in tough against German Boxer Chris Lauterbach and lost a close bout on points 14-7.
Ontario’s Ben Shamoon got things back on the right track boxing a technically sound fight defeating German boxer Satula Abdulai 12-9.
Ontario’s Colin Fish carried on where Ben left off and handily beat German Boxer Kenan Bayrami 22-8.
Quebec’s Francois Pratte was in tough but ahead on points for 2 rounds against Kazikstan before the Kazikstan boxer rallied to win the 3rd and 4th rounds finishing the match a somewhat surprising 18 points ahead of Francois.
Ontario’s Edwin Ghahrananyan fought a hard battle against Turkey but fell short losing the bout by 6 points.
Ontario’s Steven Wilcox got caught by a wild right hand from his Turish opponent in the early seconds of the first round, Steven took an eight and had recovered he was only down by 2 points with seconds left in the opening round when he walked into another right hand dropping him for a second time. Steven was immediately back on his feet and appeared ok but the refree decided to call the fight and Steven took an RSC-H loss.
Semi-final sessions are tomorrow at 3pm and 7pm. Team Canada’s hopes now lie with our two boxers still in the tournament, the rest of the Team are behind Ben Shamoon and Colin Fish and want them to win gold for all of us.
September 6 Day 3 Semi-final results
Ben Shamoon worked hard against Satula Abdulan a very akward German boxer but had trouble getting inside the taller boxers extended stance. Ben pushed on and gave it his all trying to land on the German right to the final bell but fell short losing the bout 8-5.
Cloin Fish was also in against a German boxer the hard hitting southpaw Jamny Kumande. Kumande had stopped both of his opponents in the preliminary and quarter final. Colin boxed cautiously obviously wary of his opponents power. The score floated back and forth each boxer leading by 1 or 2 points throughout rounds 1 to 3. In the 4th it looked bad when with about 20 seconds left in the fight Colin was trailing by 4 points, then suddenly Colin let his hands go and scored 6 points in the final seconds of the fight getting the win 12-10.
Colin is the only Canadian boxer to qualify for the finals, he will carry the hopes on the entire squad against yet another German boxer by the name of Arthur Schmidt. Schmidt won his semi-final match against Poland today by a KO in the 2nd round. A point of interest is that with 23 countries represented at this tournament Colin will fight his fourth German boxer here for the gold medal tomorrow.
Spetember 7, 2008
Colin Fish boxed Arthur Schmidt from Germany for the 81kg gold medal today at the finals of the Brandenburg Cup. Colin injured his hand in the first round but fought on. Unfortunately Colin couldn’t score enough points due to the hand injury and Schmidts tight defense to win the fight. The final score was 12-4 for Schmidt but Colin defenitely gave him all he could handel.
Colin Fish was awarded the silver in 81kg and Ben Shamoon took bronze in 69kg, the whole team did well and represented Canada with pride. We fly head back to Canada at 4am tomorrow and everyone is looking forward to getting back.
81kg Collin Fish – Silver
69kg Ben Shamoon – Bronze