(APR 3) A shooting, which was the
sad culmination of a family drama, overshadowed the boxing event
which took place in Berlin on April 1st and was organized by
Arena Sports-Promotion and Prime Time Events & Entertainment.
The target and one of the victims of the bloodshed was the
female boxer Rola El Halabi (11 fights, 11 wins, 6 by KO), who
that night was going to go for the IBF world championship.
It is assumed that her stepfather and former manager Roy El-Halabi
was trying to prevent her from entering the ring. The quarrel
escalated, he drew his gun and shot. Although it is not easy to
get reliable information at this stage, it looks like her
stepfather purposefully shot Rola El Halabi in her right hand,
her knee and both feet. Her two bodyguards, which she had hired
as a precaution before the fight, were also hurt, one and of
Until that incident, it had been
a good and entertaining sporting event with two female boxing
fights that were well worth seeing. The first match of the
evening had Jennifer Retzke (12 fights, 11 wins, 8 by KO, 1
defeat) against Eva Halasi (13 fights, 9 wins, 8 by KO, 4
defeats, 3 by KO) in a fight for the IBF world championship in
junior middleweight, which Retzke won by TKO.
Halasi fought going backwards all
the time and limited herself to very effective counters. Retzke
just kept going forward, sometimes she even rushed her opponent.
She fought purposefully but her guard was little to nothing and
her jabs often went wild. Again and again Retzke had to take
Halasiís jab and left/right combinations. Then came the fifth
round. Retzke landed a hook to Halasiís head, which completely
turned the dramatic match around. Halasi said later that she had
not been able to continue because of an injury to her foot. To
me it rather looked like exhaustion.
The last fight of the evening, the award ceremony of which was
overshadowed by the bloody events that had taken place in the
cabins, was between Asiye ÷zlem Sahin (13 fight, 12 wins, 4 by
KO, 1 draw) and Evgeniya Zablotskaya (8 fights, 3 wins, 1 by KO,
5 defeats, 2 by KO). The 8 rounder in light flyweight was
definitely the best match of the evening. Zablotskaya started
fast and furiously and in the first round almost dazzled Sahin
with constant flurries of punches.
The following rounds were hard fought until the end. Sahin kept
driving the taller Zablotskaya before her. Again and again there
were series of sharp exchanges of blows with both boxers being
very versatile. In the end Sahin clearly won on points. This
match was a great advertisement for female boxing.
(C) Uwe Betker
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