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Behind the Scenes: RijkerStriker comment on women's E.C.F.B in Rotterdam
by Lucia Rijker
October 20, 2011


(OCT 20) Overall again a successful day with an exciting audience and passionate competitive fights.  However I missed the morning program so I am sure if I missed more exciting fights.

Dutch Favorite Nouska Fontijn NL vs. Maria Kovacs Hungary 75 Kilos.

Nouska started much stronger and more focused then in her first fight. In the first round she took charge immediately however in the second or third exchange Nouska got caught with two powerful punches from Maria Kovacs but Nouska didn't seem effected by it and she fought back with courage and great composure.
After loosing the first round Nouska dominated in the second with powerful effective combinations to the head she almost knocked down her Hungarian Maria in the 4Th round. Anouska caught Maria with her left hook while counter punching Maria's Jab and Nouska followed with powerful left right combinations leaving Maria dazed. (in my opinion not noticed by the ref) Fighting back from 1 first round loss to a 11-15? win was a great victory for Nouska.

Anouska was very effective yesterday. For me it was a very exciting fight with several powerful punch exchanges, from a dominating and an focused Nouska.

Another great fight that caught my eye in the 64 Kilos weight division (since there are two fights going on at the same time) in Ring A, was a jumping and moving Lauren Price from Wales vs. Nurcan Goksel from Turkey.   Lauren seemed to have a martial art approach in her boxing.

Lauren controlled the fight by moving with high speed lateral movement on her toes at all times running and  shooting in with explosive punches, (straight back almost like in Tai Kwon Do) then after this Lauren would close the distance quickly. She repeated this successfully every time, leaving Nurcan Goksel chasing after her. Several times Lauren quickly closed the distance leaving Nurcan frustrated and helpless.   Goksel was willing but seemed unable to keep up or cut of the ring to stop or take back control of the fight.  This was definitely a fast-paced bout.

Irina Poteyeva from Russia fought Katarzyna Furmaniak from Poland 64 Kilo's

I only saw the last few rounds of this fight and Irina seems was behind on the score card and got a bit to anxious to take get her punches in too soon which made the patient, controlled and gracefully counter punching Katarzyna very effective in scoring by either right after Irina's first punch combinations and sometime she would pivot out and counter her after her second attacks.

Irina,  a talented fighter----however her timing in her second combinations seems off and that is why I believe she was not effective. She let Katarzina control the fight with her patience.

By the way, a great athlete, Irina with a lot of respect for the sport.

Marichelle de Jong,  the last fight of the evening VS Dadine Appetz. Germany.

Great strategy from Marichelle. Marichelle took charge and was very effective immediately scoring with her three- punch combination. Good eyes,  good lateral movement,  total control of the fight with her mind, movement and furry of effective punches, she threw Dadine off balance mentally which made her make more mistakes and Marichelle took great advantage of those. Marichelle was way ahead on point and still went in all the way in the 4th round to give the audience an exiting last and final round.

Marichelle again dominated with her calm and determined focus and her well times consistent effective three-punch combination.

In the evening program I noticed four fighters in skirts, and I am a bit less distracted by the swinging of the fabric however, I don't believed it flatters the woman at all, they look like Greek Roman Gladiator but hey to each its own!

That was it for today more tomorrow at the Finals and then there will be only one ring so the fights will be easier to follow.

Lucia Rijker

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