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Boxing: England, Ireland Share The Honours in Queens Cup Finals in Stralsund, Germany
by Michael O'Neill
October 26, 2014
Chantelle Cameron


(OCT 26) England's senior women's squad of 5  took 4 Golds and a Silver on Finals Day at the 2014 Queen's Cup tournament in Vorpommern-Rügen, Stralsund, Germany inc all three golds in the Olympic weight divisions.

The Youth and Junior events also held in Stralsund proved a resounding success for the visiting Irish team headed by European Union and former European champion, Amy Broadhurst of the Dealgan BC in County Louth.
In the Elite Senior event, Finland's Mira Potkonen who defeated Mikaela Mayer in Tampere a week earlier was herself on the losing end of a 2:1 decision against England's Chantelle Cameron in the 60kg final in Stralsund.
Cameron, who boxes out of the Kings Heath club in Northampton, and is sponsored by Opus Energy, had this to say on social media accounts, after her semi-final win over French champion and European Union silver medallist, Estelle Mossely of France.
"The feeling of beating this French girl (Mossely) in yesterday's bout must have been my proudest moment in boxing so far. But it was a big and huge thank you 2 every single person who has supported me and lifted me back up and pushed me 2 become a better boxer. Massive thank you 2 my boxing coaches GB and everyone at home and my friends and family".

To cap a great week's boxing for the English women, the Elite 'Boxer of the Tournament' award also went to Chantelle Cameron for her fine wins against European Union silver medallist, Estelle Mossely, Poland's titleholder, Kinga Siwa and Finland's Potkonen in the final.

England's other Golds in the Elite event went to Lisa Whiteside of the Larches and Savick club who took the 51kg crown against  Poland's many times champion Sandra Drabik  and to the ever improving Sandy Ryan at the 64kg non-Olympic weight (Sandy was a deserving winner here over Norway's Fam Elgan (3:0).

Finally,in  the up to 75kg Olympic weight, Savannah Marshall from the Hartlepools club added the Queens Cup gold to her recent Commonwealth Games title as she continues her comeback after surgery. 

In the final in Stralsund, Marshall disposed of the Moroccan champion, Khadija Mardi, quite convincingly 3:0 and is sure to make an impact at the forthcoming AIBA World's in Jeju (Nov 12/25th) where she will be keen to retain the title she first won in Barbados in 2010 and successfully defended in China two years later. Can she make it three in a row in Jeju?  We will be bringing you news from Jeju here on
wban.com 'as it happens' in November.

Current European Union and former European Gold medallist, Amy Broadhurst won the Youth 57kg title in the Queens Cup tournament and for good measure was later awarded the 'Boxer of the Youth Tournament, after she had gained an impressive (3:0) win against Sweden's Sofia Nilsson in the final in Stralsund. The Swede had ousted English favourite, Crystal Barker 3:0 in the semi-final.
Athlone's Cheyanne O'Neill was another impressive Irish winner at the Queen's Cup as she took the 60kg title overcoming the challenge of French champion Marion Ensfelder(3:0) who had been one of the favourites for this event.
In the Junior tournament, Natasha Logan from the Ryston Club was another Irish winner in the 51kg category where she also took the  Junior 'best technician' of tournament award as a result of a  commanding performance in her 3:0 win over German favourite, Dominique Goerlich.
Ireland's second gold in the Juniors came from Joanne Richards who boxes out of the St. Michael's Club in New Ross, Co. Wexford. She gained a  comprehensive 3:0 decision over the host nation's Iman Bouadjai, who was one of the pre-tournament favourites here.
Kazakhstan's boxers had four   victories in the Youth and Juniors in the women's competition's here with titles going to Bayan Akbayeva in the Youth 69kg event and to Aida Abikeyeva (60kg Youth),as well as to Aida Ongdash (80kg+ Juniors) whilst Dinara Kakenova took the  48kg crown with a 2:1 victory over Navan's Shauna Blaney, another of Ireland up and coming young women boxers, tipped for future success.
Kazakhstan's male boxers are now arguably the leaders (with Cuba and Russia)  in AIBA 'Olympic-style boxing and with the fantastic facilities available at the AIBA Academy of Boxing in Almaty, it would be no surprise if their women emerged as a powerful squad by the Tokyo Olympics of 2020, if not before. Certainly we will be hearing a lot about the women's team too in the none too distant future. And what of Cuba? Are the AIBA doing enough to bring the Cuban women's team up to  the strength of their male squad? 
Remember that Cuba did not enter a women's squad for the London 2012 Olympic qualifiers and at the time their then Management showed little inclination to so do in foreseeable future.  Among the quotes attributed to Cuban  team management at that time :
"We have no plans at the moment to participate in any international events because we don't think the sport is appropriate for women," Jose Barrientos said in comments reported  by Cuba's official news service, Prensa Latina.

and: "Cuban women should be showing off their beautiful faces, not getting punched in the face," said Pedro Roque, a top coach of Cuban boxers. 

A recap here of the Women's Senior Elite final results from the Queen's Cup :
Senior Elite Finals - Stralsund, Germany
2014-10-25 48kg Aigerim Askarova KZK Andżelika Grońska POL 3:0
2014-10-25 51kg Lisa Whiteside ENG Sandra Drabik POL 2:0
2014-10-25 51kg Sara Ourahmoune FRA Camilla Johanssen NOR 3:0
2014-10-25 54kg Helena Envall SWE Delphine Mancini FRA 2:0
2014-10-25 57kg Aneta Rygielska POL Chaimaa Rouini MAR 2:1
2014-10-25 60kg Chantelle Cameron ENG Mira Potkonen FIN 2:1
2014-10-25 64kg Sandy Ryan ENG Fam Elgan NOR TKOI 3
2014-10-25 69kg Erika Guerrier FRA Stacey Copeland ENG 3:0
2014-10-25 75kg Savannah Marshall ENG Khadija Mardi MAR

Results from every bout in Queen's Cup: (Senior, Youth and Juniors)
51kg:        Link    (L.Whiteside)
60kg:        Link  (C.Cameron)
75kg:        Link   (S.Marshall)
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