Boxing: Esparza & Miller go out on
'day of shocks' at Feliks Stamm in Warsaw
by Michael O'Neill
September 11, 2015
(SEPT 11) Team USA Boxing
suffered two 'shock' defeats on the opening day of the
prestigious Feliks Stamm Memorial tournament in Warsaw late
AIBA World no.1 Marlen Esparza exited the tournament in the
preliminary round at the hands of the unranked Irish woman,
Ceire Smith from Cavan BC 1:2 on a split decision.
Worse was to follow as at 75kg Olympic weight, Raquel Miller
lost 3:0 to Sweden's evergreen Anna Laurell Nash who took her
first AIBA Gold back in 2001 at the inaugural World
Championships in Scranton.
"My first World championship gold in 2001 changed my way of
looking at life and a number of international medals later I am
still passionate about my sport. I really only stopped boxing
because of injuries or my thyroid disease. After the 2012 London
Olympics I have decided to move on from boxer to a trainer at my
club IF Linnéa.
Outside of boxing, I have an education in chemistry from the
University of Lund. After a quick stop in the industry, I went
back to university, the Royal Institute of Technology for a PhD.
Having two careers is both exhausting and rewarding. It is
reassuring to have an education to fall back on and it’s fun and
That was in 2014 and now she is back in action and 'Going for
Gold' once more. Truly an inspiration to one and all.
Marlen Esparza's defeat came at the hands of Irish Elite boxer,
Ceire Smith who herself has missed several tournaments due
illness/injury and her studies at Dublin City University. She
boxes out of the Cavan club where among her earlier sparring
partners was London 2012 Silver medallist (and now a successful
Pro) John Joe Nevin.
Intriguingly in Warsaw she is coached by Ireland's much coveted
- by USA Boxing - HPU supremo Billy Walsh. Yesterday he was in
Smith's corner but come 2016 Olympic qualifiers will he still be
there ? They say that a week is a long time in politics but
certainly the Irish Amateur Boxing Association have left both
Walsh and their own funding authority Irish Sports Council,
entirely in the dark as to their intentions.
Smith of course has been a regular in the team since the 2010
World Championships in Barbados but surprisingly does not
feature in the AIBA top 20 ranked boxers.She is highly rated at
home though she will face stiff opposition for a place in
Ireland's team in future with the rise of Michaela Walsh, a
silver medallist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and
whose brother Aidan took Gold in today's Commonwealth Youth
Games on the Pacific Island of Samoa.
USA Boxing's only remaining competitor Mikaela Mayer will be in
action against Russia's Tatiana Bondereva and hoping to collect
her country's first win of this tournament.
She will undoubtedly wish to show the Irish coach - if he is
watching - just how good she is and deserving of a more
permanent place in the team.
Bout of the day yesterday undoubtedly involved England's
Savannah Marshall who reversed a recent defeat in the European
Games at the hands of Poland's Lidia Fidura. Esparza's defeat
apart there were other shocks on day one with World silver
medallist in Jeju 2014 at 60kg, Yana Alekseevna going out at
hands of the Ukraines's Julia Tsyplakova O:3 . One to watch at
the 60kg weight is England's Sandy Ryan tipped by many to be the
GB representative in forthcoming World and Olympic qualifiers.
She took silver at the 2014 World's and is now boxing at 60kg.
Results: 9 September:
JURANOVA Jana (CZE) vs HOLZKEN Alicja (NED) PKT 0:3
ESPARZA Marlen (USA) vs CEIRE Smith (IRL) PKT 1:2
ENVALL Helena (SWE) vs SNIZHANA Kholodkova (UKR) PKT 2:1
SAVELEVA Elena (RUS) vs YUAN Chang (CHN) PKT 1:2
STEPHANIE Kernachan (SCO) vs SEVARA Tajikulowa (KAZ) PKT 0:3
BONDAREVA Tatiana (RUS) vs LU Qiong (CHN) PKT 3:0
RYAN Sandy (ENG) vs CALDER Lynn (SCO) PKT 3:0
STAMKOVA Alice (CZE) vs TGOLOYEVA Zarina (KAZ) PKT 0:3
ALEKSEEVNA Yana (AZE) vs TSYPLAKOVA Juliia (UKR) PKT 0:3
JONES Charlene (WAL) vs YARSHEVICH Ala (BLR) PKT 0(remis):2
FIDURA Lidia (POL) vs MARSHALL Savannah (ENG) PKT 1:2 [37:39,
NASH Anna Laurell (SWE) vs MILLER Raquel (USA) PKT 3:0
YUAN Maiging (CHN) vs BOVA Mariia (UKR) PKT 3:0
Draw 10th September:
ALIMANRDANOVA Anna (AZE) vs GROŃSKA Angelika (POL)
Sandra DRABIK (POL) vs ALICJA Holzken (NED)
Ceire SMITH (IRL) vs ENVALL Helena (SWE)
YUAN Chang (CHN) vs SEVARA Tajikulowa (KAZ)
POTKONEN Mira (FIN) vs ALEXIUSSON Agnes (SWE)
MAYER Mikaela (USA) vs BONDAREVA Tatiana (RUS)
RYAN Sandy (ENG) vs TGOLOYEVA Zarina (KAZ)
TSYPLAKOVA Juliia (UKR) vs YARSHEVICH Ala (BLR)
WÓJCIK Elżbieta (POL) vs ABDULAEVA Saadat (RUS)
FONTIJN Noushka (NED) vs PRICE Lauren (WAL)
KHALZOVA Valentina (KAZ) vs MARSHALL Savannah (ENG)
NASH Anna Laurell (SWE) vs YUAN Maiging (CHN)