(FEB 7) The 2017 Golden
Girl of Boras tournament was its most successful to date, with
some 254 boxers from round the globe taking part.
For Irish boxers, especially those from St Brigid’s Kildare Town
and the Leinster Development and Dublin squads there were some
great success stories of which more later.
Golden Girl Boråshallen, Sweden/Facebook/Boxing
The main event, the Golden Girl
trophy was for the first time voted for by boxing fans worldwide
as well as those present at the Arena in Sweden.
Sara Haghighat-joo with Canadian
Coach Jill Perry
Let us begin with a list of the
various awards from Sunday’s closing ceremony, as received from
CEO Ray Husac.
Mary-Kate Nevin, Mullingar Elite
St Brigid’s Kildare Town/Facebook
Leinster Development Squad/Facebook
Fight of the Tournament : Karina
Tazabekova, Russia vs Eftychia Kathopouli, Glennrothes ABC,
Best Slugger: Deandra Allen – England
Best Technical boxer: Sara Haghighat- Joo – Canada
Best Showmanship: Elina Gustavsson – Finland
The Muhammad Ali award: Agnes Alexiusson – Sweden
Best Team: Tyne Tees Wear Golden Girls - England
Best Junior: Jessica Trievelova – SLK
Best Youth: Gloria Dálmeida – France
Best Elite: Lise Sandebjaer – Sweden
Best Judge: Per Sönnerby – Sweden
Best Referee: Jörgen Hammer – Denmark
The 2017 ‘GOLDEN GIRL’ : TATIANA ZRACHEVSKAYA from Russia told
“ I am very happy to have won again. It means, I am on the right
Speaking from Boras after the show was over, CEO, Ray Husac told
“I am delighted that we have had such a great Championship and
that there were so many good boxers and bouts during the
weekend. It seems that the quality in the technical area has
developed a lot from the first Golden Girl in 2009 until today.
It´s amazing and all the girls were amazing. I would like to
thank every single person who attended Golden Girl Championship
2017,and say to them ‘ You made this possible, you all did this,
it’s a great memory I will always will have with me. I look
forward meeting you all next year again”.
St Brigid’s Club from Kildare Town is one of Ireland’s leading
clubs and they had a great tournament too taking 4 gold and 4
silver back home to Kildare, not to forget the 8 bronze medals.
Their management team had this to say on how much they valued
this experience on the final day of the event.
“What a day of boxing in the finals of the Golden Girls
championship in Sweden."
We started with Mckenzies Kenny, she had 2 very hard days of
boxing but today wasn't to be her day losing out on a split
decision but taking home silver..
Next up was Lauren Dempsey putting in a great performance and
winning all 3 rounds to take home a gold medal..
Then came Lauren Ryan up against a very strong opponent and just
wasn't to be her day but takes home silver too..
Last in the ring was Katelynn Phelan with an outstanding
performance which was said to be fight of the tournament going
‘toe to toe’ with her opponent but losing out on a split
decision and taking home silver also..
What a great experience for these girls..
We take home 4 gold medals , 4 silver medals and 8 bronze
medals.. a very proud moment for all these girls, and for our
Also from Ireland the Leinster Development girls squad won many
plaudits as their President Bernie Harold told WBAN later:
“This was the first International outing for our Leinster Girls
Development Squad. All the girls performed brilliantly and are a
credit to Leinster, their clubs and especially their families.
We came away with two Gold Medals and Two Silver.
This is an outstanding result from this very prestigious
competition. Well done to Linda Morgan and Paul O'Toole who led
the team. It is amazing the work that has been done by Linda and
her team over the past six months - all the coaches who worked
with the girls, drove the girls to collective training and the
parents who supported their daughters to be part of the Squad.
Well done also to the Dublin and St Brigid's, Kildare teams who
also performed really well. You should all be very proud of
yourselves. The future is bright for Leinster Girls Boxing!”
Another Golden performance came from Mullingar Elie and
Ireland’s Mary-Kate Nevin who improves with every contest. She
defeated Canada’s Emilia Dermott on a split decision (3:2) after
an excellent battle for top honours. Mary-Kate is an exciting
prospect for the future given appropriate encouragement by the
IABA and its coaches. She previously excelled at the Stralsund
Queen Cup event in Germany.
It was not just the Irish who were rejoicing as the teams from
countries like Russia and Kazakhstan also enjoyed multi success
stories. Canada had travelled far and they too had some good
wins to report ,as indeed did several boxers from the United
Kingdom. Tyne Tees Wear took the team award and rightly so.
Top Canadian coach Stevie Bailey who was not able to attend in
person, was fulsome in his praise for the tournament organisers,
having spoken at length with his young boxer Sara Haghighat- Joo
who took the Best Technical award crown as well as the title in
her weight division, and the team’s respected Head Coach Jill
Sara and the rest of the Canadian team including Head Coach Jill
Perry had a very successful tournament and will benefit greatly
from the experience, as will indeed all who took part from
countries as far apart as Scandinavia, Kazakhstan, Russia ,
Poland, Ireland and a strong United Kingdom contingent who took
many titles back home.
Said new champion Sara:
“2 unanimous wins in Sweden for my first international
competition! An amazing experience and couldn't thank Jill Perry
enough for her phenomenal coaching. Can't wait to come back home
and keep working towards Canadian nationals in April”.
Hopefully European boxing tournaments will see many of these
fighters later this year in events like the Strandja tournament
in Bulgaria and of course at the Haringey Box Cup in UK and the
Esker tournament in Ireland.
Link to all the results in every final bout in Boras:
and here from our friends at Strefa Poland boxing, results from
every bout in Boras.
Now let us hope that various associations will be sending many
of these young women as well as the Senior Elite squad, to gain
greater experience later this year in major International
competitions. It is no more than their efforts deserve.