EPISODE: Episode 13
Boxam 2021 Spain | Olympics Episode | Talkin’ Fight
IABA. IOC. Spain is currently hosting a tournament, the 35th annual Boxam, which is profiled today. Join us on our on-going exploration of the Olympics to be held in Tokyo 2021, featuring Christian from the Friday Night Panel, and the route to the ring. Watch TalkinFight weekdays at 12, 4, 7, and 8:30pm EST on YouTube or LIVE at talkinfight.com/live @Olympic @IOC Media @Abroad in Japan @boxam
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Hello talking fight fans around the world welcome once again to another episode of the olympics taking place this july in tokyo, uh joining me today, christian from the friday night panel uh with his findings.
What have you found christian? What have you found? Uh? Well, uh ongoing news in the world of amateur sport is our, and our work up towards the olympics is really what we’re on right now.
So, as we covered a little earlier in the weekend part of last week, we were talking about uh, the big tournaments.
The strange tournament which was happening in sophia in bulgaria with a lot of these rank these tournaments, going towards helping out international rankings which are going to help due to the world uh qualifiers being cancelled in paris.
Serena wilhelm was not the only tournament uh going on uh.
I was last week this week, we’ve moved on and we’re actually into the boxing tournament in spain.
So obviously, with these international federations they’re trying to get their boxers out to a lot of different places, they kind of have to pick and choose which of these tournaments they’re sending boxers to because you’re not going to see fighters fighting.
You know last week in bulgaria and then you know hopping on a plane and fighting a week later or another full tournament in spain.
So this is a fair sized turn, but it’s not quite as old as the uh as the one in sophia.
This is the 35th edition of the boxing tournament and it is going to be the highlight of the international boxing of you know for international boxing events.
This week, uh the official draw was held in castellon de la plana, spain, where it was confirmed that 127 boxers from four confederations and 17 countries are going to be taking part uh first day of the preliminaries is going on right now as we speak, it started At 4 p.
m: local time so 10 a.
m, where we are here and uh.
Winners from today’s bouts are going to go on to the corner finals a little bit about the history of the tournament.
First edition of the boxing tournament, uh was held in almera spain.
In 1976, where spain, france, italy and denmark earned gold medals, morocco was the first african nation to take part in that event, also in 1976 uh, whereas venezuela became the first american nation in 1977.
Uh south korea and the philippines were both added to that list.
Uh representing asian countries in 2003 and bringing up the rear.
Finally, the australians in new zealand joined the boxing tournament to represent oceana.
The 1992 edition of the boxing turn was actually used as a pre-run as a run-up for the olympics that were held in barcelona, while cuba’s world champion roberto, bilaldo, heard uh juan hernandez and juan carlos lamos won titles there.
, the current head coach of the national spanish team raphael uh lozano munoz, munoz lozano munoz, once over that event as well uh women’s boxing joined the uh officially joined box summer in 2008, when russia’s two-time aid champion sophia ochigava won her weight category uh the 2015 edition of boxing was a preparation event that they used for the european games of the first ever european games and reached the number a record number of participants for that.
That’S where we saw stars such as amira pokkman, who we were watching earlier this week.
Out of finland, gabrielle escobar from spain, naomi graham from the us again, we were watching earlier this week as well sammy lee from wales uh.
You know they all won titles in the last couple years, uh a couple of key facts about the tournament.
Here we’ve got we’re going to be seeing 127 boxers.
That’S going to be split between 80 men and 47 women uh the men’s lightweight category or 63.
Kilogram is going to be the largest weight category that is going to be taking place at this particular tournament.
The left 15 boxers participating in that uh following nations are competing at the 35th annual box and we’ve got belgium, chile, denmark, ecuador, france, india, italy, kazakhstan, lithuania, monaco, morocco, panama, puerto rico, romania, russia, spain and the united states of america.
So today is just the preliminary fights, as i mentioned, uh they’re, actually going on as we speak.
So if you’re interested in seeing some uh preliminary action, uh feel free after we’re done here to hop over.
I believe the aipa is posting like links to the live stream on their facebook, page uh.
So one of the things that you and i have been talking about graham over the course of the last week on the heels of australia, has been uh.
How strong is showing we’ve been seeing from the indian team? Uh the indian boxing federation and boxing looks like it’s gon na be no different again six time world champion mc mary, calm, uh is going to be spearheading a 14-member indian boxing team at this tournament.
So strong showing from the indians besides mary comb, the team also has a commonwealth game, silver medalist, manish, 63 kilograms.
Again now the do are the highlight of the indian team and they’re set to make a return for the first time since the asian olympic qualifiers, which were held just about a year ago now in jordan.
So, first time, they’re stepping in the ring uh, the indian team is also going to is going to consist in total of eight men and six women, including nine of which, who have already qualified for the tokyo olympics.
So what we’re seeing here, uh from the indian side, is they’ve already got a bunch of their guys, have already qualified here so they’re, taking some of the younger boxers and they’re getting them that international experience and uh they’re they’re keeping they’re keeping their boxers smart they’re.
Keeping them sharp they’re, keeping them trained, they’re keeping them on their toes as opposed to resting them up for tokyo at this point in time, but we’re not seeing guys like deepak kumar and that who just fought obviously last week he’s not either again they’re, not hopping Flights to uh to spain for this one, but i’m going to be watching this over the next quarter.
Finals are tomorrow: semi-finals are going to be taking place thursday and friday.
We should be have some coverage of the finals themselves, so i’m excited because that means lots more boxing for me to watch uh.
Unlike stranger, though, who, i believe the olympic committee were hosting on their website, the olympic committee is not hosting these webcasts, so the olympic channel itself is not uh is not putting this one up uh.
They did run a story on this tournament uh about a week ago, just mentioning that it was coming up, but i was checking this morning and didn’t see any live broadcasts coming from the uh from the olympic channel.
Um, there’s always the possibility that they may only be doing the finals they weren’t doing uh every day of the strata tournament either the preliminaries, i don’t believe they covered so there’s a possibility that may just be coming down the pipeline.
But if you’re looking to see the prelim action right now, you can find it through the international boxing association’s facebook.
Page they’ll have links to live streams there.
Okay, all right, fair enough! We’Ll put that in our comment section thanks: uh! Does that wrap us up for today, uh? Well, that’s the big news.
That’S the in the world of amateur boxing! That’S what’s going on right now, in our run up to the olympics is the big news is boxing now that uh strand is finally behind us? That’S awesome, that’s uh, fantastic news.
Quite frankly, i mean we had made mention of the spanish tournament last week.
This is great to get details and to find out that they’re streaming live and i’m looking forward to seeing who’s what countries are participating.
Who’S got the the finalists that are making these podiums, because i’m telling i’m really looking forward to tokyo, i think it’s going to be a great event.
Anyone who’s got the time to watch.
Some of these uh bouts really should take the time because it is a it is a different game, and we’ve talked about this many times than the professionals as it’s going to be more based on speed and scoring than it is about trying to really.
Just to stagger and knock your opponent down or control the pace of the fight, and things like that that they’re, judging you on in a pro match versus an amateur match, but also because we don’t necessarily especially here in the west.
We don’t always get, and we’ve talked about this before as well.
We don’t get the news all the time uh about things like what’s happening in the indian boxing federation.
What are the kha’zix up to? What are the uh? What are the bulgarians up to um and we’re seeing from these other tournaments that are happening uh now that people are starting to pay a bit more attention because it is an olympic year? You know we’re seeing big fights, we’re seeing names.
You know we don’t get over on this side, we’re seeing some world-class boxing, so anyone who doesn’t want to be completely in the lurch come tokyo uh.
The best thing i can recommend is to get online watch some of these replays from stranger watch the uh.
You know watch what’s going on this week in spain, you can find the bouts from the qualifiers that have already taken place, and you know familiarize yourself with the you know the names of some of these fighters, because some of these people are contenders and you wouldn’t Necessarily know if you’re just going in going alright who’s fighting for my country and then going.
Oh, we came in 22nd.
You know like if you want to have a decent idea of what’s going to be going on in the actual tournament when we get down to you know the big show so to speak.
The best thing i can recommend is watching some of these other internationals that are going on in the run-up to the olympics.
Right thanks very much christian.
I appreciate that report and i’m sure our viewers do as well.
I said it’s great to see these tournaments going on it’s great to see the run-up.
It’S gearing up to tokyo, the more i see on the tokyo front by the way, confirmation every day, uh the more and more pieces of the puzzle being put in place to hold that event in tokyo.
There are some athletes who are choosing not to go to tokyo because they’re scared of getting uh.
You know the coronavirus, but at the end of the day it seems like a lot of people gearing up and there’s more people going than not.
In my humble opinion, yeah we’re seeing positive stories every day from various sports federations outside of the boxing world that have been really positive as well.
Well good! Well, thanks! Very much for your report.
Appreciate it and we’ll see you tomorrow, remember yeah, we’ll chat a little bit more about boxing tomorrow and we’ll i’ll.
Let you know how the quarters are starting to shape up and again we’ll get a little deeper into it closer to the end of the week.
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