Catalonia wins the Spanish Men’s Amateur Boxing Championships

Gabriel Escobar FEB The team from Catalonia has revalidated the title of team champion, which it already achieved last yea

Gabriel Escobar


The team from Catalonia has revalidated the title of team champion, which it already achieved last year in Palencia, in the men’s competition of the 94th Edition of the Spanish Olympic Boxing Championships that was held at the Wssell Municipal Pavilion in Guimbarda de Cartagena. The Catalan squad thus joins the Madrid team, which won the women’s title on Friday.

In the finals, Catalonia has achieved four victories, in charge of Thomas Slavick Castejon (-51kg), Michael Sancho (-75kg), William Palau (-92kg) and alex leutaud (-92kg). In addition, he also managed to include three other men in this round who had to settle for silver: José Rachón, who fell to the Valencian Alexander Reyes in -48 kg, Víctor Hurtado, defeated by the talented Saber Majouti (-67 kg) and Sebastián Pinoargote, who saw how victory eluded him in his duel against Sergio Martinez (Valencian Community) in -71 kg. This was the most anticipated final and, without a doubt, it lived up to expectations.

The Madrid team won the victories of Gabriel Escobar (-54 kg), who has been intractable throughout the tournament, and Juan Pantoja (-57 kg), who in another great fight got rid of Raúl Escudero from Navarra, one of the sensations of the week. At -86 kg, Andy Tamayo, also from Madrid, controlled the fight until an injury in the third and final round benefited the canary Diop Niang Makhtar.

The other three individual winners corresponded to three different Communities and all of them are linked to the national team. Paul Coy (-80 kg), representative of the Region of Murcia, was superior to the Galician David Álvarez, the Basque Oier Ibarretxe prevailed at -63.50 kg and savior flowers (Andalusia), was superior to a good Carlos Martínez (Valencian Community), in a clash in -60 kg of men with an extraordinary future.

This put the finishing touch to a brilliant edition of the Championships, corresponding to the Centenary of the Spanish Boxing Federation, which will be held at the end of August.

“I think that this year, and despite the fact that our Championships have coincided with the Mediterranean Games, there has been a quality not seen in a long time. And that is a symptom of the rise of our boxing that, surely, will end up exploding in the coming years “added Felipe Martínez, president of the Spanish Boxing Federation.