German Eagles vs. British Lionhearts this Saturday, February 23rd
Lausanne, Switzerland, 19 February 2013 – This Saturday 23 February (20:00 local time) sees a strong German Eagles line-up ready and eager to pit its wits against the visiting British Lionhearts in an exciting Group B match at the Kuppelsaal Congress Centrum. With the home team’s hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages having been extinguished after defeat against USA last time around, Germany are now boxing for pride. With a long sporting rivalry between these two nations, the action is sure to be gripping after the Eagles nominated Youth Olympic Champion Artur Bril, 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Veaceslav Gojan and 2012 Olympian Stefan Härtel to take to the canvas.
After suffering a surprise defeat in his last World Series of Boxing (WSB) outing, 29-year-old Moldovan sensation Gojan will be hell-bent on claiming his fourth victory of the season when he meets the Lionhearts’ unbeaten Welshman Sean McGoldrick at Bantamweight (50-54kg). Gojan recorded the knockout of the season in week five when he sent Italia’s Parrinello crashing to the canvas twice within the first round with two huge left hooks so we know that he can take out anyone with one punch. McGoldrick, 21, has found himself in the shadow of his compatriot Andrew Selby in this category but he is more than a reliable deputy and has proved his can compete with the very best out there.
2010 was Bril’s year after the now 21-year-old took the Youth Olympic title and won gold at the AIBA Youth World Championships. The transition to the elite level though has now been quite so smooth for the talented Lightweight (57-61kg) with him yet to make a real impression. His fight against Joseph Cordina, another undefeated Welshman, will be another opportunity to demonstrate that he is developing as scheduled as that he is ready to fulfil that early promise. The Lionhearts orthodox fighter faces a big test of his credentials against pedigree opposition.
Härtel was one of the most promising boxers in the competition last season when he began his WSB journey with two victories, but since then things have really not gone to plan and the 25-year-old is now on a four-fight losing streak. He should be regarded as favourite though in his Middleweight (68-73kg) showdown with Estonian bull Kaupo Arro but it will be far from straight forward.
At Light Heavyweight (80-85kg), it will be intriguing to see how the Eagles’ Xhek Paskali fares against three-time National British Champion Lawrence Osueke. The young German has struggled against some strong opposition but the noise coming from his corner is that he is learning fast. His experience should stand him in good stead against Osueke who will be making his WSB debut on Saturday night.
The Eagles will be unveiling their latest Heavyweight (91+kg) recruit in the ultimate contest of the night when 26-year-old Emir Ahmatovic takes to the ring to face Tongan Uaine Fa. An unknown quantity at this level, the German boxer will be weary of the 23-year-old orthodox Lionhearts fighter who boats a 4-2 record in the competition, with his two defeats coming against both the London 2012 Olympic Games Heavyweight finalists.
With second spot still in their sights, be sure that the British Lionhearts will be going all-out for the win. Germany have not quite reached the levels that were expected of them this season but with the atmosphere set to be electric in Hannover, expect it to be a match to remember.
Northern Quest Resort & Casino to Host the 2013-2016 USA Boxing National Championships
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Northern Quest Resort & Casino has signed a four-year deal to host the USA Boxing National Championships, the premier Olympic-style boxing event in the United States. The 2013 edition will take place March 30-April 6 with preliminary action at the Hub Sports Center, supported by the Spokane Sports Commission, and the semifinal and final round bouts taking place at Northern Quest. The first-class facility hosted the historic U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing in February of 2012.
Northern Quest did a fantastic job in hosting the first-ever U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing, bringing USA Boxing back to the facility for the organization’s key domestic event. “Northern Quest Resort & Casino is an excellent venue and their staff did a tremendous job with the historic Women’s Olympic Trials last year.” USA Boxing Executive Director Anthony Bartkowski. “This four-year agreement is the first of its kind for USA Boxing and we look forward to working with Northern Quest and the Spokane Sports Commission to put on first class events beginning with the 2013 USA Boxing National Championships.”
“We’re absolutely thrilled that USA Boxing selected our resort to host the National Championships annually from now until 2016,” said Phil Haugen, General Manager of Northern Quest. “Spokane continues to make a name for itself as the successful host of a variety of world-class sporting events. The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing held here last year in February were well received by our community and well attended by local, regional and national audiences. We value our partnership with USA Boxing and the Spokane Sports Commission, and we look forward to bringing the nation’s most talented female and male boxers back to Spokane.”
For the second straight year, the USA Boxing National Championships will be an open tournament in both the men’s and women’s divisions. The athletes will not need to qualify through their local and regional tournaments to compete in the event, as had been the case in the past.
For the first time, athletes are able to register online and online registration is currently taking place via USA Boxing’s website, www.usaboxing.org. The final tournament schedule will be announced following the completion of registration on March 22.
The male winners from the 2013 USA Boxing National Championships could win the opportunity to represent the United States in the 2013 AIBA World Championships in October. In both the men’s and women’s divisions, the USA Boxing National Championships will determine the international travel team for 2013.
As the first USA Boxing National Championships tournament of the new quadrennial, the event will showcase many of the athletes who will vie for berths in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 in both male and female Olympic-style action.
Tickets for preliminary, quarterfinal, semifinal and final bouts are on sale now. Prices range from $5 to $40 depending on the level of event. Early bird all-session passes are also available for $100 (until March 1, 2013). Tickets can be purchased online at www.northernquest.com or calling the Northern Quest Box Office at 1-877-871-6772.
Many of boxing’s greats got their start at USA Boxing National Championships, including: Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali), Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar de la Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., and Andre Ward.
USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing, is the United States’ member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).