Sthélyne Grosy, the blue light – French Boxing Federation

Sthélyne Grosy, the blue light – French Boxing Federation
Sthélyne Grosy, the blue light – French Boxing Federation

The Lyon United member was the only Tricolore of the day to win during the senior European championships taking place in Belgrade. Gloria d’Almeida and Soheb Bouafia were, in fact, eliminated, respectively in the eighth and quarter-finals.

“Sthélyne Grosy delivered a great performance

For her return to the forefront after a year 2023 marked by injuries, Sthélyne Grosy (-57 kg) pulled out all the stops and triumphed in style (5-0) over the Irish Michaela Walsh, qualified for the Olympic Games in Paris ! “She put in a great performanceconfirms Elias Friha, national coach in charge of the youth women’s collective. She perfectly applied the planned tactical plan, namely relying on her liveliness and arm speed in order to surprise the Briton who is waiting a lot. However, Sthélyne did not let herself fall asleep. On the contrary, she was very effective while in the third round, she boxed on her legs to put the Irishwoman in the wind. » What the Francilienne has produced can only encourage optimism: “She really has great potential and surprises us almost every time.assures Elias Friha,. The fact of having beaten a client from the start will give her confidence for the rest of the competition. »

“Gloria does not have to be ashamed of her defeat”

Although dominated (5-0) by the Russian Iulia Chumgalakova, Gloria d’Almeida (-48 kg) produced an appreciable performance. “It started very strong, in line with the strategy we had put in placeconfirms Elias Friha. Namely, keep the center of the ring and impose her rhythm, which she did very well by using her front arm in particular to prepare her attacks or counterattack by delivering several blows, starting with her rear arm to the extent that the Russian is left-handed. Gloria hit her very clearly but, to our great surprise, she was given the loser at the end of the first round, which conditioned the appearance of the match. In the next one, even if she was a little less precise and despite less good timing, she continued to hurt Iulia Chumgalakova who then bet on her movements and… won the round. So much so that Gloria had difficulty managing her emotions and initially her frustration. She tried everything, making mistakes, including throwing herself and throwing her hands down. » However, what the French champion showed is encouraging in the eyes of the national coach: “She does not have to be ashamed of her defeat even if she has things to correct, in particular her propensity to defend by moving back in the axis and therefore putting herself in danger instead of going out laterally or taking a side step . »

Soheb Bouafia did what he could against better people than him”

In front of the Russian Muslim Gadzhimagomedov, double world champion and Olympic vice-champion, Soheb Bouafia (-92 kg) did not have the easy part, to put it mildly. His elimination (5-0) is therefore nothing infamous. “There was no miracle although, in my eyes, he won the first round thanks to his clean touches, especially with his back armestimates Malik Bouziane, national coach responsible for the men’s sector. But then he was overtaken by the speed and mobility of the Russian who, moreover, systematically finished the actions. The game plan was to stick him to prevent him from deploying his long segments and fighting from a distance. Soheb did what he could. There are no regrets because he came across someone better than him. »

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