Germany welcomes new young champions


The new German national champions line up 

The 87th German National Championships in Berlin were a celebration of young German talent as six boxers won titles for the first time. The 18-year-old Patrick Wojcicki (69kg) from Wolfsburg was named best technician of the tournament while Mark Abramowski (57kg) was chosen as best boxer. He beat Mario Spoerle in his final to take his second national title.

Meanwhile 23-year-old AIBA World Championship bronze medallist Ronny Beblik (51kg) beat the talented 18-year-old Hamza Touba on points in a close final, and World Military Games silver medallist Marcel Schneider (54kg) of Brandenburg beat 18-year-old German youth champion Edgar Walth to take his second national title.

Other winners included 22-year-old AIBA World Championships quarter-finalist Eugen Burhard (60kg) and 22-year-old David Müller (64kg) who caused the biggest upset of the tournament by beating Slawa Kerber of Niedersachsen in the final.

Meanwhile the 19-year-old AIBA Youth World Championships silver medallist Enrico Koelling (81kg), of whom there are high German hopes of a medal at next year's European Championships in Moscow,  continued his rise to the top of his division by winning one of the strongest weight categories in the championships.

The event, first held in 1920, took place at the Charlottenburg Sport Complex at the end of October. Unfortunately some of the biggest German names were missing, including AIBA world champion Jack Robert Culcay-Keth (69kg) and European bronze medallist Denis Makarov (54kg).