APB boxer Marko Calic wins in Belgrade30 April 2015
The Belgrade Winner Tournament is also among Europe’s most prestigious boxing competitions as its current edition was the 53rd in the capital city of Serbia. The Belgrade Winner Tournament was a further preparation event for the European Games after the Great Silk Way Tournament and Montana Belts Tournament. Sixteen champions have been crowned in Belgrade where one of the best performance was delivered by Croatia’s Heavyweight class (91 kg) star Marko Calic who had two bouts in the APB as well.
Athlete of the tournament
Croatia’s Marko Calic was involved to the national squad in 2007 and he needed five years of experiences to reach the level of the top European boxers. He achieved a bronze medal in the 2012 AIBA European Olympic Qualifiers in Turkey and joined to the AIBA Professional Boxing (APB) in November.
Calic defeated a talented French boxer in the quarter-finals but after that triumph he did not give any chance to Netherlands’ Roy Korving who won the Gee Bee Tournament last month. His final opponent was Welshmen Kody Davies who took part in the 2012 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Yerevan and in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year. The Croatian boxer used up his previous experiences to control the final of the event and received the best boxer trophy in Belgrade.
Team of the tournament
Kazakhstan sent only six boxers to Belgrade but among them four have been crowned in the tournament. Bocskai Memorial Tournament winner 24-year-old Azat Makhmetov continued his winning path and defeated Moldova’s experienced Alexandru Riscan in the final of the Flyweight class (52 kg).
Zhanbolat Tilegenuly defeated a ten years older athlete Moldova’s Beijing 2008 Olympic Games bronze medallist Veaceslav Gojan in the final of the Bantamweight class (56 kg). The Moldovan boxer was involved to the national squad in 2002 when Tilegenuly was only 9 and began his boxing career.
Rustam Svayev was quarter-finalist in the 2009 AIBA World Boxing Championships in Milan but actually he is trying to regain his place in the top team of Kazakhstan. He had to meet in the final with Serbia’s Aleksandar Drenovak who is one of the most experienced boxer in the whole tournament but Svayev’s body punches destroyed the defense of the host nations pride. Kazakhstan’s fourth gold medal was delivered by Nurzhan Bekzatov who stopped Serbia’s Nemanja Stolic in the final.
Surprise of the tournament
France’s Sofiane Oumiha was bronze medallist in the 2012 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Yerevan, Armenia and during his youth and junior career he lost only two contests. The 21-year-old French Lightweight class (60 kg) boxer advanced to the final of the Belgrade Winner Tournament where he had to meet with Hungary’s two-time Olympian Miklos Varga but younger Oumiha was able to find the best tactic to beat the titleholder of the prestigious competition.
Ones to watch
Netherlands’ Enrico Le Cruz turned up in the European boxing map in 2011 as a youth boxer while he was able to reach the level of the top athletes last year. The 22-year-old boxer is member of the British Lionhearts WSB franchise and had more experiences than Scotland’s Josh Sandford in the final of the Group B of the Lightweight class (60 kg). The talented Dutch boxer dominated all of the rounds and won a further tournament title and also defeated Kazakhstan’s experienced Zhakshylyk Ilyasov in the quarter-finals. He is among the medal contenders of the upcoming EUBC European Continental Championships which will be a qualification event to the Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships.
Scotland’s first gold medal was achieved by their Light Flyweight class (48 kg) boxer Aqeel Ahmed while the second one was delivered by Scott Forrest. The talented Light Heavyweight class (81 kg) boxer was silver medallist in the 2012 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Yerevan and since then his speedness and strength turned into an upgraded level. The 21-year-old Scottish hope won the gold medal bout against Greece’s talented Polyneikis Kalamaras winning the contest by split decision.
Stat/fact of the tournament
The local organizers divided the participants into two parts in several weight classes because the competition was held under three days. The host country of the Belgrade Winner Tournament achieved one gold medal on home soil where Finland and Hungary could not get any title this time.
List of the winners in Belgrade
- 49 kg: Aqeel Ahmed, Scotland
- 52 kg: Azat Makhmetov, Kazakhstan
- 56 kg, Group A: Nikola Bukilica, Serbia
- 56 kg, Group B: Zhanbolat Tilegenuly, Kazakhstan
- 60 kg, Group A: Sofiane Oumiha, France
- 60 kg, Group B: Enrico Le Cruz, Netherlands
- 64 kg, Group A: Hadi Srour, Norway
- 64 kg, Group B: Dmitri Galagot, Moldova
- 69 kg: Vasilie Belous, Moldova
- 75 kg, Group A: Rustam Svayev, Kazakhstan
- 75 kg, Group B: Leon Chartoi, Sweden
- 81 kg, Group A: Suliman Abdourachidov, France
- 81 kg, Group B: Scott Forrest, Scotland
- 91 kg: Marko Calic, Croatia
- +91 kg, Group A: Maximilian Keller, Germany
- +91 kg, Group B: Nurzhan Bekzatov Kazakhstan