Busenaz Surmeneli continued her unbeaten path in the Belgrade Winner Tournament

01 May 2018 News

The EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships has just finished in Roseto degli Abruzzi but there is not any stop in the continent’s boxing life and another important competition was held in the recent days. The Belgrade Winner Tournament was taking place in the Serbian capital where Turkey, Brazil, Russia, India, and Serbia were the best nations.

The Belgrade Winner Tournament is one of the most traditional European boxing competitions, the 56th edition was held in their capital city in the recent days. The Serbian Boxing Federation is active in the European boxing map hosting five big international events every year.

The first edition of the Belgrade Winner Tournament was held in 1962. Among the top athletes of the recent decade Kazakhstan’s Olympic Champion Daniyar Yeleussinov, France’s AIBA World Champion Sofiane Oumiha, Russia’s Nikita Ivanov, France’s Alexis Vastine also won gold medals in Belgrade.

The local organizers divided the participants into two parts in several weight classes because the competition was held under four days and the number of the boxers was more than 16 in those categories. Twenty-three champions including ten women have been crowned in the Belgrade Winner Tournament in Serbia.

Turkey’s Ayse Cagirir joined to the national team in 2013 and attended in several international events but her gold medal at the Belgrade Winner Tournament is a big success for her. Turkey’s best woman light flyweight (48kg) boxer specialized to beat Russian boxers in Belgrade where she was too quick for Pavlina Lyzhova and Yulia Chumgalakova during her road to the gold medal.

Serbia’s Andjela Brankovic moved up to the bantamweight (54kg) since her last international event and she was able to win the first gold medal for the host country in Belgrade. The young Serbian talent eliminated Russia’s EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion Anastasia Artamonova in the semi-final and continued her winning path against India’s Jamuna Boro in the gold medal contest.

Russia’s Vera Slugina attended already in the 2007 edition of their Women’s National Championships which meant she was one of the most experienced boxers in the whole competition. Slugina, who claimed bronze medal in the 2009 EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships, defeated Scotland’s Lynn Calder in the final of the women’s light welterweight (64kg).

Busenaz Surmeneli is a superb talented woman boxer in the European continent who won the Taipei 2015 AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships, the 2016 EUBC European Confederation Women’s Youth Boxing Championships and the last EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships one month ago. Following these strong results she defeated Russia’s Anna Anfinogenova and South Korea’s strong attacker Seon Su Jin in the final stages of the women’s middleweight (75kg).

Turkey’s Elif Guneri claimed bronze medal in the Astana 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and she is aiming for the title in the upcoming EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships. The Turkish light heavyweight (81kg) boxer defeated another experienced athlete Russia’s Liubov Yusupova in the final of the Belgrade Winner Tournament overcoming her rival’s attacks with perfect timing.

Turkey’s 29-year-old Onur Sipal is member of the national elite team since 2006 and he had plenty of experiences in the previous major events. The two-time Olympian Turkish boxer was in top shape in Belgrade and defeated South Korea’s Asian Games silver medallist Lim Hyun Chul in the semi-final and Russia’s Tural Kuliyev in the gold medal bout of the welterweight (69kg).

Serbia’s Trifun Dasic returned to the world of boxing last year after a long break and won a valuable silver medal at the Bosnia & Herzegovina International Cup on March. The Serbian middleweight (75kg) boxer reached his career highlight in the Belgrade Winner Tournament where he was too strong for Algeria’s Azzouz Boudia and France’s National Champion Bengoro Bamba in his last two contests.

France’s Montana Belts Tournament winner Mourad Aliev attended at the recent Tammer Tournament in Finland which was his first big event our of his country. The French super heavyweight (+91kg) boxer marched into the finals of the Belgrade Winner Tournament where he was slightly better than Serbia’s national team member Vladan Babic. The final verdict was split decision to Aliev who celebrated his title after the last gong.

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