Denmark’s Melissa Mortensen won her debuting elite bout in the first day of the Ahmet Comert Tournament15 January 2020
The World Cup of Petroleum Countries Tournament and the Balkan Boxing Championships closed the year of 2019 in the European boxing map. The Balkan Boxing Championships have been held in Turkey and their capital is the first venue in the new year with the traditional Ahmet Comert Tournament. The Danish boxers as Frederik Lundgaard Jensen and teenage talent Melissa Mortensen both started strongly in Istanbul.
The Ahmet Comert Tournament was launched in 1986 and the competition was also an Olympic Qualification Event in 1999. The Turkish Boxing Federation hosted the event in the recent years for juniors and youth boxers in a few times but in the Olympic year the Ahmet Comert Tournament is an elite competition once again.
Bout of the day
Turkey is attending in the Ahmet Comert Tournament with big team, all of their top athletes decided to compete before the main event of the year. Their female team is strong, one of the best ones in the European continent and the competition is a selection tournament between them. Esra Yildiz attended at the featherweight (57kg) last year but after those experiences she decided to move back to her original division to the lightweight (60kg). The 23-year-old Turkish girl had a tough opponent as first, EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships bronze medallist Sema Caliskan. In the local battle Yildiz used her speed to catch her strong rival and won the bout of the day in Istanbul.
Surprise of the day
Morocco’s Yassin Elouarz was AFBC African Youth Champion and qualified for the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships but he is spending his first year among the elite boxers. The 19-year-old Moroccan moved up to the middleweight (75kg) but he adopted the strength of the category very quickly. Elouarz surprised Algeria’s nine-year older Sofiane Tabi in the first round and his stamina was enough to eliminate his more experienced neighbouring rival.
Belarus did not find the best option in the top international events at the bantamweight (57kg) and their coaches are using the Ahmet Comert Tournament as test between their best ones before the start of the European Olympic Qualification Event. Their two athletes met each other in the first round of the weight class and Anton Chernamaz was slightly better than his teammate Dzmitry Dziashkevich in a neutral environment.
Denmark’s Frederik Lundgaard Jensen has been attending in the international stages since 2011 when he was a 15-year-old junior. The Danish No.1 qualified for the Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships and impressed in high number of international tournaments. Jensen and his coaching staff decided to move down to the bantamweight (57kg). The 24-year-old Danish boxer used his longer reach to keep the control against Algeria’s Oussama Mordjane and advanced to the next stage of the competition.
Denmark’s new female elite team member Melissa Mortensen has been selected to attend in the Ahmet Comert Tournament by national head coach Mr. Thomas Kyo. The 18-year-old boxer just joined to the elite age group but she did not look nervous in her first international tournament. Mortensen earned high number of medals as junior and youth and she proved her high potential against Turkey’s Elif Nur Turhan in the opening bout of the event. The Danish teenager was stronger, tactically she looked more prepared and eliminated her Turkish opponent in her debuting contest among the elite boxers.