Finland’s strong women duo Mira Potkonen and Elina Gustafsson won the titles in the Tammer Tournament20 November 2017
The prestigious Tammer Tournament was held in the city of Tampere where eleven champions have been crowned in the 38th edition at the Pyynikkin Sports Hall which is the traditional venue of the strong international event. Finland’s strong women duo Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist Mira Potkonen and Elina Gustafsson both won the titles in the Tammer Tournament.
The first edition of the Tammer Tournament was held in 1977 and since then several stars competed in the competition. Tampere hosted the 1993 AIBA World Boxing Championships and the city is one of the capital of Finland’s boxing life.
Finland’s best woman boxer Mira Potkonen achieved bronze in the Astana 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and following that she repeated that performance in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The women competition of the Tammer Tournament was held in Round Robin format therefore all of the four boxers at the lightweight (60kg) had three contests in Tampere. Finland’s Mira Potkonen won all of her bouts and she defeated also Romania’s Lacramioara Perijoc which was the best contest of the female part of the event.
Finland’s second top female athlete Elina Gustafsson was bronze medallist at the welterweight (69kg) in the Astana 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and moved up to the Olympic middleweight (75kg). The 25-year-old Finnish boxer dominated all of her contests including the top one against Germany’s Baku 2015 European Games silver medallist Sarah Scheurich.
Scotland’s Aqeel Ahmed won several international AOB events in the recent two years and he proved he is enough strong to defend his throne in the Tammer Tournament. The Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships competitor Scotsman moved up to the flyweight (52kg) this time where he defeated his teammate Reece McFadden who was amazing in the Commonwealth Games three years ago where he claimed bronze medal.
France’s Jordan Rodriguez was member of their youth national team in 2013 and in 2014 but he did a real breakthrough in the elite age group this year. The 21-year-old French bantamweight (56kg) boxer defeated Ireland’s Myles Casey in the semi-final and continued his winning path against Finland’s Wael Al-Khaghani.
The lightweight (60kg) gold medal was achieved by Welshmen Michael McDonagh who was too strong for Ireland’s George Bates in the final. England’s Conor Loftus moved back to the light welterweight (64kg) this year and his strong performance in the Season VII of the World Series of Boxing gave him confidence in the Tammer Tournament. The Englishman had a close victory over Ireland’s Wayne Kelly in the semi-final and repeated his strong attacking performance in the final against France’s 19-year-old Yanis Mehah.
England’s next gold medal was achieved by Cyrus Pattinson who competed in the World Series of Boxing and also in the qualification events before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The English welterweight (69kg) boxer spent only a short time in the ring when his final opponent Ireland’s Kieran Molloy injured.
Sweden’s Mariusz Gnas joined to the elite age group last year and after his youth titles he won his first ever Tammer Tournament at the middleweight (75kg) in 2016. Sweden’s No.1 advanced to the final of the event once again but this time Ireland’s EUBC European Youth Champion 19-year-old Michael Nevin was better than him.
Scotland’s Scott Forrest achieved silver in the 2012 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and after a few years of experiences in the elite level he was able to defeat all of his promising opponents in Tampere. The 23-year-old Scottish boxer was too strong for Lithuania’s Tomas Olberkis, Romania’s EUBC European U22 Champion Paul Andrei Aradoaie and Croatia’s EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships silver medallist Toni Filipi at the heavyweight (91kg).
Bulgaria’s EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships bronze medallist Petar Belberov performed also well in the 38th Tammer Tournament at the weekend. The 27-year-old super heavyweight (+91kg) boxer defeated Germany’s EUBC European U22 Champion Peter Kadiru and Ireland’s Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships competitor Dean Gardiner in the final phases of the event.