Finland’s teenager Pihla Kaivo-Oja opened the Tammer Tournament with a nice success22 January 2022
The 41st Tammer Tournament opened the European boxing calendar with its first competition day which took place in Tampere, Finland. Finland’s teenage talent Pihla Kaivo-Oja defeated her experienced Norwegian opponent on Day1 when Wales’ Taylor Bevan and England’s Aaron Bowen are both impressed.
The Tammer Tournament took place in the months of October and November in the previous decades but the organizers moved the event this time to January. The annual Tammer Tournament is a combination of Round Robin and a normal competition with the participation of 37 boxers. Despite of the hard situation, the governmental decisions and some restrictions, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, Finland, England, Wales and the Netherlands sent their boxers to the 41st Tammer Tournament.
The venue of the traditional competition is the Pyynikki Sports Hall as in the previous years. The competition was planning to be held in two female and eleven male weight categories in Tampere. The host of the tournament is the local boxing association and one of our experienced Technical Delegates, Ms. Anna Laukkanen is the organizer. The Tammer Tournament returned to the boxing agenda after two years of break due to the Covid-19 pandemic following the last edition was held in November 2019.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, the vaccination check, wearing masks and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Finland avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the new edition of the Tammer Memorial Tournament.
The bout of the day
The Welsh team has been preparing to the Commonwealth Games with full speed which multisport event will be held in the end of July. Following Garan Croft’s success, another 20-year-old Welsh hope, Taylor Bevan had to step into the ring against another super talented opponent, Gradus Kraus of the Netherlands. Both light heavyweight (80kg) boxers were born in 2001 and impressed in the previous U22 and elite international tournaments. The Dutch talent could not make a superb preparation due to the restrictions in their country but he was highly competitive for Bevan in Tampere. Kraus is a tall and very tough boxer but the Welsh talent found the best attacking angles against him in a fantastic fight.
England’s Joseph Tyers is a new hope in their national team who attended at the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in 2021 and won international elite tournaments as well. The young light welterweight (63.5kg) boxer met with another U22 level hope, Sweden’s Hampus Broman in the first day of boxing. The Swedish boxer had tough preparations in the recent months but Tyers had the better punches in their meeting and the English boy won the second bout of the Tammer Tournament.
The Norwegian team caused several surprises in the Belgrade 2021 AIBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships and they arrived to the Tammer Tournament with their best elite boxers. Mindaugas Gedminas competed already at the Minsk 2019 European Games and he was better in all aspects of boxing than Estonia’s Maksim Ljubimov at the middleweight (75kg). His teammate, Don Emini did not find the best fighting distance against Wales’ Garan Croft and lost to his talented opponent at the light middleweight (71kg).
England’s Aaron Bowen had a fantastic year in 2017 when he won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games. After four years of hard training, he received the right to attend in the U22 and elite competitions in 2021 representing Team England. The English boy arrived to Tampere in top shape and he spent only a short time in the ring against a Lithuanian opponent, Robertas Liorancas. Bowen landed powerful punches and the ringside doctor stopped the light heavyweight (80kg) contest due to the injury of the Lithuanian boxer.
Finland’s Pihla Kaivo-Oja was quarter-finalist at Kielce 2021 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and she proved her talent in the recent competitions. She will be turning to 20 later this year but had enough international experiences already to keep the control against a dangerous rival in the first bout of the women’s light flyweight (50kg). The Finnish teenager gained the control immediately against Norway’s Francine Lukungu Ahadi who won the gold medal at the 2021 Silesian Women’s Open Tournament. Kaivo-Oja won the bout by unanimous decision while Sweden’s Tove Lundberg defeated Finland’s Maria Mehtala in the second bout of this weight class.