Mira Potkonen returned with gold medal at the Tammer Tournament where Austria and Monaco also won titles22 October 2018
The 39th edition of the Tammer Tournament continued with 19 contests in two sessions in the second competition day at the Pyynikkin Sports Hall in Tampere. Finland’s No.1 Mira Potkonen defeated all of her rivals in Tampere where Monaco and Austria were also among the countries which claimed gold in the Tammer Tournament.
Besides to the 10 men’s weight classes according to the AIBA rules the Tammer Tournament was held also as women’s invitational elite competition at the lightweight (60kg) and welterweight (69kg) in Round Robin format. The first edition of the Tammer Tournament was held in 1977 and Tampere hosted the 1993 edition of the AIBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships and the European Men’s Elite Boxing Championships in 2000.
Finland’s best woman boxer EUBC European Women’s Champion and Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist Mira Potkonen defeated France’s Amina Zidani, Sweden’s 20-year-old Stephanie Thour and stopped Ukraine’s veteran Iulia Tsyplakova at the women’s lightweight (60kg) in the recent three days. Potkonen’s three successes meant she was crowned in the category which was her last preparation event before the start of the upcoming AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.
The second women’s gold medal was secured by a Ukrainian boxer Anna Lysenko who won the title of the welterweight (69kg) in the absence of Finland’s EUBC European Women’s Champion Elina Gustafsson. The talented Ukrainian amazon defeated France’s promising Emilie Sonvico and Norway’s 20-year-old Madeleine Angelsen in the Tammer Tournament winning the title of the competition.
The first gold medal among the men boxers was acquired by Scotland’s Aqeel Ahmed who qualified for the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships and had enough experiences to win his next Tammer Tournament title after beating Philippines’ Ramel Macado in the final of the light flyweight (49kg). Philippines’ Marvin Tabamo eliminated Hungary’s Istvan Szaka and dominated his final against Estonia’s Kirill Serikov at the men’s flyweight (52kg).
France’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Enzo Grau eliminated Philippines’ Ryan Boy Moreno in the semi-finals and met with another 19-year-old boxer Finland’s Masi Jurvanen in the final of the bantamweight (56kg). The French teenager knew his local opponent from their youth competitions and used his excellent footwork to keep the safest distance and win the final in Tampere.
Monaco’s 20-year-old Hugo Micallef won the first group of the light welterweight (64kg) following his close success over Austria’s Daniel Janicijevic. Scotland’s new sensation Sean Spence defeated strong rivals during his road for the gold medal bout of the second group of the light welterweight (64kg) but Brazil’s Wanderson De Oliveira was too experienced for him in the final.
Sweden’s 19-year-old Billy Liljeqvist impressed at the welterweight (69kg) but for the title he suffered a loss to Brazil’s Luiz F. Da Silva and took silver medal in Tampere. Finland’s 21-year-old Muhammad Abdilrasoon was also a strong hopeful at the middleweight (75kg) and marched to the final but Brazil’s Hebert Carvalho Souza was effective in their meeting and the local favourite claimed finally silver medal on home soil.
Austria’s Umar Dzambekov eliminated Sweden’s WSB boxer Liridon Nuha in the semi-final and of the light heavyweight (81kg) and controlled his final against Finland’s Santeri Laine winning his country’s lone gold in Tampere. The last gold medal of the Tammer Tournament was taken by France’s Mourad Aliev who had enough skills to beat Finland’s 20-year-old Antti Lehmusvirpi in the final of the super heavyweight (+91kg).