Olympian Unal and the Terteryan brothers impressed at the Ahmet Comert Tournament on Day216 January 2020
The traditional Ahmet Comert Tournament continued with its second competition day in the Turkish capital in Istanbul. Seventeen male contests were in the schedule which was divided into two sessions in the event. Turkey’s Rio 2016 Olympian Mehmet Nadir Unal returned in top shape while Denmark’s Terteryan brothers are also impressed on Day2.
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’s Mehmet Nadir Unal qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and after a few poor years he returned to the national team in top form. The 27-year-old light heavyweight (81kg) boxer is focusing to his next mission the European Olympic Qualification Event and the Ahmet Comert Tournament is an important step in this road. Unal is not a tall boxer in this weight class but he has pressurizing style from close distance and that tactic worked also against Morocco’s experienced Mohammed Assaghir. The North African boxer was competitive rival for Unal but the Turkish Olympian landed more punches in their contest.
Surprise of the day
Denmark’s Frederik Lundgaard Jensen and their new female elite team member Melissa Mortensen both won their fights in the opening day of the Ahmet Comert Tournament in Istanbul. Their next boxer in action was another teenage talent Nicolai Terteryan who joined to the elite age group on January 1. The Danish teenager had to meet with Kazakhstan’s Makhmut Al-Mukhamed who won already elite international tournaments. The 18-year-old Danish, who had Armenian roots, surprised the Kazakh boxer with his effectiveness and won their key contest at the lightweight (63kg). His twin brother Sebastian also succeeded on Day2 when he controlled all of the rounds against Belarus’ Vitali Murashka at the welterweight (69kg).
Morocco’s AFBC African Youth Champion Yassin Elouarz started his campaign with a surprise against Algeria’s Sofiane Tabi on Day1 but he was unable to repeat that performance in the next stage of boxing. The Moroccan teenager did not reach Turkey’s Serhat Guler and the local favourite had the advantage on the scorecards after three minutes of fights. The best Turkish middleweight (75kg) boxer had more than 20 contests last year and those experiences paid off against the North African talent.
Mongolia’s Otgonbaatar Byamba-Erdene moved up to the middleweight (75kg) in the recent weeks and claimed the title of their National Championships. The 24-year-old Mongolian had a more experienced Asian rival, Iran’s ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships bronze medallist Seyed Shahin Mousavi but he found the weak points of his opponent. Byamba-Erdene was better in the exchanges against the attacking Iranian and won the top battle of the Asians on Day2.
Belarus’ Dzmitry Dziashkevich suffered a loss in the opening day of the Ahmet Comert Tournament but his brother Viktar worked better on Session 3. Viktar Dziashkevich reached strong results in the U22 level and he is aiming for a place in the Belarusian elite national team to compete at the European Olympic Qualification Event. The middleweight (75kg) boxer controlled the first round against Somalia’s UK-based Mohamed Adan Ahmed and he could keep the same strong level until the final gong.
Strong names are attending at the heavyweight (91kg) in the Ahmet Comert Tournament and all of them advanced to the next round of boxing. Iran’s London 2012 Olympic Games quarter-finalist Ehsan Rouzbahani returned to the team and spent only short time in the ring against Somalia’s Abdirahmen Mohamed overwhelming his African rival. Azerbaijan’s new Cuban-descent boxer Osmay Bencomo Torres eliminated Morocco’s Younes Baala, while Kazakhstan’s Nurlan Sabirov and Algeria’s three-time Olympian Abdelhafid Benchabla also defeated their rivals on Day2.