Potkonen, Oumiha, Shadalov, Machado and Cawley are among the top winners of the 40th Tammer Tournament

24 November 2019 News

The eleven finals and the two female bouts were in the official program of the third and last competition day at the 40thedition of the Tammer Tournament which was held in the city of Tampere, Finland. The Best Boxer Trophy was awarded to France’s AIBA World Champion Sofiane Oumiha, but among the winners Finland’s Mira Potkonen, Germany’s Hamsat Shadalov, Brazil’s Keno Marley Machado and England’s William Cawley all impressed.

The city of Tampere hosted already AIBA World Boxing Championships, European Boxing Championships and Olympic Qualification Event in the recent decades but their big brand is the Tammer Tournament which was launched still back in 1977.

The reputation of the competition is very high worldwide which are guaranteed the experienced organizers as Mr. Aarno Laukkanen and Ms. Anna Laukkanen. The Technical Delegate of the 40th Tammer Tournament was Mrs. Susanne Karrlander of Sweden. The competition was followed by the President of the Finnish Boxing Association Mr. Henrik Tavio and their Secretary General Mr. Marko Laine.

Sixteen nations attended in the 40th edition of the Tammer Tournament in Tampere: Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Saint Lucia, Sweden, Ukraine and Wales. The Caribbean island, Saint Lucia attended at the very first time in the history of the Tammer Tournament.

Bout of the day

France’s Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Champion and Rio 2016 Olympic Games silver medallist Sofiane Oumiha was one of the biggest names in the men’s part of the 40th Tammer Tournament. The French lightweight (63kg) boxed for the title against Brazil’s promising Wanderson Oliveira who is also among the best athletes in the world. Both boxers used the same style and waited for the best attacking angles patiently in their world class final fight. They produced world class of tactical game in Tampere in that strategy Oumiha was slightly better but the South American also proved his impressive talent. The final verdict was split decision in the favour of the French star who won his first tournament after the Yekaterinburg AIBA World Boxing Championships.

Surprise of the day

England’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Mohammed Harris Akbar did not use his beat weapon his speed well in the semi-finals of the welterweight (69kg) against Estonia’s Pavel Kamanin but he performed better in that aspect in the title contest. The 21-year-old English boxer was a hard target for France’s Rayane Yahia Berrouiguet and landed effective jabs. The French boxer tried to pressurize his English opponent in the second and attacked mostly near to the ropes to catch Akbar. The French succeeded and dominated the third round which meant he defeated another high ranked opponent after Brazil’s Luiz Fernando Da Silva in Tampere.

The Round-Up

The finals started with the men’s flyweight (52kg) where Germany’s Rio 2016 Olympian Hamza Touba and England’s EUBC European U22 Boxing Championships bronze medallist William Cawley met for the first gold medal of the 40thTammer Tournament. The 28-year-old German boxer used his speed to avoid the English attacks and he launched effective counter-attacks from longer range. Touba attacked more in the second round but it was much better for the 22-year-old English and Cawley came back with good shots. The final decision was depended on their performance in the third round when the younger English has done enough to win their narrow fight in Tampere.

Germany’s second finalist was Minsk 2019 European Games quarter-finalist Hamsat Shadalov who moved back to the bantamweight (57kg) in the recent weeks and arrived to Tampere to increase his experiences in the category. Shadalov’s final opponent was France’s tough Samuel Kistohurry who eliminated Finland’s best male boxer Arslan Khataev in the semi-finals. The German progressed in the whole tournament step by step and started the first round with excellent footwork. The French was never stop attacking but the German used better technique to land punches and defeated Kistohurry in the second final.

Germany’s Silvio Schierle eliminated Finland’s Muhammad Abdilrasoon in the semi-finals of the middleweight (75kg) in the battle of the 1997 born boxers. Following that success, the German had to meet with Sweden’s best male boxer Adam Chartoi who was slightly better than England’s EUBC European Youth Champion Mark Dickinson in the semi-finals. Chartoi was also born in 1997 and knew his German opponent’s strengths and weaknesses and he worked well in the first round. Schierle changed his rhythm in the second round and turned back their fight delivering Germany’s second gold medal in Tampere.

Brazil’s Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games winner Keno Marley Machado quickly involved to their elite national team and he is one of the best light heavyweight (81kg) talents in the world. The 19-year-old Brazilian, who had already more than 100 bouts in the bag, met for the title of the event with Wales’ No.1 Commonwealth Games winner Sammy Lee who is also a strong future hope in our sport. Machado was technically better than the 20-year-old Welshmen and won all of the rounds in each scorecard.

Four top boxers attended in the women’s lightweight (60kg) which was held in Round Robin Format in Tampere which means all of the participants had three fights. Finland’s boxing icon Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist and two-time EUBC European Women’s Champion Mira Potkonen defeated Italy’s Francesca Amato and Brazil’s 19-year-old Rebecca Lima Santos in the first two competition days. Finland’s star began the first round strongly against Poland’s EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships silver medallist Aneta Rygielska and landed high number of jabs. Potkonen enjoyed her last fight in the front of the home crowd and defeated his third rival unanimously.

Brazil’s Abner Teixeira Junior claimed bronze medal in the Lima 2019 Panamerican Games and won the title of the Grand Prix Usti nad Labem this year. The Brazilian heavyweight (91kg) boxer is a strong puncher who met for the gold medal with Germany’s Ammar Abduljabbar. The 23-year-old Brazilian tried to use his massive height advantage against the attacking German from the first seconds. Teixeira Junior’s tactic worked well almost all periods of their fight and claimed Brazil’s second gold medal in Tampere.

England’s former WSB boxer Solomon Dacres is a strong super heavyweight (+91kg) hope who had a tough but winning fight against France’s Djamili Dini Aboudou Moindze in the final of the Tammer Tournament. Sweden’s Adel Belalia won title of Group B at the welterweight (69kg) following his clear success over Finland’s Jamil Elo. In the very last bout of the whole Tammer Tournament Norway’s Alborz Sabet defeated Finland’s Santeri Laine in the final of the Group B of the middleweight (75kg).

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