Sweden’s great day in the Tammer Tournament20 October 2018
The 39th edition of the Tammer Tournament started with 16 contests in the first competition day at the Pyynikkin Sports Hall in Tampere. Sweden’s young team started well in the men’s part of the Tammer Tournament and Finland’s star Mira Potkonen also began her campaign with a success in Tampere.
Besides to the 10 men’s weight classes according to the AIBA rules the Tammer Tournament will be 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 EUBC European Women’s Champion and Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist Mira Potkonen recovered from her illness but she had to do her very best to beat France’s Amina Zidani in her opening contest in Tampere. In the same lightweight (60kg) Ukraine’s veteran Iulia Tsyplakova used up all of her experiences to beat Sweden’s Stephanie Thour in the opening day of the Tammer Tournament.
Norway’s EUBC European Confederation Women’s Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Madeleine Angelsen is only 20 but she is her country’s No.1 in female boxing. The young Norwegian moved up to the welterweight (69kg) and defeated such strong opponent as France’s Emilie Sonvico who claimed silver medal in the Boxam Women’s Tournament three weeks ago.
Another Norwegian boxer Hadi Srour shined also in the first competition day of the Tammer Tournament in Tampere. Srour, who qualified for the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships, landed a lethal combination against Philippines’ Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament bronze medallist Sugar Rey Ocana and delivered the first KO success in the event spending a short time in the ring.
Following Srour’s KO success at the light welterweight (64kg) another young hope Brazil’s Wanderson Oliveira performed superbly in that division and eliminated France’s National Champion Yanis Mehah. Sweden’s 19-year-old Billy Liljeqvist had good results in the youth level but he quickly adopted the strength of the elite competitions and triumphed over Austria’s Marcel Rumpler in his opening bout at the welterweight (69kg).
Finland’s Muhammad Abdilrasoon joined to the national team as a junior boxer in 2013 and his high number of international experiences paid off when he met with Norway’s Lithuanian-descent Mindaugas Gedminas at the middleweight (75kg). Scotland’s Darren Johnstone is also a future prospect in our sport but he stopped Estonia’s Deniss Kormilin winning his debuting contest by RSC.
Sweden’s Adam Chartoi is following his brother’s Leon’s footsteps and the 21-year-old middleweight (75kg) boxer proved his talent against Finland’s Joona Roth in the Tammer Tournament. His teammate Liridon Nuha attended in the Season VIII of the World Series Boxing and his skills were enough to beat Scotland’s favourite Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships competitor Sean Lazzerini at the light heavyweight (81kg).