The dream final between Erdemir and Asanau realized in the Ahmet Comert Tournament

18 January 2020 News

The strong Ahmet Comert Tournament continued with its third competition day in the Turkish capital in Istanbul where the crowd followed exciting contests. Turkey’s Tugrulhan Erdemir and Belarus’ Dzmitry Asanau are world class boxers and following both won their semi-finals, the dream final of the lightweight (63kg) has realized.

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 St. Petersburg 2016 AIBA Youth World Champion and EUBC European Youth Champion Tugrulhan Erdemir proved top performance at the lightweight (63kg) during his road to the semi-finals. The 20-year-old Turkish talent eliminated Algeria’s Yahia Abdelli in the quarter-finals and had to meet with another North African boxer in the event. Erdemir’s opponent was Morocco’s All Africa Games winner Abdelhaq Nadir who won several top fights in the recent one year. The Moroccan boxer was competitive for the Turkish youngster but Erdemir’s great finish was enough to beat Nadir on Day4. Erdemir will be meeting for the title of the Ahmet Comert Tournament with European Games winner Dzmitry Asanau of Belarus who had an exciting battle against Mongolia’s Chinzorig Baatarsukh in the second semi-final of the category.

Surprise of the day

Mongolia’s Byamba-Erdene Otgonbaatar competed at the welterweight (69kg) in the recent years and attended also at the Jakarta 2018 Asian Games. The Mongolian boxer moved up to the middleweight (75kg) and won their National Championships six weeks ago. Otgonbaatar was not the favourite against Turkey’s Serhat Guler but his exciting fighting spirit delivered the main surprise of the fourth competition day. The Mongolian boxer will be meeting for the gold medal with Kazakhstan’s Akzhol Abdikhan who eliminated Belarus’ Viktar Dziashkevich.

The Round-Up

Turkey’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist and European Games winner Busenaz Cakiroglu was too smart for Mongolia’s Altantsetseg Lutsaikhan in the semi-finals of the flyweight (51kg). Cakiroglu will be boxing for the gold with her teammate Hatice Akbas who defeated Algeria’s Roumaysa Boualem. Turkey’s another top female boxer AIBA Women’s World Champion Busenaz Surmeneli was also too strong for Denmark’s veteran Yvonne Baek Rasmussen.

Belarus’ Helina Bruyevich defeated also a Danish boxer, 18-year-old Melissa Mortensen and will be meeting for the gold of the women’s featherweight (57kg) with Turkey’s young talent Aycan Guldagi who had a clear success over Esra Ozyol. Turkey’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Sennur Demir dominated her fight against Algeria’s Ilhrak Chaib and will be boxing for the title with Mongolia’s Munkhbat Myagmarjargal who had a fantastic finish against Kazakhstan’s Marina Volnova.

Iran’s Omid Ahmadisafa won international tournaments especially in Kazakhstan in the recent years and following he moved up to the flyweight (52kg), he impressed in the Ahmet Comert Tournament. The 28-year-old Iranian eliminated Azerbaijan’s teenager Maksud Khasmetov on Day3 and he was still enough fresh to beat Turkey’s Samet Gumus in the semi-finals. Ahmadisafa will be boxing for the gold medal with Mongolia’s Enkhmandakh Kharkhuu who eliminated Morocco’s Said Mortaji.

Denmark’s Morten Givskov is a new addition to their top national team who is one of the strongest super heavyweight (+91kg) boxers in the Ahmet Comert Tournament. The 20-year-old Danish talent became an African specialist in the competition and advanced to the final. Following his success over Seychelles’ All Africa Games silver medallist Keddy Agnes and he eliminated Algeria’s Olympian veteran boxer Chouaib Bouloudinats as well.

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