The Turkish girls won four out of the five gold medals at the Ahmet Comert Tournament in Istanbul

19 January 2020 News

The first big event of the year the Ahmet Comert Tournament finished with the five female and eight male finals in the Turkish capital in Istanbul which was a preparation challenge before the Qualifications. Turkey claimed four out of the five female gold medals while the Mongolians are impressed in the male part of the competition. Belarus, Denmark, Algeria and Morocco were also among those nations which won at least one title in Istanbul.

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 Esra Yildiz had strong youth results in 2014 and following those successes, she was quickly involved to their national team. The Turkish boxer competed at the featherweight (57kg) in 2019 but she decided to moved back to her original category to the lightweight (60kg). The 22-year-old Turkish boxer had some nice triumphs in the Ahmet Comert Tournament and advanced to the final of the competition. Yildiz had a tough rival in the title contest Algeria’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships competitor Imane Khelif. Yildiz had difficulties in the first round against the North African but she changed her rhythm in time to win the strong final at the lightweight (60kg). 

Surprise of the day

Algeria’s Mohamed Houmri competed a few international events in the recent years but he was not the favourite of the light heavyweight (81kg) at the Ahmet Comert Tournament. The Algerian surprised his Rio 2016 Olympian opponent Mehmet Nadir Unal of Turkey who eliminated the best boxers in Istanbul. The North African hope was slightly better in their exchanges and celebrated his surprise triumph after the final gong. 

The Round-Up

Turkey’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist and Minsk 2019 European Games winner Busenaz Cakiroglu eliminated Mongolia’s Altantsetseg Lutsaikhan in the semi-finals of the female flyweight (51kg)with large margin of differences. Cakiroglu met for the gold with her teammate Hatice Akbas who is a young hope but she tried to do her very best against Europe’s No.1. The 25-year-old Cakiroglu was a hard target for her compatriot and her counter-attacks guaranteed the gold medal for her. 

Belarus’ Helina Bruyevich is an experienced boxer who moved up to the featherweight (57kg) and she is aiming for a spot for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The Belarusian veteran defeated a Danish boxer, 18-year-old Melissa Mortensen in the semi-finals and met for the gold of the women’s featherweight (57kg) with Turkey’s teenage hope Aycan Guldagi. The Belarusian controlled the fight from the first seconds and claimed the title of the second female weight class in Istanbul. 

Turkey’s another top female boxer defending AIBA Women’s World Champion Busenaz Surmeneli was too strong for Denmark’s veteran Yvonne Baek Rasmussen in the semi-finals and spent only a short time in the final of the welterweight (69kg) against Mongolia’s Shinetsetseg Uranbileg. Turkey’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Sennur Demir won the host country’s fourth female gold medal after beating also a Mongolian hope, Munkhbat Myagmarjargal at the middleweight (75kg). 

Mongolia’s Enkhmandakh Kharkhuu proved strong developments in 2019 and he continued his top performance in the new year where he stopped it in December. The Mongolian flyweight (52kg) boxer used her strength to win his final against Iran’s tall Omid Ahmadisafa and captured the gold medal. His elder brother Rio 2016 Olympian Enkh-Amar Kharkhuu won the next male final in the Ahmet Comert Tournament who defeated Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Youth Champion Samatali Toltayev in the title bout. The third Mongolian title was achieved by Byamba-Erdene Otgonbaatar who proved the best performance at the middleweight (75kg) in Istanbul. 

Belarus’ Minsk 2019 European Games winner and EUBC European U22 Champion Dzmitry Asanau had a seriously tough semi-final against Mongolia’s Asian Games silver medallist Chinzorig Baatarsukh but he was able to manage that bout. The Belarusian lightweight (63kg) boxer walked over to the gold medal at the Ahmet Comert Tournament following his star rival Turkey’s AIBA Youth World Champion and EUBC European Youth Champion Tugrulhan Erdemir was unable to box against him in the final. 

Denmark competed at the Ahmet Comert Tournament with their best boxers and among them Morten Givskov won the title in Istanbul which proved his amazing developments. Givskov is a new member in their top national team who has got superb physical skills at the super heavyweight (+91kg). The 20-year-old Danish talent became eliminatedSeychelles’ All Africa Games silver medallist Keddy Agnes and Algeria’s Olympian veteran boxer Chouaib Bouloudinats in the road to the finals where he was too tough for Turkey’s Mehmetcan Isik. 

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