Asanau had to do his very best at the Ahmet Comert Tournament on Day3 which was Iran’s highlight

17 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. The Iranians trained together with the Turkish team in the recent months and their boxers worked sensationally in the third day of boxing. Belarus’ European Games winner Dzmitry Asanau is one of the biggest names in the competition but he had to do his very best to eliminate a Danish teenager. 

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 

Belarus’ Minsk 2019 European Games winner and EUBC European U22 Champion Dzmitry Asanau boxed at the 60kg weight class in the recent two years but the due the changes he is at the new lightweight (63kg) now. The 24-year-old Belarusian had a tough opponent in the last eight, Denmark’s teenager Nicolai Terteryan who won his opening bout in the Ahmet Comert Tournament on Day2. The young Danish talent was brave in their contest and he had an attempt to surprise the Belarusian No.1. The Rio 2016 Olympian Asanau turned up the heat and he had the right tactical respond to eliminate the promising Danish hope. Asanau’s next opponent will be a top boxer Mongolia’s Asian Games silver medallist Chinzorig Baatarsukh which could be one of the highlights of the semi-finals. 

Surprise of the day

Iran’s Daniyal Shakhbakhsh was quarter-finalist in the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and he was quickly involved to the elite national team. The Iranian talent will be turning to 20 later this year and he was not the favourite against Morocco’s All Africa Games winner and Rio 2016 Olympian Mohamed Hamout. Their contest was the closest ones at the bantamweight (57kg) on Day3 and surprisingly the Iranian youngster worked enough to beat the North African No.1. 

The Round-Up

Iran’s Omid Ahmadisafa claimed gold medals in three international tournaments in the recent years and arrived to Istanbul as one of the favourites at the flyweight (52kg). The 28-year-old Iranian was a tall boxer at the light flyweight (49kg) but his height is still strong enough at the flyweight (52kg) as well. Ahmadisafa used that distance well in his contest against Azerbaijan’s teenager Maksud Khasmetov and won the bout unanimously. 

Turkey’s AIBA Youth World Champion and EUBC European Youth Champion Tugrulhan Erdemir is one of the top favourites of the host nation’s squad who moved back to the lightweight (63kg). The 20-year-old Turkish talent also worked well on feet as Iran’s Omid Ahmadisafa and he had similar tactical weapon against Algeria’s Yahia Abdelli on Day3. Erdemir felt the support of the home crowd and dominated his quarter-final against the North African boxer. 

Iran’s London 2012 Olympic Games quarter-finalist Ehsan Rouzbahani returned to the national team after two years of break and competes at the heavyweight (91kg) in the Ahmet Comert Tournament. The Iranian veteran had difficulties in the first round against Azerbaijan’s new former Cuban boxer Osmay Bencomo Torres and had disadvantages on the scorecards. Rouzbahani stepped into the gas in the next period and knocked down his experienced rival winning the bout by RSC. 

Denmark’s Morten Givskov had some strong youth results during his career in the recent years but his development in terms of strength and conditions are significant changes. The Danish boxer has got all of the skills to surprise the top boxers of the super heavyweight (+91kg) and he showed his knowledge in the third competition day. The 20-year-old Danish hope had one of the best African opponents, Seychelles’ All Africa Games silver medallist Keddy Agnes but his strict jabs were enough to win that contest. 

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