Hungary’s Adam Hamori made an excellent and glorious comeback at the Mustafa Hajrulahovic Memorial Tournament27 September 2021
The Mustafa Hajrulahovic Memorial Tournament was a four-days long international competition for the elite and youth boxers in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. The gold medals have been shared between Italy, Serbia, Montenegro, Romania, Netherlands, Wales, Finland, Kosovo, Hungary, France and Poland. Hungary’s Adam Hamori returned to the boxing world after a serious injury and celebrated that comeback with a gold medal.
The elite boxers could prepare for the upcoming AIBA World Boxing Championships which is scheduled to be held in Belgrade, Serbia. The event was preparation for the 2003-2004 born boxers before the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships which will be held in Budva, Montenegro in October 12-22. The Technical Delegate of the Mustafa Hajrulahovic Memorial Tournament was Mr. Dragoljub Radovic of Montenegro.
Division General Mustafa Hajrulahovic Talijan was Bosnia & Herzegovina’s commander and hero in the end of the last century and a new boxing tournament was named after him which shows his excellent popularity in Sarajevo. The tournament will be held at the Dom Mladih Skenderija Sports Centre which is the traditional venue of the event.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls were the responsibility of the local organizers in Bosnia & Herzegovina avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the new Mustafa Hajrulahovic Memorial Tournament.
The bout of the day
Hungary’s FISU University World Champion Adam Hamori moved down to the new cruiserweight (86kg) in the recent weeks and won their National Selection Tournament. The 26-year-old Hungarian had a serious injury in the beginning of the year and returned to the international stage in good condition. The Hungarian won three contests in the Mustafa Hajrulahovic Memorial Tournament and proved that he has enough experiences to reach amazing results in the upcoming major competitions. Hamori had a tight final against Poland’s Sebastian Wiktorzak but he managed to win his third contest in Sarajevo.
The surprise of the day
Denmark’s Elias Idrissi claimed bronze medal at the EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships and since January 2020 he is a youth boxer in their national team. The 18-year-old experienced youth boxer advanced to the final of the Mustafa Hajrulahovic Memorial Tournament and he was named as the favourite for the title against Wales’ Romeo Costa. The Danish talent used his best combinations in the final but the young Welsh talent was able to beat Idrissi in a tight combat.
Hungary’s Attila Bernath claimed gold medal at the 2018 EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships but in the recent years he was not able to reach top results in the elite age group yet. The 21-year-old Hungarian moved up to the new flyweight (51kg) and used different tempo in the final against Wales’ Jake Dodd. Bernath was better in all aspects of boxing and defeated the Welshman who has been preparing to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Wales’ Billy Unsworth delivered a top sensation in the semi-finals of the featherweight (57kg) when he stopped France’s AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Billal Bennama. The young Welsh boxer had to meet with another French Tokyo Olympian boxer, Samuel Kistohurry who won more than 90% of his international contests in the recent two and half years. The French pugilist landed tough shots from all of the possible angles and his tempo decided their contest but Unsworth claimed a valuable silver medal.
Finland’s Arslan Khataev robbed into the top boxers of the continent at the age of 17 when he claimed silver medal at the 2015 EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships. The currently 23-year-old Finnish boxer, who trains with coach Mr. Karre Anttonen, advanced to the final of the men’s lightweight (60kg) in Sarajevo. Khataev, who was near to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games, used his experiences to beat Hungary’s Roland Veres who switched from other martial arts to boxing. His teammate in the youth age group, Sam Morovati claimed Finland’s next gold medal at the welterweight (67kg).