Romania’s Claudia Nechita is among the finalists of the Istanbul Bosphorus International Boxing Tournament21 March 2021
Ten female and sixteen male semi-finals were held in the Istanbul Bosphorus International Boxing Tournament at the fourth competition day in Turkey. Romania’s Claudia Nechita had an outstanding fighting spirit in the semi-finals of the women’s featherweight (57kg) and advanced to the final of the strong event.
The Ahmet Comert Tournament had excellent traditions in our sport but the Turkish Boxing Federation decided to launch a new international competition. Impressive number of nations arrived to Turkey from four Confederations to use this wonderful possibility to compete in the international stage. The European, the Asian, the American and the African Confederations’ National Federations decided to send boxers to Istanbul.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Istanbul to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Istanbul Bosphorus Boxing Tournament. The event is holding with strict Covid-19 protocols as all of the previous European international tournaments.
The bout of the day
Romania’s Claudia Nechita is a strong puncher and a great fighter who had a veteran opponent from Poland, AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Sandra Kruk in the semi-finals of the featherweight (57kg). Both girls are relatively small in this weight class and have got the same attacking style therefore their bout was an honest battle between the two European women boxers. Nechita was better in their exchanges and landed several nice shots which delivered for her the chance to meet with Russia’s EUBC European Women’s Champion Daria Abramova in the final.
The surprise of the day
Turkey’s Sennur Demir achieved silver and bronze medals in the previous editions of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and she reached also podium places in the EUBC Championships. The Turkish veteran is one of the key European middleweight (75kg) boxers but she was not able to find the best fighting distance against Russia’s Elena Gapeshina. Her Russian opponent was international tournaments in the recent years but her success was a surprise in Istanbul where she will now meet with Kazakhstan’s Valentina Khalzova for the gold medal.
The women’s flyweight (51kg) is seriously strong in the Istanbul Bosphorus International Boxing Tournament where several stars are on the board. Turkey’s defending European Games winner and EUBC European Women’s Champion Busenaz Cakiroglu eliminated Kazakhstan’s Zhaina Shekerbekova and Poland’s Sandra Drabik during her road to the semi-finals. Cakiroglu was almost untouchable for India’s Nikhat Zareen in the last four of the weight category and joined to the finals where she will now meet with her young teammate, Hatice Akbas.
Russia’s former AIBA Women’s World Champion and EUBC European Women’s Champion Anastasia Beliakova returned to the international events after more than one year of break. Her motivation is high in Istanbul which she proved once again in the semi-finals of the lightweight (60kg). She met with Kazakhstan’s new National Champion Vladislava Kukhta and controlled most of the rounds with her jabs and kept the distance. Beliakova won the bout by split decision and will be meeting for the title with Algeria’s tall Imane Khelif.
Azerbaijan’s Masud Yusifzada trained hard in the recent two years to became the best boxer at the flyweight (52kg) in their national team. The Azeri hope had a seriously hard battle against Kazakhstan’s promising Damir Abdykadyr and he had to do his very best to eliminated his Central Asian rival. Yusifzada bowed out from his way the Kazakh, but he has to box for the title with Kyrgyzstan’s star Azat Usenaliev who is the biggest name and the most experienced athlete in the weight class.
Turkey’s former AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships silver medallist Bayram Malkan developed his technical skills well enough in the recent three years and became the host nation’s No.1 at the light heavyweight (81kg). Malkan eliminated Tajikistan’s Tokyo Olympian Shabbos Negmatulloev by split decision in the quarter-finals and he met with another experienced Central Asian opponent, Kyrgyzstan’s Erkin Adylbek Uulu. The 22-year-old Turkish boxer felt the tempo in the first round and won their semi-final in the second when the Kyrgyz Olympian has injured.
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