Romania’s women duo Nechita and Perijoc continued their winning paths and took gold medals in the Ahmet Cömert Tournament

17 September 2018 News

The 32nd edition of the Ahmet Cömert Tournament was held in the historical city of Istanbul with the participation of more than 220 women and men boxers. Romania’s strong women duo Claudia Nechita and Lacramioara Perijoc both defeated their top Indian and Russian rivals in the finals with energetic style of boxing.

The first edition of the Ahmet Cömert Tournament was held more than 30 years ago in 1986 and in 1999 the competition was an Olympic Qualification Event for the Sydney Games. In the recent eight years the competition was scheduled a few times also for junior and youth boxers as well not only elites.

Women and men elite boxers could attend in 10-10 weight categories in the Ahmet Cömert Tournament in Istanbul in the new edition. Turkey claimed six gold medals among the available 20 in the Ahmet Cömert Tournament in Istanbul and became the No.1 in the team rankings. England, India, Romania, Armenia, Russia, Wales, Scotland and Australia claimed the further gold medals in the Ahmet Cömert Tournament in Istanbul.

The first European gold medal in the Ahmet Cömert Tournament was acquired by Turkey’s Busenaz Cakiroglu who defeated Russia’s Liliya Ayetbayeva and India’s Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Pinky Jangra Rani in the last two competition days winning the gold medal of the women’s flyweight (51kg).

Romania’s Claudia Nechita started the year with a success at the Nations Women’s Cup in Serbia and advanced to the Top8 at the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships. Since this June event she moved up to the bantamweight (54kg) and won her next international title after her success over India’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships competitor Meena Kumari Maisnam.

Romania’s Lacramioara Perijoc started the year with a same success as her teammate Claudia Nechita and proved strong development in the recent one years. The 24-year-old featherweight (57kg) boxer has done amazing job in the semi-final against India’s Sonia and she was still enough fresh to beat Russia’s Maria Sartakova in the final raising Romania’s gold medals up to two in Istanbul.

Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli was AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion and EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion before winning the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships this March. The 20-year-old Turkish promising hope is the biggest talent at the women’s middleweight (75kg) which she proved in the final of the Ahmet Cömert Tournament against Australia’s Commonwealth Games silver medallist strong Caitlin Parker.

Scotland’s Aqeel Ahmed qualified for the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships one year ago and he claimed the first gold medal in the men’s part of the competition after beating Turkey’s Taha Kacar at the light flyweight (48kg). Armenia’s Artur Hovhannisyan qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and a few months ago his coaches decided to move him up to the flyweight (52kg) which delivered for him a clear title in the Ahmet Cömert Tournament.

England had to build up a new team after the Commonwealth Games but their youngsters are enough strong to win key international contests. Niall Farrell, who claimed silver medal already in the Kharkiv 2017 EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships, shined in his new bantamweight (56kg) and defeated Australia’s Jack Bowen in the final. England’s next 21-year-old talent Dalton Smith also won his category the light welterweight (64kg) and defeated all of his rivals including Turkey’s Muhammet Gultekin in the final.

Turkey’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Necat Ekinci attended in the youth age group still last year but the 19-year-old talent was quickly involved to their national elite team. The Turkish welterweight (69kg) teenager faced in the final of the event with another young sensation England’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Mohammed Harris Akbar and he won their hectic bout by split decision.

England’s Benjamin Whittaker has done sensational performance in the AOB and WSB levels in the recent year but he suffered an unexpected loss in the quarter-final of the Commonwealth Games this April. The 21-year-old English hope moved up to the light heavyweight (81kg) and using his longer reach he eliminated Tajikistan’s ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist Navruz Jafoev and Turkey’s Bayram Malkan as well during his road to the title.


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