Russia’s Anastasia Shamonova opened her campaign with fabulous performance at the Istanbul Bosphorus International Boxing Tournament17 March 2021
The Turkish Boxing Federation’s new elite international competition, the Istanbul Bosphorus Boxing Tournament started in the busy metropolis with two sessions. Russia’s Youth Olympic Games winner Anastasia Shamonova returned to the international events and defeated her tough Indian opponent on Day1.
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
Russia’s two-time AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion and Youth Olympic Games winner Anastasia Shamonova is one of their biggest female talents who spent the recent two years to acclimatize in the elite level. The Russian middleweight (75kg) boxer met with India’s Pooja in the first day of boxing and she had to do her very best against the Asian opponent in Istanbul. Shamonova moved forward and her upgraded level of boxing was enough to control mostly the second and third rounds in the preliminary stage. Shamonova won the exciting contest by unanimous decision and will be meeting with Kazakhstan’s Fariza Sholtay in the quarter-finals of her weight category.
The surprise of the day
Ukraine’s Yuriy Tomyuk joined to the international events as a schoolboy in 2015 and reached strong results as a junior and youth. The Ukrainian featherweight (57kg) boxer is a great future talent but he had to meet with Azerbaijan’s European Games bronze medallist Tayfur Aliyev who had more than 100 elite contests already. The Ukrainian talent worked well in the bout and his tactical skills caused a surprise in the first day of boxing.
Azerbaijan’s Masud Yusifzada had great junior and youth results and he needed a few years to be the top elite flyweight (52kg) boxer of his country. The Azeri boxer returned to the international stage after one year of break and he enjoyed his first contest against Ukraine’s EUBC European Youth Champion Maksym Halinichev. The 25-year-old Azeri boxer used his speed to control the contest and eliminated one of the talents in Istanbul.
Turkey’s Mizan Aykol is a young hope in their team who met with Bahrain’s Yusuf Al-Baldoshi in the first preliminary round of the featherweight (57kg). The Turkish boxer landed enough punches to beat his newcomer rival by unanimous decision in Istanbul. His teammate, Muhammed Baki Yalcin had a tough contest in the first preliminary round of the heavyweight (91kg) but he managed his success over India’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Naman Tanwar.
Osmay Bencomo Torres represented Cuba in several international events including the 2012 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. The tough boxer switched to Azerbaijan in the recent one and half year to give himself the chance to compete in the highest possible level. Bencomo moved up to the heavyweight (91kg) and spent a very short time in the ring against Kyrgyzstan’s National Champion Rustam Yrysbek Uulu. The referee confirmed Bencomo’s RSC triumph still in the first round and the ex-Cuban joined to the next stage of boxing.
Ukraine’s Maksym Molodan claimed bronze medal at the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and joined to their U22 national team. The 20-year-old Ukrainian moved up to the welterweight (69kg) in the recent months and impressed in his debut at the Istanbul Bosphorus International Boxing Tournament. Molodan met with a younger Kyrgyz boxer, Mukhamed Bagiyev and eliminated the Central Asian using his best combinations.
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