Muhammet Erkan Avci (Photo source: Leszek Dabrowski)
The Polish Boxing Association has launched a new series for Super Heavyweight boxers (91+kg) to increase their international experience. Its first round took place in Kielce, Poland, while the second gala will be held in two months on November 16.
Marek Springl, the Czech Republic's experienced boxer, started the opening contest in Kielce , eliminating his rival, Germany's newcomer Volker Ryll. The final score was 3:0 to Springl who competed at the 2007 European Junior Championships and several other international events. Those experiences were enough to help him overcome his younger rival in the Combat of Giants Tournament.
Sean Turner, Ireland's new Super Heavyweight (91+kg) hope, a National Championships silver medallist, competed in the last edition of the World Series of Boxing and may represent Ireland in major events in the future. Turner showcased his full repertoire and eliminated Piotr Buchta from Poland - the referee stopped their unequal contest in the final round.
Ukraine has produced many excellent Super Heavyweight (91+kg) boxers. This is why Sergey Verveyko has not previously had the chance to represent his nation at any major international competition but he proved his skills are enough to win bouts in that level as well. The newcomer defeated France's Mohamed Mohoumadi by 3:0 in the third contest of the gala.
19-year-old Muhammet Erkan Avci, Turkey's current National Elite Champion, who was bronze medallist at the AIBA European Olympic Qualifiers, continued his winning streak in Kielce where he triumphed over Ukraine's Konstantin Gavrilov by 3:0. Erkan Avci is a great Turkish hope for the next Olympics and he is definately a Super Heavyweight (91+kg) boxer to watch out for in future events.
Tomasz Duszak, the host nation's World Combat Games bronze medallist, during the first battle between Poland vs. Lithuania defeated Lithuania's Aidas Petruskevicius by 3:0.
The second fight was won by the other of the two neighbouring nations. Lithuania's veteran Vitalijus Subacius has been a member of the national squad since 2000 and came very close to qualifying for the Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London. Subacius' experience allowed him to beat Poland's younger hopeful Marcin Snitko by 3:0.
Patryk Brzeski , Poland's 21-year-old who competed at the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Baku, in his last fight of the first tournament upset Azerbaijan's Silmaroz Arinov in the opening round of the contest using heavy shots against his tough opponent. The referee stopped the contest very quickly, leading to another victory for Poland.
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