By Teddy Stenmark: Swedish middleweight boxer Naim Terbunja recently went all the way to the top in the prestigious New York Golden Gloves tournament and defeated hot 18-year old prospect Marcus Browne on points in the final.
The first round was according to my sources pretty close but the following two belonged to the Swede, who among other things landed a very good left hook that shook Marcus Browne and got him firmly in control of the fight.
“It was easier after that and I could pile up a points lead” said a very happy Terbunja to Swedish radio afterwards and added, that the victory was almost as satisfying as when he qualified for the Beijing Olympics last year. He has now qualified for the US National final in Ohio later this spring, quite amazing.
The slick boxing Swede went home to Sweden in early April after his semi final victory to get his Visa in order for the final and joined at the same time The Swedish National squad for the Scandinavian championships. He won that in superior fashion but was forced to sacrifice a start at the Swedish national championships in order to box his Golden Gloves final.
As he already had a bunch of Swedish national titles the choice was easy, and looking at it in retrospect, a wise decision. I think Naim grew a whole lot by winning this NY golden Gloves title.
Swedish heavyweight Attila Levin had a fight booked for Helsinki on the 18th of April but was, according to my sources, out due to a knee injury. When the big Swede returns to the ring is unclear at the moment.
Undefeated Swedish Female welterweight Anna Ingman (6-0) is tentatively scheduled to box in Jaroslaw, Poland on the 24th of April against an opponent TBA.
A few surprises took place at the Swedish amateur national championships this past weekend and the biggest upset without a doubt came in the bantamweight division when European Silver medalist, Salomo N’tuve was ou-tpointed (6-3) by junior Niklas Helgesson. Helgesson now a big hope for Sweden at the European juniors in August
Stockholm-based Ugandan Peter Semo (light welterweight) had a rough night in Italy on the 17th of April losing on TKO in the 10th round to undefeated WBA intercontinental champion, Brunet Zamora. The Italian advanced to 17-0.
After four straight losses 41 year old Finnish veteran middleweight, Kai Kauramäki finally came back with a win on his now badly tarnished record, he outscored Estonian Leonti Vorontsuk over six rounds in Porvoo, Finland. Kauramäki moved to 14-15, still more losses than wins on record and the question everyone asks is really, why carry on?
Former elite swimmer, Mikaela “Destiny” Laurén (Sweden) turned professional with a four rounds victory over German debutant Sandra Kirshbaum in Bayern, Germany on the 4th of April. Laurén who had just a few more than a dozen amateur fights before crossing over wasn’t really thrown to the lions here, Kirshbaum only had seven amateur bouts going in and wasn’t much of a challenge.
Danish lightweight, Kim Poulsen was also served a lighter task in Berlin on April 5th when he squared off with local Tom Pudler, who had just one win in eight outings beforehand. The Dane knocked him out in the opener and did what was expected of him. Poulsen now 11-1, 2 KO.
Busy Swedish junior welterweight, Karlo Tabaghua walked away as winner over Pole Maurycy Gojko in Jezewo Stare, Poland on April 4th. Tabaghua had his man down during the course of the fight and perhaps could have finished it inside the distance but the opportunity eluded him. He is now a perfect 8-0, 6 KO:s . He now has three fights loosely planned if everything falls into place and the next one already in May.
In the World of MMA it’s interesting to read about de debut of former K1-star, professional boxer, and Thaiboxer, Jörgen Kruth. Kruth won according to a report on the Swedish Fighter Magazine website on a first round TKO over Lithuanian Arturas Liutika at WFC ( World Free Fight Challenge) in Slovenia April 18th.David Bielkheden one of Sweden’s two fighters in the UFC had a bad night in Montreal, Canada on April 18th getting submitted by a rear naked choke by Mark Bocek of Canada in the final seconds of the opener, tough luck for him, but I am sure he will be back.