Mehmood and Dossen ex­cel at Eind­hoven Box Cup

Boxing News - - Amateurs -

HAMZA MEHMOOD, only 19 years old, has al­ready be­come an Elite na­tional cham­pion at the first at­tempt and last week­end made the am­a­teur box­ing world take no­tice with a mas­ter­ful show­ing over three days, Oc­to­ber 12-14, claim­ing the gold medal at the Eind­hoven Box Cup in the Nether­lands. 23 na­tions brought qual­ity box­ers in­clud­ing Mon­go­lia.

Hod­des­don en­tered a team of four but ban­tamweight Nico Le­viars suc­cumbed to a chest in­fec­tion and pulled out at the last minute. Fly­weight Hamza be­gan his cam­paign against Ger­man na­tional cham­pion Tarik Ibrahim. Al­ways a slow starter, Hamza took a few min­utes to find his rhythm and range be­fore pro­duc­ing sublime hand speed to catch the ad­vanc­ing Ger­man boxer re­peat­edly with back hands forc­ing Ibrahim to hold on. Sens­ing vic­tory Hamza eased off in the fi­nal round as his tough­est chal­lenge awaited him in the semi­fi­nals.

Damdin­durj Munkh-er­dene, a cur­rent, hard-hit­ting Mon­go­lian cham­pion, stood be­tween Hamza and his place in the fi­nal. On this occasion the Hod­des­don boxer started fast, prob­ing and pok­ing the jab at range be­fore un­leash­ing clus­ters of three or four punches. Mehmood’s foot­work and de­liv­ery of shots left the Mon­go­lian flat­footed and off the pace. What looked like a com­pre­hen­sive win came back as a 4-1 judges points win to see Hamza into the fi­nal.

There he met another Mon­go­lian, the strong, ortho­dox Mun­gun Er­dene Gan­du­lan. The neu­tral crowd were in for a treat as Mun­gun backed Hamza on to the ropes but be­fore throw­ing any telling punches he was met with fast salvos and changes of an­gle, which left the Mon­go­lian punch­ing fresh air. The crowed loved the in­tense chess match that was un­fold­ing and as the Mon­go­lian con­nected, Hamza would have the last of the ex­changes.

Mun­gun started bull­doz­ing for­ward and pen­e­trat­ing Hamza’s de­fence with jabs and hooks. Mehmood was un­fazed and would stay in the pocket, tuck­ing up with his el­bows and throw­ing bent arm com­bi­na­tions to body and head, back­ing the Mon­go­lian into the ropes to fin­ish the stronger of the two at the end of the sec­ond round. The third was fast and fran­tic but Mehmood just oozed con­fi­dence. Tak­ing every­thing on his arms be­fore fir­ing back and begin­ning to en­joy him­self. At the bell the for­mal­ity be­came re­al­ity as a 4-1 de­ci­sion in favour of Hod­des­don’s Hamza Mehmood in­flicted a de­feat on his world class op­po­nent, one of the best results ever pro­duced by the club. “Of all the years that I have coached that is up there as one of the best per­for­mances from a boxer rep­re­sent­ing our club. He boxed to in­struc­tion over three days and we couldn’t be any prouder,” said head coach Sab Leo.

IRE­LAND’S Gabriel Dossen se­cured a gold medal as he works his way to­wards a spot on the na­tional team. He beat Bei­jing Olympian Herry Sa­liku Biembe of Switzer­land, English ri­val Ramtin Musah and then in the fi­nal outscored the Nether­lands’ top 75kgs Max Van Der Pas on a split de­ci­sion. “Gabriel pulled out all the stops again to­day with a near per­fect per­for­mance, said coach Mike Mon­gan. “Gabriel com­manded the lead from round one, mak­ing use of his jab and speed. From there he took off re­ally against an ex­pe­ri­enced Dutch in­ter­na­tional.”


ONES TO WATCH: Dossen [sec­ond on right] and Mehmood im­press

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