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Sweden defeats GB Squad

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By AIBA

19 January 2011

Sweden Beats the GB Squad in Haninge

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Sweden's boxing squad showed one of the best levels of development in Europe over the past year and continued its sound performance witha victory over their British rivals in a friendly encounter at the Torvalla Sport Hall in Haninge on January 14, where five women's and seven male men's were held.

The matches were arranged by the Swedish Boxing Federation at the Torvalla Sport Hall in cooperation with the municipality of Haninge, Haninge Boxing Club and Stockholm-Gotland Regional Boxing Federation.

It is has become a tradition for these two nations to start the new competition year with a dual match in Sweden. The host nation won their last three encounters, the final score was 5:4 to Sweden last year and the guest team's target was therefore primarily to stop this series and give a chance to the boxers to increase their international experience. Despite the English squad's best efforts the local team celebrate another victory by 7:5.

The two Swedish Beijing Olympians, middleweight 27-year-old Naim Terbunja and light heavyweight Kennedy Katende missed the event. Katende has just signed for the Mexico City Guerreros, competing in the World Series of Boxing, and made his debut last weekend with an away win. European Championships bronze medalist Bashir Hassan was also unable to compete due to illness.

The British squad included AIBA Women's World Championships quarterfinalist Lynsey Holdaway, Youth Olympic Games competitor 18-year-old Zack Davies and World Combat Games silver medalist Joseph Cordina.

Sweden's Turkish Prime Ministry Tournament silver medalist Elin Roennlund defeated Holdaway by 3:0 in the women's light flyweight opener, while AIBA Women's World Championships silver medalist Nicola Adams beat Sweden's European Champion Jenny Hardingz in the Olympic flyweight class.

Sweden's veteran European Championships bronze medalist Helena Falk defeated experienced Amanda Coulson, who lost on her first contest against Tajikistan's Mavzuna Choriyeva at the World Championships in Barbados last year.

Britain's new big hope in women's boxing, 19-year-old Chantelle Cameron, caused a huge surprise at the event when she outpointed AIBA Women's World Championships silver medalist Klara Svensson in the 64kg weight division.

A guest female boxer in the Swedish team, Norway's reigning European Champion Lotte Lien, fought against AIBA Women's World Championships silver medalist Savannah Marshall in the last female contest of the event. The 20-year-old did her best and defeated Lotte Lien by points in the new middleweight class.

In the first men's bout, European Championships silver medalist Salomo N'Tuve triumphed over Youth Olympian 18-year-old Zack Davies and Joseph Cordina then equalized the dual match by defeating Sweden's 19-year-old Niklas Helgesson in the bantamweight division.

Swedish national team member and European Championships quarterfinalists Redouane Kaya, Anthony Yigit, Chechnya-based Leon Chartoi and veteran Babacar Kamara won their bouts and turned the friendly encounter back in the host's favor.

At the twelveth and final bout of the dual match England's newly crowned National Champion Anthony Joshua, who is trying to secure his place in the elite team, outpointed Sweden's 19-year-old Otto Wallin in the super heavyweight division.

The dual match was an excellent opportunity to test the preparedness of the host nation's boxers for the Swedish National Championships, which will be held from February 3.

The Swedish Team (Photo Source: Erik Bredler)