Busenaz Sürmeneli – The Historic Turkish Gold Medalist

Busenaz Sürmeneli of Turkey made history become the first female boxer to ever win a gold medal in boxing, and she did so in impressive fashion, making it look easy in the women’s welterweight division in Tokyo 2020.

Busenaz Sürmeneli is a bull, and steamrolled most of her competition, as Surmeneli wins her fights just as much in the gym as in the fight itself, as her physical condition was top-notch and her strength was overwhelming.

Surmeneli was the number one seed and defeated a very tough distance fighter in Karolina Koszewska, who I thought could give her issues, but her pressure was far too much, as Koszewska’s elite attributes of her frame and distance were negated badly.

In her second bout, she beat Anna Lysenko in a bout that Lysenko early on seemed shocked by the power and strength of Surmeneli. As she was pushed around the ring, and rendered rather ineffective by Surmeneli.

In the medal round, Lovlina Borgohain tried her hand against Surmeneli and had a bit of early success only for the pressure to once again, prove to be far too much. Surmeneli had one plan, move forward, and it was a lot to overcome for all.

In the gold medal match, Gu Hong of China won the first round a rare feat against Surmeneli, but then in return was given a standing eight count in the following round, as well as a point, was taken for holding. As Surmeneli never saw any form of resistance in the 2020 Olympics, and is looking to be one of the pioneers of women’s boxing in Turkey. At only 23-years-old, I am sure we will see her in the Olympics again.

Notable facts about Busenaz Sürmeneli are that she began boxing at the age of ten, and in 2015 she met Recap Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, and promised him she would win a medal at the Olympic Games one day. That promise came true at this year’s Olympics. Busenaz Sürmeneli never lost on any of the judges scorecards for entire duration of the Olympic Games which is an impressive and dominant stat.

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