Bennama, Parada and Jongjoho amazed the crowd in the finals of the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament16 June 2019
The seventeen youth finals were held in the fifth and last competition day at the 69th edition of the Bornemissza Youth & Junior Memorial Tournament in Eger, Hungary. The French youth girls impressed in the female part of the finals while Poland’s EUBC European Junior Champion Daria Parada dominated her title bout in Eger.
The Bornemissza Youth & Junior Memorial Tournament is a traditional competition in the city of Eger where the 69th edition was held this week. The historical city of Eger is famous of its castle’s successful defence in 1552, furthermore its wine regions and other attractions. The traditional event was a strong competition in the European boxing map and also a preparation for the upcoming EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships.
The following 23 nations and altogether 252 boxers took part in the 69thBornemissza Youth & Junior Memorial Tournament in Eger: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, host Hungary, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Lithuania, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Ukraine and United States of America.
Bout of the day
Thailand’s Weerapon Jongjoho claimed gold medal in the 2018 ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships and bronze in the Youth Olympic Games. The Thai middleweight (75kg) boxer had to face in the most anticipated final of the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament with Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion Yerassyl Zhakpekov who is another star boxer in this division. The Kazakh boxer, who is only 17 but has got nearly 200 bouts already, began the first minute with quick jabs but Jongjoho found his best rhythm also quickly. Thailand’s No.1 performed amazingly in the second round when he overcome his younger Kazakh rival in the attacks. Jongjoho had massive advantage before the final round in the bout of the day and celebrated his well-deserved title after the last gong of the spectacular title contest.
Surprise of the day
Denmark’s best female youth boxer Melissa Mortensen was bronze medallist in the 2017 EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships but her success over Thailand’s Youth Olympic Games winner Panpatchara Somnuek was a big surprise in the semi-final of the event. The Danish featherweight (57kg) boxer was not enough fresh in the final of the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament and suffered a surprise loss to Hungary’s Szabina Szabo in Eger which was a spectacular bout in Eger.
The French youth girls have done another sensational day in the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament in Eger. France’s Rim Bennama arrived from a boxing family, her elder brother Billal is member of their elite national team and could be medallist in the upcoming Minsk 2019 European Games. The French light flyweight (48kg) boxer dominated her final against Czech Republic’s Nikole Durikova and won her next international title.
Bennama’s teammate Salma Friga defeated Norway’s Annabelle Bruun in the semi-finals of the bantamweight (54kg) and she continued her winning path against Poland’s Karoline Ampulska using her best tactical skills to win the title of the event. The third French finalist girl Golden Girl Junior Boxing Championships winner Lorye Ruyer was too strong for Poland’s Wanessa Orczyk at the lightweight (60kg) which was another tough performance from the 17-year-old talent.
France’s Shannon Toure proved strong developments in the recent one year and dominated her semi-final against Ukraine’s Daria Lubotska at the welterweight (69kg). The French boxer had to face for the title of the event with Thailand’s Manikon Baison which was a tough bout for her in Eger. The 18-year-old Toure launched amazing combinations and the referee counted Thailand’s pride which determined the final result and France’s next gold medal in the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament.
Poland’s Daria Parada was gold medallist in the 2018 EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships and joined to the youth age group this January. The 17-year-old Polish middleweight (75kg) boxer dictated the tempo in the first round against Hungary’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships competitor Barbara Szintai-Major. The Polish boxer landed more punches and she was stronger and experienced than her Hungarian rival which means Parada celebrated her title after the last gong.
Hungary’s Zsolt Zuro claimed bronze medal in the 2018 EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships and gold in the Mostar International Youth Tournament two weeks ago. The bantamweight (56kg) boxer eliminated Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion Biybars Zheksen in the semi-final of the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament. The Hungarian boxer started his final well enough against Kazakhstan’s Yerassyl Tankay but his rhythm was stopped by a body shot in the beginning of the second round. Following that moment, the Kazakh boxer was able to control their fight and won the final by unanimous decision in Eger.