Finland’s duo Vilma Viitanen and star Mira Potkonen returned with triumphs at the Bocskai Memorial Tournament on Day2

09 February 2021 News

Forty-one preliminary contests were held in the second competition day of the 65th edition of the traditional Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Debrecen, Hungary. Finland’s female duo Vilma Viitanen and star Mira Potkonen won their first contests in the event where Frazer Clarke, Bayram Malkan and Busenaz Cakiroglu were also impressed.

The Bocskai Memorial Tournament is the highlight of the boxing events this week where the finals are scheduled to be held on February 12. The event holds in the five Olympic women and eight men weight categories in Debrecen which is located in the Eastern part of the country. The number of the participating boxers is 175 including 55 women from 22 different countries and three Confederations.

The following 22 nations arrived to the Bocskai Memorial Tournament to Hungary: Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, Finland, France, Georgia, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey and Wales.

The Technical Delegate of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament is the experienced Ms. Anna Laukkanen of Finland. The competition is a preparation event before the previously suspended European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event and also for the World Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event.

The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Debrecen to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Bocskai Memorial Tournament.

The bout of the day

England’s Frazer Clarke is one of the best European super heavyweight (+91kg) boxers and he returned to the international events at the Bocskai Memorial Tournament. Clarke joined to the national team at the 2009 EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships therefore he has plenty of experiences from various events excluding the Olympic Games yet. Clarke had to meet with an old rival, France’s Djamili Dini Aboudou Moindze who claimed bronze at the 2017 EUBC European Boxing Championships. The smaller French tried to reduce the fighting distance and moved closer to land hooks but the experienced English knew how to handle his rival. Both boxers gave in everything and enjoyed their tough contest in Debrecen which was won by Clarke.   

The surprise of the day

Czech Republic’s Milos Bartl opened his campaign with a success against Hungary’s Peter Homen on Day1 but he had a stronger rival as second at the Bocskai Memorial Tournament. Bartl, who is member of the national team since 2018, shocked Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion Kuandyk Maksut in their middleweight (75kg) bout and felt he can get a big scalp on this day. The referee counted the Kazakh boxer which guaranteed Bartl’s second victory in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament.  

The Round-up

Turkey’s Necat Ekinci is one of their welterweight (69kg) boxers in the national team who met in the last 16 with Hungary’s four-time National Champion Laszlo Kozak. The Hungarian moved ahead more than in his previous contests but his Turkish opponent was quicker in the second competition day. Turkey’s second hope in this weight category, AIBA Youth World Champion and EUBC European Youth Champion Tugrulhan Erdemir eliminated another Hungarian, Istvan Gerzsenyi despite of his eye injury.

England’s welterweight (69kg) champion Harvey Lambert opened his campaign with a success in the first day of boxing at the Bocskai Memorial Tournament. The young English had to meet with Algeria’s Chemseddine Kramou on Tuesday as second which was a more difficult fight. The Algerian has been competing in the international events since 2011 but he had a hard tactical job against the taller English boxer. Lambert landed several single jabs and kept the safest distance to win their top contest in Debrecen.

Belgium’s Lancelot Proton de la Chapelle joined to their elite national team in 2017 and competed in all levels of boxing in the recent years including the European Games and AIBA World Boxing Championships. The Belgian middleweight (75kg) boxer used his longer hands well enough against Hungary’s Isaac Oroyowve who returned from his eye injury. The 23-year-old Belgian was able to keep his Hungarian opponent on long and celebrated his well-deserved success after the final gong.

Turkey’s Bayram Malkan was quarter-finalist at the Yekaterinburg 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships and opened the first round against France’s Gaetan Ntambwe with confident style of boxing. The 21-year-old Turkish light heavyweight (81kg) boxer was a hard target for the French who competed also in several international events in the recent years. Malkan used virtuoso style in the second period when the referee counted the French boxer following his impressive shots. The final verdict was unanimous decision in the favour of Bayram Malkan who delivered one of his peak performances.

Romania’s Andrei Aradoaie was EUBC European U22 Champion at the light heavyweight (81kg) in 2017 and following his few events at the heavyweight (91kg), he returned to his best division. The Romanian was tactically and technically better than the strong Belgian, Ziad El-Mohor and advanced to the quarter-finals in Debrecen. In another top contest at the light heavyweight (81kg), Croatia’s former EUBC European Youth Champion Luka Plantic bowed out Algeria’s Mohamed Houmri in a hectic bout.

Turkey’s defending EUBC European Champion and European Games winner Busenaz Cakiroglu is on the world’s best female flyweight (51kg) boxers who returned also to the international events in Debrecen. The Turkish star was outstanding especially in the second and third rounds of boxing against Hungary’s Krisztina Beri and enjoyed the contest and her comeback to the tournaments. Romania’s Lacramioara Perijoc was EUBC European Women’s Champion at the bantamweight (54kg) but moved down and defeated Italy’s Giordana Sorrentino in a superb battle.

Finland’s Vilma Viitanen claimed silver medal at the 2017 EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships and reached the quarter-finals at the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. The Finnish talent will be turning to 20 this year and enjoyed her first international contest after one year of break. She had a tough opponent at the featherweight (57kg), Spain’s Jennifer Fernandez who developed rapidly in the recent two years. The Spaniard started better with great hooks and she looked quicker but Viitanen was able to adopt that speed. The younger Finnish produced her best round at the third and defeated her Spanish opponent by split decision.

Finland’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist Mira Potkonen also returned to the international competitions at the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Debrecen. She defeated Hungary’s Kinga Mezovari in the Boxam Tournament in 2018 and they met each other once again. Potkonen, who prepared in the United States before the Bocskai, controlled the contest from the first exchanges and Mezovari has done tactical mistakes in the opening three minutes. Finland’s No.1 enjoyed the contest and won it before the final gong in the very last bout of the second competition day.

Photo by Margit Kincses
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