Fuertes and Davison are the heroes of Day2 at the Strandja Memorial Tournament22 February 2022
The second competition day with more than 50 contests was held at the 73rd edition of the Strandja Memorial Tournament started in Sofia, Bulgaria. Spain’s Laura Fuertes caused the main surprise of the day while England’s Charly Davison eliminated a former AIBA Women’s World Champion.
The Strandja Memorial is Europe’s oldest international boxing tournament and has a strong brand name therefore high number of stars and nations decided to compete in Sofia. IBA will arrange the money prizes and boxers can earn new world ranking points during the 73rd Strandja Memorial Tournament.
The first edition of the Strandja Memorial Tournament was held in Sofia in 1950 and the competition saw amazing stars in the recent decades. The new edition of the Strandja Memorial Tournament holds in all of 12 women’s and 13 men’s weight categories in the Bulgarian capital.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, the check of the vaccinations, wearing masks and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Sofia to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the 2022 Strandja Memorial Tournament.
The bout of the day
Russia’s former AIBA Women’s World Champion Elena Saveleva and England’s Charly Davison has the same style of boxing, both boxers have amazing technical skills. They use the faults of their opponents therefore their meeting in Sofia was a unique tactical contest at the flyweight (52kg). The veteran Russian landed her counter-shots with perfect timing in the first round and took the lead on the scorecards. Davison had to move more ahead in the second period and she made excellent job against the Russian who was involved to the national team still in the 2000s. Davison, who returned to the sport in 2019 following she gave birth to her kids, was able to turn back their contest and advanced to the next round.
The surprise of the day
Russia’s Liubov Sharapova achieved medals as a youth boxer in the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships and won her first elite national title in 2021. The Russian talent has been preparing to the upcoming EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships and she was active in the boxing calendar, competed in several events. Her opponent, Spain’s Laura Fuertes shocked her in the first round but Sharapova was more active in the second therefore the final decision depended on their performance in the third. Fuertes was hard target and she surprised Sharapova with her developments in strength, and eliminated a favourite in Sofia.
France’s Romane Moulai achieved gold medal at the 2021 EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Roseto degli Abruzzi. The 22-year-old French girl opened her campaign at the light flyweight (50kg) against Bulgaria’s Zhana Ognyanova in the first preliminary round and she controlled the first round well enough. The smaller French was quicker in the exchanges and her speed decided the contest in Sofia. Moulai showed her very best form in the third round which delivered the biggest difference between them.
Turkey’s Busenaz Cakiroglu is the defending EUBC European Women’s Champion and silver medallist from the last edition of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. She had rest after the top events and returned in the Strandja Memorial Tournament in order to prepare to her next major championship. The experienced Turkish star used her advantages against Belarus’ Yuliya Apanasovich and she had excellent defence while her counter-punches were fantastic. The Turkish southpaw was quicker in the exchanges and she landed enough punches to beat the experienced Belarusian.
Ireland’s Caitlin Fryers achieved silver medal at the 2017 EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships in Sofia and she returned to the Bulgarian capital after five years of break. The 21-year-old Irish girl had better punches than Romania’s Eugenia Anghel in the first round and she took the lead on the scorecards after three minutes. Fryers continued her strong performance in the same level in the second round which meant she had the scoring of 20:18 advantage before the last period. The Romanian boxer did not give up the contest but her efforts in the third round were not enough to turn back their preliminary bout at the light flyweight (50kg).
Armenia’s Anush Grigoryan achieved gold medal at the 2019 EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships and she is the best female boxer of her country but she did not find the best distance against Finland’s Pihla Kaivo-Oja. Her Finnish opponent will be turning to 20 only later this year but she won the Tammer Tournament one month ago and she has the patient style of boxing. The Tampere-based Finnish youngster used her longer reach effectively in their bout and despite of Grigoryan’s excellent final round, Kaivo-Oja joined to the next stage of boxing at the women’s light flyweight (50kg).
Bulgaria’s Krasimir Dzhurov achieved gold medal at the 2019 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships and 2022 is his first year among the U22 and elite age groups. He has selected to attend at the Strandja Memorial Tournament and proved fantastic footwork against Kyrgyzstan’s Zhantoro Tashiyev who claimed bronze medal at the Kielce 2021 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. Dzhurov had the reach advantage against the Central Asian talent and he used his speed to control their light welterweight (63.5kg) contest from long distance.
Denmark’s Nicolai Terteryan is only 20-year-old but he has lot of experiences from not only youth, but U22 and elite competitions. He achieved medals in several tournaments and his skills are in strongly increasing stage therefore he was the favourite against Bulgaria’s Vensan Kirkorov at the welterweight (67kg). The younger Danish boxer found the wholes on the Bulgarian defence and landed strong jabs in the first round. Terteryan, whose twin brother is also a boxer, was able to keep the best strategy and fighting distance therefore he advanced to the next round in Sofia won all of the three rounds.
Germany’s Deniel Krotter achieved gold medal at the 2020 Cologne Boxing World Cup which was his first elite success. He is member of their next generation who has not only the fighting spirit but the technical skills to control his contests. The 22-year-old German had a powerful opponent, India’s Akash in the first preliminary round of the men’s welterweight (67kg). The German staff analysed the Indian boxer and used the best strategy to surprise Akash in the first round with his rhythm. The Indian adopted the tempo in the second round but Krotter’s excellent hooks decided their close contest in the third.