Hungary’s two-time Olympian Zoltan Harcsa delivered the first KO of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament08 February 2019
The 63rd edition of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament continued with the quarter-finals in Debrecen, Hungary where another marathon program was held with 55 bouts on Day2. Hungary’s best male boxer two-time Olympian Zoltan Harcsa delivered the first KO success of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in the second competition day.
Altogether 35 women and 144 elite men boxers are attending in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Debrecen. The Hungarian LOC had to divide the boxers into two groups at the men’s flyweight (52kg), light welterweight (64kg), middleweight (75kg) and light heavyweight (81kg) due the high number of entries.
Bout of the day
Russia’s Pavel Silyagin joined to the national team five years ago and claimed bronze medal in the Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships which was his career highlight. The Russian light heavyweight (81kg) boxer had to face in the quarter-final of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament with Netherlands’ two-time EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist and Rio 2016 Olympian Peter Mullenberg. The Russian boxer tried to use his longer hands against the experienced Dutch in the first round and kept the safest fighting distance. Mullenberg increased his tempo, worked well in the second but Silyagin’s great last round was enough to win their key contest in Debrecen.
Surprise of the day
Ukraine’s Ihor Sopinskyi has been attending in the international events since 2012 but he was not the favourite against Spain’s two-time EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships silver medallist and Mediterranean Games winner Gabriel Escobar in their flyweight (52kg) quarter-final. The 24-year-old Ukrainian tried to follow Escobar’s world class footwork in their quarter-final and landed punches with perfect timing. Sopinskyi was tired in the final minute but he was able to do enough to beat his top rival in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament which was the main sensation of Day2.
Greece’s lone competitor in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament Paraskevi Mavrommati has joined to the national team only one and half year ago but she developed well in all aspects of boxing and defeated Hungary’s Kinga Mezovari in a hectic close bout at the women’s lightweight (60kg).
Russia’s Jeju 2014 AIBA Women’s World Champion and Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist Anastasia Beliakova proved that she is a top favourite for the gold medal at the women’s lightweight (60kg). The 25-year-old Russian dominated the first round against Croatia’s best woman boxer Sara Beram and Beliakova showed strong performance until the end of the last gong winning their bout by large margin of differences.
Israel’s David Alaverdian has got Armenian roots and after eight years of experiences in the international stage. The Israeli flyweight (52kg) boxer won contest also in the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships and attended in the Season VIII of the World Series of Boxing as member of the Croatian franchise. Alaverdian was effective in his quarter-final bout against Hungary’s teenage hope Laszlo Bernath and won their tight bout by split decision.
France’s Samuel Kistohurry proved powerful performance in the World Series Boxing where he has got strong record. The French bantamweight (56kg) boxer eliminated Hungary’s two-time Bocskai Memorial Tournament winner 20-year-old Istvan Szaka in the second competition day. His teammate Jordan Rodriguez has done also strong job in the same category and defeated Spain’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games quarter-finalist Samuel Carmona.
Hungary’s Zoltan Harcsa is a two-time Olympian boxer who claimed three bronze medals during his career in the continental events in Europe. The 26-year-old middleweight (75kg) boxer had to face with Netherlands’ southpaw Zekaria Elhaj who won the last two titles in his homeland. The five-year younger Dutch boxer never competed in such strong event as the Bocskai Memorial Tournament yet and Harcsa was too strong for him. The experienced Hungarian landed lethal combinations and delivered the Bocskai’s first classical KO success still in the first round.
Ukraine’s defending National Champion at the heavyweight (91kg) Serhii Gorshkov was strong in the recent international events. The 23-year-old Ukrainian faced with Croatia’s EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships silver medallist Toni Filipi in the quarter-final on Day2. Gorshkov knew the weak points of his Croatian rival and he had done enough to advance to the semi-finals in Debrecen.