Impressive 253 boxers from four Confederations are attending at the 71st Strandja Memorial Tournament

21 January 2020 News

Following the Ahmet Comert Tournament and the Nations Women’s Cup, one of the main preparation events are holding in Sofia this week. The new 71st edition of the Strandja Memorial Tournament is Europe’s most difficult elite competition where the Olympic Refugee Team is also attending this time. The new edition of the Strandja Memorial Tournament is a preparation possibility before the upcoming Olympic Qualification Events.

The competition for the women’s and men’s elite boxers will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria where 92 women and 161 men athletes representing 34 teams are attending in the new edition of the Strandja Memorial. The Bulgarian Boxing Federation is always a professional organizer and the total number of 253 boxers from four different Confederations means the 71st edition of the Strandja Memorial Tournament is another small World Championships in Sofia.

Facts of the event

  • Name: Strandja Memorial Tournament
  • Date: January 20-26, 2019
  • Venue: Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Gender: Women & Men
  • Weight categories: 5 women and 8 men weight classes
  • Age Group: Elite

Schedule of the event

  • January 21, 11:00 – Day1 preliminaries
  • January 21, 17:30 – Opening Ceremony
  • January 22 – Day2 preliminaries
  • January 23 – Day3 quarter-finals
  • January 24 – Day4 semi-finals
  • January 25 – Day5 finals
  • January 26 – Departure of the delegations

History of the Strandja Memorial Tournament

The first edition of the Strandja Memorial Tournament was held in Sofia in 1950 when all of the winners were boxers from the host nation. Following a few difficult periods, the management of the Bulgarian Boxing Federation decided to increase the level of the event in the recent 10 years. The women elite boxers also added to the program of the Strandja Memorial Tournament still back in 2011.

Further Bulgarian cities besides to Sofia such as Yambol, Plovdiv, Pleven, Pazardjik and Gabrovo also hosted the Strandja Memorial Tournament in the recent two decades but the event returned to their capital city in 2012.

The last 69th edition of the Strandja Memorial Tournament was the main international AOB event in February 2018 which was held in the Bulgarian capital in Sofia where 93 women and 143 men boxers attended in the event from 30 countries. Bulgaria became the most successful nation with their seven gold medals but Finland, United States of America, India, China, Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan each achieved at least one title in the prestigious Strandja Memorial Tournament.

Fantastic number of 37 nations sent their boxers to the last anniversary 70th edition of the Strandja Memorial Tournament which guaranteed the top level of boxing in Sofia. Altogether 103 women and 193 men boxers fought for the medals in the Strandja Memorial Tournament. The total number of 296 boxers guaranteed the top quality of boxing in Sofia once again. Besides to the European nations, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, India, Philippines and United States of America also proved their potentials in the Bulgarian capital in 2019.

Participating countries in the event

The following 34 nations are taking part in the event: Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Morocco, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, Poland, Refugee Team, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine and United States of America.

Participating Confederations: Africa (AFBC), Asia (ASBC), America (AMBC), Europe (EUBC)

Boxers who need to be watched in the event

  • Virginia Fuchs, United States of America, women’s 51kg – Bronze medallist in the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships; AMBC American Champion
  • Stanimira Petrova, Bulgaria, women’s 57kg – AIBA Women’s World Champion in 2014, two-time EUBC European Women’s Champion
  • Sonia Lather Singh, India, women’s 57kg – Silver medallist in the Astana 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships
  • Michaela Walsh, Ireland, women’s 57kg – Two-time Commonwealth Games silver medallist
  • Mira Potkonen, Finland, women’s 60kg – Defending EUBC European Women’s Champion, European Games winner; Bronze medallist in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
  • Kellie Harrington, Ireland, women’s 60kg – AIBA Women’s World Champion in 2018
  • Beatriz Iasmin Ferreira, Brazil, women’s 60kg – AIBA Women’s World Champion; Two-time AMBC American Women’s Champion
  • Alessia Mesiano, Italy, women’s 60kg – AIBA Women’s World Champion in 2016
  • Rashida Ellis, United States of America, women’s 60kg – Bronze medallist in the 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships
  • Karolina Koszewska, Poland, women’s 69kg – European Games winner in 2019
  • Nadine Apetz, Germany, women’s 69kg – Two-time AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships bronze medallist
  • Atheyna Bylon, Panama, women’s 75kg – AIBA Women’s World Champion in 2014
  • Aoife O’Rourke, Ireland, women’s 75kg – EUBC European Women’s Champion in 2019
  • Daniel Asenov, Bulgaria, men’s 52kg – Two-time EUBC European Champion
  • Gabriel Escobar, Spain, men’s 52kg – European Games winner in 2019
  • Dmytro Zamotayev, Ukraine, men’s 52kg – Bronze medallist in the 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships
  • Kurt Walker, Ireland, men’s 57kg – European Games winner in 2019
  • Shiva Thapa, India, men’s 63kg – Bronze medallist in the 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships; ASBC Asian Champion in 2013
  • Delante Johnson, United States of America, men’s 69kg – AIBA Youth World Champion
  • Oleksandr Khyzhniak, Ukraine, men’s 75kg – AIBA World Champion in 2017; EUBC European Champion in 2017; European Games winner in 2019
  • Keno Marley Machado, Brazil, men’s 81kg – Youth Olympic Games winner in 2018
  • Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine, Italy, men’s 91kg – EUBC European U22 Champion; Mediterranean Games winner
  • Richard Torrez Jr., United States of America, men’s +91kg – Winner of the 2018 Chemistry Cup; Bronze medallist in the St. Petersburg 2016 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships
  • Clemente Russo, Italy, men’s +91kg – Two-time AIBA World Champion; two-time Olympic Games silver medallist.
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