Messibah, the Saidoulaev brothers, Olah and Romai proved world class performance in the finals of the Bornemissza Youth & Junior Memorial Tournament23 May 2021
Thirty-two final contests were held in the fourth competition day of the 70th Bornemissza Youth & Junior Memorial Tournament which took place in the historical city of Eger, Hungary. Switzerland’s Adam Messibah, the Austrian Saidoulaev brothers and Hungary’s duo Levente Olah and Ruben Romai were the heroes of the last competition day.
Altogether 205 young boxers including 50 girls attended in the 70th Bornemissza Youth & Junior Memorial Tournament from the following nations: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, France, host Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland.
The Bornemissza Youth & Junior Memorial Tournament is one of the oldest European competitions, this was the 70th edition in the event’s history. The competition was named after a Hungarian lieutenant, Gergely Bornemissza who supported the successful defence of the Castle of Eger during the Siege in 1552.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls were the responsibility of the local organizers in Hungary to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Bornemissza Youth & Junior Memorial Tournament. The Technical Delegate of the competition was Mr. Dragoljub Radovic who officiated also the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships.
The bout of the day
Switzerland’s new flagbearer, Adam Messibah had less than 20 contests during his career but he defeated Hungary’s Mate Horvath in the semi-finals and the 18-year-old boxer continued his winning path also in the last competition day. His French opponent moved down to the welterweight (69kg) following his active training sessions but he was not able to stop the Swiss attacks in a top final. Messibah claimed his first major tournament title but based on his performance in Eger, he could be a secret favourite in the 2021 EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships.
The surprise of the day
Hungary’s Ferenc Samu was bronze medallist at the 2018 and 2019 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships and he competed at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Kielce. The 18-year-old Hungarian met with his top national rival Ruben Romai in a re-match after the Istvan Enekes Youth Memorial Tournament which took place in February. Samu defeated Romai in that event three months ago but this time his opponent has done a revenge in the final of the lightweight (60kg). Romai used a different tactic and his strategy paid off against the well-experienced boxer.
Hungary’s Csenge Csorba is a local boxer who trains and lives in Eger and as expected she won the title of the light bantamweight (52kg) in the junior age group. The 16-year-old Hungarian landed tough combinations in the second round and defeated her teammate, Eszter Bakk in the final by RSC. Another top Hungarian junior boxer, EUBC European Schoolgirl Champion Izabell Devenyi had a close final against Slovakia’s Bibiana Lovasova but she succeeded at the bantamweight (54kg).
Poland’s Ivan Kucherenko competed at the 2019 EUBC European Schoolboys Boxing Championships and at the 2020 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships. The Polish boxer competed at the light welterweight (63kg) in the continental event and he won that category at the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament. The 16-year-old Polish was better in the exchanges than Hungary’s Istvan Bari and celebrated his first major international success.
Hungary’s best junior boxer Levente Olah was in world class form in the whole Bornemissza Memorial Tournament. The 16-year-old Tatabanya-based boxer won four contests in the event and all of them by RSC in the first round. His final opponent was another Hungarian, Almos Lantos but Olah decided their contest very quickly as all of his previous challenges in Eger. His teammate Krisztian Nileborg amazed in the final of the junior light middleweight (70kg) and defeated Poland’s Tobiasz Zarzeczny.
Austria’s Saifouallah Saidoulaev impressed in the whole event and he had still enough power in the final of the junior welterweight (66kg) to beat Switzerland’s Jimmy Beckert. His elder brother Khamzat Saidoulaev won the Brandenburg Youth Tournament in Germany and arrived to the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament as a favourite. The youth heavyweight (91kg) boxer was excellent in his final against Hungary’s Patrik Gal and won the contest by RSC in the third round.