More than 30 nations will be attending in the upcoming 64th Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Debrecen

04 February 2020 News

Following the Strandja Memorial Tournament, Europe’s next big event the 64th Bocskai Memorial Tournament will be the highlight of next week. The first competition day will be February 3 in Debrecen, Hungary while the finals are scheduled to be held on February 7. Altogether impressive number of 275 boxers registered to attend in the event from 33 nations including stars from Russia, England, Canada, France, Kazakhstan, host Hungary, Spain, and Bulgaria.

The 64th edition of the prestigious Bocskai Memorial Tournament will be held for the women’s and men’s elite boxers will be held in the city of Debrecen which is located in the Eastern region of Hungary. AIBA Women’s World Champions, AIBA World Champions, Olympic medallists and heroes from the previous EUBC events are also attending in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament. 

Facts of the event

  • Name: 64th Bocskai Memorial Tournament
  • Date: February 2-8, 2020
  • Venue: Debrecen, Hungary
  • Gender: Women & Men
  • Weight categories: 5 women and 8 men weight classes 
  • Age Group: Elite

Schedule of the event

  • February 2 – Arrival of the delegations 
  • February 2, 21:00 – Technical Meeting 
  • February 3, 15:00 – Day1 preliminaries
  • February 3, 17:00 – Opening Ceremony 
  • February 4, 14:00 – Day2 preliminaries
  • February 5, 14:00 – Day3 quarter-finals
  • February 6, 14:00 – Day4 semi-finals
  • February 7, 16:00 – Day5 finals
  • February 8 – Departure of the delegations 

History of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament

The first edition of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament was held in Debrecen in 1956 when Hungary’s three-time Olympic Champion and national legend Laszlo Papp was also an active boxer. The competition was strong enough in the ’90s but the Hungarian Boxing Association decided to raise the level of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in the recent 12 years to be one of the best European events. 

The women elite boxers also added to the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in the three official Olympic weight classes in 2017. The women boxers returned to the competition at the very since 2003 when two-time AIBA Women’s World Champion Maria Kovacs won the title in Debrecen. In the upcoming editions women boxers were able to attend in five different weight classes. 

Five out of the ten men London 2012 Olympic Games gold medallist and also one new Rio 2016 Olympic Champion competed in the recent editions of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament and among them China’s boxing icon Shiming Zou could not win his weight class in Hungary a few years ago which shows the high quality of the event. 

Fifteen women and men champions have been crowned in the 62nd edition of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Debrecen two years ago and among them only 19-year-old Istvan Szaka was able to defend his throne. England, host Hungary and Kazakhstan each claimed three gold medals in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in 2018. 

Kazakhstan’s Serik Temirzhanov became the Best Boxer of the 63rd edition, Russia awarded the Best Team Trophy while the host Hungarians claimed two gold medals on home soil one year ago. Altogether 35 women and 144 elite men boxers attended in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament for the 18 available gold medals in Debrecen in 2019. 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. 

Participating countries in the event

The following 33 nations are taking part in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament: Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Botswana, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Georgia, Greece, Haiti, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Romania, Russia, Saint Lucia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine. 

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

Boxers who need to be watched in the event

  • Mandy Bujold, Canada, women’s 51kg – Panamerican Games winner in 2015
  • Svetlana Soluianova, Russia, women’s 51kg – EUBC European Women’s Champion in 2018
  • Karriss Artingstall, England, women’s 57kg – Bronze medallist in the 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships; Silver medallist in the 2019 EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships 
  • Liudmilla Vorontsova, Russia, women’s 57kg – Silver medallist in the 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships 
  • Stanimira Petrova, Bulgaria, women’s 57kg – AIBA Women’s World Champion in 2014, two-time EUBC European Women’s Champion 
  • Mira Potkonen, Finland, women’s 60kg – European Games winner in 2019; EUBC European Women’s Champion; Bronze medallist in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games 
  • Shashi Chopra, India, women’s 60kg – AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion 
  • Ekaterina Dynnik, Russia, women’s 60kg – Bronze medallist in the 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships 
  • Busenaz Surmeneli, Turkey, women’s 69kg – AIBA Women’s World Champion in 2019
  • Sandy Ryan, England, women’s 69kg – Silver medallist in the 2014 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships
  • Elina Gustafsson, Finland, women’s 69kg – EUBC European Women’s Champion in 2018
  • Saadat Abdulaeva-Dolgatova, Russia, women’s 69kg – Silver medallist in the 2014 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships 
  • Zenfira Magomedalieva, Russia, women’s 75kg – AIBA Women’s World Champion in 2014 and in 2019
  • Marina Volnova, Kazakhstan, women’s 75kg – Bronze medallist in the London 2012 Olympic Games 
  • Gabriel Escobar, Spain, men’s 52kg – European Games winner in 2019 
  • Billal Bennama, France, men’s 52kg – Bronze medallist in the 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships
  • Makhmud Sabyrkhan, Kazakhstan, men’s 52kg – Two-time ASBC Asian Youth Champion; Bronze medallist in the 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships
  • Attila Bernath, Hungary, men’s 52kg – EUBC European Youth Champion in 2018
  • Sachin Siwach Singh, India, men’s 57kg – AIBA Youth World Champion in 2016
  • Robert Jitaru, Romania, men’s 57kg – Two-time EUBC European U22 Champion 
  • Samatali Toltayev, Kazakhstan, men’s 57kg – Silver medallist in the 2016 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships; ASBC Asian Youth Champion 
  • Sofiane Oumiha, France, men’s 63kg – AIBA World Champion; Silver medallist in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games 
  • Dzmitry Asanau, Belarus, men’s 63kg – European Games winner in 2019; EUBC European U22 Champion in 2018
  • Calum French, England, men’s 63kg – Bronze medallist in the 2017 EUBC European Boxing Championships
  • Talgat Shayken, Kazakhstan, men’s 69kg – Silver medallist in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games
  • Balazs Bacskai, Hungary, men’s 75kg – EUBC European Champion in 2010
  • Zoltan Harcsa, Hungary, men’s 75kg – Bronze medallist in the 2015 European Games
  • Yermakhan Zhakpekov, Kazakhstan, men’s 75kg – Silver medallist in the 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships 
  • Gabriel Dossen, Ireland, men’s 75kg – Bronze medallist in the 2016 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships 
  • Luka Plantic, Croatia, men’s 81kg – EUBC European Youth Champion in 2014; Bronze medallist in the 2014 Youth Olympic Games 
  • Nurbek Oralbay, Kazakhstan, men’s 81kg – AIBA Youth World Champion in 2018
  • Oleksandr Pokhrebniak, Ukraine, men’s 81kg – EUBC European U22 Champion in 2019
  • Aibek Oralbay, Kazakhstan, men’s 91kg – Youth Olympic Champion in 2018
  • Emmanuel Reyes, Spain, men’s 91kg – Cuban National Champion 
  • Wilfried Florentin, France, men’s 91kg – EUBC European Youth Champion in 2019
  • Toni Filipi, Croatia, men’s 91kg – Silver medallist in the EUBC European U22 Boxing Championships
  • Mourad Aliev, France, men’s +91kg – Silver medallist in the 2019 European Games
  • Marko Milun, Croatia, men’s +91kg – Bronze medallist in the 2019 European Games 
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