Nearly 30 nations will be attending in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Debrecen this week05 February 2019
The 63rd edition of the prestigious 63th “Bocskai István Memorial” International Boxing Tournament will be the highlight of the boxing events this week. The competition 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. Nearly 30 countries registered to take part in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Debrecen among them AIBA World Champions, Olympic medallists and heroes from the previous EUBC events.
Facts of the event
- Name: 63th “Bocskai István Memorial” International Boxing Tournament
- Date: February 6-9, 2019
- Venue: Debrecen, Hungary
- Gender: Women & Men
- Age Group: Elite
Schedule of the event
- February 4-5 – Arrivals to the event
- February 5, 21:00 – Technical Meeting
- February 6 – Official Draw
- February 6 – Day1 competition
- February 7 – Day2 competition
- February 8 – Day3 competition
- February 9 – Day4 competition with the finals
- February 10 – Departure of the delegations
History of the event
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 10 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 the current head coach of their national team, two-time AIBA Women’s World Champion Maria Kovacs won the title in Debrecen. In the upcoming editions women boxers will be 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 last 62nd edition of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Debrecen one year 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.
Participating countries in the event
The following 27 nations are taking part in the event: Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, England, France, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, Ukraine
Participating Confederations: Africa (AFBC), Asia (ASBC), America (AMBC), Europe (EUBC)
Boxers who need to be watched in the event
- Svetlana Soluyanova, Russia, women’s elite 51kg – Defending EUBC European Women’s Champion
- Nandintsetseg Myagmardulam, Mongolia, women’s elite 51kg – Bronze medallist in the New Delhi 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships
- Anastasia Beliakova, Russia, women’s elite 60kg – Bronze medallist at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games; AIBA Women’s World Champion in 2014
- Chen Nien Chin, Chinese Taipei, women’s elite 69kg – Defending AIBA Women’s World Champion, Rio 2016 Olympian, AIBA Women’s Junior World Champion
- Iaroslava Iakushina, Russia, women’s elite 69kg – AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion, Rio 2016 Olympic Games quarter-finalist
- Sofiane Oumiha, France, men’s elite 64kg – Defending AIBA World Champion; Silver medallist at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
- Andrey Zamkovoy, Russia, men’s elite 69kg – Bronze medallist at the London 2012 Olympic Games; Silver medallist at the AIBA World Boxing Championships
- Brian Arregui, Argentina, men’s elite 69kg – Youth Olympic Games winner
- Zoltan Harcsa, Hungary, men’s elite 75kg – Bronze medallist in the European Games and two-time in the EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships; Two-time Olympian
- Pavel Silyagin, Russia, men’s elite 81kg – Bronze medallist at the Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships
- Peter Mullenberg, Netherlands, men’s elite 81kg – Two-time EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist