Russia is the best team in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament where Artingshall and Cservenka surprised the crowd

10 February 2019 News

Following the semi-finals, the eighteen finals were held in the 63rd edition of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Debrecen, Hungary on the fourth competition day. Kazakhstan’s Serik Temirzhanov became the Best Boxer of the event, Russia awarded the Best Team Trophy while the host Hungarians claimed two gold medals on home soil.

Altogether 35 women and 144 elite men boxers attended in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament for the 18 available gold medals 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 Liudmilla Vorontsova is a two-time EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion talent at the featherweight (57kg) who advanced to the final of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament with top performance. The 19-year-old teenage talent used her amazing tempo in the final against England’s Army boxer, Karris Artingshall and overcame her rival in the exchanges in their first round. Vorontsova has been preparing for the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships with full speed which will be held in her home city in Ulan-Ude. Following the first round Artingshall increased her tempo and shocked her Russian rival with her tough combinations. The 24-year-old English boxer returned to the match and her confident third round was enough to defeat Vorontsova in Debrecen.

Surprise of the day

Hungary’s Baku 2015 European Games bronze medallist and two-time Olympian Zoltan Harcsa is their No.1 boxer but he was not enough shape in the final of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament. Harcsa had to meet with 19-year-old talent Robert Cservenka who won the Abdaliyev Memorial Tournament in Kazakhstan a few months ago and he was quarter-finalist also in the 2017 EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships. Cservenka moved ahead from the first seconds and he had the brave attempt to beat his top rival in the final of the middleweight (75kg). Their spectacular close bout was a good promotion of boxing and it was one of the main sensations of the whole event. The final verdict was split decision to Robert Cservenka who defeated Harcsa at the very first time.

The round-up

Russia’s defending EUBC European Women’s Champion Svetlana Soluianova had to meet with England’s Chloe Watson in the first final of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament. The Russian flyweight (51kg) boxer used her longer reach against Watson who joined to the elite level only this January. The English teenager moved closer in the second round and tried to be more aggressive in their contest but Soluianova was able to keep her advantage until the final gong.

Hungary’s Attila Bernath is the defending EUBC European Youth Champion at the light flyweight (49kg) but the teenage talent is attending at the flyweight (52kg) since he turned to elite this January. The 18-year-old Hungarian found his best rhythm in the second part of the first round and landed strong hooks in the final when he faced with Botswana’s experienced Rajab Otukile Mohammed. The Bocskai Memorial Tournament was Bernath’s first ever international elite competition but he was able to win his difficult final against the African opponent who claimed silver in the last edition of the AFBC African Confederation Boxing Championships.

Russia’s Pavel Fedorov attended in the Sofia 2014 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and in the last EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships and he is trying to do big things in 2019. The 23-year-old Russian eliminated Dutch rival Rio 2016 Olympian Enrico La Cruz in the semi-final of the light welterweight (64kg) and he continued his winning path in the final against Ukraine’s Oleksandr Melenyuk.

Russia’s Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Pavel Silyagin had to do his very best in the first final of the light heavyweight (91kg) against Austria’s Umar Dzambekov but finally his hand was raised after the last gong. In the second group at the light heavyweight (81kg) Netherlands’ Artjom Kasparian dominated his final against Kosovo’s Ardit Delijaj and reached his career highlight in Debrecen.


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