Russia’s veteran Andrey Zamkovoy won the bout of Day1 in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament07 February 2019
The 63rd edition of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament started in Debrecen, Hungary where a marathon program was held with 52 bouts on Day1. Russia’s London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medallist won the bout of the day in Debrecen while the defending champion of the lightweight (60kg) Hungary’s Roland Galos suffered a surprise loss.
Altogether 35 women and 144 elite men boxers are attending in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament 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 Andrey Zamkovoy claimed bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games and silver in the Milan 2009 AIBA World Boxing Championships. Following a few relatively hard years in his career he has fully returned with top results in 2018 and won also the title of the Russian National Championships.
The 31-year-old Russian veteran is attending in his second Bocskai Memorial Tournament after 2010 and he was named as the main gold medal contender of the welterweight (69kg). Zamkovoy was patient and waiting for the best attacking moments against Ukraine’s new U22 sensation Maksym Pylypets. His Ukrainian opponent landed also strong combinations therefore Zamkovoy had to increase his tempo to beat his powerful rival. The final verdict was split decision to Zamkovoy who advanced to the quarter-finals in Debrecen.
Surprise of the day
Hungary’s former EUBC European Youth Champion Roland Galos arrived to the Bocskai Memorial Tournament as titleholder of the competition but he did not look confident in his opening contest. The 23-year-old Hungarian, who is aiming for an Olympic quota in 2020, had to face with Thailand’s Asian Games bronze medallist Rujakran Juntrong. The Thai boxer is not enough experienced yet than Galos but his strong footwork meant that Juntrong was able to eliminate the defending champion of the men’s lightweight (60kg).
Attila Seres’ pupil, Hungary’s three-time AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships competitor Szabina Szucs claimed silver medal in the Nations Women’s Cup in Serbia starting the year of 2019. The well-experienced Hungarian moved up to the featherweight (57kg) to attend in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament and she started with a strong performance against Spain’s younger Marina Carrasco.
Hungary’s another top female boxer Eszter Olah also earned silver medal in the Nations Women’s Cup in Serbia last month and she moved up to the welterweight (69kg) to compete against stronger rivals in Debrecen. The 25-year-old Hungarian, who trains with coach Peter Dorko, worked well against Argentina’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships quarter-finalist Lucia Perez on Day1. Another top boxer in this weight class Russia’s Rio 2016 Olympian Iaroslava Iakushina also marched to the semi-finals.
Spain’s Samuel Carmona was quarter-finalist at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the light flyweight (49kg) and he decided to move up to the bantamweight (56kg) in the recent months. The 22-year-old Spanish hope controlled the first round against Poland’s Jaroslaw Iwanow and he felt the tempo in his new category. His Ukrainian-descent Polish opponent was a strong rival but Carmona handled this tactical job successfully in Debrecen.
Netherlands’ two-time EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist Peter Mullenberg recovered from his injuries and illnesses just before the start of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament. The 31-year-old Dutch boxer moved back to his best category to the light heavyweight (81kg) and following the close first round he controlled his opening bout against Poland’s young Sebastian Wiktorzak.