Strong day for the Serbian girls at the 66th Bocskai Memorial Tournament on Day311 February 2022
Twenty-eight contests were held in the third competition day at the new 66th edition of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Debrecen, Hungary today. The winners of the bouts all advanced to the finals of the international tournament on Day3. The Serbian girls shined in the whole session while England’s Shona Whitwell made an excellent comeback.
The event is the highlight of the week and all of the 12 female and 13 male weight classes involved to the official program of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament. The Technical Delegate of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament is Mr. Viorel Sima of Romania.
The Bocskai Memorial Tournament is one of the oldest European international competitions after the Strandja Memorial Tournament. The prestigious Bocskai Memorial Tournament saw big champions in the recent decades and the Hungarian Boxing Association is waiting for stars in the new 66th edition. The finals have been divided into two days following the decision of the Hungarian management to impress the media members and broadcasters.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, the check of the vaccinations, wearing masks and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Hungary avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the new edition of the 2022 Bocskai Memorial Tournament.
The bout of the day
Belarus’ Alla Staradub has got more than ten years of experiences in the international stage but she shocked her top English rival, Shona Whitwell in the first round of their semi-final. The Belarusian boxer knocked down the English girl in the first minute which increased her motivation level in Debrecen. Staradub moved ahead while Whitwell tried to keep the longer distance against the well-experienced Belarusian. Whitwell not only returned to the match with her strong jabs but she was able to turn back their lightweight (60kg) semi-final with brilliant second and third rounds.
The surprise of the day
Hungary’s Beata Varga competed at the Kielce 2021 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships but she lost her first preliminary contest. The 18-year-old girl moved down to the bantamweight (54kg) and joined to the elite and U22 age groups this January. She got the rhythm in the first round against Poland’s super talented Karolina Ampulska and exceeded all of the previous expectations with her unexpected success in Debrecen. Varga will now meet for the title of the category with Poland’s Wiktoria Rogalinska who claimed also medals in the previous EUBC Championships.
Serbia’s Snezana Siljkovic has got experiences from the previous international tournaments but she shocked Hungary’s EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships silver medallist Petra Mezei in the first round of their minimumweight (48kg) battle. The Serbian was never stopped attacking and her energetic style delivered for Siljkovic a quick RSC success after the second standing counts. She will be meeting for the title of the smallest weight class with Poland’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Natalia Kuczewska who bowed out Hungary’s Lilla Szeleczki.
Serbia’s female No.1, Nina Radovanovic was quarter-finalist at the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games and she proved her energetic style of boxing also at the Nations Women’s Cup in January. The small Serbian flyweight (52kg) boxer met with Brazil’s Caroline De Almeida in the semi-finals of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament and she impressed in their meeting. Radovanovic, who is aiming for Serbia’s first top elite female medal in 2022, overcame her Brazilian rival in the attacks and advanced to the final.
Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli is the defending Olympic Champion and AIBA Women’s World Champion and the Bocskai Memorial Tournament is her first international competition in the new cycle. The Turkish boxer competes at the light middleweight (70kg) in Debrecen and following her impressive first success, she continued her winning path. Surmeneli met with Poland’s 19-year-old Daria Parada who had several top junior and youth results in the previous years. The Polish boxer was able to fight until the last seconds but Surmeneli’s skills decided their contest in the semi-final.
Hungary’s Gabor Virban was the best boxer of their 2021 National Elite Boxing Championships and the 23-year-old talent returned to the international stage in top shape and eliminated Belarus’ Nikalai Shakh in a super semi-final at the bantamweight (54kg). His teammate, former kick-boxing World Champion Roland Veres has got still low number of boxing bouts but he was a hard target for Belgium’s experienced Vasile Usturoi. The 22-year-old Hungarian used his excellent footwork and counter-shots to win their lightweight (60kg) semi-final in Debrecen.