Surmeneli and Szucs were the bests at the Bocskai Memorial Tournament on Day109 February 2022
The new 66th edition of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament opened with 20 contests in Debrecen, Hungary today. Turkey’s sensation Busenaz Surmeneli returned to the world of boxing and started with a nice success in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament on Day1 when Hungary’s Szabina Szucs eliminated Montenegro’s promising Bojana Gojkovic.
The event will be 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
Turkey’s AIBA Women’s World Champion and Olympic Games winner Busenaz Surmeneli received some rest after her big triumphs but she decided to return to the world of boxing at the Bocskai Memorial Tournament. The 23-year-old Turkish boxer met with Mozambique’s All Africa Games silver medallist Alcinda Panguane in the first day of boxing. Her African opponent is a dangerous boxer who has got long hands and also enough experiences to be competitive. Surmeneli landed shots from all possible angles from the second round and bowed our Panguane in a top level contest at the light middleweight (70kg).
The surprise of the day
Montenegro’s new female sensation, Bojana Gojkovic won the gold medals at the 2018, 2019 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships and at the 2020 and 2021 editions of the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships. The Bocskai Memorial Tournament is her first elite competition and faced with Hungary’s Szabina Szucs who claimed silver medal in the last edition. Following the first round, the Hungarian found her best rhythm and kept Gojkovic on long well enough and used her jabs to stop the young Montenegrin. Szucs, who competed already in three editions of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, enjoyed a tactical success over the super talented teenager.
Serbia’s most experienced female boxer, Nina Radovanovic defeated Hungary’s Hajnalka Sipos in the Nations Women’s Cup less than two weeks ago where she proved her top performance. The Serbian flyweight (52kg) boxer had to meet with her Hungarian rival once again but this time in Debrecen. The younger Hungarian tried to keep the distance well and on long the Serbian but Radovanovic had the strong fighting spirit to catch Sipos in their contest. The experienced Serbian was too strong for the Hungarian and the result was the same, Radovanovic bowed out her rival once again.
Poland’s new hope, Daria Parada achieved medal at the Kielce 2021 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and she proved impressive performance in her junior and youth competitions. The Polish talent has been preparing hard for the upcoming EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships which will be held in Croatia next month. The Bocskai Memorial Tournament is her preparation event but she impressed against Serbia’s young Aleksandra Rapaic and advanced to the next stage of boxing at the light middleweight (70kg).
Ukraine’s Yuriy Zakharieiev won the AIBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships and the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in the same year as first boxer in the history of our sport. The Ukrainian light middleweight (71kg) boxer met with Hungary’s Isaac Oroyovwe in the first day of boxing and proved his fantastic tempo in their bout. The Hungarian was planned to keep the distance but Zakharieiev was energetic and she landed strong combinations to win their contest in Debrecen.