Surprises in the women’s finals of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament

12 February 2022 News

The women’s finals and the second part of the men’s semi-finals featured in the fourth competition day at the new 66th edition of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Debrecen, Hungary today. Serbia’s Nina Radovanovic and England’s Shona Whitwell won key finals on Day4 that saw surprises in Debrecen.

The IBA Silver 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 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

Serbia’s No.1, Nina Radovanovic and Croatia’s Nikolina Cacic both qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games as historical female boxers from their nations. The younger Croatian moved down to the flyweight (52kg) and tried to use her longer hands to keep the best fighting distance in their final bout. The 20-year-old Croatian stopped most of the Serbian attacks and she followed the perfect strategy against Radovanovic. The smaller Serbian moved ahead more from the second round and she was able to win this difficult contest in Debrecen, which means she is still unbeaten in 2022 after two strong international tournaments. 

The surprises of the day

Croatia’s European Games bronze medallist Marko Milun was in top form in the recent years and after a short break, he returned to the national team. The experienced Croatian used his height advantage against Austria’s Ahmed Hagag who moved up to the super heavyweight (+92kg) in the recent months. The Croatian boxer received punches from the quick opponent but he looked stronger in the exchanges in the first round. The 21-year-old Austrian increased his rhythm and his speed decided their contest that was a surprise in the fourth competition day.

Turkey’s AIBA Women’s World Champion and Olympic Games winner Busenaz Surmeneli returned to the international stage of boxing at the Bocskai Memorial Tournament. The Turkish light middleweight (70kg) boxer looked confident in the first round against Brazil’s Barbara Santos and took the lead on the scorecards after three minutes. The South American girl found her best rhythm in the second round and landed effective punches, which stopped Surmeneli’s attacks. The Turkish star is not in top form yet and suffered a close but unexpected loss in the final of the Bocskai. 

The Round-Up

The Welsh boxers have been preparing with full speed to the upcoming Commonwealth Games and their squad is one of the youngest ones in the whole continent. Romeo Costa has just joined to the Welsh elite national team this January but the 18-year-old boxer has strong technical skills. Costa landed the better punches from counter-attacking range in the first round and took the lead on the scorecards in his semi-final against Hungary’s Daniel Danyi. The Welsh teenager received punches in the end of the second round and despite of Danyi’s great finish, Costa advanced to the final of the men’s light welterweight (63.5kg).

Montenegro’s 2020 EUBC European Youth Champion and AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Petar Lijesevic eliminated his quarter-final opponent with strong performance and he increased his tempo in the last four against Ukraine’s Andriy Isakov. The 19-year-old talent from Montenegro followed the tactical instructions and tried to land more punched in the first round than his Ukrainian opponent. Isakov turned up the heat in the second round, moved forward without any stoppage and bowed out his teenage rival who has been preparing hard to the upcoming EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships.

Poland’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Natalia Kuczewska joined to the elite age group this January and marched into the finals of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament as newcomer. The Polish minimumweight (48kg) boxer met in the final with Serbia’s Snezana Siljkovic who tried to surprise her with energetic attacks. The Serbian boxer landed strong punches in the second round and her combinations were dangerous for the Polish teenager. Kuczewska gave in everything in the third round but Siljkovic had enough advantage to win the first female final of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament.

England’s Shona Whitwell turned back her semi-final against the Belarusian veteran and after that, she looked confident in the final against Brazil’s Rebeca Santos de Lima who earned bronze at the Budapest 2018 AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships. The 10cm taller English boxer worked from long distance and but the 21-year-old Brazilian was also patient and waited for the best attacking moments. Santos landed some excellent hooks in the second round while Whitwell reached the South American with tough jabs in their chess game. The taller English girl managed to control the second part of their lightweight (60kg) final and won the title of the Bocskai Memorial.

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