Teenage talent Istvan Szaka defended his throne in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament11 February 2018
Fifteen champions have been crowned in the 62nd edition of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Debrecen, Hungary and among them only 19-year-old Istvan Szaka was able to defend his throne. England, host Hungary and Kazakhstan each claimed three gold medals in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament.
Altogether 122 men and 18 women boxers from 20 countries competed in the 62nd edition of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Debrecen. Among the top nations Russia, Kazakhstan, England, Ukraine, Mongolia, Italy, Belarus, Romania, Poland, host Hungary and Netherlands are all sent boxers to the Bocskai Memorial Tournament.
The first gold medal of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament was achieved by England’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Lisa Whiteside who continued her winning path following her semi-final win over Hungary’s Krisztina Beri. The experienced flyweight (51kg) boxer was too quick for Czech Republic’s Jana Prokesova in the final of the event. Her younger teammate England’s Crystal Barker also did enough mainly in the third round when she met in the final of the women’s featherweight (57kg) with Hungary’s 18-year-old Angela Nagy.
Kosovo’s AIBA Women’s Junior World Boxing Championships silver medallist and EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion Donjeta Sadiku used an aggressive style in the final of the lightweight (60kg) against Croatia’s Sara Beram and won her first ever elite competition. The fourth gold medal in the women competition of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament was taken by Hungary’s two-time AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Timea Nagy at the middleweight (75kg) who returned after giving birth to her daughter.
Hungary’s National Champion Istvan Szaka had a hard road to the final of the men’s flyweight (52kg) but he was still enough fresh in the gold medal contest. The 19-year-old Hungarian started well the first round against Russia’s former kick-boxer Maksim Stakheev who eliminated Hungary’s Martin Virban in the last four. The Russian adopted the level in the second round but Szaka used strong defence and he was able to overcame Stakheev in their final. The young Hungarian became the only one who could defend his throne in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Debrecen.
Hungary’s another well developed talent, EUBC European Youth Champion Roland Galos eliminated tough rivals as Kazakhstan’s Asian Students Champion Yertugan Zeinuldinov, England’s Thomas Hodgson and Russia’s Fedor Stepanov during his road to the final at the Bocskai Memorial Tournament. The 22-year-old Hungarian lightweight (60kg) boxer met with Belarus’ AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Dzmitry Asanau in a unique final in Debrecen. Southpaw Galos felt the tempo from the first seconds and looked motivated against his Belarusian rival who did not find the best fighting distance which meant the Hungarian defeated his top rival.
Ukraine’s AIBA World Boxing Championships quarter-finalist Tymur Beliak moved forward from the first seconds in the final of the light welterweight (64kg) when he met with Czech Republic’s new hope Petr Novak. The 23-year-old Ukrainian was successful in closer distance and did not give too much chance to his younger Czech opponent in the next final of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament.
England’s Benjamin Whittaker is a super talented middleweight (75kg) boxer who is in top form in the recent months. The AIBA World Boxing Championships quarter-finalist English hope defeated Russia’s National Champion Shamil Khataev, Kazakhstan’s National Champion Abai Tolesh before proving his strong performance against Netherlands’ Max Van der Pas in the final of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament.
Netherlands’ two-time EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist Peter Mullenberg eliminated Ukraine’s former EUBC European Youth Champion Vladyslav Mikhailov, Kazakhstan’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Bekzad Nurdauletov Croatia’s 19-year-old Leo Cvetkovic during his road to the finals. The Dutch light heavyweight (81kg) boxer was not enough fresh after his hard jobs and lost to Belarus’ two-time Olympian Mikhail Dauhaliavets in the gold medal bout.
Romania’s reigning EUBC European U22 Champion Paul Andrei Aradoaie walked over to the title of the heavyweight (91kg) as his Slovakian rival David Michalek was unable to box against him in the final. Ukraine’s Ihor Shevadzutskiy is their defending National Champion at the super heavyweight (+91kg) who used his strength to beat Kazakhstan’s Ayboldy Daurenuly for the last title of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament.