Terteryan, Kamenova, Khyzhniak and Rosenov were the heroes of the last day at the Strandja Memorial Tournament28 February 2022
The last thirteen finals took place in the venue of the 73rd Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria on Sunday. Same as Asia, the European boxers bagged twelve gold medals in the strong international event in Sofia. Russia, Ireland, host Bulgaria, Ukraine and Denmark celebrated titles among the European countries.
The Strandja Memorial is Europe’s oldest international boxing tournament and has a strong brand name therefore high number of stars and nations decided to compete in Sofia. IBA arranged the money prizes and boxers could earn new world ranking points during the 73rd Strandja Memorial Tournament.
The first edition of the Strandja Memorial Tournament was held in Sofia in 1950 and the competition saw amazing stars in the recent decades. The new edition of the Strandja Memorial Tournament took place in all of 12 women’s and 13 men’s weight categories in the Bulgarian capital.
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 were the responsibility of the local organizers in Sofia to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the 2022 Strandja Memorial Tournament.
The bout of the day
Bulgaria’s female boxers earned several big titles in the recent ten years but Svetlana Kamenova achieved her last medal still in 2012 when she earned bronze at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. Kamenova supported the success of many Bulgarian girls in the ringside and after nearly 10 years of break the 32-year-old returned to the ring. Kamenova looked like a teacher during her contests, she handled all of the possible kind of boxers and she used the best strategy against Russia’s experienced Daria Abramova. The Bulgarian featherweight (57kg) boxer landed her jabs and hooks with perfect timing and Abramova lost the control of their exchanges. Kamenova stopped the Russian attacks in the second and third rounds as well and her highly confident boxing delivered for the Bulgarian a fantastic gold medal.
The surprise of the day
Denmark’s Nicolai Terteryan achieved some excellent junior and youth results, he was quarter-finalist at the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships but he proved amazing progress during the Strandja Memorial Tournament. The 20-year-old Danish boxer was patient in the first round and landed his shots when Kazakhstan’s Dulat Bekbauov started to attack. The Danish youngster had some advantage after three minutes but the new Kazakh National Champion at the welterweight (67kg) produced a better second round. Terteryan had amazing stamina, he had the 100% focus until the last gong and delivered a surprise victory in Sofia.
Russia’s Edmond Khudoyan won their National Championships at the minimumweight (48kg) last September and he attended at the Belgrade AIBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships. The Armenian-descent Russian boxer had tight contests in Sofia but he delivered his very best in the final against Ukraine’s Andriy Tyshkovets. The Ukrainian moved down to the smallest category last year and gave in everything but Khudoyan was quicker in the exchanges and earned the title.
Bulgaria’s two-time EUBC European Youth Champion Radoslav Rosenov can attend in elite international tournaments only since January 2022 but he proved extremely smart boxing in the competition. This is his first ever Strandja Memorial Tournament but he boxed as a veteran in the Bulgarian capital during the whole event. Rosenov knocked down his final opponent, Germany’s Murat Yildirim which increased his confidence in the final of the men’s lightweight (60kg). The 18-year-old Bulgarian landed several nice left-handed shots during the final and celebrated his title in the world’s strongest tournament.
Ukraine’s Oleksandr Khyzhniak had only one loss in the recent five years and he won the AIBA World Boxing Championships, the EUBC European Boxing Championships and the European Games too. The Ukrainian middleweight (75kg) boxer advanced to the finals of the Strandja Memorial Tournament as expected and he planned to destroy his opponent’s defence in the first round. Russia’s Pavel Sosulin received seriously high number of punches from close distance when Khyzhniak dictated a serious tempo. The Ukrainian boxer had massive advantage after six minutes but Khyzhniak did not reduce his rhythm and won their final by large margin of differences.
The quote of the day
“This is an emotional return for me, after so many years of absence. I had to do everything possible to win and show that my place is again in the Strandja Memorial Tournament and in other international competitions. I work with the best coach, with an Olympic Champion, so I have the path to achieve strong results. I am definitely more relaxed in the ring after these years when I was assistant coach in the national team for youth. I am much calmer, more erudite, which helps me a lot,” added to her gold medal Bulgaria’s returning Svetlana Kamenova.