The Russian woman team has done perfect performance in the semi-finals of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament

09 February 2019 News

The exciting semi-finals was held in the 63rd edition of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Debrecen, Hungary where the winners of today’s contests advanced to the finals. The Russian women team has done superb job in the third competition day becoming the best team in the semi-finals.

Altogether 35 women and 144 elite men boxers are attending in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Debrecen. The Hungarian LOC had to divide the boxers into two groups at the men’s flyweight (52kg), light welterweight (64kg), middleweight (75kg) and light heavyweight (81kg) due the high number of entries.

Bout of the day

Russia’s Pavel Fedorov attended in the Sofia 2014 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and in the last EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships but in the recent one year he proved strong development. The 23-year-old Russian started better than his strong Dutch rival Rio 2016 Olympian Enrico La Cruz and in the second round the referee counted his rival following one of his good punches. The Dutch boxer moved up to the light welterweight (64kg) and gave in everything in the third round but he had disadvantages after six minutes of fight. La Cruz was not able to deliver his best ever performance in the semi-finals which means Fedorov can prepare to his next final bout.

Surprise of the day

Hungary’s Debrecen-based Attila Bernath was gold medallist in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Roseto degli Abruzzi but the Bocskai Memorial Tournament is his first ever elite international tournament. The 18-year-old Hungarian had to meet with Iran’s eight-year older Omid Ahmadisafa who won international tournaments in Kazakhstan and in Mongolia and achieved silver in the Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament. In spite of the Iranian’s strong pedigree the Hungarian teenager attacked well in the first two rounds and eliminated his experienced Asian rival.

Team of the day

The Russian women boxers arrived to the Bocskai Memorial Tournament as their first preparation for the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships which will be held in Ulan-Ude this October. Their EUBC European Women’s Champion Svetlana Soluianova was better than Spain’s Laura Fuertes in their flyweight (51kg) semi-final. Lyudmila Vorontsova continued the winning path of the Russian team when she eliminated Hungary’s Sara Benke in the semi-final of the featherweight (57kg).

The main stars of the Russian women team such as AIBA Women’s World Champion Anastasia Beliakova and Iaroslava Iakushina both advanced to the finals with top performances. Their last hope Oksana Trofimova was slightly better than Hungary’s two-time AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Timea Nagy.

The round-up

England’s Karris Artingshall is a strong Army boxer who had to meet with Hungary’s three-time AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships competitor Szabina Szucs in the semi-final of the women’s featherweight (57kg). The English boxer controlled the first round against her Hungarian opponent and increased her tempo in the second when she landed a lethal punch. The referee counted Szucs in the second round and following the English boxer’s next top action Artingshall’s RSC success was confirmed.

Ukraine’s Ihor Sopinskyi eliminated one of the main gold medal contenders of the men’s flyweight (52kg) Spain’s Gabriel Escobar in the quarter-final and he had to meet with another top boxer Israel’s David Alaverdian. The Ukrainian was not enough shape in the first round against his Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships competitor but he found his best rhythm in time and advanced to the final in Debrecen.

Russia’s London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medallist Andrey Zamkovoy is member of the national team since 2009 and in the recent one and half year he regained his confidence. Zamkovoy, who is aiming for his third Olympic Games in 2020, had to meet with a competitive rival Thailand’s Kittisak Klinson in the semi-final. His Asian opponent was brave but Zamkovoy’s counter-attacks decided their top level of welterweight (69kg) contest.

The men’s middleweight (75kg) is a strong category in Hungary and their 19-year-old talent Robert Cservenka, who won the Abdaliyev Memorial Tournament in Kazakhstan a few months ago, eliminated Iran’s Seyed Shahin Mousavi in Debrecen. Their top boxer in the same category two-time Olympian Zoltan Harcsa dominated his next fight and eliminated Italy’s Francesco Faraoni in the semi-final. The two Hungarians will be meeting for the title of the middleweight (75kg) of Group B in Debrecen.

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