Ukraine won 12 youth titles at the 71st Bornemissza Memorial Tournament13 June 2022
The second part of the finals were on the agenda at the 71st edition of the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament in Eger, Hungary on Day5. The Ukrainians were the most successful in the day of the finals earning 12 gold medals in the youth part of the competition.
Twenty-one junior boxers celebrated their gold medals in the Bornemissza Memorial where Hungary, Georgia, Romania and Scotland shared the titles. Further 25 champions were crowned in the youth age group, and Canada, Romania, Hungary, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan won these title bouts.
The new 71st edition of the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament was the highlight of this week in the boxing world with the participation of 224 boxers. The Technical Delegate of the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament was Mr. Viorel Sima of Romania. The competition was held in the women’s youth, women’s junior, men’s youth and men’s junior age groups.
The boxers, who were born in 2004 and in 2005, were eligible to attend in the youth age group and the event was one of the top preparations for the upcoming 2022 IBA Youth World Boxing Championships. The younger 2006-2007 born junior boxers competed for the 21 titles in the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament and supported their preparations for the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships.
The bout of the day
The Hungarian youth male boxers earned finally four gold medals in the fifth competition day of the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament. Their ISF Gymnasiade winner Milan Petriman dominated the final of the welterweight (67kg) in Eger but Sandor Homa took the top success of their team. The Hungarian middleweight (75kg) boxer is absolutely newcomer in the international stage but he bowed out his opponents one by one in Eger. Homa faced Canada’s best youth male boxer in the final, Mathieu Wilkens and both of the talents wanted to win this title bout. Homa felt the distance better in the second part of the final and defeated a top Canadian boxer in Eger.
The surprise of the day
Ukraine’s Alina Maliar competed already three EUBC European Boxing Championships between 2018 and 2020. The 17-year-old talent joined the youth age group this January and she was named as the top favourite at the women’s flyweight (52kg). The Ukrainian was more experienced than her Hungarian rival, Laura Horvath was but Maliar could not find the best fighting distance. Horvath proved rapid development and he effective attacks were not only brave attempts but also the young Hungarian earned a surprise gold medal in Eger.
Canada’s Sierra Eshouzadeh won the first youth title in the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament, she defeated Hungary’s Kata Pap in the final of the minimumweight (48kg). Romania earned gold medals in the junior age group and their lone female youth finalist, Roxana Hamza impressed at the light flyweight (50kg). The 17-year-old Romanian had a Ukrainian final opponent, Diana Petronko but she managed to secure the title, the fourth for her nation in Eger.
The Ukrainian girls were in excellent shape in the entire Bornemissza Memorial Tournament and following Adriana Kotovych’s and Tetiana Dovhal’s gold medals, their new sensation shined at the light welterweight (63kg). Yulia Filipova dominated her contests during the road to the final but she had the strong fighting spirit to take the gold medal. The Ukrainian had a tough final opponent, Kazakhstan’s Aida Zholdassova but her quick attacks guaranteed Filipova’s RSC triumph still in the first round.
Ukraine’s Anastasia Saraniuk had a tight success over Hungary’s Petra Kovacs in the final of the middleweight (75kg) and earned her nation’s fourth gold medal in the women’s youth part of the Bornemissza Memorial. Hungary’s Nora Komjathi moved up to the light heavyweight (81kg) and she made debut in this new category. The 17-year-old Hungarian had more than a tough final opponent, Kazakhstan’s Kamila Bazhbenova but she managed to keep the control until the last gong earning a gold medal in Eger.
Hungary’s Csaba Zsigo won the title at the Brasov Youth Open in February and he reached the quarter-finals at the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships in April. The 17-year-old boxer continued his participation in the international stage and impressed in the day of the finals. Zsigo was more energetic than Ukraine’s Vladyslav Kondratyuk and took the lead on the judges’ scorecards. The Hungarian minimumweight (48kg) boxer stepped into the gas in the third round and his combinations delivered a clear RSC success for him.
Ukraine’s new flag bearer in the youth team, Maksym Rudyk had impressive triumphs at the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament and he used his strength to decide the final of the flyweight (51kg) against Hungary’s Imre Bernath stopping his local rival. His teammate, Ivan Zavadskyi also defeated a Hungarian opponent, Sandor Kiss and bagged the title at the bantamweight (54kg).
Ukraine’s most experienced youth boxer, the EUBC European Junior Champion Oleksandr Yarovyi walked over to the title of the light welterweight (63.5kg) following his Hungarian opponent, Almos Lantos was unable to box against him. Ukraine’s Mykyta Zasenok and Oleksandr Zelenskyi triumphed over their teammates in the finals of the cruiserweight (86kg) and super heavyweight (+92kg) which bouts were selections between them.