Vital, Schop, Broman and Jezek opened with triumphs at the Bornemissza Youth & Junior Memorial Tournament12 June 2019
The new 69th edition of the Bornemissza Youth & Junior Memorial Tournament is the main highlight of the boxing competitions this week which started with its preliminaries. Hungary’s Dominika Vital eliminated a top Polish rival in of the bouts of the day but Croatia’s Noa Jezek, Sweden’s Hampus Broman and Netherlands’ Juna Schop also won top contests.
The Bornemissza Youth & Junior Memorial Tournament is a traditional competition in the city of Eger where the 69th edition is holding this week. The historical city of Eger is famous of its castle’s successful defence in 1552, furthermore its wine regions. The traditional event is the next big competition in the European boxing map and also a preparation for the upcoming EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships.
The following 22 nations and nearly 300 boxers are taking part in the Bornemissza Youth & Junior Memorial Tournament in Eger: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, host Hungary, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Lithuania, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Ukraine and United States of America.
Bout of the day
Hungary’s Dominika Vital attended in the last edition of the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and claimed a few medals in smaller international tournaments. The Nyiregyhaza-based boxer is spending her second year in the youth age group and moved up to the flyweight (51kg) to attend in the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament. Her first opponent was Poland’s Wiktoria Rogalinska who claimed several national titles as junior and youth boxer. Their exchanges delighted the crowd from the first seconds and predicted a close fight in Eger. Vital used her footwork to find the best angles in the second part of their contest and defeated her Polish rival in the preliminary round of the division.
Surprises of the day
Japan’s Sora Tanaka was named as the Best Boxer at the 2017 ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships but he suffered an unexpected loss to Kazakhstan’s Dias Molzhigitov at the youth light welterweight (64kg). Tanaka moved ahead without any stoppage but Molzhigitov’s technical skills decided their contest on Day1.
Netherlands’ Juna Schop is not an experienced youth boxer yet but her physical skills are impressive and she proved that in the first preliminary round of the women’s youth flyweight (51kg). The 18-year-old Dutch boxer was not the favourite against Ukraine’s Viktoria Fabulyak but her tactical weapons were enough to beat her rival in Eger.
Among the male junior boxers United States’ two-time Junior National Champion Richard Fernandez spent less than one round in the ring against Hungary’s Kevin Schmigulecz when his opponent’s ringside abandoned their pinweight (46kg) contest. In another top junior fight of the first competition day Hungary’s Milan Muhovits was slightly better than Germany’s experienced Simon Rieth at the featherweight (57kg).
France’s Jeyssa Marcel is a strong youth boxer who defeated almost all of her previous Hungarian opponents in the recent two years. The French girl used her tempo to beat Hungary’s Tamara Tarnoczy in the preliminary round of the event. Further favourites of the women’s youth flyweight (51kg) as Mongolia’s Altanbek Khulan and Canada’s Emilia Dermott also won their contests in the first competition day.
Sweden’s best male youth boxer Hampus Broman impressed in the recent international events including the Emil Jechev Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria where he claimed silver medal. The 18-year-old Swedish light welterweight (64kg) boxer had a younger opponent as first and he controlled all aspects of his fight against Hungary’s Milan Horvath which means he advanced to the last eight in Eger.
Thailand’s Witthaya Chansom claimed bronze medal in the Komsomolsk-na-Amure International Youth Tournament but he is relatively new at the welterweight (69kg). The 17-year-old Thai talent impressed against Japan’s Takumi Matsukobo and following his lethal punches the referee confirmed his RSC success in their preliminary battle. His teammates as ASBC Asian Youth Champion Weerapon Jongjoho (75kg), Noppharat Thakhui (60kg) and Tanawat Srijan (64kg) all won their first fights.
Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion Yerassyl Zhakpekov was named as the best boxer of the 2018 Bornemissza Youth & Junior Memorial Tournament. He returned to the competition as a youth boxer and delivered the first classical KO success in the event when he met with Hungary’s Andras Komjati at the middleweight (75kg). Nuras Zhenis is another Kazakh hope in the same category who also started strongly and defeated Japan’s Rei Nakano by unanimous decision.
Croatia’s Noa Jezek was quarter-finalist in the last edition of the ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Roseto degli Abruzzi and moved up to the middleweight (75kg) in the recent months. Croatia’s best youth division is the middleweight (75kg) and Jezek determined his bout against Poland’s Wojciech Guzniczak in the first minutes landing tough punches which ended with RSC success.