Whiteside and Galos returned with world class performances in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament10 February 2018
Twenty-eight top quality semi-finals were held in the 62nd edition of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Debrecen, Hungary. The winners advanced to the finals and remained their chance alive to win the competition. England’s Lisa Whiteside was the best among the women boxers in the semi-final and following that Hungary’s Roland Galos proved world class performance in the men part of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament.
The current Bocskai Memorial Tournament is holding in 4 women and 9 men weight classes but due the high number of participants the local organizers had to separate the boxers in two weight classes which means 15 winners will be crowned in the finals.
Altogether 118 men and 18 women boxers from 22 countries are attending in the 62nd edition of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Debrecen. Russia, Kazakhstan, England, Ukraine, Mongolia, Italy, Belarus, Romania, Poland, host Hungary and Netherlands are all competing among the top boxing nations in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament.
Czech Republic’s Jana Prokesova moved up to the flyweight (51kg) in the recent months and following her first triumph over Hungary’s Zsofia Papp in 2016, she was able to control their second contest in the semi-final of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament. The Czech boxer found the holes of the Hungarian defence and she was able to land more punches which means she can box for the title of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament with England’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Lisa Whiteside.
England’s Crystal Barker claimed bronze medal in the 2013 AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships but she needed three years to reach the level of the elite boxers. The 21-year-old featherweight (57kg) boxer pressurized Hungary’s Montana Belts Tournament silver medallist Szabina Szucs in the semi-final and launched several hard jabs in their contest. The younger English boxer won the bout by unanimous decision and will be facing for the title with another host nation’s boxer, Angela Nagy.
Kosovo’s AIBA Women’s Junior World Boxing Championships silver medallist and EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion Donjeta Sadiku will be turning to 19 only later this year and the Bocskai Memorial Tournament is her first elite competition. In spite of her lack of experiences in the international level, she used her aggressive tactic against Hungary’s Eszter Olah in the semi-final of the lightweight (60kg). Following her tough combinations in the third round, the referee stopped their contest which means Sadiku will be boxing with for the title with Croatia’s Sara Beram.
Hungary’s two-time AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Timea Nagy gave birth to her daughter only a few months ago but returned to the ring quickly. The experienced Hungarian middleweight (75kg) boxer met with Czech Republic’s EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships bronze medallist Martina Schmoranzova in the semi-final and her patient tactic delivered for her a place in the final. Nagy will be facing for the title with her teammate Szimonetta Pallas tomorrow.
Hungary’s National Champion Istvan Szaka defeated England’s Blaine Hyland in the quarter-final of the flyweight (52kg) and started the first round well against Israel’s Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships competitor David Alaverdian. Szaka increased his rhythm in the second, he was a hard target and launched powerful counter-attacks against his top rival. The 19-year-old Hungarian enjoyed the semi-final and will be boxing for the title with Russia’s Maksim Stakheev who eliminated Hungary’s Martin Virban in a close bout.
Slovakia’s EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships bronze medallist Viliam Tanko had a few difficulties in the first round against Czech Republic’s EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Miroslav Gorol but he changed his tactic in the second round. The Slovakian bantamweight (56kg) boxer moved more on feet in that period but Gorol came back in the third and caused a small surprise in Debrecen. The 19-year-old Czech boxer will be meeting with Kazakhstan’s Incheon 2014 Asian Games winner Ilyas Suleimenov.
Hungary’s former EUBC European Youth Champion Roland Galos eliminated tough rivals as Kazakhstan’s Asian Students Champion Yertugan Zeinuldinov and England’s Thomas Hodgson during his road to the semi-final at the Bocskai Memorial Tournament. The 22-year-old Hungarian lightweight (60kg) boxer was a hard target for Russia’s Fedor Stepanov in the first round and his strength was enough to keep the best fighting distance. The Russian had a great punch in the second but Galos replied to him quickly and the Hungarian’s counter-attacking style was enough for him to dominate their semi-final. Galos will be boxing in a dream final with Belarus’ AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Dzmitry Asanau who eliminated Netherlands’ Rio 2016 Olympian Enrico La Cruz.
England’s Cyrus Pattinson was silver medallist in the 2016 Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Debrecen but this time he did much better performance in the 62nd edition. England’s welterweight (69kg) National Champion launched several successful hooks in the first round against Hungary’s Andras Vadasz who boxed for the British Lionhearts in the World Series of Boxing last year. Pattinson moved ahead but Vadasz’s hooks and counter-attacks were enough to beat his English rival in a spectacular contest.
Netherlands’ two-time EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist Peter Mullenberg eliminated Ukraine’s former EUBC European Youth Champion Vladyslav Mikhailov and Kazakhstan’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Bekzad Nurdauletov in the previous rounds. The Dutch light heavyweight (81kg) veteran had to use all of his experiences to beat Croatia’s 19-year-old Leo Cvetkovic and will be facing for the title with Belarus’ two-time Olympian Mikhail Dauhaliavets.
Romania’s reigning EUBC European U22 Champion Paul Andrei Aradoaie defeated Hungary’s Adam Hamori in the Szechenyi Memorial Tournament last October and the two boxers had to meet each other in the semi-final of the heavyweight (91kg) in Debrecen. The 21-year-old Romanian boxer proved better second and third rounds than his Hungarian opponent and marched into the final of the event and will be meeting for the title with Slovakia’s David Michalek.