Yasen Radev won his quarter-final bout with excellent strategy at the Strandja Memorial Tournament

25 February 2022 News

The second and last part of the quarter-finals were held at the 73rd Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria today. The host nation’s 19-year-old teenage talent Yasen Radev impressed in the competition day, he used the perfect strategy against his Ukrainian opponent in Sofia.

More than fifty bouts took place in the fifth competition at the 73rd edition of the Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria on Thursday. All of the winners advanced to the semi-finals in the event and they are all guaranteed medallists.

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 will arrange the money prizes and boxers can 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 holds 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 are 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 EUBC European Youth Champion Yasen Radev impressed in the recent training camps where he had strong sparring partners. The 19-year-old boxer had to reduce the fighting distance against Ukraine’s Rostyslav Bilostotskyi who has five years of international experiences. Radev had quick actions in the first and second rounds which were decisive in their tight quarter-final today. The Bulgarian teenager became the first guaranteed male medallist today in Sofia winning the first opening bout of the afternoon session in Ring B. His teammate, two-time EUBC European Champion Daniel Asenov also won his contest in the same bantamweight (54kg) today.

The surprise of the day

Italy’s Erika Prisciandaro achieved gold medal at the 2019 EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships in Sofia but her return to the Bulgarian capital was more impressive. She was not the favourite against Russia’s Aleksandra Kuleshova in the quarter-finals of the women’s minimumweight (48kg). The experienced Russian looked confident in the third round but the younger Italian adopted the rhythm in the second and changed her strategy. Emanuele Renzini’s pupil has done a strong performance in the last round and caused a sensation in the fifth competition day.

The Round-Up

Spain’s Marta Lopez del Arbol qualified for the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and she was involved to the national elite national team in 2019. The young Spaniard moved back to the minimumweight (48kg) and that decision was highly successful in the recent month. Lopez met with her strong neighbouring rival, France’s Rim Bennama who is one of the most promising boxers in this weight class. The Spanish talent followed the well-built tactic and she was able to eliminate Bennama whose elder brother Billal is a star in the men’s bantamweight (54kg).  

Ukraine’s Tetiana Kob is member of their elite national team since 2007 and her 15 years of experiences in our sport means that she met with all styles of boxers during her career. The Ukrainian flyweight (52kg) boxer started the first round with great rhythm against Ireland’s Commonwealth Games silver medallist Carly McNaul. The Irish girl showed more of her technical skills in the second round but Kob was confident in the third to win their quarter-final contest in Sofia.

Poland’s Aneta Rygielska achieved silver medal in the last edition of the EUBC European Women’s Elite Boxing Championships in Alcobendas two and half years ago. She moved back to the light welterweight (63kg) which is the best for her height and physical conditions. Rygielska had difficulties in the first round against Netherlands’ Luna Beeloo who is an 18-year-old talent in our sport. The Polish girl found her best rhythm in the second round and eliminated the Dutch youngster who proved strong developments.

Russia’s former AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Natalia Sychugova is in top shape but she had to prepare well to her next contest in Sofia where she boxed with India’s Parveen. Her Indian opponent was one year younger but also involved to their elite national team in 2019 as Sychugova. The Russian boxer found the holes on the Indian defence and her jabs reached the target in the first round. Parveen was better and better from rounds to rounds but she was not able to turn back their close quarter-final bout in the Strandja Memorial.

Lithuania’s Gabriele Stonkute is a young talent who decided to compete this time at the light heavyweight (81kg) instead of the middleweight (75kg). The Baltic boxer faced with Romania’s Alexandra Petcu in an anticipated contest and her strategy worked well in the first round. Stonkute landed mostly jabs in their quarter-final contest and controlled two-thirds of their exchanges to win this challenge. The Lithuanian will be meeting in the last four with Poland’s Agata Kaczmarska who eliminated Belarus’ veteran Viktoriya Kebikava.

Sweden’s promising Nebil Ibrahim has been preparing to the upcoming EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships, which will feature in Croatia next month. The young Swedish talent had a strong attempt in the first round to surprise Bulgaria’s ex-Cuban star, Javier Ibanez Diaz in the quarter-final of the men’s featherweight (57kg). The former AIBA Youth World Champion Bulgarian changed his tempo in the beginning of the second round and his speed decided their contest in Sofia.

Ukraine’s technician Yaroslav Khartsyz won the Strandja Memorial Tournament in 2020 and returned to the Bulgarian capital to earn his next big title. The 24-year-old boxer had a few months of rest but he prepared well to this powerful competition and used his speed to avoid his opponent’s attacks. Sweden’s Hampus Broman is a young U22 talent who reached strong youth results in various events but Khartsyz was not his level yet. The Ukrainian controlled all of the three rounds and advanced to the semi-finals of the men’s light welterweight (63.5kg).

Denmark’s Nicolai Terteryan has been attending in the international events since 2016 and he shined first in the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. The Danish welterweight (67kg) boxer is in the elite and U22 national team and following his previous top performance, he had another fabulous performance in Sofia. After the first tactical round against Moldova’s Alexandru Paraschiv, his jabs were effective and gained the control of their quarter-final. Terteryan, who has strong Armenian roots, landed more punches than his Moldovan opponent and advanced to the last four.

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