Youngsters as Tolmachov, Kuczewska and Lijesevic shined in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament on Day2

10 February 2022 News

Twenty-four contests were held in the second competition day at the new 66th edition of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Debrecen, Hungary today. Ukraine’s Bogdan Tolmachov, Poland’s Natalia Kuczewska and Montenegro’s Petar Lijesevic are the next generation boxers who all shined in the second day of boxing.

The event is the highlight of the week and all of the 12 female and 13 male weight classes involved to the official program of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament. The Technical Delegate of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament is Mr. Viorel Sima of Romania.

The Bocskai Memorial Tournament is one of the oldest European international competitions after the Strandja Memorial Tournament. The prestigious Bocskai Memorial Tournament saw big champions in the recent decades and the Hungarian Boxing Association is waiting for stars in the new 66th edition. The finals have been divided into two days following the decision of the Hungarian management to impress the media members and broadcasters.

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 Hungary avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the new edition of the 2022 Bocskai Memorial Tournament.   

The bout of the day

Ukraine’s EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships silver medallist Bogdan Tolmachov moved up to the light heavyweight (80kg) and arrived to Debrecen as one of the favourites. The 20-year-old Ukrainian has been preparing for the upcoming EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships and he is in top shape now. Tolmachov had to meet with a dangerous rival, Montenegro’s Petar Marcic on Day2 and his opponent had a strong attempt to control the bout. Tolmachov moved back and launched his shots from longer range in their contest which was a manly battle between the two youngsters and won by the Ukrainian.  

The Round-Up

Poland’s Natalia Kuczewska achieved silver medal at the Kielce 2021 AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships and she joined to their U22 and elite national teams this January. The 18-year-old Polish girl was quicker than Hungary’s Judit Hachbold and controlled the first round against the local boxer. Kuczewska landed her counter-punches with perfect timing and stopped the Hungarian attacks in the first round successfully. The Polish teenager proved that she could be a medal favourite at the upcoming EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships and won her contest in Debrecen as well.

Serbia’s Nikolina Gajic competed in high number of international tournaments in the recent years and she has got strong plans in the busy year of 2022. She is aiming to attend at the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in May and prepared well to her next international event, to the Bocskai Memorial Tournament. Gajic used her dynamism to catch Croatia’s Ana Stojakovic with strong punches in the first round of their welterweight (66kg) contest. Gajic was too tough for the Croatian girl and the referee stopped their unequal bout following the standing counts.

Ukraine’s Ruslan Tsykalo achieved bronze medal at the Kielce 2021 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and since that strong result he moved up to the featherweight (57kg). The 19-year-old boxer has been selected to attend in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament where he proved his very best on Day2. He had fantastic footwork against Hungary’s Vilmos Toth-Szabo and took the lead on the scorecards after three minutes. Tsykalo was in different level than his Hungarian rival and marched to the next stage of boxing in Debrecen.

Montenegro’s Petar Lijesevic is EUBC European Youth Champion and silver medallist from the Kielce 2021 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. Montenegro’s best future hope met with Hungary’s Adam Toth in the first round of the men’s cruiserweight (86kg) and tried to used his strength on Day2. The 19-year-old Lijesevic danced through the Hungarian boxer and landed several clear shots in the first and second rounds. Montenegro’s teenage sensation switched his stance a few times in the bout and his uppercuts were dangerous for the Hungarian therefore he was too strong for Toth today.

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