Zuro and Mortensen were the heroes of the third day at the Bornemissza Youth & Junior Memorial Tournament14 June 2019
Another marathon program was held in the third competition day at the 69th edition of the Bornemissza Youth & Junior Memorial Tournament in Eger. Hungary’s Zsolt Zuro won the bout of the day defeating Kazakhstan’s star Biybars Zheksen while the main sensation of the day was delivered by Denmark’s Melissa Mortensen.
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 Zsolt Zuro is a native talent in our sport and in spite of the fact he is spending his first year among the youth boxers, he is already enough experienced to beat top rivals. The 17-year-old Hungarian claimed bronze medal in the 2018 EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships and gold in the Mostar International Youth Tournament two weeks ago. The bantamweight (56kg) boxer had to meet with Kazakhstan’s star Biybars Zheksen in the semi-final of the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament. The ASBC Asian Junior Champion Kazakh boxer knocked out his previous rival but he was not enough fresh in the first round. Zuro’s coaching staff analysed the Kazakh boxer and their strategy worked well in the first and second rounds. Zheksen was more offensive in the third round but he was not able to turn back their fight which was a sensational one on Day3.
Surprise of the day
Denmark’s youth No.1 Melissa Mortensen was bronze medallist in the 2017 EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships but she was not the favourite against Thailand’s Youth Olympic Games winner Panpatchara Somnuek. The Danish featherweight (57kg) talent exceeded all of her previous performance and eliminated the top gold medal contender Thai boxer in the semi-finals.
Denmark’s best junior boxer Elias Idrissi had to miss the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament following his participation at the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships but his teammates shined in the third competition day. Firstly, Magnus Jakobsen was too strong for Hungary’s Akos Surman at the junior light flyweight (48kg) before Masti Waysi impressed against Spain’s Juan Pantoja Moreno in the semi-finals of the flyweight (50kg) in Eger.
Hungary’s Bendeguz Szigetvari exceeded the previous expectations with his triumph over India’s Abhay Saroha in the previous round of the junior light welterweight (63kg). The 16-year-old Hungarian attended in the last two editions of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships and following his impressive success over the Indian boxer he was still hungry for the further victory. Szigetvari had to meet with his main national rival Enriko Varga and his stamina was enough to win this key fight in Eger.
Hungary’s another junior sensation EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships bronze medallist Mate Horvath attended in Galati two weeks ago but the 15-year-old welterweight (66kg) boxer proved his very best once again. Horvath used his footwork to keep the best fighting distance against India’s Jaydeep Rawat and his extra performance delivered for him a place in the final.
Norway sent a few boxers to the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament last year and their team returned also to the new edition of the event. Norway’s best junior male boxer Markus Ovald used the best fighting distance against Hungary’s Attila Simon and celebrated his success at the middleweight (75kg). The Norwegian boxer will be facing for the gold medal with United States’ Antwan Hunter Jr. who eliminated Hungary’s Peter Zarando.
The French youth girls have done a sensational day in the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament, three of their youngsters won their contests. Salma Friga defeated Annabelle Bruun at the bantamweight (54kg) which was a great opening for them. Lorye Ruyer was too strong for Hungary’s Gabriella Pesti at the lightweight (60kg) and advanced to the final of the category. The third tough French girl Shannon Toure dominated her fight against Ukraine’s Daria Lubotska and the referee confirmed her RSC success quickly in their welterweight (69kg) meeting.