Lundström, Buza and Olah were the bests in the opening day of the Akos Toth Memorial Tournament22 February 2020
The new event of the European boxing map, the Akos Toth Memorial Tournament began with 16 fights in the opening day of boxing in the small town of Koka. Sweden’s Moltas Lundström eliminated a more experienced Hungarian boxer in the semi-finals while the top local junior talents as Rafael Buza and Levente Olah also impressed in the first day.
The competition was named after a former Hungarian boxer Akos Toth who passed away in a car accident at the age of 24 in 2009. The Akos Toth Memorial Tournament is holding in the Krisztian Berki Sports Hall in the city of Koka which is a small village and located in Pest county near to the capital of Hungary.
Bout of the day
Sweden’s Moltas Lundström reached excellent junior and youth results and his coaches developed him step by step. The Swedish boxer joined to the elite age group only in 2019 and competed in the Montana Belts Tournament and in King of the Ring Tournament. The 19-year-old Swedish middleweight (75kg) boxer had to meet in the semi-final of the Akos Toth Memorial Tournament with Hungary’s National Championships silver medallist Isaac Oroyovwe. The Swedish teenager used his enthusiasm and fighting spirit to beat the more experienced Hungarian in the bout of the first competition day.
Surprise of the day
Hungary’s Levente Olah claimed bronze medal in the 2019 edition of the EUBC European Schoolboys Boxing Championships in Georgia but he is newcomer among the junior boxers. The 14-year-old junior featherweight (57kg) boxer had to meet with Croatia’s Ivan Ante Greguric who is more experienced in the international tournaments than Olah. The younger Hungarian shocked the Croatian who impressed in the last edition of the EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships. Olah landed tough punches in the second round and the referee stopped the contest which meant the Hungarian advanced to the finals.
Hungary’s EUBC European Schoolboys Boxing Championships silver medallist Rafael Buza is one of the biggest junior hope of the host country in the events in 2020. The 15-year-old Hungarian moved up to the featherweight (57kg) in the recent weeks and continued his winning path following his success over Sweden’s Denis Nikandrov. The final verdict was unanimous decision in the favour of the top Hungarian junior boxer in Koka.
Slovenia’s Prokhor Ryazanov is a newcomer in the elite age group but he is such a talented boxer who had tournament titles among the junior and youth boxers. The Slovenian teenager moved up to the bantamweight (57kg) and started his campaign well against Hungary’s Krisztian Matyas in Koka. In the same elite weight class Sweden’s Erduan Berisha eliminated Slovenia’s Matvey Ryazanov in a hectic bout.
Slovenia’s Tadej Cernoga has done his debut in the top events at the 2017 EUBC European U22 Boxing Championships and since then he attended plenty of international events. The 24-year-old Slovenian had a tight bout against Sweden’s Hampus Broman but he succeeded in the lightweight (63kg). Another top Slovenian boxer Arber Elshani bowed out Hungary’s Istvan Kreko at the welterweight (69kg) where Sweden’s Peter Ahlberg also won his opening bout in Koka.