Tsanikidis and Cuadrado shocked their rivals in the Strandja Memorial Tournament on Day3

22 February 2018 News

The men boxers were in action in the third competition day of the 69th edition of the Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia today. The last day of the preliminaries were held in Bulgarian capital city where Greece’s No.1 Alexandros Tsanikidis and Spain’s Miguel Cuadrado dominated their fights on Day3.

Altogether 143 men and 93 women boxers from 30 countries are taking part in the 69th edition of the Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia. Russia, Kazakhstan, United States of America, China, England, Ukraine, India, Mongolia, Brazil, Italy, Canada, Romania, Morocco, and host Bulgaria are all attending among the top boxing nations in Sofia.

Russia’s Artysh Soyan won the title of the light flyweight (49kg) in their last National Championships and also in the World Cup of the Petroleum Countries Tournament in Beloyarskiy. The 25-year-old Russian landed quick punches when he met with United States’ Salaam Gonzalez and the judges picked him as the winner of their fast contest.

Armenia’s Hrayr Shakhverdyan had an amazing junior and youth career and the 20-year-old talent is trying to do a breakthrough in the elite level. The Armenian lightweight (60kg) boxer impressed in the opening round against Azerbaijan’s future hope Sayad Lalayev and after a few difficult minutes he was able to beat his neighbouring rival in Sofia.

Moldova’s EUBC European Youth Champion Dorin Bucsa is member of the national team since 2011 when he was a schoolboy and after a few issues he is aiming for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The Moldovan lightweight (60kg) boxer was excellent in the first part of the bout against Mauritius’ AFBC African Champion Jean John Colin and his advantage was enough to keep the triumph in the preliminary round.

Bulgaria’s Kiril Rusinov joined to the elite age group in January 2017 and following his national titles in the youth level he is competing in his first ever Strandja Memorial Tournament. The 19-year-old Bulgarian lightweight (60kg) boxer needed to do his very best to beat Brazil’s favourite Wanderson De Oliveira who qualified for the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships.

Johann Eduardo Orozco was born in Colombia but has been fighting for Spain in the international level. The Spaniard did not find the best fighting distance in the first round against Morocco’s Ismail Boudrar but Orozco received the best tactical advices from his ringside. The 23-year-old Spanish light welterweight (64kg) boxer launched successful combinations which were powerful as well therefore the referee confirmed his RSC triumph in the second round.

Greece’s Alexandros Tsanikidis took out of his was his first opponent England’s Connor Loftus on Day1 and he was able to continue the winning path in Sofia. The Greek boxer, who moved back to the light welterweight (64kg), felt the tempo in the fist round against Norway’s Hadi Srour and took the lead in each scorecard. The Armenian-descent Greek boxer bowed out his second rival in the Strandja Memorial Tournament and secured his place in the quarter-final stage.

Russia’s FISU University World Champion Khariton Agrba claimed silver medal in their 2017 edition of National Championships last October and received the right to represent his strong country in such a big event as the Strandja Memorial Tournament. The Russian welterweight (69kg) boxer was a hard target for Ukraine’s Baku 2015 European Games bronze medallist Yaroslav Samofalov and won their contest by split decision.

Armenia’s EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Gurgen Madoyan has been preparing actively to the upcoming EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships therefore he was in top shape in his debuting contest at the welterweight (69kg). The 19-year-old Armenian delivered a top performance and eliminated Bulgaria’s Robert Chamasanyan on Day3.

Spain’s Golden Belt Tournament silver medallist Miguel Cuadrado joined to the national team one year ago and he competed also in the 2017 edition of the Strandja Memorial Tournament. The 22-year-old Spanish middleweight (75kg) boxer developed mainly in physical skills since his last appearance in Sofia but he did not expect a quick contest against Morocco’s Mustafa El-Gharabi. In spite of his tactical opening Cuadrado launched a killing punch in the first round and delivered the first classical KO success of the event.


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