The longest competition day with 48 bouts took place at the 71st edition of the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament in Eger, Hungary. Kazakhstan’s Bakhtiyar Anarbayev won the bout of the day, Hungary’s Sara Nyogeri had a sensational success while the Georgian juniors amazed on Day3.
The new 71st edition is running in Eger this week and 224 boxers are fighting for the titles. The Technical Delegate of the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament is Mr. Viorel Sima of Romania. The competition is taking place in the women’s youth, women’s junior, men’s youth and men’s junior age groups.
The boxers, who were born in 2004 and in 2005, will be eligible to attend in the youth age group and the event is one of the top preparations for the upcoming 2022 IBA Youth World Boxing Championships. The younger 2006-2007 born junior boxers can compete for 26 titles in the upcoming Bornemissza Memorial Tournament.
The 21 junior finals and last two youth semi-finals are in the schedule of the fourth competition day in Eger, Hungary.
The bout of the day
Hungary’s Levente Olah achieved a gold medal at the 2021 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships in Tbilisi and he defeated 90% of his opponents by RSC last year. The Hungarian talent joined the youth age group this January and the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament is his third international event in 2022. Olah advanced to the semi-finals of the lightweight (60kg) in Eger but he could expect a tough bout against Kazakhstan’s well-experienced Bakhtiyar Anarbayev who achieved a bronze medal at the 2022 ASBC Asian Youth Boxing Championships. Olah landed the stronger shots but the 17-year-old Kazakh was technically better in their semi-final and won the bout of the day by split decision.
The surprise of the day
Scotland’s Niamh Mitchell has several years of experiences in the boxing events despite of the fact that she is only 16. The Scottish girl eliminated strong boxers in the previous stages of the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament and met a younger opponent, Hungary’s 15-year-old Sara Nyogeri. Mitchell used the same style of boxing but her Hungarian rival had better attacks in their meeting and Nyogeri celebrated a surprise win on Day3 which means she can box for the title with Noemi Raba.
Georgia’s Roman Guseinov had a strong rival on Day3, Hungary’s EUBC European Schoolboys Boxing Championships silver medallist Rikardo Joni but he managed to beat the local favourite and advanced to the final of the junior light flyweight (48kg). His teammate, Zviad Tchotchua is not well-known in the international stage yet but he impressed in the first round against Hungary’s Benjamin Nileborg, a 15-year-old talent. The Georgian flyweight (50kg) boxer had powerful attacks and his enthusiasm decided their contest in Eger.
Georgia’s Levan Demurovi and Hungary’s Daniel Frank both competed at the 2021 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships in Tbilisi and won contests last July. Both of them are still in the junior age group this year and met each other in the semi-finals of the bantamweight (54kg). The 16-year-old Georgian found the best tactics against the talented Hungarian and marched to the finals of the Bornemissza Memorial. Another Georgian talent, Giorgi Natroshvili was silver medallist in Tbilisi one year ago and he had all of his skills to beat Hungary’s Sandor Varadi in the semi-finals of the junior middleweight (75kg).
Kazakhstan’s Aigerim Kabdolda is one of the top boxers at the women’s youth lightweight (60kg) in Eger but her quick success over Hungary’s Fanni Deak was unexpected on Day3. Kabdolda was the favourite of their contest but she finished the bout already in the middle of the second round following her tough shots. Ukraine’s experienced National Champion Yulia Filipova also stopped a Hungarian boxer, Boglarka Timar and marched to the final of the light welterweight (63kg).
The best Hungarian talents such as Krisztian Nileborg, Rafael Buza and Milan Petriman all won their contests on Day3. Nileborg is one of the top hopes among the junior boxers who stopped all of his rivals and he is now finalist in Eger too. Buza had more than 125 contests during his career and quickly decided his light welterweight (63.5kg) semi-final against Canada’s Owen Paquette. ISF Gymnasiade winner Milan Petriman controlled his contest against Kazakhstan’s Abylay Sman and advanced to the final of the youth welterweight (67kg).