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Repeat finals of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships could be the highlights of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament

The 65th edition of the traditional Bocskai Memorial Tournament will be starting with its first competition day next Monday in Hungary. The women competition of the upcoming Bocskai Memorial Tournament will be strong with three AIBA Women’s World Champions and three Olympic medallists from Rio on the board.

The first competition day will be on February 8 in Debrecen, Hungary while the finals are scheduled to be held on February 12. The 65th edition of the prestigious Bocskai Memorial Tournament will be held for the women’s and men’s elite boxers in the city of Debrecen which is located in the Eastern region of Hungary.

The event will be held in the five Olympic women and eight men weight categories in Debrecen. The Technical Delegate of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament will be the experienced Ms. Anna Laukkanen of Finland. The competition will be a preparation event before the previously suspended European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event.

Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli and Italy’s Angela Carini met in the final of the welterweight (69kg) at the Ulan-Ude 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. The duo registered to the Bocskai Memorial Tournament and will be able to do a repeat match in Debrecen. Finalists of the middleweight (75kg) from Ulan-Ude, Welsh Lauren Price and Netherlands’ Nouchka Fontijn will have the same situation in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament.

All of the participants must have a negative Covid-19 test result made within 72 hours before arrival. The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Debrecen to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Bocskai Memorial Tournament.

Facts of the event

Name: Bocskai Memorial Tournament

Date: February 7-13, 2021

Venue: Debrecen, Hungary  

Gender: Women & Men

Age Group: Elite

Date of Birth: 1980-2002 born boxers

Weight categories of the event:

51kg, 57kg, 60kg, 69kg and 75kg for the elite women boxers

52kg, 57kg, 63kg, 69kg, 75kg, 81kg, 91kg and +91kg for the elite men boxers

Schedule of the event

February 7 – Arrival of the delegations

February 7, 21:00 – Technical Meeting

February 8, 07:00 – 09:00 – General weigh-in

February 8, 11:00 – Official Draw

February 8, 15:00 – Day1 competition

February 8, 17:00 – Opening Ceremony

February 9, 14:00 – Day2 competition

February 10, 14:00 – Day3 competition

February 11, 14:00 – Day4 competition with the semi-finals

February 12, 16:00 – Day5 competition with the finals

February 13 – Departure of the delegations

Short history of the event

The traditional event was launched in 1956 which makes it one of the oldest European elite boxing tournaments. Olympic Champions, AIBA World Champions and European Champions competed in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in the previous decades. Such stars as Hungary’s Istvan Kovacs, Hungary’s Zsolt Erdei, China’s Zou Shiming, Italy’s Roberto Cammarelle, Cuba’s Julio Cesar La Cruz, Russia’s Andrey Zamkovoy, Uzbekistan’s Fazliddin Gaibnazarov, France’s Alexis Vastine and England’s Luke Campbell.

The Best Boxer of the last 64th edition of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament was awarded by Belarus’ European Games winner Dzmitry Asanau. The following nations took part in the 64th Bocskai Memorial Tournament on February 2020: Austria, Belarus, Botswana, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.

List of the participating nations at the Bocskai Memorial Tournament

The following 23 nations have registered to the Bocskai Memorial Tournament: Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, Finland, France, Georgia, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey and Wales.

Boxers who need to be watched in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament

– Busenaz Cakiroglu, Turkey, women’s 51kg – European Games winner; EUBC European Women’s Champion

– Lacramioara Perijoc, Romania, women’s 51kg – EUBC European Women’s Champion

– Irma Testa, Italy, women’s 57kg – EUBC European Women’s Champion

– Aizhan Khodzhabekova, women’s 57kg – AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships bronze medallist

– Mira Potkonen, Finland, women’s 60kg – Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist; European Games winner; EUBC European Women’s Champion

– Alessia Mesiano, Italy, women’s 60kg – AIBA Women’s World Champion

– Busenaz Surmeneli, Turkey, women’s 69kg – AIBA Women’s World Champion

– Angela Carini, Italy, women’s 69kg – AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist

– Dariga Shakimova, Kazakhstan, women’s 69kg – Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist; ASBC Asian Champion

– Nouchka Fontijn, Netherlands, women’s 75kg – Rio 2016 Olympic Games silver medallist; European Games winner; EUBC European Women’s Champion

– Lauren Price, Wales, women’s 75kg – AIBA Women’s World Champion

– Gabriel Escobar, Spain, men’s 52kg – European Games winner

– Attila Bernath, Hungary, men’s 52kg – EUBC European Youth Champion

– Mohamed Flissi, Algeria, men’s 52kg – AIBA World Boxing Championships silver medallist

– Cosmin Girleanu, Romania, men’s 52kg – AIBA Junior World Champion; Tokyo Olympian

– Roland Galos, Hungary, men’s 57kg – EUBC European Youth Champion; Tokyo Olympian

– Enrico La Cruz, Netherlands, men’s 63kg – European Games bronze medallist

– Lasha Guruli, Georgia, men’s 63kg – EUBC European U22 Champion

– Pavlo Ishchenko, Israel, men’s 63kg – EUBC European Champion

– Vincenzo Mangiacapre, Italy, men’s 69kg – Olympic Games bronze medallist; AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist

– Tugrulhan Erdemir, Turkey, men’s 69kg – AIBA Youth World Champion; EUBC European Youth Champion

– Andrei Aradoaie, Romania, men’s 81kg – EUBC European U22 Champion

– Luka Plantic, Croatia, men’s 81kg – AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist; EUBC European Youth Champion

– Simone Fiori, Italy, men’s 81kg – European Games bronze medallist

– Emmanuel Reyes, Spain, men’s 91kg – Cuban National Champion; WSB Champion

– Cheavon Clarke, England, men’s 91kg – EUBC European Boxing Championships silver medallist

– Abdelhafid Benchabla, Algeria, men’s 91kg – Three-times All Africa Games winner; Olympian in 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020

– Wilfried Florentin, France, men’s 91kg – EUBC European Youth Champion

– Frazer Clarke, England, men’s +91kg – EUBC European Boxing Championships silver medallist

– Mourad Aliev, France, men’s +91kg – European Games silver medallist