Chinese Taipei, Iran, Kazakhstan and Thailand have finalists in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Debrecen
The semi-finals of the 63rd edition of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament was held in Debrecen, Hungary where strong Asian teams are also attending in the competition. Chinese Taipei’s AIBA Women’s World Champion Chen Nien Chin, Thailand’s Rujakran Juntrong, Iran’s Moslem Maghsoudi and young Kazakh talents are advanced to the finals of the traditional European competition.
Chinese Taipei’s defending AIBA Women’s World Champion Chen Nien Chin arrived to the Bocskai Memorial Tournament from the Golden Girl Box Cup where she was the Best Boxer of the Event. The 21-year-old Chen was confident in the first round against Hungary’s Vivien Budai and landed clear punches in their meeting. Chinese Taipei’s welterweight (69kg) star dominated their contest and will be meeting for the gold medal of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament with her main rival Russia’s Rio 2016 Olympian Iaroslava Iakushina.
Kazakhstan sent a strong team to the Bocskai Memorial Tournament and among their youngsters Orazbek Assylkulov impressed the crowd with his energetic attacks. The 20-year-old Kazakh southpaw talent, who claimed silver medal in the last edition of the National Championships, landed high number of clear punches against France’s Jordan Rodriguez and eliminated his powerful European rival in the semi-final of the men’s bantamweight (56kg).
Kazakhstan’s next 20-year-old talent in action was Pavlodar 2016 ASBC Asian Youth Champion Serik Temirzhanov at the lightweight (60kg). The Pavlodar-based talent, who trains with coach Azamat Makazhanov, used his excellent tempo to reach his English opponent Callum Thompson in their semi-final. Temirzhanov, who achieved bronze medal in the last edition of the Kazakh National Championships, won the bout by large margin of differences and advanced to the final in Debrecen.
Thailand’s Rujakran Juntrong claimed bronze medal in the Jakarta 2018 Asian Games but he eliminated one of the best boxers and the titleholder of the event Hungary’s EUBC European Youth Champion Roland Galos in the preliminary round. The 22-year-old Thai lightweight (60kg) boxer was highly confident following that success and controlled his fight against Italy’s Giuseppe Canonico in the semi-final. Juntrong advanced to the final of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament which is his first ever international tournament in Europe.
Iran’s Moslem Maghsoudi is two-time National Champion in his homeland but the Bocskai Memorial Tournament is his first ever competition out of his country. The 23-year-old light welterweight (64kg) boxer defeated strong European rivals such as Hungary’s Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships competitor Richard Kovacs and Moldova’s Mihail Cvasiuc in the last four which means he is finalist in the Bocskai.
Kazakhstan’s Tursynbai Kulakhmet won the title of the Strandja Memorial Tournament already which is Europe’s most difficult competition. The 24-year-old boxer is a strong middleweight (75kg) hope who dominated his semi-final against Argentina’s Francisco Daniel Veron. The Kazakh boxer advanced to the final of the Group A and will be facing for the title with Poland’s Bartosz Golebiewski.
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