Kazakhstan achieved three gold medals in the prestigious Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Hungary
The 62nd edition of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament was held in Debrecen, Hungary where two Asian nations, Kazakhstan and Mongolia competed for the medals. Among them Kazakhstan leading by coach Mr. Marat Dzhakiyev took three gold medals in the event following Ilyas Suleimenov, Sanatali Toltayev and Aslanbek Shymbergenov defeated all of their rivals in Debrecen.
The Bocskai Memorial Tournament is one of the strongest European international competition which was launched in the ’50s. Kazakhstan and Mongolia are continuous participants from the Asian nations in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament where 20 nations from three continents attended in the prestigious competition.
Kazakhstan competed in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament with younger team to raise the experiences of their talents but some of their experiences stars also joined to the squad. The Kazakh team took three gold medals, one silver and one bronze in the traditional event. The Mongolians sent three boxers to the Bocskai Memorial Tournament and finally claimed one silver medal in Debrecen.
Kazakhstan’s first gold medal was achieved by Incheon 2014 Asian Games winner and London 2012 Olympian Ilyas Suleimenov who moved up to the bantamweight (56kg) one year ago. The 27-year-old boxer knew everything about boxing and he controlled his bouts against Slovakia’s Filip Meszaros, Italy’s Halit Eryilmaz, Hungary’s EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships bronze medallist Nandor Csoka and Czech Republic’s EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Miroslav Gorol in the final.
Kazakhstan’s defending ASBC Asian Youth Champion Sanatali Toltayev achieved bronze medal in his first Elite National Championships. Sanatali, whose twin brother is also a promising star, defeated Hungary’s Milan Fodor and Moldova’s EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist Dmitri Galagot before beating Mongolia’s ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships runner-up Chinzorig Baatarsukh in the final of the light welterweight (64kg).
Kazakhstan’s third gold medal was achieved by two-time WSB Team Champion and defending National Champion Aslanbek Shymbergenov at the welterweight (69kg). He had difficulties in the semi-final when he met with Hungary’s 19-year-old Laszlo Kozak but finally his hand was raised after the final bell. Shymbergenov dominated his final against Hungary’s Andras Vadasz and in spite of the fact the host nation’s boxer knocked him down in the final seconds, the Kazakh boxer deserved to win the title.