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Hungarian National Championships

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Boxing - Hungary

The 87th Hungarian Men's Elite National Championships finished in the Southwestern region of the country in Nagykanizsa on Saturday.

AIBA – 15 December

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Altogether 91 boxers and 40 Hungarian clubs from all across the country were represented at the event. Super heavyweight reigning National Champion Istvan Bernath was unable to defend his title due to WSB commitments, where he has been boxing for the Astana Arlans since November. Defending middleweight titleholder Imre Mona also missed the tournament.

Reigning National Champion 19-year-old Istvan Lakatos from Kecskemet was bronze medalist at the Turkish Prime Ministry Tournament in Ankara and successfully defended his title in the light flyweight class in Nagykanizsa. His opponent in the final was European Championships bronze medalist Istvan Ungvari and the final verdict was 11:5 to Lakatos.

Beijing Olympian 24-year-old Norbert Kalucza fought against defending champion Zsolt Dobradi, 19, in the flyweight final. European Youth Championships quarter-finalist Dobradi led by 4:1 after the first round but the experienced Kalucza turned the fight in the last round and won the bout by 13:10.

Krisztian Nagy from Szolnok improved on last year's silver medal after beating Krisztian Lakatos to become National Champion after winning the bantamweight final 13:6. The 19-year-old boxer has a good chance of being called up to the elite squad and seeing his first international action next year.

European Championships bronze medalist and Beijing Olympian 23-year-old Miklos Varga defeated two-time Olympic Champion Aleksey Tishchenko of Russia at the Turkish Prime Ministry Tournament in Ankara but missed the medal at the European Championships in Moscow in June.

At the Nationals he shocked experienced national team member Miklos Rath in the semi-final, winning the contest by 17:3 and going through to the final, where he defeated former AIBA Cadet World Championships bronze medalist 23-year-old Sandor Racz. The final verdict was 6:1 to Varga, who claimed his fifth national title.

Veteran Gyula Kate has an excellent international record, including two bronze medals at the AIBA World Championships and four medals in European Championships since 2004. He collected his ninth national title in Nagykanizsa, winning the light welterweight bout against 19-year-old Gyorgy Varju before the final gong because the referee stopped the contest in the second round.

Reigning European Champion and former AIBA Junior World Champion Balazs Bacskai is Hungary's best boxer at the moment and triumphed at the National Championships in Nagykanizsa where he outclassed Arpad Klasz in the welterweight final. Vasas-Sullos boxer, Bacskai demonstrated his power and speed immediately and the referee stopped the contest during the first round.

Youth Olympic Games bronze medalist and AIBA Youth World Championships bronze medalist 18-year-old Zoltan Harcsa competed in his first elite tournament held his own among the older boxers to take the middleweight title. In the final the young Hungarian defeated local Istvan Korpics by 5:0 to claim his first glory among elite athletes.

European Union Champion and Beijing Olympic Games quarter-finalist 27-year-old Imre Szello also has WSB duties but was able to travel back to Hungary for the nationals. As expected Kecskemet-based Szello dominated the light welterweight class and won the gold medal again after beating team mate Richard Baranyi, whose corner abandoned the fight in the second round.

Two-time European Championships bronze medalist 25-year-old Jozsef Darmos secured his seventh title in Nagykanizsa and is on track to break the Hungarian record for the number of gold medals. Darmos defeated Debrecen's Szabolcs Deel by 14:4 on their re-match after the 2009 Nationals.

In Istvan Bernath's absence, Vasas-Sullos boxer, 25-year-old Bence Bouquet, outclassed his opponents in the super heavyweight class and claimed his second national title. In the final against veteran Zsolt Bogdan the referee stopped the contest in the second round.

The Hungarian national team will be travelling under the direction of head coach Dr. Laszlo Kovacs for a two-week long Cuban training camp where the boxers will be able to spar against strong opponents and prepare for the Bocskai Memorial Tournament, which will be held in Debrecen in February.

 

Source: AIBA

Photo: Jozsef Darmos, Balazs Bacskai and Gyula Kate with President and

AIBA Executive Committee member Dr. Sandor Csotonyi.

Photo Credit: Sandor Makocsai.