Boxer of the week – Balazs Bacskay, Venezuela Caciques


Venezuela Caciques drafted in Hungary’s European Confederation Champion Balazs Bacskai to join the squad for Season VI, and the welterweight immediately made his presence felt in his very first outing for the team with a superb Week 7 victory against Rafako Hussars Poland’s Steven Donnelly.

Hungary’s top boxer Balazs Bacskai was born in Budapest in 1988 and began boxing career at the age of seven at the Vasas-Sullos Boxing Club in Budapest. His first coach was in fact his father, the 1985 European Championship silver medalist Imre Bacskai, but he now trains under former AIBA World Champion Zsolt Erdei and national team head coach Dr. Laszlo Kovacs.

At the age of 15, Bacskai joined the national squad for the 2003 AIBA Cadet World Boxing Championships in Bucharest and three years later he won gold at the AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships in Morocco. After moving up to welterweight, Bacskai took gold at the European Union Championships in 2009 and then an unbeaten 2010 saw the Hungarian crowned European Confederation Champion in Moscow.

During his career to date, Bacskai has claimed a gold at the Bocskai Memorial Tournament, the Belgrade Winner Tournament, two at the Tammer Tournament and also in the Grand Prix in Usti nad Labem. After being drafted into the Venezuela Caciques side in Season VI for his first taste of WSB boxing, Bacskai recovered from a slow start in Week 7 against Rafako Hussars Poland’s Irish star Steven Donnelly, knocking him down three times in the final two rounds to record a famous victory and help propel the Caciques to the top of their group.