Akbar, Morovati and the Bulgarian girls shined in the Gee Bee Tournament on Day2

09 April 2022 News

Twenty-three contests were held in the second competition day at the anniversary 40th edition of the Gee Bee Tournament in Helsinki, Finland. England’s Mohammed Harris Akbar defeated his Hungarian opponent once again but Finland’s Sam Morovati and the Bulgarian girls also shined on Day2.

Strong boxing nations as England, Bulgaria, France, Tajikistan, Hungary, Ukraine, Armenia and Scotland sent their boxers to the 40th Gee Bee Tournament too. The Gee Bee is a preparation event for the upcoming IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and EUBC European Men’s Elite Boxing Championships.

The last edition of the Gee Bee Tournament was held in March 2020 and the event returned to the boxing agenda after two years of break. The Finnish Boxing Federation’s main international event of the year holds for the elite women and men boxers in Helsinki in the same venue as in the past.

The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, the vaccines check, the mask wearing and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Finland to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Gee Bee Tournament.    

The bout of the day

England’s Mohammed Harris Akbar achieved bronze medal at the 2016 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and he had good results in the U22 Championships too. The English light middleweight (71kg) boxer defeated Hungary’s Laszlo Kozak in the quarter-finals of the 2016 event which decided the medals between them. The two boxers met each other once again in a contest which was also a quarter-final bout six years later the that bout in St. Petersburg. The Hungarian has nearly 200 bouts currently and he used his excellent defensive skills in their top bout but Akbar had the right tactical responses. Their contest was closer than six years ago in Russia but the English boxer defeated his Hungarian rival on their re-match in Helsinki too.

The Round-up

Bulgaria’s former EUBC European Women’s Champion Sevda Asenova is a veteran boxer but she is still hungry for a medal at the upcoming IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. She is in top form this year and proved her very best against Finland’s Noora Kirppu and advanced to the final of the women’s minimumweight (48kg). Her teammate, the 2014 AIBA Women’s World Champion, Stanimira Petrova defeated a Finnish boxer too, Jonna Hakkarainen and will be boxing for the title of the bantamweight (54kg) with France’s EUBC European U22 Champion, Caroline Cruveillier.

The Hungarians arrived to the Gee Bee Tournament with their best boxers and opened the first day with two triumphs in Helsinki. Their multiple National Champion and Bocskai Memorial Tournament winner Richard Kovacs eliminated Germany’s Mert Caliskan at the light welterweight (63.5kg) on Day1 and he had to step into the ring in the second competition day too. Kovacs landed strong counter-punches in the quarter-final against Finland’s Santeri Kemppainen and his efforts were decisive in the bout. The Hungarian will now meet in the last four with Tajikistan’s ASBC Asian Champion Bakhodur Usmonov which could be a highlight of the semi-finals.

Finland’s Sam Morovati represented his nation first at the 2019 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships in Galati, Romania. The Finnish teenage talent improved his technical, physical and tactical skills but he is not an experienced elite boxer yet. Morovati used brilliant technical skills in his quarter-final against Armenia’s Arsen Poghosyan and took the lead on the judges’ scorecards after three minutes. The Finnish light middleweight (71kg) boxer landed more shots and he deserved to win their contest in Helsinki.

England’s Bocskai Memorial Tournament winner George Crotty arrived to the Gee Bee Tournament to earn his next gold medal and proved his very best against Finland’s Topias Vaittinen at the light heavyweight (80kg). The Navy Commando boxer had excellent attacks in all of the three rounds and advanced to the next stage of boxing. His teammate, Delicious Orie is England’s new weapon at the super heavyweight (+92kg) who overwhelmed Finland’s Daniil Rantanen on Day2.

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