England’s teenage hope Mark Dickinson won the key semi-final bout of the Gee Bee Tournament10 March 2019
The semi-finals of the 38th edition of the Gee Bee Tournament were held in Helsinki where today’s winners remained their chance alive to win the titles. England’s new promising star Mark Dickinson had a superb success in the semi-finals before Finland’s favourites Mira Potkonen and Elina Gustafsson won their contests.
The Gee Bee Tournament is a strong preparation event for the upcoming Minsk 2019 European Games and for the Bangkok 2019 ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships. The Gee Bee Tournament is stronger than in the previous years following many of the top nations including Russia, France, England, United States of America, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Australia, Canada, Kyrgyzstan and India are attending in the event.
Bout of the day
England’s 19-year-old Mark Dickinson claimed gold medal at the 2017 EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Antalya and moved up to the middleweight (75kg) in the recent months. The GB coaches are expected powerful performance from him in the 38thGee Bee Tournament and Dickinson impressed with his power during his way to the last four. England’s new sensation had to face with another teenager Kazakhstan’s AIBA Youth World Champion Nurbek Oralbay in the semi-final and their bout was the strong promotion of boxing. Their honest style made the crowd louder and that manly bout was won by Dickinson by split decision in Helsinki.
Surprise of the day
Finland’s best elite boxer Arslan Khataev was silver medallist in the 2015 EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships and after a few years of experiences he is ready to do big things. The Finnish lightweight (60kg) boxer, who has been attending in the international events since 2014, had to meet in the semi-final with Lithuania’s experienced Edgaras Skurdelis. Khataev and his coaching staff analysed well his five-year older opponent and Finland’s pride was able to advance to the final of the category.
Russia’s Youth Olympic Games winner and EUBC European Youth Champion 18-year-old Ilia Popov is a newcomer in the elite level but he has enough experiences to beat older boxers. Popov eliminated Canada’s Thomas Blumenfeld and Finland’s Niazz Ahmadi during his road to the semi-finals of the light welterweight (64kg) in Helsinki. The Russian teenager delivered his best performance in the semi-finals against his most difficult opponent Australia’s Commonwealth Games winner Harry Garside. Popov knocked down his Aussie rival in the first round which determined the result of their bout therefore the young Russian can prepare to his final in Helsinki.
England’s next boxer in action was Cheavon Clarke who earned silver medal at the Kharkiv 2017 EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships. The 28-year-old heavyweight (91kg) boxer, who has got strong Jamaican roots, moved ahead without any stoppage in his semi-final when he faced with India’s London 2012 Olympian Sumit Sangwan. The experienced Commonwealth Games bronze medallist English boxer controlled strongly the second round therefore Sangwan gave in everything in the final minutes but Clarke was enough fresh to keep his advantage in their top semi-final.
Russia’s Darima Sandakova was gold medallist in the last edition of the National Championships at the middleweight (75kg) but she decided to move down one category. The 23-year-old Russian felt the fighting distance well enough from the first round and she controlled her semi-final against Finland’s newcomer Anu Lammi. Sandakova, who has been preparing to the upcoming AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, won their contest by unanimous decision.
Finland’s Elina Gustafsson is the reigning EUBC European Women’s Champion at the women’s welterweight (69kg) therefore her goals are high in 2019 as well. The 26-year-old Finnish boxer, who claimed bronze at the Astana 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, had to face with a competitive Polish rival Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games winner Elzbieta Wojcik in the semi-final. Gustafsson attacked bravely and caught her taller Polish rival several times in their meeting and won their contest by unanimous decision.
Finland’s another EUBC European Women’s Champion Mira Potkonen also started strongly her first round against a compatriot boxer Anni Viantie. Following Potkonen’s strong punches the US referee counted her opponent in the opening round of their lightweight (60kg) semi-final. The Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist Potkonen controlled her semi-final and marched into the final of the Gee Bee Tournament. Her final opponent will be Sweden’s former AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Agnes Alexiusson tomorrow.