Grigoryan and Laine exceeded the expectations at the Gee Bee Tournament on Day107 March 2020
The first competition day of the 39th edition of the Gee Bee Tournament was held in the Helsinki Sports Hall. Finland’s first international event of the year delivered 26 exciting fights in two sessions and all of the winners advanced to the semi-finals. Armenia’s teenager Arsen Grigoryan and Finland’s Santeri Laine exceeded the expectations with their triumphs over tough rivals on Day1.
The following 16 nations are taking part in the 39th Gee Bee Tournament: Afghanistan, Armenia, Estonia, host Finland, France, Germany, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Mongolia, Netherlands, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Wales. Due of the high number of the participants the LOC divided the participants into two groups in four weight classes. The Technical Delegate of the Gee Bee Tournament is Mr. Maxim Cherticovtsev of Moldova.
The bout of the day
Russia’s two-time EUBC European Champion Vasiliy Egorov claimed silver medal in their last National Championships and he will be missing the upcoming European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event. The Russian flyweight (52kg) boxer did not give up his dreams and arrived to the Gee Bee Tournament to get another title. The Russian southpaw had a few difficult moments in the first round against Armenia’s Seyran Yeghikyan but from the second period he increased his footwork. The eight-years-older Russian launched tough right-handed hooks which decided their contest but the young Armenian also proved his talent.
The surprise of the day
Armenia’s Arsen Grigoryan won their Youth National Championships one year ago and the Gee Bee Tournament is the first elite international tournament of the 19-year-old talent. The Armenian welterweight (69kg) boxer was not the favourite against another teenager Uzbekistan’s Jakhongir Rakhmonov who claimed bronze at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games. Grigoryan surprised the Uzbek with his speed in the first round and Rakhmonov had to increase also his tempo from the second. Both boxers used world class footwork and defence and in that game Grigoryan was slightly better causing a surprise in the first day of the Gee Bee Tournament.
Wladyslav Baryshnik represented Germany in the main events in the recent years but he lost his key contest in their final selection event for London. Baryshnik, who was born in Kazakhstan, had to face with a taller opponent Sweden’s Hampus Broman in the first session of the Gee Bee Tournament. The Swedish teenager had a few impressive results in the youth age group and joined to the elites two months ago. Broman tried to keep his eyes on the ball during their fight and surprised the more experienced German with effective attacks. Baryshnik responded well especially in the third round and eliminated a talented Swedish teenager in Helsinki.
Germany’s Kevin Boakye Schumann attended in the 2019 EUBC European U22 Boxing Championships in Vladikavkaz where he lost his opening bout. Since that event he developed well in all terms of boxing and controlled the first round against Sweden’s Moltas Lundström. The German middleweight (75kg) boxer received tough jabs from the Swedish teenager in the beginning of the second round but he returned to the fight still in time to win the tight bout in Helsinki.
Netherlands’ Peter Mullenberg is two-time silver medallist from the EUBC European Boxing Championships who returned to the national team after a short break. The Dutch heavyweight (91kg) boxer has been attending in the international events since 2005 therefore he was more experienced than Lithuania’s teenage hope Aras Dudenas. Mullenberg landed nice jabs in the bout and eliminated his 14-year-younger Lithuanian opponent in Helsinki. Ukraine’s former AIBA Junior World Champion Robert Marton also advanced to the semi-finals in this weight class.
Russia’s Sergey Sobylinskiy has done his first big impact in the boxing world in 2009 when he won the gold medal at the AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships. The 26-year-old Russian welterweight (69kg) boxer has got plenty of experiences and he tried to keep the best fighting range against Wales’ Garan Croft. His opponent won strong international youth tournaments in 2019 but he is still newcomer in the elite boxers. Sobylinskiy used his experiences well to eliminated his Welsh rival in Helsinki where he is now a guaranteed medallist.
Garan Croft’s teammate Taylor Bevan was also born in 2001 and won international youth tournaments as the Julius Torma Youth Memorial Tournament in Prague and the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament in Vilnius. The young Welsh boxer had to meet with another newcomer in the elite level Mongolia’s Batbayar Gantulga in the quarter-finals of the middleweight (75kg). Bevan, who began boxing in 2012, controlled the first round against the Mongolian and dominated the second round. The referee counted three-times the Mongolian in the second and third rounds therefore the young Welsh teenager advanced to the semi-finals.
Finland’s Santeri Laine attended at the St. Petersburg 2016 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships but in the recent years he could not do a breakthrough in the elite tournaments yet. The 21-year-old Finnish boxer was brave in the attacks when he met with Armenia’s Rafayel Hovhannisyan who reached the Top8 at the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. Laine caught the static Armenian especially in the second part of their middleweight (75kg) bout and delighted the home crowd with his success.