Koptyakov, Khalakov and Viitanen won the best trophies at the 39th Gee Bee Tournament

08 March 2020 News

The third and final competition day of the 39th edition of the Gee Bee Tournament was taking place in the Helsinki Sports Hall in Finland today evening. The Best Boxer Trophy went to Russia’s veteran Maksim Koptyakov while Uzbekistan’s Abdumalik Khalakov was the Most Technician Boxer in Helsinki. The Best Woman Boxer Award was captured by a teenage hope Vilma Viitanen of Finland.

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

Former Russian boxer Vladimir Mironchikov changed his nationality and represents Serbia in the international competitions due to the chance to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The new Serbian team member had to box for the final of the Gee Bee Tournament with Russia’s native talent Sharabutdin Atayev. The Russian boxer was motivated in the first round when both boxers landed several clear punches, Their light heavyweight (81kg) final was a close fight and Mironchikov was slightly better than his Russian opponent due to his great finish.

The surprise of the day

Russia’s Nune Asatrian claimed silver medals in the 2018 AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships and also in the recent two editions of the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships. The Russian lightweight (60kg) boxer had to meet with Finland’s best female talent Vilma Viitanen in the final of the Gee Bee Tournament. Both boxers were born in 2001 and knew each other from several junior and youth competitions. Viitanen used better footwork than in the semi-finals and adopted the level of the bout very quickly. Asatrian landed more punches in the second round but Viitanen’s great finish caused a surprise in the final who achieved Finland’s first gold in Helsinki.

The Round-Up

Russia’s two-time EUBC European Champion Vasiliy Egorov moved up from the light flyweight (49kg) to the flyweight (52kg) but surprisingly he claimed only silver medal in their National Championships. The Russian boxer eliminated Armenia’s Seyran Yeghikyan and France’s Theo Ticout during his road to the finals of the Gee Bee Tournament where he met with Ukraine’s Pavlo Kovalenko. Egorov used better footwork and combinations in the final than his younger Ukrainian rival and claimed the first male title of the tournament.

Sweden sent several young boxers to the Gee Bee Tournament and their best talents are impressed in the strong competition against world class boxers. Moltas Lundström and Hampus Broman both proved their strong future potentials and the event was a preparation for them to the EUBC European U22 Boxing Championships which is scheduled to host in Italy on September. Their new bantamweight (57kg) hope Nebil Ibrahim was motivated in the day of the finals and defeated Afghanistan’s Yousof Rohullah in the final of the Group B controlling all of the three rounds in Helsinki.

France’s Lounes Hamraoui and Germany’s Wladyslav Baryshnik both attended high number of international tournaments in the recent years and the two experienced but still young boxers competed for the title of the Group B at the light welterweight (63kg). Baryshnik, who was born in Kazakhstan, started the final better but Hamraoui returned to the contest with impressive punches in the second round. The French boxer was quicker and fresh in the third round but he could not turn back their final and Baryshnik succeeded in Helsinki.

Russia’s Sergey Sobylinskiy is one of the most experienced European welterweight (69kg) boxers who won the AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships already in 2009. The Russian boxer eliminated Armenia’s teenager Arsen Grigoryan in the semi-finals and met with Kazakhstan’s WSB Team Champion Aslanbek Shymbergenov in a superb final. Both boxers landed high number of clear punches in their contest which was one of the most spectacular ones in the session. The final verdict was unanimous decision in the favour of Sobylinskiy who won his next international tournament but the first one in 2020. The Group B of the welterweight (69kg) was won by Sweden’s promising Adel Belalia who dominated his fight over Finland’s Benjamin Eriksson.

France’s second finalist in the Gee Bee Tournament was 20-year-old Moreno Fendero who is their current No.2 at the middleweight (75kg) behind Victor Yoka. The French boxer was smaller than his final opponent Russia’s former EUBC European Champion veteran Maksim Koptyakov. The French boxer was aggressive and never stopped attacking but Koptyakov’s physical advantage delivered a clear success for the Russian. Koptyakov has been attending in the international events since 2005 but he has still strong skills and motivations. The Group B of the middleweight (75kg) was won by Ukraine’s EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist 19-year-old Bogdan Tolmachov over Germany’s Kevin Boakye Schumann.

France’s third finalist in the Gee Bee Tournament Djamili Dini Aboudou Moindze realized his nation’s golden dreams after two silver medals. The Kharkiv 2017 EUBC European Boxing Championships bronze medallist French boxer was faster than his Kazakh opponent Nurlan Saparbay and he landed good punches. The French super heavyweight (+91kg) boxer was smaller than his Kazakh opponent but his stamina and hard job in the ring delivered for him a close triumph in Helsinki.

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