Mehah and Sylva have done sensational triumphs in the Gee Bee Tournament12 March 2018
The Gee Bee Tournament is Finland’s first international elite competition every year which was hold in Helsinki in the recent three days. Finland’s woman No.1 Mira Potkonen continued her amazing winning series in Helsinki but the main sensations were delivered by France’s Yanis Mehah and Sweden’s Adolpe Sylva.
The 37th edition of the Gee Bee Tournament was stronger than in the previous years due the participation of Russia, England, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, France, Belarus, Lithuania, Netherlands, Sweden and Hungary. Medallists from the last Olympic Games, AIBA World Boxing Championships and Youth Olympic Games attended in the event.
The first edition of the Gee Bee Tournament was held in 1982 and since then the Finnish Boxing Association hosted the competition every year without any break. Among the gold medallists of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games France’s woman boxer Estelle Mossely, Kazakhstan’s Daniyar Yeleussinov and Russia’s Evgeny Tishchenko won the Gee Bee Tournament in the recent years.
The local Finnish organizers had to divide the participants into two groups in five different weight classes because of the high number of boxers in the following categories: light welterweight (64kg), welterweight (69kg), middleweight (75kg), light heavyweight (81kg) and heavyweight (91kg).
Kazakhstan achieved five gold medals in the 37th Gee Bee Tournament following their AIBA World Champion Kairat Yeraliyev, Youth Olympic Games winner Ablaikhan Zhussupov, Bek Nurmagambet, Rio 2016 Olympic Games silver medallist Vasiliy Levit and AIBA World Boxing Championships silver medallist Kamshybek Kunkabayev all won their weight classes in the Gee Bee Tournament.
Finland’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist Mira Potkonen won the gold medal in the Indian Open Boxing Tournament and in the Strandja Memorial Tournament this year. The Finnish star dominated her contests against Dominica’s Commonwealth Games competitor Valerian Spicer and Belarus’ strong Helina Bruyevich at the women’s lightweight (60kg) and remained unbeaten in 2018.
France’s EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships silver medallist Billal Bennama moved up to the flyweight (52kg) in the recent months but competed successfully in the Gee Bee Tournament. The French youngster, who will be turning to 20 only later this year, defeated his Sri Lankan and English opponents before beating Kazakhstan’s Olzhas Bayniyazov in the final of the category.
Netherlands’ EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships bronze medallist Enrico La Cruz eliminated Finland’s No.1 Arslan Khataev and Lithuania’s Edgaras Skurdelis in the road to the finals of the lightweight (60kg). The Dutch boxer felt the tempo well against Ukraine’s Stanislav Batiy and celebrated his next AOB tournament title in Helsinki.
France’s Yanis Mehah won the last two editions of their Elite National Championships in spite of the fact he is only 19. The French teenager defeated Russia’s two-time EUBC European Youth Champion Nikita Piskunov in a superb semi-final and continued his winning path in the final of the light welterweight (64kg) against Hungary’s Milan Fodor. His Hungarian rival defeated also a Russian boxer during his road to the finals, Aytal Dyakonov on Day1.
Sweden’s Adolpe Sylva, who won one contest in the Kharkiv 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships, was not the favourite against Russia’s EUBC European Youth Champion Konstantin Mishechkin in the final of the welterweight (69kg) but he exceeded all of the expectations. Sylva moved more on feet in their final and shocked his favourite Russian rival with his strong combinations.
Finland’s Joona Roth claimed his first international tournament title following his success over Netherlands’ Jaber Dahou in the final of the middleweight (75kg). The second group of the middleweight (75kg) was won by England’s Jordan Reynolds who used his effective jabs to beat Finland’s AIBA European Olympic Qualification Event quarter-finalist Ilari Kujala in the Gee Bee Tournament.