Oumiha, Potkonen, Gustafsson and many stars will be guaranteed world class fights in the upcoming Gee Bee Tournament

05 March 2019 News

The new upcoming 38th edition of the Gee Bee Tournament will be held in Finland’s capital in Helsinki this week. France’s defending AIBA World Champion Sofiane Oumiha will be attending in his new category at the light welterweight (64kg) in Helsinki. Finland’s strong female duo Mira Potkonen and Elina Gustafsson will be there in the Gee Bee Tournament on home soil with many world class athletes on the board.

The Gee Bee Tournament will be stronger than in the previous years following many of the top nations including Russia, France, England, United States of America, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and India registered to attend in Helsinki. Altogether 100 boxers from 15 nations registered to attend in the prestigious competition in Finland.

Facts of the event

Name: Gee Bee Tournament

Date: March 6-10, 2019

Venue: Helsinki, Finland

Gender: Women & Men

Age Group: Elite

Weight categories: 60kg and 69kg for women boxers; 49kg, 52kg, 56kg, 60kg, 64kg, 69kg, 75kg, 81kg, 91kg, and +91kg for men boxers

Schedule of the event

  • March 6 – Arrivals to the event
  • March 6, 21:00 – Technical Meeting at Hotel Scandic Kallio
  • March 7, 07:30 – 09:00 – Medical Examination & General weigh-in at Hotel Scandic Kallio
  • March 7, 10:00 – Official Draw at Hotel Scandic Kallio
  • March 7, from 18:00 – Opening Ceremony & Day1 competition
  • March 8 – Day2 competition
  • March 9 – Day3 competition
  • March 10, 13:00 – Day4 competition with the finals
  • March 11 – Departure of the delegations

History of 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. One of the most iconic boxers in the whole world Cuba’s Felix Savon is three-time Olympic Games winner and six-time AIBA World Champion, furthermore he won the Gee Bee Tournament in 1988.

GDR’s Henry Maske, Bulgaria’s Olympic Champion Petar Lesov, Finland’s legendary duo Esa Hukkanen and Joni Turunen, Cuba’s Juan Hernandez, Romania’s three-time AIBA World Champion Francisc Vastag and China’s two-time Olympic Games winner Zou Shiming all won the Gee Bee Tournament during their career.

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 last 37th edition of the Gee Bee Tournament was also a strong event due the participation of Russia, England, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, France, Belarus, Lithuania, Netherlands, Sweden and Hungary. Kazakhstan’s AIBA World Champion Kairat Yeraliyev and his teammate Rio 2016 Olympic Games silver medallist Vassiliy Levit were the main stars of the 2018 edition of the Gee Bee Tournament.

Participating countries in the event

The following nations will be taking part in the event: Australia, Canada, England, Finland, France, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Thailand, and United States of America

Participating Confederations: Asia (ASBC), America (AMBC), Europe (EUBC), Oceania (OCBC)

Boxers who need to be watched in the event

  • Mira Potkonen, Finland, women’s elite 60kg – Defending EUBC European Women’s Champion; Bronze medallist in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
  • Agnes Alexiusson, Sweden, women’s elite 60kg – AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion
  • Elina Gustafsson, Finland, women’s elite 69kg – Defending EUBC European Women’s Champion
  • Darima Sandakova, Russia, women’s elite 75kg – Defending EUBC European Women’s Champion
  • Yerzhan Zhomart, Kazakhstan, men’s elite 49kg – Bronze medallist from the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships
  • Tamir Galanov, Russia, men’s elite 52kg – Bronze medallist from the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships
  • Azat Usenaliev, Kyrgyzstan, men’s elite 52kg – ASBC Asian Champion
  • Sachin Siwach Singh, India, men’s elite 52kg – AIBA Youth World Champion
  • Thitisan Panmod, Thailand, men’s elite 52kg – AIBA Youth World Champion
  • Shiva Thapa, India, men’s elite 60kg – ASBC Asian Champion; Bronze medallist from the Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships
  • Sofiane Oumiha, France, men’s elite 64kg – Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Champion, Silver medallist from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
  • Atichai Phoemsap, Thailand, men’s elite 64kg – Youth Olympic Games winner; AIBA Youth World Champion; ASBC Asian Youth Champion
  • Ilia Popov, Russia, men’s elite 64kg – Youth Olympic Games winner; EUBC European Youth Champion
  • Evaldas Petrauskas, Lithuania, men’s elite 64kg – Bronze medallist in the London 2012 Olympic Games
  • Luke McCormack, England, men’s elite 64kg – EUBC European Union Champion; Silver medallist in the 2017 EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships; EUBC European U22 Champion
  • Pat McCormack, England, men’s elite 69kg – EUBC European Union Champion; Commonwealth Games winner; Silver medallist in the 2017 EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships
  • Nurbek Oralbay, Kazakhstan, men’s elite 75kg – AIBA Youth World Champion
  • Mark Dickinson, England, men’s elite 75kg – EUBC European Youth Champion
  • Peter Mullenberg, Netherlands, men’s elite 81kg – Two-time silver medallist from the EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships
  • Aibek Oralbay, Kazakhstan, men’s elite 91kg – Youth Olympic Games winner; Silver medallist in the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships
  • Frazer Clarke, England, men’s elite +91kg – EUBC European Union Champion; Commonwealth Games winner; Silver medallist in the 2017 EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships

 

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