Perfect Hungarian start at the 40th Gee Bee Tournament in Helsinki

08 April 2022 News

The anniversary 40th edition of the Gee Bee Tournament opened with nine contests in Helsinki, Finland which event is preparation for the upcoming IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and EUBC European Men’s Elite Boxing Championships. Hungary’s Richard Kovacs won the tightest bout of the day while his teammate, Milan Fodor defeated his first rival too on Day1.

The last edition of the Gee Bee Tournament was held in March 2020 and the event returned to the boxing agenda after two years of break. The Finnish Boxing Federation’s main international event of the year holds for the elite women and men boxers in Helsinki in the same venue as in the past.

The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, the vaccines check, the mask wearing and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Finland to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Gee Bee Tournament.    

The bout of the day

Hungary’s Richard Kovacs joined to their national team in 2017 when he qualified for the AIBA World Boxing Championships at the age of 20. The Hungarian light welterweight (63.5kg) boxer was in the last 16 in Belgrade last October but he had some issues and illnesses in the recent months. The experienced Hungarian met with Germany’s Mert Caliskan in the opening session of the Gee Bee Tournament in the Finnish capital. Kovacs is a patient boxer, he has strong tactical skills which he proved in his returning contest in Helsinki against the German youngster. Caliskan progressed in the recent one year following his intense training sessions but Kovacs had the skills to win their tight bout.

The Round-up

Bulgaria’s Svetlana Kamenova Staneva earned bronze medal at the 2012 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Qinhuangdao and she decided to return after so many years. Kamenova enjoyed her comeback to the active events and won the title at the Strandja Memorial Tournament, furthermore at the Belgrade Winner Tournament. The Bulgarian featherweight (57kg) boxer arrived to Helsinki after Belgrade and opened her campaign with a clear success over Finland’s Saara Lukkarila.

The Armenians will be the host of the upcoming EUBC European Men’s Elite Boxing Championships in May 21-31. Their boxers are attending in several international tournaments to be in top form until the main event of the year. Their Hamlet Mnatsakanyan impressed in the first round of the light welterweight (63.5kg) and defeated Norway’s Sayed Kazemi in Helsinki. His compatriot, Harutyun Hakobkokhyan also won his first contest in the Gee Bee Tournament, the Armenian welterweight (67kg) boxer was too strong for Finland’s Juuso Enola. 

Finland’s Jere Niemelainen competed in the youth and U22 age groups successfully and he has chance to attend in the upcoming EUBC European Men’s Elite Boxing Championships. The Finnish light welterweight (63.5kg) boxer controlled all of the three rounds against Estonia’s newcomer Kermo Tonov and marched to the next stage of boxing. The star of the weigh category, AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Scotland’s Reese Lynch gained the control of his contest against Ukraine’s Ihor Kovtun in the first minute and he was able to kept it until the last gong.

Norway’s Martin Skogheim impressed in the Belgrade 2021 AIBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships where he advanced to the last 16 and won two contests. The Norwegian welterweight (67kg) boxer outpointed Estonia’s Semjon Kamanin and advanced to the next stage of boxing. Hungary’s experienced Milan Fodor almost qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games but he failed his last step in Paris to make it happen. The Hungarian was too experienced for Finland’s Andreas Jalervo and he had the better punches on their meeting winning the bout by unanimous decision.

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