Record number of ten nations shared the titles at the 40th Gee Bee Tournament11 April 2022
The fifteen final contests including four among the women boxers features at the anniversary 40th edition of the Gee Bee Tournament in Helsinki, Finland where the competition finished with excellent quality contests. Record number of 10 nations earned at least one title in Helsinki including Finland, Bulgaria, Sweden, Hungary, France, England, Germany, Tajikistan, Norway, and Ukraine.
Bulgaria’s AIBA Women’s World Champion Stanimira Petrova was the Best Female Boxer of the Gee Bee Tournament while Tajikistan’s ASBC Asian Champion Bakhodur Usmonov awarded the Best Male Boxer Trophy. England’s Mohammed Harris Akbar received the most Technical Boxer Trophy before Ukraine’s Mykyta Alistratov was named as the Best Fighter of the 40th Gee Bee Tournament. Nikita Nystedt was the best Finnish boxer in the competition and the 20-year-old talent has bright future in our sport.
Strong boxing nations as England, Bulgaria, France, Tajikistan, Hungary, Ukraine, Armenia, Sweden, Norway and Scotland sent their boxers to the 40th Gee Bee Tournament besides to several other countries. The Gee Bee was a preparation event for the upcoming IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and EUBC European Men’s Elite Boxing Championships.
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 was held 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 were 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
The Bulgarian female boxers used the 40th Gee Bee Tournament as one of the last preparations before the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships which will be starting with its first competition day on May 9. Their Jeju 2014 AIBA Women’s World Champion Stanimira Petrova moved back to her most successful category to the bantamweight (54kg) this year. Following her gold medals at the Strandja Memorial and at the Belgrade Winner Tournament in 2022, she remained on the top of the podium at the Gee Bee too. The experienced Bulgarian had a very hard final against France’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Caroline Cruveillier. Petrova and her French opponent both are famous of their wonderful technical skills but the Bulgarian was enough experienced to handle their tactical challenge in Helsinki.
Finland’s Pihla Kaivo-Oja is member of their next generation who was quarter-finalist at the Kielce 2021 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and she attended successfully at the Strandja Memorial Tournament this February. She met in the final of the Gee Bee Tournament with Bulgaria’s Zlatislava Chukanova who returned to the national team in time to be there at the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. The Finnish light flyweight (50kg) boxer was enough quick to overcome the Bulgarian in the attacks and bagged the first title of the fourth competition day.
The third Bulgarian finalist, Svetlana Kamenova Staneva has done the same road as Stanimira Petrova this year following her comeback. She won the Strandja Memorial, the Belgrade Winner and the Gee Bee Tournament within seven weeks of time. Kamenova had an excellent final opponent, Finland’s best female boxer, Vilma Viitanen but she was patient and won their chess game at the featherweight (57kg). The fourth female gold medal of the Gee Bee Tournament was earned by Sweden’s Agnes Alexiusson who used her strong jabs to keep the distance against Finland’s Ani Viantie.
Hungary’s Attila Bernath won the first male title of the Gee Bee Tournament following his narrow success over Finland’s 19-year-old Sandip Panday in the final of the flyweight (51kg). The Hungarian boxer won the Mustafa Hajrulahovic Memorial and the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in the recent months and bagged his third gold medal. The second gold medal among the male boxers was taken by France’s promising Ibrahim Boukedim who triumphed over Ukraine’s Siyovush Mukhamadiyev at the bantamweight (54kg).
England’s first gold medal was achieved by Kharkiv 2017 EUBC European Men’s Elite Boxing Championships silver medallist Niall Farrell who defeated Dmytro Molodan at the men’s featherweight (57kg). His teammates as Lewis Richardson (75kg), George Crotty (80kg), Lewis Williams (92kg) and Delicious Orie (+92kg) continued England’s impressive performance in Helsinki. The English star defeated Estonian, Finnish, and Hungarian boxers in their final contests at the Gee Bee Tournament.
Finland’s Arslan Khataev was quarter-finalist at the Belgrade 2021 IBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships and the 24-year-old Finnish boxer advanced to the final of the lightweight (60kg) with excellent performance. Khataev was well-prepared against Germany’s Murat Yildirim but his experienced rival won their strategic game. Tajikistan’s ASBC Asian Champion Bakhodur Usmonov eliminated Hungary’s Richard Kovacs in the last four and he was able to beat Scotland’s AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Reese Lynch in a wonderful final bout.