The final-line ups are revealed in the 39th Gee Bee Tournament in Helsinki08 March 2020
The second competition day of the 39th edition of the Gee Bee Tournament saw 28 fights which was held in the Helsinki Sports Hall in Finland. The quality of the tournament is really high which guarantees for many of the world’s top countries in Helsinki. Russia, France, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan delivered the best performances in the day of the semi-finals in Helsinki.
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
Finland’s Santeri Laine lost his middleweight (75kg) semi-final but his fellow Ilari Kujala tried to work more effectively in the second group of this difficult category. The Finnish boxer had surprise triumphs in some of the previous international events as in the 2016 European Olympic Qualification Event when he defeated Ireland’s AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Michael O’Reilly. Kujala returned to the national team and tried to do his very best against Germany’s Kevin Boakye Schumann. Kujala’s best round was the second but his German opponent landed stronger punches to win their narrow fight in Helsinki which means Schumann remained his chance alive to get the title of the Gee Bee Tournament.
The surprise of the day
Finland has got strong women boxers but their stars Mira Potkonen and Elina Gustafsson had to miss the Gee Bee Tournament due to the upcoming European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event. Anette Valtanen is a promising Finnish female boxer who could be a member of their top team in the upcoming years. Valtanen had to box with Russia’s 2016 EUBC European Women’s Champion Aleksandra Ordina and she exceeded the expectations in their light welterweight (64kg) fight. The local boxer was not only brave against the Russian but she landed enough punches to win their semi-finals.
Russia’s Vasiliy Egorov won the title of the 2015 and 2017 EUBC European Boxing Championships at the light flyweight (49kg) and moved up to the flyweight (52kg) one year ago. The Russian boxer eliminated Armenia’s Seyran Yeghikyan on Day1 and met with France’s Theo Ticout in the semi-finals. His 20-year-old French opponent was competitive for him and he could adopt Egorov’s level in spite of his low number of international bouts yet. The Russian boxer worked well in the second part of the bout and advanced to the final of the Gee Bee Tournament where his next opponent will be Ukraine’s Pavlo Kovalenko.
Wales’ new teenage sensation Taylor Bevan amazed the crowd with his strong performance in the first day of boxing at the Gee Bee Tournament in Helsinki where he eliminated Mongolia’s Batbayar Gantulga. The Welsh teenager had already 66 bouts during his career and he had the height advantage against France’s Moreno Fendero. Bevan was not able to deliver his same strong performance as on Day1 and the French could reduce the fighting distance successfully. Fendero was too strong for the Welsh boxer this time and won their middleweight (75kg) contest by unanimous decision. Fendero will be boxing for the gold medal with Russia’s former EUBC European Champion Maksim Koptyakov.
Ukraine’s Bogdan Tolmachov and Finland’s Anton Embulaev both boxed at the youth age group in 2019 and the Gee Bee Tournament are their first international elite tournament. The teenagers had an exciting fight in the semi-finals of the Group B of the middleweight (75kg) in Helsinki. Tolmachov’s left-handed hooks and uppercuts reached the target a few times in the first round but Embulaev could respond also to these shots. The Ukrainian was slightly better in their semi-final and advanced to the final of the 39th Gee Bee Tournament.
Ukraine’s former AIBA Junior World Champion Robert Marton had a tough opponent in the semi-finals of the heavyweight (91kg) as he had to meet with Netherlands’ two-time EUBC European Championships silver medallist Peter Mullenberg. The 10-year-younger Ukrainian was quicker than the Dutch veteran who did not find the best fighting distance in the first round. Marton landed lethal shots in the third round and the referee confirmed his RSC success over Mullenberg who returned after injuries. Marton will be meeting for the gold medal with Kazakhstan’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Sagyndyk Togambay who is making his debut in the elite boxers just in the Gee Bee.
Russia’s Sergey Sobylinskiy has been attending in the international events since 2008 and after 12 years of experiences he is one of the best European welterweight (69kg) boxers. He is among the Top3 Russians in this weight class and he used his patient but effective style once again in Helsinki. The former AIBA Junior World Champion launched his superb combinations in the semi-finals against Armenia’s teenager Arsen Grigoryan and marched to the finals of the Gee Bee Tournament. Sobylinskiy’s last opponent will be Kazakhstan’s WSB Team Champion Aslanbek Shymbergenov.
Finland’s Benjamin Eriksson won their first national selection event the TUL Tournament this January in Kemi but he is inexperienced in the international stage. Finland’s new welterweight (69kg) hope landed a tough punch in the end of the first round and his Dutch opponent Sammy Wagensveld went down to the floor. The gong saved the boxer from the Netherlands but Eriksson finished his job in the second round and won their semi-final by RSC. Finland’s strong talent will be meeting for the gold with Sweden’s Adel Belalia in the Group B of the weight class.