Thailand’s Thitisan Panmod shocked his star rival in the semi-finals of the Gee Bee Tournament
The semi-finals of the 38th edition of the Gee Bee Tournament were held in Helsinki, Finland today where the Asian boxers shined and secured final places. Thailand’s young talent Thitisan Panmod shocked his favourite rival in Helsinki where the light flyweight (49kg), the flyweight (52kg) and the bantamweight (56kg) finals will be held between Asians.
The prestigious competition is a preparation event for the upcoming ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships. Following the Strandja Memorial Tournament the Gee Bee Tournament will be another small World Championships with four Confederations in the line-ups. Australia, Canada, England, France, Lithuania, Russia and United States of America also will be fighting for the medals in the forthcoming Gee Bee Tournament.
An Asian final will be held in the light flyweight (49kg)
Thailand’s Thitisan Panmod claimed gold medal at the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and the 18-year-old talent joined to the elite level only this January. The Thai teenager impressed in his semi-final against Kazakhstan’s Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Yerzhan Zhomart and defeated his top rival in his debuting elite contest. The Thai teenager will be meeting for the gold medal with a new Asian hope India’s Govind Sahani Kumar who eliminated Russia’s National Champion Artysh Soyan in another top semi-final contest.
Kyrgyzstan’s Azat Usenaliev performed in the world class level in Helsinki
Kyrgyzstan’s team captain Azat Usenaliev was gold medallist at the Amman 2013 ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships and achieved bronze at the Jakarta 2018 Asian Games. The Kyrgyz flyweight (52kg) boxer won the Shopokov Memorial Tournament last month and proved his amazing technical skills in the semi-final against India’s AIBA Youth World Champion Sachin Siwach Singh. Usenaliev caught his Indian opponent with short distance punches and controlled their semi-final with superb footwork. The Kyrgyz boxer will be facing for the gold medal with Kazakhstan’s Azat Makhmetov who eliminated France’s Billal Bennama in a hectic contest.
India’s two boxers Muhammed Hussamuddin and Kavinder Singh Bisht advanced to the finals of the bantamweight (56kg)
The Chemistry Cup is a strong European event but an Indian home final was held in Halle at the men’s bantamweight (56kg) last June. The same powerful story was happened with their boxers in the 38th Gee Bee Tournament in Helsinki today. India’s Muhammed Hussamuddin robbed into the world of boxing two years ago when he claimed silver medal at the Strandja Memorial Tournament. The currently 24-year-old Indian was slightly better than his Kazakh rival Zhanbolat Kydyrbayev and advanced to the final of the event. His teammate Kavinder Singh Bisht, who moved up to the bantamweight (56kg) in the recent weeks, won eliminated Kyrgyzstan’s Almanbet Alibekov and France’s strong Jordan Rodriguez during his road to the finals.
India’s Shiva Thapa returned to the boxing world with a tournament final
India’s Shiva Thapa was ASBC Asian Champion and AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist in the last Olympic era but in the new one he was not able to repeat those strong results yet. Thapa found his best rhythm quickly in the semi-final of the lightweight (60kg) against Russia’s new national team member Mikhail Varlamov. The 25-year-old two-time Olympian Indian boxer controlled all of the rounds and defeated his Russian opponent by unanimous decision. Thapa will be facing for the gold medal with Finland’s best elite boxer Arslan Khataev who is five-year younger than the Indian boxer.
Kazakhstan’s teenage talent Aybek Oralbay secured his place in the final
Kazakhstan’s Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games winner Aybek Oralbay is attending also on his first ever elite international tournament as Thailand’s Thitisan Panmod. The Kazakh teenager eliminated Russia’s 2016 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Vladimir Uzunyan in a superb quarter-final of the heavyweight (91kg) on Day2. Following his twin brother’s Nurbek’s close loss at the middleweight (75kg), Aybek gave in everything to control all of the rounds against Netherlands’ Kharkiv 2017 EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships bronze medallist Roy Korving. The Kazakh boxer landed more powerful punches than his Dutch opponent and will be facing with England’s veteran Cheavon Clarke in the final.
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