One of the great benefits (and detriments for some) of the world of Social Media’ is the fact that we can now be fully connected with individuals hundreds and thousands of miles away. It wasn’t too long ago when the thought of being able to video call someone was simply, a thought. Even more primitive was the thought of being able to know what someone was doing or how the day was in their area, which was relegated to a phone call for answers. I won’t even get to the times before phones. Social Media has taken the world of sports to a new level and has continued to do so for years. We are now more connected with the athlete than ever, something that would have been unprecedented in the past. We can now essentially reach out and interact with athletes on a real-time basis. My main sport of interest, of course, is boxing. One of the athletes we here at 86Boxing keep a keen eye on is none other than Porvoo, Finland’s own, Tomi Silvennoinen, 9-1 (5 KOs).
I don’t care if that man is top 10 in Europe, I’m gonna beat his ass in his hometown and bring the belt home.Tomi Silvennoinen
In what seems to be a long period of time at this point, though still fresh in my memory, I had the opportunity to spend some time with Silvennoinen, in Finland, back in the spring of 2018, when I was writing for a different website. This, by chance, was set up by the friend of my significant other. As you all in the boxing world know, the boxing world is small. At the time, Silvennoinen was fresh off of his third straight victory. Thanks to technology and a little translation from a friend, I was able to watch live Silvennoinen this past April as he dispatched of Sirak Hakobyan, 20-4-1 (7 KOs), via fourth-round knockout to pick up the WBC Youth Silver Super Welterweight Title. This was his first in a quest for further straps and ultimately a major title shot.
Fast forward to now and Silvennoinen is back in the ring on March 13, 2020, where he’ll take on Isaac Real, 20-3-1 (11 KOs), of Spain. The EBU European Union Super Welterweight title will be on the line this time around in what will be another big step towards the ultimate prize. Once again, Silvennoinen will be on the road as he heads to Pabellon Francisco Calvo, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain. I have no doubt that Silvennoinen will be more than ready for whatever is in the fold come March 13. How would I know, you ask? For the reason mentioned at the beginning of the article, Social Media. You too can follow the journey via Instagram @tomisilvennoinen. I don’t have to be in Finland to understand the work that Silvennoinen is putting in.
I asked Silvennoinen about him facing what may be his toughest opponent in Isaac Real, who’s been in with the likes is Sergio Garcia amongst others, and is currently ranked 10 in the European Boxing Super Welterweight rankings. “Man, I don’t care if that man is top 10 in Europe,” stated Silvennoinen, “I’m gonna beat his ass in his hometown and bring the belt home.”
In Silvennoinen’s eyes and the eyes of many competitors, every opponent matters. “I’ve had very good opponents in my career too.” Silvennoinen is no doubt riding a high and an emphatic victory over Real is sure to open even more eyes. Finland may be a small country but it has seen fighters rise to the highest ranks of the boxing world and in a prime affair. Look no further than Silvennoinen’s stablemate, Robert Helenius, who faced off against Polish Heavyweight Adam Kownacki in a WBA Heavyweight Title Eliminator on Saturday, March 7, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and live on FOX. Helenius pulled off an emphatic victory.
You train with the best and you’re sure to pick up some of the traits of the best. “My training camp went perfect,” stated Silvennoinen, “I’m in the shape of my life.” That, if you haven’t taken note, is a man on a mission. A man with a country and its pride on his side. Time waits for no man and Silvennoinen’s time is now. #leggo