(MAY 11) The 7th edition of
the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships got under way at the
Qinhuangdao Olympic Stadium, in Qinhuangdao, China Friday where
some 343 contestants from 77 are scheduled to take part, a new
record for the event . In three weight categories, Flyweight
51kg, Lightweight 60kg, and Middleweight 75kg, there is even
more than the world title at stake since the top eight in each,
automatically qualify for a place in the 30th Olympiad in London
later this Summer.
Host nation, China has entered all ten weight divisions, so too
Russia, India, Kazakhstan, Hungary, Turkey and Ukraine, while
the United States, Canada, France, Romania and Kenya all send
nine representatives each. Vietnam and Australia supply eight
whilst seven each from Germany, Poland, Serbia, DPR Korea and
Venezuela have entered this qualification event.
That women’s boxing continues to attract new nations can be seen
from fact that for the first time Afghanistan, Armenia, Austria,
Bolivia, Colombia, DR Congo, Honduras, Jamaica, Nigeria, Serbia,
Sierra Leone, South Africa and Uzbekistan have entered at least
Sadly still no entry from Cuba or Saudi Arabia to name but two
who have yet to embrace the sport.
On Friday, the AIBA announced the seeds for the various weight
categories so let us look at those in the three Olympic weights.
Firstly at 51kg (55 participating) : 1.Cancan Ren, China 2.
Nicola Adams,England 3.Elena Savelyeva ,Russia 4.Karolina
Michalczuk, Poland 5. Tetyana Kob, Ukraine , 6.Steluta Duta,
Romania 7.Mery Kom Hmangte, India 8.Marlen Esparza, USA
Next to 60kg : (58 entries) : 1. Katie Taylor, Ireland 2. Gulsum
Tatar, Turkey 3.Cheng Dong,China 4.Tassamalee Thongjan, Thailand
5.Karolina Graczyk, Poland , 6.Adriana dos Santos, Brazil
7.Quanitta Underwood USA, 8.Denitsa Eliseeva , Bulgaria
Finally to 75kg: (40 contestants): 1.Mary Spencer, Canada.
2.Nazezda Torlopova,Russia 3. Jinzi Li, China 4.Roseli Amaral
Feitosa, Brazil 5.Liliya Durneyva, Ukraine 6.Savannah Marshall,
England. 7.Nouchka Fontijn, Netherlands 8. Maria Kovacs, Hungary
Surprises? Canada’s Mandy Bujold misses out at 51kg but the real
‘shock omissions’ come in the other two Olympic categories. At
60kg, amazingly no place for Russia’s two times World champion
Sofya Ochigava nor for England’s Natasha Jonas , while at 75kg,
U.S Olympic Trials winner, Claressa Shields misses out despite
her recent convincing victory over Canada’s top ranked, Mary
Spencer. Whilst most experts predicted Spencer would be at no.1
– and deservedly so -equally despite her inexperience, Shields
was tipped for a top 4 seeding. Her first real test is expected
to be against Hartlepool’s ‘silent assassin’ Savannah Marshall
(representing England) on Monday evening. Marshall was a silver
medallist in Barbados 2010 albeit at a lower weight.
To a large extent the absence of these ‘high profile’ fighters
from the seedings serves but to demonstrate the current strength
of women's boxing but anyone ‘writing off’ the chances of such
as Ochigava, Jonas, Bujold or Shields does so at their peril.
Ireland’s Katie Taylor, seeking a
fourth successive 60kg title has a first round bye – the draw
was also made Friday – and on Monday meets either Tunisian, Rim
Jouini or Portugal’s Juliana Canedo da Rocha. Second seed
,Turkey’s Gulsum Tatar who has moved down to 60kg , also has a
bye and this is followed again on Monday by a bout against
Ayzanat Hajiyeva of Azerbaijan or India’s Asian titleholder
Sarita Laishram Devi, the type of bout that neither boxer would
have wished for this early in the tournament. Quanitta Underwood
begins her quest for an Olympic place on Saturday (12th) against
Argentina’s Dayana Sanchez . Arguably the biggest surprise in
the 60kg event, apart from Ochigava’s omission, is the no 4
ranking of Thailand’s Tassamalee Thongjan, who normally competes
at 57kg and was bronze medal winner at the last world
championships in Barbados.
Five times champion Mery Kom Hmangte now competes in the 51kg
classification though only ranked at no.7. Most boxing fans will
be willing her on to gain a place in London 2012 but she is in
the same half of the draw as England’s Nikki Adams who has been
in superb form of late. An interesting point here is that
England and Wales have both entered teams in China whereas in
the Olympics they (and Scotland) compete under the Great Britain
A reminder that the AIBA announced that boxing would be
separated into men and women events at its 13th congress held in
Beijing in 1994. The first official international amateur
tournament for women boxers was then held in 1997 with the
inaugural AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships taking place
four years later in Scranton, USA. After six successful
editions, AIBA is now organising the first Olympic qualification
tournament for women boxers in conjunction with the event in
Following the International Olympic Committee's decision in 2009
to include women's boxing into the Olympic program, the sport
has reached a new phase in its development with a huge increase
in the number of participants worldwide.
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We end, courtesy of AIBA, with a review of the opening day in
“The most anticipated AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships
Qinhuangdao 2012 started this Friday 11 May in China with 57kg
and 69kg advancing to the Last 16.
On the opening contest of the worldwide event, India's two-time
National Champion Mandakini Chanu Kangabam did not give too many
chances to Serbia's Silesian Open Tournament silver medallist
Bojana Ranic. The Indian boxer led by 10:3 after the first two
minutes and finally the referee stopped their unequal fight in
the third round.
Chinese Taipei's former Asian Champion Chen Chia Ling returned
to the world of boxing last year and regained her place in the
national squad. She proved in her first contest that she is a
top fighter in the featherweight class and overwhelmed
Australia's AIBA Junior World Championships quarter-finalist
17-year-old Skye Nicolson in Qinhuangdao.
Turkey's four-time European Championships bronze medallist
Nagehan Malkoc Gul fought against Bulgaria's former European
Youth Champion and EU Championships silver medallist 22-year-old
Svetlana Kamenova Staneva in the first preliminary round. The
taller Bulgarian boxer opened with a 4:1 lead while the Turkish
athlete did not find the best fighting distance therefore
Staneva's victory is not a surprise.
Hungary's AIBA Junior World Championships bronze medallist
Kornelia Kitti Nagy who celebrated her 17th birthday just before
her first elite competition, had a brave attempt to beat
Mexico's Independence Cup silver medallist tough Cynthia Robles.
The Central American boxer started better the bout and made a
great last round when her teenager rival was too tired to turn
Japan's multiple National Champion veteran Nana Yoshikawa won
each of the rounds in her debut contest against Kenya's best
featherweight boxer Rebah Matanda. The final verdict of their
bout was 22:10 to Yoshikawa who advanced to the last 16 in the
AIBA Women's World Championships and will now meet England's
European Championships silver medallist Lisa Whiteside who was
seeded as No.3.
Canada's Turkish Prime Ministry Tournament bronze medallist
Melissa Guillemette led by 4:2 after the first tactical round
against Denmark's newly crowned Nordic Champion 22-year-old
Sarah Mahfoud. Guillemette showed excellent footwork in her
first contest and that performance was enough to beat Mahfoud by
Vietnam's current AIBA Junior World Champion 16-year-old Vuong
Thi Vy who is member of the 'AIBA Road to London Program' had an
easy opening contest in Qinhuangdao. Vietnam's best future hope
proved that her present is also great and she increased her
boxing knowledge in the UK in the Winter. Her first rival was
Croatia's National Champion Annamarija Vujaklija who had no
chance to beat her teenager opponent.
France's 22-year-old Malva Hammadouche who had several victories
in the international level last year, showed her great technique
against Germany's EU Championships bronze medallist Maike
Klueners in the first preliminary round. The French boxer and
her ringside found the winning tactic in the third round and
eliminated her neighbouring rival by 29:18.
Russia's European Championships bronze medallist Viktoriya
Gurkovich outpointed her first opponent in Qinhuangdao,
Slovakia's only competitor in the event, 18-year-old Piroska
Bodoki who has got only five contests in her career. The referee
stopped their contest very quickly to save Bodoki's health.
At the welterweight class India's Asian Women's Cup bronze
medallist Neetu Chahal advanced to the last 16 after beating
Hungary's EU Champion 23-year-old Bianka Nagy who is member of
the national team since 2006. The Indian boxer dominated during
their contest and won the bout by a large margin of points.
Reigning US National Champion Raquel Miller who has been boxing
since only 2010, also secured her place in the last 16 at the
welterweight class following her success over New Zealand's best
future hope, Arafura Games winner 18-year-old Daena Stephenson.
Miller's next opponent will be Canada's Panamerican Champion
Myriam Da Silva in the next preliminary round.
So ends the first day in China with the ‘big guns’ entering
tomorrow when among those in action will be Quanitta Underwood
against Argentinian rival Dayana Sanchez at 60kg.