Day Three at the 7th Women's World
Championships in Qinhuangdao
by Michael O'Neill
May 13, 2012
Photo: Mery Kom (red)
Today saw the first appearance of ‘Magnificent Mary’, at
flyweight, at the 7th AIBA World Boxing Championships in
Qinhuangdao as Indian ‘living legend’ and five times AIBA World
Champion Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte came face to face with
Japan’s Asian championships bronze medallist, Ayako Minowa.
In truth it was a one-sided encounter since Mary won their bout
as easily as the 20:9 judges verdict suggests. She now meets
Norway's European Championships quarter-finalist 22-year-old Marielle Hansen. Marielle is ‘one for the future’ but it will be
a major shock if she defeats Mary Kom.
The United States maintained their 100 percent record when US
National Olympic Trials winner and AIBA Women's World
Championships bronze medallist Marlen Esparza defeated
Argentina's multiple Pan-American Champion Pamela Paola
Benavides 20:10 . Next up for Esparza, is Vietnam's 19-year-old Luu Thi Duyen .
The no. 1 seed was also in action Sunday when two-time AIBA
World Champion and Asian Games titleholder, Ren Cancan from
China scored an impressive 16 : 4 win in front of her home fans
as she eliminated Hungary's EU Championships silver medallist
Katalin Ancsin ,also at flyweight.
For Russia, Elena Savelyeva was another who won with something
to spare when she met and defeated Chinese Taipei's Pin Meng
Chieh . As the bell tolled at end of round two Savelyeva led by
12:7 and she continued to dominate to the end against a gallant
but overwhelmed Asian rival, 19:8 being the declared score.
Victory also for Ireland’s Ceire Smith, who boxes out of the
Cavan BC under trainer Brian McKeown. This was the 20 years
old‘s second win in two days as she overcame Jamaica’s Sarah-Joy
Rae 12:4. In the Irish corner today were Peter Taylor – coach
and father of Katie – and Zuar Antia and certainly Ceire carried
out their instructions to the letter.
The number two seed in this weight division is Great Britain’s
Nicola Adams and she too had an impressive second victory of the
tournament overcoming Bulgaria’s Yana Levankova 19:7. Adams
again demonstrated why she is one of the favourites for the
title and now meets Venezuela's Pan-American Champion Karla
Magliocco in the last 16.
Astana International Tournament winner Azize Nimani was born in
Kosovo but is fighting for Germany in the Olympic flyweight
class. The 21-year-old won each of her contests until the 2010
AIBA Women's World Championships in Bridgetown where she lost
her first ever bout. Nimani continued her excellent winning
series in Qinhuangdao as well where she turned back the fight
against a favourite, Finland's AIBA World Championships bronze
medallist experienced Hanne Maekinen.
European Championships silver medallist Sarah Ourahmoune is a
member of the French national squad since 2001 and these
experiences resulted to her a victory over Ukraine's former
European Champion Tatyana Kob. The 30-year-old French boxer
dominated the fight and advanced to the last 16 eliminating her
Bulgaria's European Championships bronze medallist and EU
Champion Stoyka Petrova is on the right way to the London
Olympic Games. She has eliminated a strong Asian rival,
Thailand's Peamwilai Laopeam in the first round and following
that success, Petrova triumphed over Italy's best hope, Valeria
Calabrese in the next round.
France's EU Championships silver medallist 25-year-old Delphine
Mancini who is member of the national team since 2005, shocked
the Turkish ringside and fans in Qinhuangdao. The French
bantamweight boxer controlled her opening fight against Turkey's
European Championships bronze medallist strong Ayse Tas and had
six points advantage before the final gong. The Istanbul-based
Turkish boxer tried to turn back the fight and made an
incredible last round but her efforts were not enough to win the
bout therefore Mancini eliminated the Seed No.1.
Poland's European Championships silver medallist Sandra Drabik
could not secure her place in the Olympic flyweight class
therefore she has decided to move up into the bantamweight
division. The powerful Polish boxer did not give too many
chances to Afghanistan's Dushanbe International Tournament
silver medallist Sadaf Rahimi and the referee stopped their
unequal contest very quickly.
In the light flyweight division China's President's Cup winner
20-year-old Xu Shiqi who replaced Luo Yujie just before the
tournament, started her competition and saved the host nation's
perfect balance. The young Chinese boxer outpointed Sweden's
Turkish Prime Ministry Tournament silver medallist Elin
Roennlund in the first round and finally she could celebrate her
advance winning the bout by 12:5. Xu Shiqi's next opponent will
be Wales' European Championships silver medallist Lynsey
Holdaway who was seeded as No.1.
Romania's European Championships silver medallist Lidia Ion
moved down into the light flyweight class following her loss at
the National Cup in the Olympic 51kg. The experienced boxer had
to use up all of her skills to beat Tajikistan's 22-year-old
Matluba Karimova who had less international contests in her
Poland's former European Youth Champion 20-year-old Magdalena
Stelmach's skills and boxing knowledge extremely developed in
the last one year therefore her great show against Venezuela's
Nurys Silvera was not a surprise. The referee stopped the
contest in the third round when Stelmach led by 15:3 against her
South American opponent.
Russia's former European Youth Champion 22-year-old Daria
Abramova secured the right at the very first time to represent
her strong nation in Qinhuangdao. Her first rival was France's
European Championships quarter-finalist Laetitia Chevalier but
the Russian boxer won their contest in the easier way than
expected before the bout.
Netherlands' current European Champion veteran Marichelle De
Jong who was seeded as welterweight No.1 in Qinhuangdao,
defeated the second Indian boxer in the competition. Her Asian
opponent, National Games winner Neetu Chahal led by 2:1 after
two minutes but De Jong stepped up to the gas and her efforts
were enough to beat the Indian fighter. The Dutch boxer became
the first in the event in China who could secure her place in
the quarter-final stage of the championships.
US National Champion Raquel Miller,who began boxing only in
2010, fought for the last eight against Canada's current
Pan-American Champion Myriam Da Silva at the welterweight class.
They met each other at the AMBC's Continental Championships in
Cornwall in March where the Canadian boxer won their narrow
contest with one point difference. In Qinhuangdao the US
competitor was able to strike back to her opponent and advanced
to the quarter-final winning the equal bout by accepted scores.
China's current Asian Champion 19-year-old Wang Dongmei
finalized the perfect day for the host nation following her easy
success over Sri Lanka's Asian Championships bronze medallist
Dapana Durage Shiromali Weerarathna. Wang's next opponent in the
quarter-final will be Russia's former European Champion Irina
Poteyeva who eliminated Wales' 18-year-old Lauren Price in a
Monday sees the much looked forward to ‘battle royal’ between
Claressa Shields (USA) and Great Britain’s Savannah Marshall
whilst Ireland’s Katie Taylor begins the defence of her 60kg
lightweight crown against Tunisia’s Rim Juini, a bronze
medallist in the 57kg class in Barbados 2010. A great day’s
boxing in store then Monday – and indeed for the rest of the
Sunday’s results – and/or Monday’s draws – for the Olympic
weight events are here on aiba.org - 49-51kg, 60kg, and 75kg.