(MAY 19) Friday was semi-finals day at the 7th Women’s World Boxing
Championships in Qinhuangdao, China , with the spotlight once
again on those bouts in the 51kg, 60kg and 75kg divisions, the
titles that will be at stake in the 2012 Olympic Games in
AIBA World Champion Katie Taylor is on course to achieve a
fourth consecutive world title after coming through her
semi-final in style. She now faces the powerful Russian Sofya
Ochigava. Taylor won their last meeting 10:5 at the 2011
European Championships in Rotterdam.
from Bray, triumphed against the tough 19-year-old Asian
Champion Mavzuna Chorieva, who became the fourth Tajik boxer to
qualify for the Olympic Games. The Irish legend won the contest
in impressive fashion, taking each round to record a 16:6
victory. Now only one win separates her from retaining her
Taylor later told Irish broadcaster RTE : “I am just delighted
to be in another final. I picked her off with the jab and left
hook. My dad (her father Pete in her corner) told me to keep the
left hand busy. I didn’t need to mix it up with her. I kept it
Chorieva tried hard
but the difference in experience was too great. When it
was suggested that her opponent had attempted to indulge in a
little trash talking, Taylor laughed: “I can do that myself ! I
wasn’t going to get drawn in. I am one step closer to retaining
the world title. I have received incredible support and good
wishes from everyone back home and I hope to do everyone proud
in the Olympics and win a gold medal. Hopefully I will be going
there as world champion.” Well we will know the destination of
the 60kg crown in just a few hours from now.
Jonas in corner between rounds...
Ochigava Wins over Jonas
AIBA World Champion, 25-year-old Sofya Ochigava also advanced to
the Lightweight final, ensuring the much anticipated showdown
with Katie Taylor goes a
head on Saturday in Qinhuangdao. Their head-to-head record now
stands at 1:1 following their two previous contests in 2010 and
2011. In her semi-final, the Russian boxer was simply too strong
for England's Olympic Test Event winner Natasha Jonas, winning
18-10 and was in impressive form throughout.
In the Olympic
Flyweight class, it was as expected as England's gold medal
contender European Champion Nicola Adams defeated Russia's
reigning AIBA World Champion Yelena Savelyeva 11:6. The
Englishwoman will face China's Ren Cancan in the final. Adams,
from Leeds, triumphed over the Chinese fighter at the Strandja
Memorial Tournament early this year, which bodes well for her
gold medal aspirations. Cancan triumphed 27:18 over Poland’s
Karolina Michalczuk in the other semi-final. The champion of
China was well on top throughout the contest though the Pole
fought a gallant fight.
Vystropova raises her hand in victory...
Russian National Champion Yelena Vystropova started brightly in
the Middleweight semi-final against her taller rival, Sweden's
former AIBA World Champion Anna Laurell. The Azeri boxer led 5:3
after the first round but Laurell's came back fighting and the
Swedish veteran clawed back her deficit in the second frame to
draw level. Vystropova managed to contain this sterling fight
back to gain the upper hand and in the end ensured she was the
one to advance to the final, collecting an Olympic quota for
herself as well.
Savannah Marshall in corner
Marshall Wins over Torlpova
England's AIBA World
Championships silver medallist Savannah Marshall continued her
exquisite form in China by eliminating another top rival,
Russia's AIBA World Champion Nadezhda Torlopova. Marshall
dominated their Middleweight contest and can now prepare for a
second successive final at the AIBA Women's World Boxing
Current European Champion, Svetlana Gnevanova was the first of
nine Russian boxers in action in the semi-finals. Her opponent
was Philippines' AIBA World Championships bronze medallist Josie
Gabuco, who was quality in Light Flyweight contest. Gabuco
prevailed and will now meet China's Xu Shiqi for the gold medal.
Italy's Terry Gordini defeats USA Christina Cruzefyjy
Italian veteran Terry Gordini put in an incredible performance
in Qinhuangdao and advanced to the Bantamweight final after
beating the USA's Christina Cruz 11:7 following a sensational
second round. Gordini will now meet Russia's AIBA World
Championships bronze medallist Aleksandra Kuleshova with a world
title on the line.
European Championships silver medallist Lisa Whiteside from
England, who joined up with her national squad only last year,
had defied the odds to make the last four in China but her
fairytale journey was ended by the imposing Polish EU Champion
Sandra Kruk. The Polish Featherweight No.1 will now be fighting
for the title of World Champion against the USA Panamerican
Champion Tiara Brown.
20-year-old Polish former European Youth Champion Magdalena
Stelmach was one of the favourites in the Light Welterweight
class coming into this tournament. The young Pole confirmed this
status as she eliminated Russia's Daria Abramova to advance to
the final where she her next opponent will be DPR Korea's former
Asian Champion Pak Kyong Ok.
Netherlands' Marichelle De Jong defeated Ukraine's Maria
Badulina in the final of the last edition of the European
Championships in Rotterdam. In their re-match in Qinhuangdao,
Badulina was the one to triumph this time as she overpowered her
Dutch rival to progress to the Welterweight final where she will
meet American National Champion Raquel Miller.
Franchon Crews wins over Nagy
China's Yuan Meiqing was in great shape against Russia's
European Champion Svetlana Kosova and showed great footwork to
win the battle. Her next opponent, in the Light Heavyweight
final, will be multiple US and Panamerican Champion Franchon
Crews, who was ruthless in her semi-final against Hungary's
AIBA World Championships bronze medallist and current Asian
Champion, 21-year-old Li Yunfei has made a real breakthrough in
her career on home soil. China's top Heavyweight eliminated
Russia's two-time AIBA World Champion veteran Irina Sinetskaya
25:15 to meet Kazakhstan's Yulduz Mamatkulova in the final.
Back to the Olympics and good news too for India’s Mary Kom and
for Claressa Shields, the 17 years old from Flint, USA. Although
they were eliminated from the championships earlier this week
they have now qualified for the Olympic Games in London without
throwing a further punch.
The Indian legend saw England’s Nikki Adams defeat her Russian
opponent Yelena Saveleyva and that was enough to ’guarantee’
Mary Kom ‘s place in London though as she told ‘The Times of
India’ it is the first time she returns without a medal :
"Olympic slot confirmed finally! I am so happy," the
"I saw the bout. I know the Russian was not very good but I am a
bit sad as well because I won't have a medal around my neck this
time," added the reigning Asian champion.
"Medal is very important for me. I am happy with the
qualification but I am very upset not to get a medal."
As for 17 years old Claressa Shields, her good fortune came
about as a result of Savannah Marshall’s win over Nadezhda
Torlopova. In an email dispatch to ‘The Flint Journal’ ,
Shields said "I'm happy”! "I mean, I've never been so on edge
and scared before in my life. I prayed for Savannah (Marshall) a
lot! I'm glad she won, I'm glad I had this learning experience
and my dream still alive! I made the wrong mistakes on the right
person !” Ms Shields is without doubt looking forward to a
‘revenge’ return bout with ‘The Silent Assassin’ (Marshall) at
the Excel Centre in August.
Saturday marks the end of the 2012 championships with ten World
Champions to be crowned. All fights will again be broadcast LIVE