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Lisa Whiteside or Nicola Adams? Who will represent Team GB in Rio?
by Michael O'Neill
Photo: Lancashire
Evening Post
October 26, 2014
     
   
   


 

(OCT 26) England’s Lisa Whiteside, who boxes out of the Larches and Savick club in Preston, is ‘determined to make the most of Nicola Adams' injury and leave her mark at next month's Women’s World Boxing Championship in South Korea’, she told the’ Lancashire Evening Post’ this week. 

As we reported on wban.com earlier this summer, reigning Olympic champion, Nicola Adams suffered a significant shoulder injury prior to the recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and thus, following surgery,

is unable to participate in this year’s World’s which commence in Jeju in November (12th/25th).

It is some two years ago that Whiteside, from the Preston and Savick club in Lancashire, took bronze from the 2012 World Championships in China, but that was in the 57kg category, not at 51kg.

Now two years later, Police officer, Whiteside is determined to take this rare opportunity in the absence of Adams and attempt to take Gold in South Korea.

She does however face serious competition from the current World champion at 51kg, China’s Cancan Ren who will be keen to retain her position as AIBA World No.1.

With the 2016 Olympic Games not far away, and the qualifying events, still to come, Whiteside is keen to stake her claim to a place in the England squad for Rio which she admits is an added incentive
to gain a medal in South Korea.

“This is a massive opportunity to prove myself at 51kg and to prove to people that I am not just here because Nicola is out injured,” she told the ‘Lancashire Evening Post’.

"I’m always going to be second fiddle to Nicola at this stage but I’ve got to prove myself to the point where they say there needs to be a box-off to decide which of us goes to Rio.

"Nicola is Olympic champion and you can never take that away from her. She performed amazingly but I am right there behind her and I honestly believe if I can get the chance I can beat Nicola and take that spot."

In South Korea, the favourite will undoubtedly be Cancan Ren who recently regained the no.1 spot as a result of Adams injury but there will be other possible serious challengers too in Jeju among them possibly Jose Gabuco of the

Philippines, Marlen Esparza of the United States and another London 2012 bronze medallist, the great MC Mary Kom of India,who took Gold in the recent Asian Games in Incheon.

Another challenger may well be Ireland’s Michaela Walsh, deemed unlucky by many, to have lost to Adams in the Commonwealth final and who has also a victory to her credit over Whiteside. As in all events much though will

depend on the draw in South Korea but if there is to be a ‘surprise medallist’ in Jeju it could well be the Belfast boxer.

In the 60kg Olympic lightweight class, Ireland’s Katie Taylor will be seeking a record “fifth in a row” World crown (at 60kg) and among her main challengers will be Russia’s Sofya Ochigava, the silver medallist in London plus bronze medallists Mavzuna Chorieva and

Brazilian Adriana Dos Santos Araujo with French titleholder Estelle Mossely having an outside chance of a medal. She recently defeated Ochigava 3:0 in the European Union championships in Hungary, losing only in the final to Taylor.

It is not yet clear whether England will be represented by Natasha Jonas or by Chantelle Cameron at 60kg in South Korea. One is likely to fill that spot with the other taking part in the non-Olympic 64kg category.

Irrespective of what happens in Jeju, Taylor – who has never won an Irish title in the ring – will retain her World no. 1 status for a record eighth year in a row.

In the 75kg Olympic class, England’s Savannah Marshall, who has been out of the ring for a long spell after shoulder surgery, made a welcome return to top form at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and will be hoping to retain her title in South Korea.

The AIBA issued their October world rankings list in mid- October, as hereunder:

(45-48 KG)

1st GNEVANOVA, Svetlana RUSSIA

2nd XU, Shiqi CHINA

3rd KYZAYBAY, Nazym KAZAKHSTAN

(51 KG)

1st REN, Cancan CHINA

2nd ADAMS, Nicola ENGLAND

3rd GABUCO, Josie PHILIPPINES

4th Esparza, Marlen, United States

5th Kom, MC Hmantge,India

(54 KG)

1st KULESHOVA, Aleksandra RUSSIA

2nd CRUZ, Christina USA

3rd SAVELYEVA, Elena RUSSIA

(57 KG)

1st BROWN, Tiara USA

2nd STANEVA, Svetlana BULGARIA

3rd KRUK, Sandra POLAND

(60 KG)

1st TAYLOR, Katie IRELAND

2nd OCHIGAVA, Sofya RUSSIA

3rd LUU, Thi Duyen VIETNAM

(64 KG)

1st JONAS, Natasha ENGLAND

2nd STELMACH, Magdalena POLAND

3rd MAYER, Mikaela USA

(69 KG)

1st BADULINA, Mariia UKRAINE

2nd VYSTROPOVA, Elena AZERBAIJAN

3rd MILLER, Raquel USA

(75 KG)

1st MARSHALL, Savannah Rose Dee ENGLAND

2nd NAGY, Timea HUNGARY

3rd LAURELL, Anna Rosalie Eleonora SWEDEN

(81 KG)

1st YUAN, Meiqing CHINA

2nd CREWS, Franchon USA

3rd KOSOVA, Svetlana RUSSIA

(81+ KG)

1st LI, Yunfei CHINA

2nd KUNGEIBAYEVA, Lazzat KAZAKHSTAN

3rd SINETSKAY, Irina RUSSIA

 

 
     
     
   
 
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