(NOV 16) “The
21-year-old amazon used her longer hands to keep the distance
against Hungary's European Union Women's Champion Bianka Nagy.
The English boxer knocked down her Hungarian opponent in the
third round and dominated all of the rounds in Jeju which means
she will now meet with Turkey's two-time AIBA Women's World
Champion Gulsum Tatar Kaptan”.
In your correspondent’s view, Ryan is certainly one to watch for
the future albeit there is no 64kg division yet in the Olympics
but don’t rule out her being in contention with Natasha Jonas
and Chantelle Cameron for the GB 60kg spot in Rio.
Sandy Ryan (One Nation Pegasus BC) : photo:courtesy ABAE/Boxing
England (in blue)
The draw took place earlier in the morning and most interest
centres around the 60kg Lightweight division where some 39 other
boxers will be seeking to dethrone the 4 times World and current
Olympic title holder Katie Taylor.
Several of the top challengers ended up in the Irish woman’s
half of the draw most notably her ‘friend and foe’ Russia’s
Sofya Ochigava, Adriana dos Santos Araujo from Brazil, Quanitta
Underwood of the U.S, new Chinese champion Junhua Yi, Finland’s
Mira Potkonen and England’s Chantelle Cameron to name but six.
Taylor opens her account Tuesday against Valerian Spice, the
Islington BC, London boxer representing Dominica. For Spice it
was a dream fulfilled as in an interview a day before the draw,
with ‘Boxing News’ journalist John Dennen , long time Taylor
admirer, Spicer said : “She asked for a bout a month ago so I
was actually going to box her then. It fell through for some
“She’s brilliant, when I first started boxing I looked up to her
and now I feel like I can compete with her”. Well now that
opportunity comes Valerian’s way on Tuesday morning and she is
sure to greatly benefit from the experience of taking on the
Bray woman in a major International competition.
The AIBA’s on the spot team reported on several other major
highlights of the opening day and here are those reports, with
our grateful thanks:
“Sixteen bouts have been held in the opening day of the
competition in the picturesque island of Jeju where Kazakhstan's
Dina Zholaman caused a huge surprise following her triumph over
Argentina's gold medal contender Leonela Sanchez.
AIBA’s ‘Bout of the day’:
Philippines' Nesthy Petecio was quarter-finalist at the 2010
AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships in Bridgetown, Barbados
four years ago when she was only 18. She is member of the
national squad since 2009 and won the China Open Tournament last
year. The 22-year-old boxer competed in the Asian Games in
Incheon in September where she advanced to the quarter-finals.
The Filipino boxer returned to the Featherweight class (57 kg)
after the Asian Games which is her original category.
Petecio arrived to the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships
to Jeju as medal contender but she had to open her competition
against an experienced European opponent, Sweden's Linnea
Strandell who had 101 bouts prior the competition.
The Filipino boxer tried to reduce the fighting distance from
the first minute of the contest and her attacks were successful
in the opening two rounds. Strandell also did not give up the
battle but her efforts were not enough to turn back the bout
until the final gong. Petecio's next opponent will be Algeria's
most experienced female boxer, Manel Meharzi in the next
Team of the day:
China's Gao Jinyan claimed a bronze medal at their National
Women's Championships in 2011 which was her first excellent
result during her career. The 22-year-old Bantamweight class (54
kg) boxer trains in the Liaoning Province and she is competing
in her first international event in Jeju.
The Chinese boxer is relatively unknown in the world but she had
enough experience to open her championships with a triumph. Gao
Jinyan was too strong for Hungary's newly crowned National
Champion Szabina Szucs who was born also in 1992 as was the
China's second triumph was delivered by Xie Lili who was silver
medallist in the 2012 ASBC Asian Women's Continental
Championships in Ulanbaatar, Mongolia. The 25-year-old Light
Welterweight class (64 kg) boxer came from Beijing to get her
first title in Jeju.
She opened with effective punches against Algeria's Rania
M'Allaloui who moved up a weight class since her appearance in
the AFBC African Women's Continental Championships. In spite of
the final round when Xie Lili had some warm moments she was able
to beat her North African rival, winning the bout by unanimous
Surprise of the day?
Argentina's AMBC American Women's Continental Champion Leonela
Sanchez travelled to the island of Jeju as one of the gold medal
contender of the Bantamweight class (54 kg) for her opening bout
against Kazakhstan's two-time National Champion Dina Zholaman.
Sanchez was not able to find the best fighting distance against
her Central Asian rival and proved her real skills only in the
final frame therefore Zholaman's hand was raised after the final
bell in Jeju which bout was the biggest surprise of the opening
Quote of the day:
"One of our medal hopes Nesthy Petecio connected with
well-placed uppercuts and hooks to take an early lead in the
first part of her bout against Sweden's Linnea Strandell. She
relaxed a bit in the third round and her aggressive opponent was
better in that frame. Petecio picked it up again in the last
round to score a unanimous decision," commented Mr. Edgar Picson
the Executive Director of the Amateur Boxing Association of the
The local organizers separated the program of the second
competition day into an afternoon and an evening session due the
high number of bouts. Boxers of the Flyweight class (51 kg),
Featherweight class (57 kg), Lightweight class (60 kg) and
Welterweight class (69 kg) will be in action on Day2 in the AIBA
Women's World Boxing Championships in Jeju, Korea.
Among the top athletes Bulgaria's EUBC European Continental
Champion Stoyka Petrova and Russia's two-time AIBA Women's World
Champion Sofya Ochigava will be fighting for the next round on
the second competition day. One of the most anticipated battle
will be held between Azerbaijan's Elena Vystropova and England's
Stacey Copeland which will be the return match of the final of
the EUBC European Women's Continental Championships.
Some statistics from the first day of competition in Jeju, from
On the first day of the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships
in Jeju, Korea. China, Hungary, India, Kazakhstan, Russia and
United States of America are there in the event with maximum
number of ten female boxers.
The number of participants per confederations are the following:
Africa: 27 boxers from 11 nations
America: 41 boxers from 13 nations
Asia: 78 boxers from 15 nations
Europe: 126 boxers from 26 nations
Oceania: 8 boxers from 2 nations “
IF indeed that is the accurate total (and we at WBAN have no
reason to doubt it) then it falls far short of the much higher
earlier predictions inc 337 from 74 nations just a few days
POSSIBLE reasons include:
Ever increasing cost of sending teams and coaches to Korea with
all the expense that that entails – perhaps AIBA needs to pay a
vastly higher share of costs from their new found APB/WSB kitty?
Doubts re safety eg: confusion over headguards or no headguards
and insufficient medical data supplied to National Federations
in a timely manner?
2014 world’s NOT being an Olympic qualifier several boxers may
have opted to give it a miss
The events in Incheon? Is enough being done to ensure that
Referees and especially Judges are ALL trained to the highest
An AIBA overemphasis on AIBA Control of boxers especially on
disciplinary matters. The women are NOT paid professionals and
thus putting their bodies online whilst being away from their
family and friends – often children – for weeks on end when one
considers training plus actual competition.
Several absentees of course such as Mary Kom, Pooja Rani and the
suspended Sarita Devi from India, Mavzuna Chorieva from
Tajikistan and Poland’s long time servants,2 times world and
European champion Karolina Anna Michalczuk and her compatriot
Nonetheless Poland is fielding a strong side with a nice blend
of youth and experience and is clearly beginning to plan for the
The Polish team includes:
1. Ewelina Wicherska –51 kg (silver medallist from China 2012,
silver medallist from European Champs Sophia 2014
2. Sandra Drabik- 54 kg;several times champion of Poland and
European Union medallist
3. Aneta Rygielska - 57 kg (debut);
4. Kinga Siwa – 60 kg (debut, bronze from European Champs Sophia
2014- pretty experienced
5. Lidia Fidura – 75 kg- Multi champion in major International
events in recent years.
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(Link to The Day’s Opening
Ceremony and Preliminary bouts.
aware though that this includes the Opening Ceremony and
highlights of the day’s bouts in Jeju so not something to be
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WBAN warns that the full programme is almost 3 hours long!
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