(NOV 17) Another full day’s
program Monday at the Halla Gymnasium in Jeju Island where the
second day was split into two sessions.
Tomorrow sees the four time World and London 2012 Gold medallist,
Katie Taylor, enter the arena in defence of her 60kg lightweight
First off let us look at Monday’s program:
Russia’s athletes were in fine form as all of their athletes
defeated their rivals, and America’s London 2012 Olympic Games
bronze medallist Marlen Esparza won the’ bout of the day’.
Bout of the day?
In the absence of the top favourites of the Flyweight class (51
kg) in England’s London 2012 Olympic Champion Nicola Adams and
India’s five-time AIBA Women’s World Champion Chungneijang Mary
Kom Hmangte, the strong US boxer Marlen Esparza is one of the
main gold medal contenders of the category in Jeju. China’s
Olympic silver medallist Cancan Ren is another absentee.
The US star is only 25, but she has been a member of the
national squad since 2006 when she bagged a bronze medal at the
AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi, India.
Esparza has prepared well for the current AIBA Women’s World
Boxing Championships, as she has successfully participated in
nine tournaments this year, and she had to meet with Mongolia’s
Incheon 2014 Asian Games bronze medallist Nandintsetseg
Myagmardulam in the opening round of the championships.
The American used aggressive tactics against the strong
Mongolian boxer, who in turn demonstrated her quick combinations
in the second round.
Excluding the second frame, it was the US boxer who controlled
their top level and entertaining contest, and who won the battle
of the day in Jeju.
Team of the day:
Russia’s Sayana Sagatayeva won their National Selection
Tournament in February, and the 24-year-old Flyweight class (51
kg) boxer has since only lost one bout, achieving gold medals in
various international events.
The rising star arrived as gold medal contender for the AIBA
Women’s World Boxing Championships, and started her road to the
finals against a tough European opponent, Germany’s AIBA Women’s
Youth World Champion Ornella Wahner.
Germany’s star boxer offered an excellent performance in the
first part of their bout, but Sagatayeva stepped on the gas and
raised the speed of the bout as it progressed, and eventually
the Russian boxer’s efforts were enough to win the bout by split
Zinaida Dobrynina joined to Russia’s national squad only last
year, but she was able to win the EUBC European Women’s
Continental Championships in Bucharest in June.
The Featherweight class (57 kg) star had to meet with a tough
opponent, Thailand’s Asian Indoor Games winner Peamwilai Laopeam
in Jeju, and though the Thai boxer offered effective punches in
the opening round, Dobrynina improved in the latter rounds, and
eliminated her Asian rival.
Russia’s third triumph on the second competition day was
delivered by former two-time AIBA Women’s World Champion Sofya
Ochigava, who is Katie Taylor’s main rival in the Lightweight
class (60 kg).
Ochigava dominated her first fight in Jeju, as the 27-year-old
athlete overwhelmed Chinese Taipei’s Chen Chia Ling and advanced
to the last 16.
Taylor enters the scene Tuesday and hopes to add a 150th career
win in an International tournament ; she has not lost a bout in
the World’s since as an 18 years old, she went under to North
Korea’s Kang Kum Hui in Podolsk in 2005. Some record. Dominica’s
Valerian Spice is the one with the opportunity of causing a
major upset in Tuesday’s evening session.
Speaking to ‘The Irish Times’ she had this to say: “Twenty eight
years old now. Yeah. Getting old. Glad you asked,” she says.
“Making history, adding to the legacy, that’s what keeps me
going. I want to add to what I’ve already done, become one of
the most decorated boxers of all time. I’m a fresh 28-year-old.
I haven’t been in that many tough battles over the years and
I’ve always said the best is still yet to come”.
Turkey’s Elif Nur Coskun lost to Hungary’s Katalin Ancsin in the
quarter-finals of the EUBC European Women’s Continental
Championships in Bucharest in June, but the Turkish boxer used
better tactics against the experienced Hungarian athlete in Jeju,
and she was able to strike back her previous loss in their
Brazil’s Taynna Santos Cardoso won the AMBC American Women’s
Continental Championships in Guadalajara two months ago, and
defeated London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Adriana Araujo in
the final of their National Championships.
The four-time AMBC American Women’s Continental Champion was the
favourite in her opening bout against Germany’s Nina Meinke, but
the German boxer achieved her best ever performance and advanced
to the last 16, causing the biggest surprise of the day in
Ones to watch?
Australia’s two-time National Champion Kristy Harris competed in
the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July, where she advanced to
the quarter-finals of the event but failed in her guaranteed
The 21-year-old Flyweight class (51 kg) boxer, who trains in the
Collingwood Boxing Club, dominated her opening fight against Sri
Lanka’s Clifford Cup winner Dulani Anuradha Jayasinghe Arachchi.
Switzerland’s Sandra Brugger claimed a silver medal at the 2007
EUBC European Women’s Continental Championships in Vejle,
Denmark and following that she took further podium places from
various international events.
The Basel-based Lightweight class (60 kg) boxer was too strong
for Netherlands’ Mariska Janssen in the preliminary round in
Stat/Fact of the day:
India’s Pinky Jangra Rani replaced the injured Chungneijang Mary
Kom Hmangte in their team, and she opened with a triumph over Si
Haijuan, which was China’s first loss in the 8th AIBA Women’s
World Boxing Championships.
Central American Champion, and rising hope of the region Atheyna
Bylon won her opening bout which was Panama’s first ever victory
in the history of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.
Quotes of the day:
“I felt good, but I know I will feel better in my next bout in
the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Jeju. That was my
first fight since the Commonwealth Games and I know I was slow
to get going, but soon worked out my opponent’s favourite
punches and adapted from there in the rest of the contest. It
was good to get the first fight out of the way, it always is. I
am looking forward to fighting Brazil’s Clelia Marques Costa on
Wednesday whom I have been comp sparring in the lead up to this
championships,” commented Australia’s Kristy Harris.
“I was too slow in the whole bout against Turkey’s Elif Nur
Coskun and my reactions were too late in the tactical
situations. I tried to speed up my footwork, but I was not in
enough shape to do my plans in the ring. My Turkish opponent
prepared well after our first contest in June. I do not know
what happened with me, it might be that I was not able to keep
my energy after the long travel and my acclimatization was not
successful,” said Hungary’s Katalin Ancsin after her loss.
For England, Savick and Larches, Lisa Whiteside will join Sandy
Ryan in the second round of preliminaries at the AIBA Women's
World Championships, following a 3:0 win over Ana Burym of
Sandy Ryan as you will recall, yesterday won her first
preliminary yesterday, with a 3:0 points victory over Bianka
Nagy of Hungary. She will compete against Gulsum Tatar Kaptan of
Turkey on 20 November. Lisa Whiteside meantime faces Sopida
Satumrum of Thailand on 19 Nov.
Out today went Stacey Copeland (69kg) who put up a gallant
albeit unsuccessful fight against Azerbaijan’s Elena Vystropova
(0:3) and certainly to-day’s winner will be expected to add yet
another medal to her growing collection come finals day.
A fine win also today for Kilkenny and Ireland’s Clare Grace
against Romanian champion Cristina Stanca (unanimous) but
Carrickmacross boxer, Joanne Lambe unluckily went out against
the Chinese titleholder Lu Qiong who, according to Irish coach
Pete Taylor could go all the way in these championships.
Commonwealth Games silver medallist, Michaela Walsh will also be
in action, against Jamaica’s Sarah Joy Rae. Walsh – and many
neutral experts – felt that the Belfast woman had done enough to
defeat Adams in that Commonwealth final and she was looking
forward to possibly avenging that defeat in Jeju. Alas the
injury to Adams has deprived Walsh of that chance and Adams
herself of adding the World to her Olympic title.
Since expressing those initial views,in Glasgow, the Belfast
woman now hopes to add a 54kg World medal to the many won in
Irish championships and at 21 is certainly another ‘one to
An excellent win today too for Welsh boxer, Charlene Jones
against the Canadian 60kg champ Caroline Veyre (2:1). It was a
very evenly matched contest and many felt that the Canadian had
done enough to win through. That though was not the view of the
judges and at the end of the day that is what counted.
That said Veyre remains a great young prospect for the future
and will have gained much experience from her first taste of
World Championship boxing.
A further 48 preliminary bouts will be held on the third
competition day at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships
in Jeju, Korea.
The 64,000 Dollars question though is : Can Dominica’s Valerian
Spicer cause the shock of the tournament and end Katie Taylor’s
remarkable record in this competition?
Join us tomorrow to find out here on WBAN.
All of today’s results from Jeju here courtesy of our friends at
Strefa Poland boxing: