(NOV 18) The big shock on
day 3 of the AIBA Women’s World’s in Jeju Tuesday was the defeat
of the Philippines’ first ever AIBA World Champion Josie Gabuco
who went out at the hands of Chinese Taipei’s Pin Meng Chieh
No shock though for reigning
champion (60kg) Katie Taylor who overcame a very spirited
challenge from Dominica’s AIBA ‘Road to Jeju’ contender Valerian
Spicer. The Bray woman later told ‘The Irish Times’ :
“It’s great to get the ball rolling” said Taylor. “The
performance from the whole team has been brilliant so far. It’s
been a great few days so far.
“It’s always kind of tricky getting the first one over and done
with. It has been a long wait and it was good to get the lungs
open again and get set up and get a good four rounds in.”
(Judges scorecards here: 40-35, 40-36, 40:33)
Michaela Walsh with Irish coach Gerry Storey :(c)
Irish team mate, 21 years old
Michaela Walsh was in scintillating form against Sarah-Joy Rae
of Jamaica (54kg) winning as easily as the 3:0 judges verdict
suggests. Walsh commented:
“She’s an awkward boxer,” said the Irish bantamweight. “I didn’t
get started (fast) and couldn’t really get my punches off in the
first round. I listened to Gerry (Storey) and Zaur (Antia) in
the corner and got the tactics and I felt the bout should have
“Once I stepped it up and stuck to the tactics I really did feel
I was at ease. I’m glad to get the first one out of the way.”
Later she told her legion of social media fans: “First fight of
the World Championships and I got the win. Was in control the
whole fight and gave her 2 standing counts in the last round.
Onto the next one now on Thursday against Azerbaijan (Anna
Alimardanova). Can't wait to get in again and do the business..
thanks for the messages people.. #TheRoadToGold.
Australia’s Shelley Watts, whom we featured here on WBAN earlier
this year had an excellent win over the host nation’s favourite,
Jina Park whilst also at 60kg France’s Estelle Mossely also
Not such a good day for the British contingent as Chantelle
Cameron (England) and Lauren Price (Wales) both fell by the
Chantelle Cameron was defeated by Russian Sofya Ochigava at 60kg
whilst Lauren Price went under to Italy’s Romina Marenda on same
Ochigava was somewhere near her best against the Northampton
lightweight. (Judges’ cards: 39:37 40:36 40:35)
England’s reigning world champion Savannah Marshall (75kg) has a
bye so enters the competition later in the week.
In the 60kg class, defeat too for Queen Underwood of the U.S
that great servant of American boxing for so many years. Queen
went under to Bulgaria’s 34 years old, Denista Eliseeva 3:0.
A number of agencies filed reports of her defeat at the hands of
Svetlana Staneva but in fact it was to Eliseeva, who
incidentally was the last woman to have beaten Katie Taylor.
The Bulgarians had a good day with Stanimira Petrova dispatching
another U.S favourite, Christina Cruz whilst others from that
country still remain in contention in Jeju.
For the rest of the day’s news, over to AIBA.org reporting from
“Forty-eight preliminary bouts were held on the third
competition day of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships
in Jeju, and Day 3 delivered some huge surprises, including a
shock defeat for titleholder Josie Gabuco who was eliminated by
Chinese Taipei’s Pin Meng Chieh.
Elsewhere, Katie Taylor successfully negotiated her way through
the first round, and started her journey to anticipated final
glory in Jeju.
Bout of the day:
China’s Xu Shiqi was a silver medallist in the last edition of
the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Qinhuangdao on
home soil, and arrived to the island of Jeju as a gold medal
Her first opponent was one of Europe’s best Light Flyweight
class (48 kg) boxers, Bulgaria’s Sevda Asenova, who bagged a
silver medal at the EUBC European Women’s Continental
Championships in Bucharest this June.
Asenova has been a member of the national squad since 2006, but
it was the less experienced Xu Shiqi who tried to control their
bout from the start, while Asenova used her best weapon, quick
counter-attacks to negate the Chinese boxer.
The Bulgarian was always in the fight, but the 23-year-old Xu
Shiqi had the extra quality, and won the close bout which was
the best of the day.
AIBA ‘Team of the Day’: Ireland
Ireland’s Michaela Walsh claimed a valuable silver medal at the
Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer where she was a
competitive rival for England’s London 2012 Olympic Champion
Nicola Adams in the final of the event.
The 21-year-old Irish star has moved back to the Bantamweight
class (54 kg) and showcased her excellent technique in Jeju,
where she was too smart for Jamaica’s experienced athlete
Ireland’s Katie Taylor won the London 2012 Olympic Games, and
the last four editions of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing
Championships, so therefore she is the top favourite in Jeju.
The 28-year-old Lightweight class (60 kg) star won all of the
rounds against ‘AIBA Road to Jeju Program’ member Valerian
Surprises of the day:
Philippines’ first AIBA Women’s World Champion Josie Gabuco has
moved back to her original category, and fights in the Light
Flyweight class (48 kg) in Jeju following her appearance in the
Her first opponent was Chinese Taipei’s Pin Meng Chieh who has
also moved down one weight class, and is competing in her fourth
AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.
Chinese Taipei’s technical boxer had won only one bout in her
three previous World Championships, but she was able to shock
the current AIBA Women’s World Champion on Day 3.
Gabuco controlled the first round, but Pin Meng Chieh excelled
in the rest of the contest, and eliminated the star of the
United States of America has many excellent boxers in Jeju, and
their Bantamweight class (54 kg) number one Christina Cruz was
the bronze medallist in the last edition of the AIBA Women’s
World Boxing Championships in Qinhuangdao.
Cruz bagged a silver medal at the AMBC American Women’s
Continental Championships two months ago, and opened with great
punches against Bulgaria’s Stanimira Petrova who is a new face
in their national squad.
The American battled hard to control the contest, while Petrova
worked from the longer range, with her hooks an especially
Both athletes dazzled in a spectacular last round, and finally
Petrova’s hand was raised after the final bell in a surprise
Panama’s Independence Cup winner and South American Games silver
medallist Atheyna Bylon is a tall boxer in the Middleweight
class (75 kg), and she moved down one category just before the
AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.
Following her historical first success in Jeju, she had to meet
with another top athlete in the second preliminary round in
India’s Neetu Chahal who competed well in the last two editions
of the Championships in Bridgetown and in Qinhuangdao.
The Asian boxer started better, but Bylon found the best
fighting distance and continued her winning path in the
Ones to Watch?
Italy’s veteran athlete Marzia Davide was a gold medallist in
the EUBC European Women’s Continental Championships in June, and
arrived in Jeju as a gold medal contender.
The 34-year-old Bantamweight class (54 kg) boxer dominated the
second round against Algeria’s African Women’s Cup of Nations
silver medallist Nawel Hallou, and Davide is a definite
contender in her weight class.
France’s EUBC European Women’s Continental Championships bronze
medallist Marine Rostan also began her competition in Jeju,
where she had to face with Laos’ lone athlete Mieovady Hongfa,
who was another member of the ‘AIBA Road to Jeju Program’.
The Southeast Asian boxer has a huge fighting spirit ,but her
defense was not organised enough to stop Rostan’s quick left
The French boxer tried hard to finish the bout early, but Hongfa
was able to fight until the final gong, where Rostan won the
bout by unanimous decision.
Germany’s Azize Nimani began her boxing career with nineteen
victories, and the 23-year-old Bantamweight class (54 kg) boxer
arrived to the Championships with great expectations, and proved
her skills in her opening bout in Jeju.
Nimani competed against Canada’s experienced Vicky Pelletier,
who could not reduce her height disadvantage, and the German’s
jab was the key difference in an engrossing battle.
Stat/Fact of the day:
Belarus won its first bout in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing
Championships in Jeju where Helina Bruyevich achieved a victory,
while the Hungarians were very unlucky in the competition, as
all of their seven athletes lost their preliminary contests in
the first three days.
Quote of the day
“I felt strong against the Australian boxer knowing I had my
coaches and teammates support during the bout. I executed the
plan that was given to me and I am ready for the next bout in
the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Jeju. My target
is the gold and competing in the highest level,” explained AMBC
American Women’s Continental Champion Alexandra Love who was too
strong for Australia’s Lauren Camilleri in her debut match.
The fourth competition day will be a further marathon program in
the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships in Jeju, where forty
contests are to be scheduled on Wednesday.
The winners of the Flyweight class (51 kg), Welterweight class
(69 kg), Light Heavyweight class (81 kg) and Heavyweight class
(+81 kg) will advance to the Top 8, while the boxers of the
Middleweight class (75 kg) also begin their competition in Jeju.
Today’s results from Jeju courtesy of Strefa Poland Boxing: