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'Super Sunday' is semi-finals day at 8th AIBA Elites in Korea
by Michael O'Neill
November 22, 2014


(NOV 22)  Some ‘mouth-watering’ semi-finals to look forward to on Sunday morning in Jeju, where the 8th AIBA World Championships reach the ‘business end’ of the tournament.

You can watch all 20 bouts (over two sessions) live, as usual on AIBA’s own website and ‘You Tube’ Channel.

You will find the day’s full program at the end of this piece but for now let’s take a brief look at some of those fights that are bound to be rather special. In the first session, one that looks rather special is the 45-48kg Light Fly battle between Indian’s rising new star, Shamjetsabam Sarjubala and Thailand’s Chuthamat Raksat.

To many shrewd observers, the young Indian is a natural successor to the great Mary Kom. We feel sure that Mary will have something to say about that when she returns from injury, but for now one can say with certainty that this is another potentially great Indian champion.

China’s 24 yrs old Asian Games champion, Junhua Yin will attempt to dethrone Ireland’s Katie Taylor at 60kg Lightweight. Taylor is hoping to reach Monday’s final and a fifth in a row record equalling AIBA world crown but as the AIBA’s daily report of yesterday suggested, the Chinese camp see their boxer as a real Gold medal prospect.

Irish coach Zuar Antia, a six time champion of Georgia, is one of the brains behind Taylor’s many successes, something Katie is the first to acknowledge.

Antia says :“We have a plan A, we have a plan B, we even have a plan C.”

“Katie is a very experienced boxer. She has very good skills, has many tactical good things. I’m sure we will find the key against this girl.”

As for the champion herself she was ‘very disappointed’ to miss out on that Ochigava bout but immediately turned her thoughts to the meeting with the Chinese southpaw.

"I was ready to fight today and I was all geared up for it. I love those big fights. I'm sure a lot of people are disappointed," she said. "I just have to focus on the next fight. The moving southpaws, they're me favourite! It is going to be a tough fight. There are no easy fights at this stage of the competition anyway."

Estelle Mossely - French Champion

The winner of that bout will meet either French champion, Estelle Mossely or Azerbaijan’s champion Yana Allekseevna on Monday.

Marlen Esparza of the United States in search of another World crown meets the ever improving Brazilian, Clelia Marques da Costa at 51kg whilst in an all European battle Italy’s Terry Gordini comes up against 29 yrs old English woman Lisa Whiteside. The English challenger, replacing the injured, Nicola Adams had this to say after her quarter-final win:

“I am really pleased with how it has gone so far and am so grateful to the coaches in believing in me and all the support from back home, especially my family. I am going to enjoy my day off tomorrow with the great team around me and then get myself back to business to in order to change the colour of my medal.”

The vastly improved Sandy Ryan from Derby’s One Nation club is also looking forward to her 64kg semi-final against Thailand’s Sudaporn Seesondee.

Sandy Ryan, 21, said: “I am feeling amazing. I know a lot of people thought that I was maybe coming here just for experience, but deep down I knew I could do something here. I have left no stone unturned and have worked so hard for this opportunity. I can’t wait now to box in the semis and to keep showing everyone what I am capable of.”

Another of Team USA’s stars, Tiara Brown will be keen to progress her title challenge, against Philippines Nesthy Peticio and later in the day a great fight seems in prospect when London 2012 Gold medallist Claressa Shields continues her quest for a first World title against that tough, battling Canadian Ariane Fortin. Another ‘must see’ bout whether you are watching the Live Streaming on aiba.org or via their AIBA ‘You Tube’ channel.

Irish TV channel TG4 is showing live TV coverage of all the main bouts both on Sunday and Monday commencing 5 a.m (Irish time) on both days.

For expected times of the bouts involving U.S boxers check out Julie Goldsticker’s report of yesterday whilst Boxing Canada’s Facebook info will include estimated time of Ariane Fortin’s semi-final. If readers in any other country are aware of Live TV coverage do let us know.

To help your viewing here is Sunday’s program: http://www.iaba.ie/site3/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/C58D1123.pdf

A reminder of all the results todate: http://amateur-boxing.strefa.pl/Championships/World_wom_Champs2014.html


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