(NOV 25) The 2014 Eighth
edition of the AIBA Women’s Elite championships was brought to a
close this morning in the Halla Gymnasium in Jeju, South Korea.
It was, by general consent, the best in the series to date with
several new young talents emerging, some from powerhouses like
Russia and China, others from countries like Panama and
Azerbaijan where the womens’ sport is in its infancy.
Claressa Shields in the Finals
There were many ‘stand out’ performances, of which more later
but arguably the Championships will best be remembered for the
superb achievements of 19 years old Claressa Shields from the
United States – who took her first AIBA Elite title here – and
for a record equalling fifth in a row title for Ireland’s Katie
Taylor, who once again ‘saw off’ the challenge of all pretenders
to her 60kg Lightweight crown.
The Outstanding Boxer of the Tournament award went to Shields,
the 75kg Middleweight champion and deservedly so. An extremely
delighted Claressa said:
“I’m totally humbled, my heart feels so full. To win my first
AIBA world title was more than enough, but to win the
Outstanding Boxer award too, I’m just so thankful,” she
concluded. . For more information on Shields’ success and those
of the rest of the U.S team (inc. Marlen Esparza) check out
Julie Goldsticker’s latest report.
Taylor Defeats Yana Allekseeva
Meanwhile fellow Olympic Gold medallist Taylor was going about
her business as usual. The Wicklow orthodox defeated
Azerbaijan’s Yana Allekseeva on a unanimous decision
As for Taylor’s 154th successive win in competitive bouts, and
her 17th in a row major International title, the Bray boxer’s
thirst for Gold remains unquenched.
“It’s an absolute privilege to equal that record of 5 world
titles. Thank God for another great victory and I know that
everyone at home was praying for me; that’s so encouraging and
reassuring as well.
I’m absolutely delighted. It was such a tough fight. I didn’t
know what was going to happen at the end there.
It’s an absolute privilege to equal Mary Kom’s record. She’s a
hero in the sport.
Thanks again to my dad and coaches Gerry (Storey) and Zaur (Antia)
in the corner. The tactics again were spot on. It was very, very
tricky. You can’t rush in, in these sorts of fights, you have to
be very, very patient.”
After the tournament, it was revealed that she had been
protecting an injured wrist and is set to have a scan soon after
her arrival in Dublin, on Tuesday evening.
Those seventeen major titles include one Olympic, five World,
six European and five European Union Golds – all since 2005.A
remarkable record, from a remarkable athlete who at 28 is
nearing the peak of her career. On the subject of plans for the
“It’s not hard to find the motivation at all when you see that
every contest is so tight. Every championship is so hard to win
and so hard to defend. I know how hard it is to win one world
title so to keep defending those titles is an absolutely huge
“I’m going to try and defend the Olympic title now and try to
make history again. I’ll take a good rest now, a few weeks off
and enjoy my Christmas and I’ll be back for next year.”
Among the first to offer his congratulations was Ireland’s
President, Michael D. Higgins.
His view on Taylor’s ‘five in a row’:
“All of us are so proud of her.
“She again showed such remarkable skill, determination and
courage at the very highest level.
“Katie Taylor is without doubt the outstanding Irish sportswoman
of her generation and has set a standard for all Irish
sportspeople to follow in decades ahead,” he concluded.
AIBA President, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu spoke about these championships
and his hopes for the future:
“Since its historic launch at the London 2012 Olympic Games,
Women Boxing has become hugely popular all around the world –
and this is conclusively demonstrated by the enormous wealth of
talent that has competed here in Jeju.”
“The development of Women Boxing has been one of my top
priorities ever since my election as President of AIBA. When we
announced that Women boxers would compete at the London Olympics
in 2012, many people doubted whether it would work. Instead, the
Women’s boxing competition proved to be one of the greatest
successes of the entire Games.
“Now, just two years later, all multi-sports Games will have
Women Boxing Competitions. Our intention is that Women’s Boxing
will, in future, also be an integral part of both our new APB
and WSB competitions.”
We conclude these Championships with the final report from Jeju
courtesy of the AIBA’s communications team to whom our grateful
“The ten gold medal bouts of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing
Championships in Jeju were held in the front of the local boxing
fans, as Ireland’s legendary Katie Taylor secured her fifth
title in a row, US London 2012 Olympic Champion Claressa Shields
won her first AIBA Women’s Championships gold, while Atheyna
Bylon of Panama became one of the greatest sportswomen in the
history of her country.
Bout of the day:
Katie Taylor began her boxing career with her coach and father
Peter Taylor in Bray back in 1998 at the age of 12, and the
Irish boxer joined the national squad in 2004, winning her first
AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi, India in
She has subsequently successfully defended her throne in Ningbo
City in 2008, in Bridgetown in 2010 and in Qinhuangdao in 2012.
Besides those gold medals, Taylor also won the London 2012
Olympic Games, and all continental Championships since 2005.
Her most difficult fight should have been held in the
quarter-finals against Russia’s two-time AIBA Women’s World
Champion Sofya Ochigava, but the Russian was forced to pull out
before the bout due to injury.
Taylor had a tough contest in the semi-finals against China’s
Asian Games winner Yin Junhua before her Asian opponent also
became injured during the third round of their fight.
The Irish icon then had to meet for the gold medal with
27-year-old Yana Alekseevna to secure her fifth title.
Azerbaijan’s lone finalist tried to get close in the opening
round of the Lightweight class (60 kg) final, but Taylor picked
up the pace in the second round, and proved her undoubted class
throughout the contest, ultimately winning a well-deserved fifth
Team of the day:
Marlen Esparza Wins the Gold (Second
London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Marlen Esparza also claimed
a bronze medal in her first AIBA Women’s World Championships in
New Delhi, and the 25-year-old’s Flyweight class (51 kg) final
was against England’s Lisa Whiteside who replaced injured London
2012 Olympic Champion Nicola Adams in their squad.
Her English rival claimed a bronze medal at the last edition of
the AIBA Women’s World Championships in Qinhuangdao at the
Featherweight class (57 kg), and Whiteside was able to control
the opening portion of the fight, before Esparza improved her
tactics as the fight progressed.
The US boxer displayed wonderful footwork in the middle part of
the bout, and her efforts were enough to win by a narrow split
Claressa Shields is only 19, but she had won all of the major
events during her career excluding the AIBA Women’s World
America’s teenage sensation defeated China’s Incheon 2014 Asian
Games winner Li Qian in the final to complete the golden set.
The defence of Shields was excellent, and her energy
unparalleled as she won the bout by unanimous decision and
achieved her first World Championships title.
Surprises of the day:
Bulgaria’s Stanimira Petrova defeated four tough rivals on the
road to the finals which was surprising enough as she was
relatively unknown coming into the Championships, but her final
opponent was the favourite of the Bantamweight class (54 kg),
Italy’s defending EUBC European Women’s Continental Champion
The Italian claimed her first medal, a silver at the 2nd edition
of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Antalya twelve
years ago, and was looking for gold over a decade later.
This was a rematch of a bout they had at the Mohamed VI Trophy
in Marrakech last month, which was won closely by Davide.
In the return match, Petrova’s tactics were much better against
the Italian veteran, and her youth and sheer effort delivered an
unexpected gold medal in Jeju.
Photo of Atheyna Bylon
Panama’s Atheyna Bylon claimed a silver medal in the South
American Games in Santiago de Chile on March which was her
career highlight before these Championships, and the ‘AIBA Road
to Jeju Program’ member used all her recent experience to
remarkable effect in Korea.
After becoming the first women’s boxer from Panama to win just
one bout in a AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, she then
went all the way and claimed the Welterweight class (69 kg) gold
medal against Russia’s Saadat Abdullaeva.
Ones to watch:
Philippines’ China Open Tournament winner Nesthy Petecio joined
their national squad in 2009 at the age of 17, and following
five years of experience at international level she was able to
reach the finals in an AIBA event.
The 22-year-old Featherweight class (57 kg) boxer eliminated the
defending champion, Tiara Brown of the United States in the
semi-finals, and her gold medal opponent was also a star rival,
Russia’s EUBC European Women’s Continental Champion Zinaida
Russia’s Dobrynina tried to prevent the attacks of the quick
Filipino boxer in the opening round, which meant that Petecio’s
attacks were stifled in the early part of the fight.
Despite some clever adjustments from the Asian athlete, the
Russian boxer kept the control, which was enough to get the gold
Both athletes look set to be gold medal contenders for years to
Stat/Fact of the day:
Katie Taylor secured her fifth title in the AIBA Women’s World
Boxing Championships, and joins India’s Mary Kom who also won
the same number of golds in the event between 2002 and 2010.
Bulgaria and Kazakhstan achieved their first ever gold medals in
the history of the Championships, while unexpectedly Panama also
did the same following Atheyna Bylon’s incredible performance in
Netherlands claimed a medal in the last edition of the
Championships in Qinhuangdao, and Nouchka Fontijn was able to
continue that run in Jeju.
Japan’s 19-year-old Madoka Wada became the youngest medallist of
the 8th edition of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships
in Korea, and the host of the Championships also bagged its
first ever medal.
Quote of the day:
“It is an absolute privilege to equal that record of five World
Championships titles, and I thank God for another great victory.
I am absolutely delighted. It was such a tight contest, every
round was very close and tricky. The tactics from my dad and
Zuar Antia were spot on again. Every Championships is so hard to
win and so hard to defend,” said Ireland’s Katie Taylor
following her victory.
Upcoming AIBA Women’s World Championships in 2016:
The next ninth edition of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing
Championships will be the qualifying competition for the Rio
2016 Olympic Games, and is scheduled to take place in Almaty,
Final day’s results:
Full results from every day:
Link (thanks to Strefa and Tibor Kincses)
AIBA’s ‘You Tube’ coverage of ALL of the day’s finals:
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