The 2015 PanAm Games boxing tournament reaches its final
stages this weekend with all 13 Gold medal bouts taking
place Friday and Saturday.
are yet again but three women’s weights in these
championships so let us take a look at the competition in
the ring so far and take a look at what is in store in
Friday and Saturday’s ‘mouth-watering’ finals.
2015 PanAm Games are taking place 10-26 July 2015 and
involve some 7,000 athletes from Latin America, South
America, the Caribbean and North America. Boxing is but one
of the 36 sports represented . American Boxing Confederation
(AMBC) President Osvaldo Bisbal said: “I am very excited
about the PanAm Games in Toronto and the fact that boxing
is well represented by some of our strongest men and women
boxers. I am looking forward to witnessing pure boxing
action in the spirit of fair play, sportsmanship and
Two of the
champions from the 2011 Games in Guadalajara, Mexico
defended their titles in Toronto namely Canada’s Mandy
Bujold(51kg) and Kiria Tapia (60kg) of Puerto Rico, both
again among the favourites in Toronto. The 69/75kg crown
then went to Canada’s Mary Spencer who defeated Yenibier
Guillen of the Dominican Republic.
following boxers qualified for Toronto 2015 from the PanAm
event in June in Tijuana though *Sulem Urbina later withdrew
Marlen Esparza (USA)
Mandy Marie Bujold (CAN)
Claudia de los Angeles Perrales (NCA)
Tayonis Anaonis Cedeño (VEN)
Ingrit Lorena Valencia (COL)
*Sulem Urbina (MEX) replaced by Lucy Valdivia Bravo (PERU)
Nadia Joeunifer Barriga (BOL)
Monica Gonzalez (PUR)
Kiria Tapia (PUR)
Dayana Erika Sanchez (ARG)
Victoria Torres (MEX)
Stefani Lopez (AIBAP)
Valerian Kezial Spicer (DMA)
Karla Patricia Herrera (ESA)
Mirkin Sena (DOM)
Maria Shields (USA)
Yenebier Adelina Guillen (DOM)
Lucia Noelia Perez (ARG)
Chimere Crystal Taylor (TRI)
Flavia Tereza Figueiredo (BRA)
Jessica Paola Caicedo (COL)
Francelis Dilmar Carmona (VEN)
highlights so far:
At 60kg,Canada’s Caroline Veyre had the home crowd on its
feet as she overcame holder Kiria Tapia in a hard fought,
thrilling quarter-final bout and the 26 years old former
University of Montreal graduate thus repeated her win over
the same opponent in the qualifying tournament a month
looked in control early, before her Canadian opponent began
to soak up the loud support from the crowd as her accuracy
and concentration increased.
athletes worked tirelessly through each round, but it was
Veyre’s power which seemed to make the most significant
difference, as she caused damage with many of her shots.
semi-final she again had a fine win this time over the
Dominican Republic’s Mirkin Sena (2:0) . Ringside judges
scored the fight 38-38, 39-37, 40-36 for Veyre against Sena.
other semi-final Argentina’s Dayana Sanchez reached
Saturday’s final courtesy of a convincing 3:0 victory over
Victoria Torres of Mexico.
Canadian is ever improving having first appeared on the
International scene in 2013 when she gave a good account of
herself against Olympic champion Katie Taylor at Dublin’s
Mansion House in a bout televised live worldwide. Taylor
forecast then that Veyre would be a force to be reckoned
with come 2016 and the Rio Games.
surprisingly she was left out of the Canadian team for the
Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last Summer when she seemed
‘odds on’ to take a medal.
is one that is difficult to call but the much improved
Canadian can take Gold on her home soil if she can repeat
her performances against Tapia and Sena and overcome the
expected to take Gold but it could ‘go down to the wire’ or
more correctly the judges’ decision.
At 51kg, we
can expect a classic final between Mandy Bujold (whom we
recently featured here on WBAN) and Marlen Esparza and again
it is a difficult one to predict. After her semi-final win
over Monica Gonzales Rivera, Esparza said : "I was really
just trying to go down and up, start on the body and come up
and see what happens.
were more accurate than I expected so once I caught the
timing on her jab, I felt like it started going more my
way," Esparza went on. "It worked out well, I felt good
about my endurance. I felt like it unfolded well but I
didn't go in with a game plan."
Shields will start as ‘hot favourite’ for the 75kg Gold when
she takes on Yenebier Guillen in the middleweight gold medal
bout on Friday. Though her opponent is highly experienced at
this level it is difficult to see her defeating Shields.
Discussing that semi-final win vs Lucia Perez of Argentina,
Shields commented :
wanted to improve on my last fight, I felt like I was on the
ropes too much so I went back to the drawing board. It just
wasn't good enough for me," Shields said. "My only goals
today were to box her, have fun, use my combinations and do
what I wanted to do and I did a great job. She tried to get
in my head. She kept smiling and laughing. I thought it was
pretty cute. No one has done that to me in a while. I wanted
to let her know that I can hit you whenever I feel like it
so that's just what I did."
bring you results from the finals at the weekend but let us
close by once more asking the AIBA to ensure, repeat ensure,
that there are a minimum five weights for women at all
future AIBA International events. If not it is time to tell
us why not – could it be that powerful Male dominated
countries like Cuba are determined to continue to veto
women’s boxing in that country?
If so what
do the AIBA intend to do about it. Now that the Cuban
government and that of the United States have forged a new
friendship, perhaps we can hope that such a partnership
will ensure that sporting links between these two great
boxing powers can also be strengthened beginning with
women’s boxing. As always we invite our AIBA friends to let
us know what the AIBA does intend to do to “assist” with the
introduction of women’s boxing in Cuba.
that only a few weeks back, AIBA President Dr Ching Kuo-Wu
signed a memorandum of agreement with his Cuban counterparts
(undoubtedly approved by their Government) and said:
this memorandum with the Cuban Boxing Federation is a
significant step in AIBA’s history, and it highlights our
commitment to supporting the very best boxing talent in the
world. We are very grateful for the trust and commitment
shown by FCB toward our organization.”
of Cuba Boxing Federation Mr. Alberto Puig de la Barca also
expressed his delight at the signing of the memorandum.
“Today is an important day for the development of Cuban
boxing and I am happy to be a part of this historic event
for our sport. This agreement will ensure that Cuban boxing
continues to grow and prosper all over the world,” he said.
partners are agreed on Cuban participation is it too much to
hope that Cuba will now remove its ban on women boxing and
before the year ends not next year or in the next decade?
Over to you Dr Wu and Mr Puig de la Barca. Let’s be hearing
your plans for Cuban women boxers.
far including semi-finals and the schedule for women’s
every bout (male & female) here courtesy Strefa Poland