(MAY 23) Tuesday sees the
quarter-finals of the 2016 AIBA Women’s Worlds in Astana as far
as the 3 Olympic weights are concerned with these taking place
at the Barys Arena in the evening session.
Earlier in the day, the quarter finals take place in the
non-Olympic weights so a hectic day for all concerned in
One of the highlights promises to be the 75kg clash between
Chinese favourite Li Qian and Hartlepool’s Savannah Marshall
representing Great Britain. After a difficult season with
injuries Marshall is now almost back to the form that gained her
the World title in 2010.
Neighbouring Ireland have three boxers in the quarter finals
with Grainne Walsh (69kg) and Kelly Harrington(64kg) in the
opening session and Katie Taylor in the 60kg Olympic lightweight
division in the evening against Mexico’s tough Victoria Torres.
Speaking later to ‘The Irish Times” Taylor said: “I just tried
to what I was told for as long as I could. I just got clash of
heads there in the last fight so my nose is a bit tender at the
moment, other than that I’m delighted, thank god, with another
The Mexican “went to war” in that final stanza but was matched
by Taylor who seems to have a new lease of life following defeat
by Alekseevna in Samsun last month.
“That’s better when somebody comes for me,” she added. “I don’t
have to think too much about it. It was definitely a tough
battle. The fourth round, I had to dig deep in there. It’s great
to be still here and have a chance to defend my title.”
Kelly Harrington too excelled in her bout against German
champion, Cindy Rogge – the German tried her hardest but it was
arguably the Dubliner’s best performance for some years and held
on for a comfortable and richly deserved win. Talking to the
‘Irish Times’ Irish Head Coach Zuari Antia said : “Excellent
performance,” said Antia.
“She has very big ability. She won two fights easy and once she
believes in herself more she will win every fight. She is very
good technically and very flexible. Today she has to enjoy. Then
Harrington has been on the Irish international scene for many
years now though still young but has been very unlucky insomuch
as that 64kg is not an Olympic weight and Taylor has dominated
the Lightweight division Worldwide for the last 10 years – as
Antia said Kelly can reach the very top and in the writer’s view
it is quite likely that 64kg will be included in Tokyo 2020 so
she may yet have that opportunity at last to appear on the
Antia’s praise for the Irish trio was echoed by Team Manager
Anna Moore who commented: “Kelly and Katie were absolutely
superb today and we’re delighted with their performances and
wins. It’s going to be another big day tomorrow and the girls
will be really up for it.
“This is the first time that we have three into the
quarter-finals of the World Elite Women’s Championships and we
could have had more if some decisions had gone our way. Irish
women’s boxing is moving in the right direction.”
GB’s Sandy Ryan fears no one at 64kg either and defeated
Russia’s Daria Abramova. She was very emotional after her win
today and as she told ‘Boxing News’ John Dennen : “You can see
how much it means to me. It’s put me in tears. But I stuck to
the tactics, she’s beat me before the Baku Games. I stuck to the
tactics, listened to the coaches and it worked,” Ryan said.
“Every time I come up against a Russian, everyone’s saying, ‘Oh
you’ve got a Russian’ and this time I didn’t let it get to my
mind. I was like, I don’t care who I’ve got. They’ve got Great
Britain. I’m going to win this.
“That’s why I’m so emotional because it meant a lot.”
In conclusion, with thanks to the AIBA their team in Astana
filed this report on the main Monday’s bouts
“A strong Monday afternoon session at the 2016 AIBA Women’s
World Championships for the North American teams, and an
impressive performance by the Philippine’s 2012 World Champion
Josie Gabuco , helped guarantee fourteen nations qualified at
least one boxer to the last eight of the light flyweight, light
welterweight and heavyweight competitions.
Photo: Nicola Adams - courtesy AIBA
In the evening session, Olympic
Champion Nicola Adams’ opening-round patience paid off as she
comfortably negotiated her way through a tough encounter with
the tall Azeri Anna Alimardanova. Adams grew in confidence as
the bout went on, and the Olympic qualifier, eager to add the
World title to her collection, will now face Chinese Taipei’s
Yu-Ting Lin for a place in Thursday’s semi-final.
Ren Cancan summoned all her experience to defeat Russian second
seed Elena Saveleva, and China’s triple World Champion will meet
Sarah Ourahmoune of France in the quarters. After defeating
five-time World Champion MC Mary Kom, German Azize Nimani
continued her brilliant run in Astana against Italy’s European
champion Marzia Davide.
“I cannot believe I am in the last eight of the World
Championships but I know my most important contest is still
coming tomorrow. I am satisfied with my performance against the
strong Italian and I will be fighting for my dream tomorrow,”
said a delighted Azize Nimani after her win.
Katie Taylor with Irish Head Coach Zuari Antia photo: iaba.ie
With a record sixth World title
and a place at Rio 2016 on her mind, Katie Taylor landed some
powerful early blows to impose herself on Argentina’s Dayana
Sanchez. The South American could find little reply to the
defending champion’s relentless attacks, and after Saturday’s
tough opening bout, the unanimous points win will provide the
perfect tonic for Taylor’s crucial Quarter-Final against Mexican
revelation Victoria Torres.
Yana Alekseevna and New Zealand’s Alexis Pritchard both
struggled to find their range in the first two rounds of their
bout, but the Azeri landed the bigger punches in the third and
fourth to earn a split decision and a Quarter-Final place
against France’s Estelle Mossely. Russian World Light
Welterweight Champion Anastasiia Beliakova proved too quick for
Brazil’s Adriana Araujo and will meet Moroccan Hasnaa Lachgar in
Tuesday’s quarter-final “.
Every bout in the tournament so far – courtesy Strefa Poland
Tuesday’s program in Astana:
AIBA/Daily Motion Video Session 10a (courtesy AIBA) :