Friday at the 8th AIBA Women's Elite
World Championships in Korea
by Michael O'Neill
November 21, 2014
(NOV 21) Ochigava or
Taylor? Who would emerge victorious today in that repeat of the
London 2012 Olympic Gold medal bout, we asked last night. Could
the Russian gain revenge for that and earlier defeats by her
'old' Irish friend and foe?
The answer was NO but sadly not in the ring as Ochigava was
forced to pull out without weighing in, due to a leg injury
sustained in the quarter final victory over Adriana dos Santos
Araujo of Brazil the previous day.
It was an injury that Taylor's coach and Dad had already spotted
even before the decision was announced by the Russian coaches
and the AIBA.
Whilst disappointed at the news, ' It is what it is' Pete Taylor
told the Irish media. “After the contest yesterday I actually
pointed out to Katie and I said to her that Ochigava wouldn't
In Sunday's 60kg semi-final,Taylor will meet Chinese champion,
Junhua Yin whilst in the other semi-final, French champion
Estelle Mossely gloves off against the Asian Games winner, Yana
More about Sunday's bouts tomorrow, for now let us concentrate
on today's quarter finals in Jeju.
Some fine performances from the Asian boxers again today as we
report later but let us not forget to congratulate Panama's
Atheyna Bylon who won her country's first ever medal in an AIBA
competition.Great achievement and many congratulations to her.
The United States have three through to the semi-final stage
inc. Claressa Shields and Marlen Esparza as you will read in
Julie Goldsticker's daily report.
England's pride and joy tonight are Lisa Whiteside and once more
Sandy Ryan both of whom had convincing wins again Friday.
Two members of the GB Boxing squad, Lisa Whiteside and Sandy
Ryan, have secured at least a bronze medal.
Flyweight (51kg), Whiteside, defeated Mandy Bujold of Canada 2-0
and light-welterweight (64kg), Ryan, eased to a unanimous 3-0
victory over Simon Sitar of Romania to secure a medal in her
first major tournament as a senior.
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.”
Lisa Whiteside, 29, added: “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.”
A fine win too for Canada's Ariane Fortin who next up meets
Claressa Shields in what should be a great 75kg fight on Sunday.
One to look forward to! Also in the frame for that 75kg title is
Holland's Netherlands' Nouchka Fontijn.
Russia had 10 in the quarter-finals and are still 'top of the
team charts' albeit now reduced to 5. Here are the numbers
'The following 21 nations have got at least one boxer left in
the semi-finals' say the AIBA.:
Russia: 5 remaining boxers
China: 4 boxers
Italy, Turkey, United States of America: 3 boxers
Azerbaijan, England, France, India, Kazakhstan, Thailand: 2
Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Netherlands,
Panama, Philippines, Ukraine: 1 boxer
Now for the rest of the AIBA Daily update from Korea:
"The sixth competition day of the AIBA Women's World Boxing
Championships in Jeju, Korea saw the winners of the
quarter-finals achieve at least a guaranteed bronze medal, with
two London 2012 Olympic Champions advancing to the last four in
the event, as Katie Taylor walked over to the semi-finals, while
US teenager Claressa Shields defeated a tough Russian boxer on
Bout of the day
China’s Yin Junhua only began her boxing career in 2009, and she
needed only three years to join the national squad shortly after
the London 2012 Olympic Games.
She won the gold medal at the Incheon 2014 Asian Games, and the
24-year-old Lightweight class (60 kg) boxer has returned to
Korea to win another medal in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing
Her third opponent in the event was Bulgaria’s EUBC European
Women’s Continental Championships bronze medallist veteran
Denitsa Eliseeva, who is one of the few boxers to have defeated
Ireland’s Katie Taylor during her storied career.
The Chinese boxer displayed tremendous footwork in the contest,
which gave her an amazing elusive ability, and Eliseeva’s
punches reached mostly air in their contest.
Yin Junhua showcased a wide range of attributes throughout the
four rounds, and she is a definite gold medal contender based on
her performance here.
Team of the day
Two of Thailand’s great prospects Sopida Satumrum and AIBA
Women’s World Championships bronze medallist Tassamalee Thongjan
were eliminated in the preliminaries in Jeju, but two of their
younger teammates have advanced to the semi-finals and achieved
guaranteed medals in the event.
Their Light Flyweight class (48 kg) number one and Taipei City
Cup winner Chuthamat Raksat won Thailand’s first bout on the
sixth competition day in Jeju, and she had to be at her very
best to beat Chinese Taipei’s new sensation Ping Meng Chieh, who
eliminated the current AIBA Women’s World Champion Josie Gabuco
of Philippines in the previous stage of the event.
Thailand’s second medal was delivered by Southeast Asian Games
winner Sudaporn Seesondee, with the Light Welterweight class (64
kg) boxer reaching her career highlight following a narrow
triumph over Czech Republic’s Martina Schmoranzova.
Surprises of the day
Bulgaria's London 2012 Olympian Stoyka Petrova won the EUBC
European Women's Continental Championships earlier this year
where she defeated London 2012 Olympic Champion Nicola Adams of
England, which gave the 29-year-old Flyweight class (51 kg)
boxer a lot of confidence coming into Jeju.
Petrova had to face Italy's AIBA Women's World Boxing
Championships silver medallist Terry Gordini in the
quarter-finals, and though the Bulgaria tried to control the
bout, a spirited effort from the veteran Italian, and a warning
given to Petrova saw a surprise win for Gordini in Korea.
South American Games silver medallist and Independence Cup
winner Atheyna Bylon secured Panama’s first ever triumph in the
history of the AIBA Women’s World Championships on Day 2, and
after making it two wins, she had to meet with Turkey’s EUBC
European Women’s Youth Continental Championships silver
medallist Guluzar Kara for a guaranteed bronze medal.
Panama’s pride used her reach very well, and the confidence she
had gained during the Championships was evident in her fluid
fighting style, and stiff jabs.
A star has been born in Korea, with Bylon becoming a national
hero in her native Panama, winning the first medal for her
country in an AIBA competition.
India’s Saweety Boora won their National Women’s Championships
one month ago, and the young Indian Light Heavyweight class (81
kg) boxer faced Croatia’s EUBC European Women’s Continental
Championships Anamarija Marsic in the quarter-finals, who had
previously eliminated one of the gold medal contenders
Kazakhstan’s Yulduz Mamatkulova.
The Croatian boxer started the bout better, but Saweety Boora
improved as the rounds went on, and her lethal punches delivered
an unexpected medal for her in Jeju.
Ones to watch
Ireland's London 2012 Olympic Champion Katie Taylor is looking
for her fifth AIBA Women’s World Championship in a row, but was
matched in Jeju with Russia's former two-time AIBA Women's World
Champion Sofya Ochigava whom she had previously faced in the
final of many tournaments.
Taylor went into the quarter-finals with a 3-1 record over the
Russian, but never got the chance to make it 4-1, as Ochigava
was forced to pull out before the bout due to an injury.
Ireland’s hero will no doubt be frustrated by the situation, and
will want to display her superior skills in her semi-final
Azerbaijan's Elena Vystropova claimed a silver medal at the last
edition of the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships in
Qinhuangdao at the Middleweight class (75 kg), and the
26-year-old boxer has since moved down to the Welterweight class
(69 kg) where she won the gold medal at the EUBC European
Women's Continental Championships in Bucharest.
Following two triumphs in Jeju, she boxed for a guaranteed medal
against AMBC American Women's Continental Champion Danyelle
The US boxer tried to control their tactical bout, while
Vystropova used counter-attacks to negate her tough opponent.
A cagey and technical affair saw defensive masterclasses from
both fighters, and the narrow fight was eventually awarded to
Vystropova by split decision.
Netherlands' Nouchka Fontijn won this year's continental
championships in Bucharest, and arrived to Jeju as a secret
favourite of the Middleweight class (75 kg).
The last remaining Dutch hope met with Morocco's African Women's
Cup winner Khadija Mardi, who was herself the lone African boxer
in the quarter-finals.
Fontijn dominated all of the rounds against her opponent and
secured her well-deserved place in the semi-finals.
Stat/Fact of the day
All of the ten competing Russian athletes reached the
quarter-finals in Jeju, and five of them managed to reach the
Only Asian athletes advanced to the semi-finals of the Light
Flyweight class (48 kg), which proved their dominance at the
Quotes of the day
“I am super satisfied with my performance on my third contest
here in Jeju. My tactic was to keep the distance and I tried to
follow the instruction of my coach. I am feeling great joy to
get a medal for my proud country, Panama in a World
Championships,” commented Atheyna Bylon who has written history
“I am fine in this prestigious competition, well-relaxed and I
concentrate only on the next step in the Championships. I am
satisfied with my result in advancing to the semi-finals. My
opponent, the Chinese boxer was a very good in technique but I
was able to beat her with my lot of movements and perfect timing
in the attacks,” said Italy’s defending EUBC European Women’s
Continental Champion Marzia Davide who eliminated China’s Gao
Jinyan in the quarter-final of the Bantamweight class (54 kg).
“The Japanese team supported me well prior to my semi-final
contest, therefore I was able to step into the ring in perfect
shape. I am very happy, beating a Russian boxer is always a hard
job for everybody in the world. That was only one step, and I
want to win my next semi-final bout as well,” explained Japan’s
19-year-old Madoka Wada who defeated Russia’s Zoia Isaeva in the
Light Flyweight class (48 kg) in Jeju which was her third
triumph in the championships.
“To win a battle, first of all, you have to believe in yourself
and secondly you do not have to undervalue your opponent. My
today’s tactic was to control the fight from the first seconds,”
said Bulgaria’s new hope Stanimira Petrova who advanced to the
semi-final following her triumph over France’s Marina Rostan.
Today's results from Jeju, from Strefa Poland :
Sunday's semi-final program - courtesy iaba is here: