International Boxing Association (AIBA) President, Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu, praised and congratulated the winners of the 8th Women’s World Championships held in Jeju, Korea, announcing them as “the best boxers in the world today”.
2012 Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) brought home the gold in the flyweight (51kg) division with 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Michigan) adding to her collection, the gold medal in the middleweight (75kg) category now in her trophy case as well.
The 19 years-old Shields now boasts an impressive amateur record of 50-1, 19 KO’s with the most impressive bout of the tournament belonging to her when on November 19th the corner of Helen Baleke (Uganda), threw in the towel after one solid combination landed, ending the match after a mere 11 seconds.
“The development of Women Boxing has been one of my top priorities ever since my election as President of AIBA”, began Dr. Wu. “When we announced that Women boxers would compete at the London Olympics in 2012, many people doubted whether it would work. But instead, the Women 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 being that Women Boxing will, in the future, also be an integral part of both our new APB and WSB competitions”.
In total, 280 competitors from 67 countries took part in the Championships in all 10 AIBA Women’s Elite weight categories. China, Hungary, India, Kazakhstan, Russia and the USA each competed with the maximum number of 10 Women Boxers.
In total, European boxers won 21 medals, Asian boxers 13 medals and six boxers won medals from the Americas.
Russia dominated the medals table with five (including 3 champions) and China with four (with 1 champion) as well. Italy, Turkey and the USA won three medals each; Azerbaijan, England, France, India, Kazakhstan and Thailand each won two medals; and Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Panama, Philippines and Ukraine winning one medal apiece.
Congratulations to each of our American women who competed in the 8th Women’s World Championships, their ultimate goal of dominating the 2016 Women’s Olympic Boxing competition held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that much closer.
The new 2014 Women’s World Champions:
· Light Fly (45-48kg): KYZAIBAY Nazym, Kazakhstan
· Fly (51kg): ESPARZA Marlen, USA
· Bantam (54kg): PETROVA Stanimira, Bulgaria
· Feather (57kg): DOBRYNINA Zinaida, Russia
· Light (60kg): TAYLOR Katie, Ireland
· Light Welter (64kg): BELIAKOVA Anastasiia, Russia
· Welter (69kg): BYLON Atheyna, Panama
· Middle (75kg): SHIELDS Claressa, USA
· Light Heavy (81kg): YANG Xiaoli, China
· Heavy (+81kg): MAGOMEDALIEVA Zenfira, Russia
*Thanks to: Iryna Mazur, AIBA/WSB Communication Manager, Iryna.Mazur@worldseriesboxing.com