|AIBA Women’s World Championships Qinhuangdao 2012|
The AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships is one of the fastest growing competitions in international boxing. Women’s boxing has taken the World by storm ever since the first AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in 2001 in Scranton, United States of America.
Women Boxers aged 17 to 34 compete in 10 weight categories: 45-48 kg (Flyweight), 51 kg (Bantamweight), 54 kg (Featherweight), 57 kg (Lightweight), 60 kg (Light Welterweight), 64 kg (Welterweight), 69 kg (Middleweight), 75 kg (Light heavyweight), 81 kg (Heavyweight) and 81+ kg (Super Heavyweight).
The seventh AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships will take place from 9 to 20 May 2012 in Qinhuangdao, China and will serve as the only qualifying event for the London 2012 Olympic Games. For the very first time in history, women boxers will be competing at the Olympic Games, in three weight categories: 48-51 kg, 57-60 kg and 69-75 kg. With 24 quotas places (eight in each weight categories) up for grabs, this 2012 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships is sure to be fiercely competitive
Please join Boxing Ontario is wishing Mandy Bujold & Mary Spencer the very best of luck!
Road to London Update
May 14, 2012
Today Canadian boxer Mary Spencer (75kg) was upset (18-11) by Anna Laurell of Sweden.
“Anna boxed great,” Spencer said after the bout, “and I hope she does well in this tournament.”
Spencer (Windsor, ON) has not yet been confirmed a position in the London 2012 Olympic tournament, but still has a chance to be allocated a spot in the Games. “I am in high spirits and looking forward to rooting for my teammates Kim Klavel and Vicky Pelletier tomorrow,” she said today.
Earlier in the tournament, Canada’s Mandy Bujold (51kg) and Sandra Bizier (60kg) lost their first-round bouts. There are several other Canadian fighters competing in non-Olympic weight classes at this Worlds.
There is one more day of competition before the preliminary rounds are completed at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships being held in Qinhuangdao, China but two more Canadians have failed to advance.
In the afternoon session Melissa Guillemette of Quebec City was unable to hold onto the lead against Iuliia TSYPLAKOVA of the Ukraine and lost on points 19-16. Guillemette, boxing in the 57kgs category, came out firing and was leading 9-6 after two rounds however the Ukraine boxer battled back and carried a 13-12 lead into the final round. Both women exchanged huge punches until the final bell and TSYPLAKOVA came away with the win.
The evening session had the 75 kgs category and would see some upsets, but the biggest shocker involved #1 seed Canadian Mary Spencer. Spencer of Windsor Ontario would face Anna LAURELL of Sweden. Both these athletes are former World Champions and very familiar with each other. LAURELL came out at a very quick pace and lead 3-1 after the first round. Spencer battled back in the second round but still found herself behind in the score cards 8-5. LAURELL decided to continue the pressure rather then sit on her lead and that decision paid off as she won the 3rd round by a margin of 7-2. With nothing to lose, Spencer came out throwing bombs in the final round and at one point staggered LAURELL with an overhand right which resulted in a standing 8-count. Spencer continued to chase LAURELL down until time finally ran out. The final score was 18-11 for the Swede.
The Spencer loss was followed by another favourite in the 75 kg category losing. Clarissa SHIELDS of the USA lost on points to Savannah MARSHALL of England 14-8. Other boxers from the America’s failing to advance included Yenebier GULLEN BENITEZ of Dominican Republic and Francelis PAEZ of Venezuela. Roseli FEITOSA from Brasil advanced into the final 16 and has assured herself a spot at the 2012 Olympics. The remaining 4 boxers from the Americas will await to see which one of their opponents advance the farthest in the tournament and thus awarding the 2nd Olympic spot to them. A third spot for the Olympic games will be awarded by a selection committee consisting of AIBA and the IOC. The decision will be announced in the near future.
Full results of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships (Qinhuangdao, China) can be found at http://www.aiba.org/
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