The eighth edition of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships began with its first competition day in Jeju, Korea. Altogether 280 elite boxers from 67 nations have been there in the general weigh-in in the morning which is near to the record of the championships. Sixteen bouts have been held in the opening day of the competition in the picturesque island of Jeju where Kazakhstan’s Dina Zholaman caused a huge surprise following her triumph over Argentina’s gold medal contender Leonela Sanchez.
Bout of the day
Philippines’ Nesthy Petecio was quarter-finalist at the 2010 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Bridgetown, Barbados four years ago when she was only 18. She is member of the national squad since 2009 and won the China Open Tournament last year. The 22-year-old boxer competed in the Asian Games in Incheon in September where she advanced to the quarter-finals. The Filipino boxer returned to the Featherweight class (57 kg) after the Asian Games which is her original category.
Petecio arrived to the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships to Jeju as medal contender but she had to open her competition against an experienced European opponent, Sweden’s Linnea Strandell who had 101 bouts prior the competition. The Filipino boxer tried to reduce the fighting distance from the first minute of the contest and her attacks were successful in the opening two rounds. Strandell also did not give up the battle but her efforts were not enough to turn back the bout until the final gong. Petecio’s next opponent will be Algeria’s most experienced female boxer, Manel Meharzi in the next preliminary round.
Team of the day
China’s Gao Jinyan claimed a bronze medal at their National Women’s Championships in 2011 which was her first excellent result during her career. The 22-year-old Bantamweight class (54 kg) boxer trains in the Liaoning Province and she is competing in her first international event in Jeju. The Chinese boxer is relatively unknown in the world but she had enough experiences to open her championships with a triumph. Gao Jinyan was too strong for Hungary’s newly crowned National Champion Szabina Szucs who was born also in 1992 as the Chinese boxer.
China’s second triumph was delivered by Xie Lili who was silver medallist in the 2012 ASBC Asian Women’s Continental Championships in Ulanbaatar, Mongolia. The 25-year-old Light Welterweight class (64 kg) boxer came from Beijing to get her first title in Jeju. She opened with effective punches against Algeria’s Rania M’Allaloui who moved up a weight class since her appearance in the AFBC African Women’s Continental Championships. In spite of the final round when Xie Lili had some warm moments she was able to beat her North African rival, winning the bout by unanimous decision.
Surprise of the day
Argentina’s AMBC American Women’s Continental Champion Leonela Sanchez travelled to the island of Jeju as one of the gold medal contender of the Bantamweight class (54 kg) but she was enough shape in her opening bout against Kazakhstan’s two-time National Champion Dina Zholaman. Sanchez was not able to find the best fighting distance against her Central Asian rival and proved her real skills only in the final frame therefore Zholaman’s hand was raised after the final bell in Jeju which bout was the biggest surprise of the opening competition day.
One to watch
England’s EUBC European Women’s Youth Continental Championships silver medallist Sandy Ryan is new face in their national elite squad but she tried to do her best in the opening round of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Jeju. The 21-year-old amazon used her longer hands to keep the distance against Hungary’s European Union Women’s Champion Bianka Nagy. The English boxer knocked down her Hungarian opponent in the third round and dominated all of the rounds in Jeju which means she will now meet with Turkey’s two-time AIBA Women’s World Champion Gulsum Tatar Kaptan.
Stat/Fact of the day
Sixteen spectacular bouts opened the first day of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Jeju, Korea. China, Hungary, India, Kazakhstan, Russia and United States of America are there in the event with maximum number of ten female boxers.
The number of participants per confederations are the following:
Africa: 27 boxers from 11 nations
America: 41 boxers from 13 nations
Asia: 78 boxers from 15 nations
Europe: 126 boxers from 26 nations
Oceania: 8 boxers from 2 nations
Quote of the day
“One of our medal hope Nesthy Petecio connected with well-placed uppercuts and hooks to take an early lead in the first part of her bout against Sweden’s Linnea Strandell. She relaxed a bit in the third round and her aggressive opponent was better in that frame. Petecio picked it up again in the last round to score the unanimous decision,” commented Mr. Edgar Picson the Executive Director of the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines Nesthy Petecio’s opening triumph over her European opponent.
The local organizers separated the program of the second competition day into an afternoon and an evening session due the high number of bouts. Boxers of the Flyweight class (51 kg), Featherweight class (57 kg), Lightweight class (60 kg) and Welterweight class (69 kg) will be in action on Day2 in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Jeju, Korea. Among the top athletes Bulgaria’s EUBC European Continental Champion Stoyka Petrova and Russia’s two-time AIBA Women’s World Champion Sofya Ochigava will be fighting for the next round on the second competition day. One of the most anticipated battle will be held between Azerbaijan’s Elena Vystropova and England’s Stacey Copeland which will be the return match of the final of the EUBC European Women’s Continental Championships.