Seventeen Asian female boxers advanced to the semi-finals of the Ulan-Ude 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships
One of the most exciting part the quarter-finals have been held in the eighth competition day at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Ulan-Ude, Russia. Altogether 17 Asian boxers representing eight different nations advanced to the last four out of the 40 medallists in Ulan-Ude. China, DPR Korea, India, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Thailand, Chinese Taipei and Vietnam earned medals in the event.
Altogether 76 strong Asian elite female boxers are attending in the Ulan-Ude 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships from 13 nations: China, DPR Korea, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Philippines, Tajikistan, Thailand, Chinese Taipei, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
India’s Manju Rani and Thailand’s Chuthamat Raksat impressed in the quarter-finals of the light flyweight (48kg)
India’s Manju Rani replaced their hero six-time AIBA Women’s World Champion Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte following their star moved up to the flyweight (51kg). The 20-year-old Indian light flyweight (48kg) hope had to meet with DPR Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi in the quarter-finals and surprisingly the young talent was able to eliminate the Seed No.1. Thailand’s Chuthamat Raksat claimed bronze medal in the 2014 edition and she repeated at least that performance in Ulan-Ude following her success over Bulgaria’s Sevda Asenova in a one-sided bout.
DPR Korea’s Pang Chol Mi is on the way to defend her throne
DPR Korea’s Pang Chol Mi is the defending AIBA Women’s World Champion and the current ASBC Asian Women’s Champion at the flyweight (51kg) who met in the quarter-finals with Japan’s Tsukimi Namiki who claimed bronze in the last 2018 edition. Pang’s footwork was unpredictable once again and she was a hard target for the smaller Japanese which means the titleholder is on the way to win her next big event. The North Korean will be meeting with Russia’s new National Champion Liliya Ayetbayeva in the semi-finals where Pang is the top favourite again.
India’s icon Mary Kom reached the semi-finals in her new weight category
India’s six-time AIBA Women’s World Champion Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte moved up to the flyweight (51kg) in the beginning of the year to acclimatize to the division before the Olympic Qualification Events. The 36-year-old Indian veteran met in the quarter-finals with Colombia’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist and Panamerican Games winner Ingrit Valencia. Mary Kom’s rival was strong but the Indian showed better technical and tactical skills today in Ulan-Ude. Mary Kom’s semi-final opponent will be a dangerous one Turkey’s European Games winner and EUBC European Women’s Champion Busenaz Cakiroglu who had a close success over China’s former professional boxer Cai Zongju.
Chinese Taipei’s Huang Hsiao Wen and India’s Jamuna Boro won their semi-finals at the bantamweight (54kg)
Chinese Taipei’s Huang Hsiao Wen was silver medallist in the Taipei 2015 AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships and after four years of experiences in the elite competitions, she was able to advance to the semi-finals in Ulan-Ude. The 22-year-old boxer used her height advantage in the quarter-final against Philippines’ Aira Villegas and she was almost untouchable for her opponent. Following Huang’s impressive success, another Asian, India’s Jamuna Boro advanced to the semi-finals in Ulan-Ude after beating Germany’s Ursula Gottlob by split decision.
Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yu Ting defeated her Thai opponent on their re-match
Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yu Ting is the current AIBA Women’s World Champion at the bantamweight (54kg) who changed her division into featherweight (57kg) following her success in New Delhi. Lin defeated Thailand’s Nilawan Techasuep in the final of the Bangkok 2019 ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships and she repeated that result against her Southeast Asian rival once again in Ulan-Ude. Lin’s semi-final opponent will be Russia’s Liudmilla Vorontsova who had a narrow success over Netherlands’ AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Jemyma Betrian.
Philippines’ Nesthy Petecio eliminated the Japanese teenage hope
Philippines’ Nesthy Petecio claimed silver medal in the Jeju 2014 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships but since then she had unlucky draws in the recent editions. Petecio won more than 85% of her international contests in the recent two years therefore her success over Japan’s two-time AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist teenager Sena Irie was not a surprise. Petecio’s next opponent will be England’s Army boxer Karriss Artingstall who is in superb form this year and eliminated Uzbekistan’s Yodgoroy Mirzaeva with confident performance.
China’s Dou Dan remained her chance alive to defend her title
China’s Dou Dan is the defending AIBA Women’s World Champion at the light welterweight (64kg) who had a promising opponent in the quarter-finals, Scotland’s Megan Reid. The Scottish girls competed at the very first time in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships but Dou Dan had to do her best to beat her European rival in Ulan-Ude. The Chinese boxer will be facing in the semi-finals with Russia’s Kazakhstan-born 20-year-old Ekaterina Dynnik who controlled her quarter-final over an Asian talent, Tajikistan’s Nilufar Boboyorova.
Kazakhstan’s semi-finalists are Milana Safronova and Dina Islambekova
Kazakhstan’s Milana Safronova had to work nearly ten years hard to reach the level of the top national team. The two-time National Champion competed in New Delhi and also in Bangkok but she had to find her best fighting distance quickly against Bulgaria’s aggressive Melis Yonuzova in Ulan-Ude. The 28-year-old Kazakh boxer managed to win her difficult quarter-finals and will be meeting in the semi-finals with Italy’s Angela Carini at the welterweight (69kg). Her AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion teammate Dina Islambekova replaced Lyazzat Kungeibayeva in the national team but the 19-year-old talent was able to beat Italy’s Flavia Severin by split decision at the heavyweight (+80kg).
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