Archive for May, 2012



14
May
12

AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships 5/14/12!

AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships 5/14/12! – UPDATED! (Added 5/14/12 Results Session 6B)

More Preliminary Rounds!

Erika Guerrier (Red) & Nives Radic, Credit: Feng Li/Getty Images AsiaPac

Well in early results from today’s bouts it seems the USA has three winners so far!

As the PM results come through, however, it seems that Claressa Shields has suffered a defeat at the hands of Great Britain’s Savannah Marshall by the score of 8:14.  The low scoring bout saw a 2:2 draw in the first round followed by a steady increase in points by Marshall.  This is a heartbreaker for Claressa who was an early favorite to go all the way.

The USA’s own Queen Underwood continues to advance with a huge win against New Zealand’s Alexis Pritchard by the score of 28:9. Queen dominated throughout the fight with an amazing third round that saw her to receive the score of 10:2.  Queen will go on to fight in the Elite 8 next where she will face Norway’s Ingrid Egner.

Franchon Crews (81kg) the USA Boxing Champion also routed her opponent, Sabrina Arlette Jaqueline Delarue of France with a score of 22:8.  She advances to the quarterfinals where she will face Kazakhstan’s Dariga Shakimova.

And finally, the USA’s Tiara Brown who has been awarded the top seed handily won her bout against India’s Mandakini Chanu Kangabam by the score of 21:16 in the 57kg division. She faces China’s Jian Qin in the quarterfinal.

Bouts in the Olympic Flyweight, and non-Olympic Bantamweight, Light Flyweight, Light Welterweight and Welterweight divisions dominate today’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Quinhuangdao, China.

The afternoon and evening sessions include bouts in the Featherweight, Lightweight, Light Heavyweight and Middleweight divisions.

Click here for the Full Bout roster for 5/14/12:

5:14:12 Full Bout Roster

Click here for full results for 5/13/12 + 5/14/12 first two sessions:

5:13:12 Results Session 4A

5:13:12 Results Session 4B

5:13:12 Results Session 5A

5:13:12 Results Session 5B

5:14:12 Results Session 6A

5:14:12 Results Session 6B

AIBA’s article link is here: China, Russia and the USA still perfect in Qinhuangdao

13
May
12

AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships 5/13/12!

AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships 5/13/12! – UPDATED!

More Preliminary Rounds – Sweet 16 plus an Elite 8!

Claressa Shields and Pooja Rani

Bouts in the Olympic Flyweight, and non-Olympic Bantamweight, Light Flyweight, Light Welterweight and Welterweight divisions dominate today’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Quinhuangdao, China.

If you are a fan of the USA Boxing team, that means Marlen Esparza, Christina Cruz and Raquel Miller competed and won today!!!

In the Sweet 16 for the Olympic Flyweight (51kg) Division, US Olympic hopeful Marlen Esparza sailed through to defeat Argentina’s Pamela Benavidaz by the score of 20:10.  This was Marlen’s first fight of the competition and great news for her as she continues her hunt for a place in the Olympics.  Marlen’s next bout is on May 15th against Viet Nam’s Thi Duyen Luu.

In the 54kg division, the Pride of New York City, six-time Golden Gloves Winner and USA Boxing National ChampionChristina Cruz, handily defeated Swiss fighter Nicole Corine Michel, by decision with the final score of 22:8. Christina will fight Norway’s Shora Rezaie Joahroni next on May 15th.

The USA’s Raquel Miller (69kg) fought a tough second bout against Canada’s Myriam Da Silva.  The score was 18:18, however, the decision was given to Raquel Miller who will go on to fight in the 69kg quarterfinals.  Her next bout will be on May 16th against Turkish boxer Bilgehan Karabulut.

Click here for the Full Bout roster for 5/13/12:

5:13:12 Full Bout Roster

Click here for full results for 5/12/12:

5:12:11 Results Session 2A

5:12:11 Results Session 2B

5:12:11 Results Session 3A

5:12:11 Results Session 3B

AIBA’s article link is here: Top Favorites Ochigava and Shields Advance to the Next Round in China

12
May
12

New Quota rules to govern places for female boxers in the Olympics!

New Quota rules to govern places for female boxers in the Olympics!

Under new rules announced by the AIBA on May 10, 2012, places for female boxers in the 2012 London Olympic Games will now be based on a quota system.

What this means is while there will still only be 8 spots in each of the three weight categories, each of the places will be based on the TOP WINNERS in their continent in addition to being in the top eight over all.

Based on this new quota system the allocation of places PER CONTINENT is as follows:

Within the quota awarded to each of the continents (see table below), the highest ranked boxers from different National Olympic Committees (NOCs) in each weight category at the 2012 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships will obtain a quota place.

Weight kg

Africa

Tri

America

Tri

Asia

Tri

Europe

Tri

Oceana

Tri

48-51

1

2

1

2

1

3

1

1

0

57-60

1

1

1

1

2

1

3

1

1

0

69-75

1

1

2

1

1

1

3

1

1

0

Total

5

8

8

12

3

This quota is based on two calculations:  the number of places allotted to winner’s in the 2012 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships plus the number of places allotted by the Tripartite Commission.  A total of 24 places will be offered through the championships.

An additional 11 places will be allocated in accordance with the rules governing the Tripartite Commission rules, which includes eligibility criteria for individual NOCs based on their application for Tripartite Commission Invitation Places.  The request for invitation places was due by January 16, 2012. Decisions will be handed out prior to  July 1st.

The Host nation (United Kingdom) will be offered the remaining Tripartite female place.

If all of that sounds complicated, it sure feels that way to me.  The bottom line is, rather than simply selecting the top 8 from each of the three Olympic Weight Categories as originally announced, these new rules now add the extra burden of either winning or coming in second among the boxers in the fighter’s continent, based upon the continental quota in a particular weight category.

For the United States, this means that Marlen Esparza and Claressa Shields must come in first or second in their weight class, while Queen Underwood must come in first in her lightweight division among all of the fighters in North and South America.

I have not been able to ascertain why this rule change was made.  If any Girlboxing readers have more information about the rules change, it will be greatly appreciated if you fill us all in!

12
May
12

AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships 5/12/12!

AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships 5/12/12! — Updated!

Next up is the wow of a huge day of competition! 

Maike Kluners, Germany (Red) v. Maiva Hamadouche, France (Blue), 5/11/12, Credit: Feng Li/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Bouts in the Olympic Flyweight, Lightweight and Middleweight divisions dominate today’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Quinhuangdao, China.

If you are a fan of the USA Boxing team, that means two fantastic fights!

In the 75kg division, American Olympic hopeful Claressa Shields, has already won her first preliminary bout by decision against India’s, Pooja Rani.  The final score was 27:10.  Shields dominated her opponent throughout the bout.  Her next fight will be against England’s Savannah Marshall on May 14th.

Seattle’s own Olympic trials champion, AIBA #7 ranked Queen Underwood just won her preliminary bout over Dayana Sanchez of Argentina. The unanimous decision was scored 24:13. Underwood dominated her fight over all four rounds as well!  She fights next in the Sweet 16 on May 14th.

As for Marlen Esparza, she received a BYE and will compete next in the sweet 16!

Click here for the Full Bout roster for 5/12/12:

5:12:12 Full Bout Roster

Click here for full results for 5/11/12:

5:11:12 Results Session 1A

5:11:12 Results Session 1B

AIBA’s article link is here:  India’s Chanu opens proceedings with a bang in Qinhuangdao

11
May
12

Beyond exciting! Women’s World Championship is underway!

>>>>Update>>>>

And the winner by decision is … USA’s Raquel Miller (69kg), 17:8 over New Zealand’s Daena Stephenson. Raquel led throughout all four rounds. Next up for Raquel is bout # 130 against Canadian boxer Myriam Da Silva Rondeau on May 13, 2012 @ 5:00 PM Local Time.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Beyond exciting! The 2012 AIBA Women’s World Championship is underway!

Yep, you got it! The women’s world championship is underway with the first 16 bouts set to be fought today in the 57KG and 69KG weight divisions.

And yes, I’m partial, so for USA fans out there, Raquel Miller, the 69KG USA Boxing champion is set to fight New Zealand’s own Daena Stephenson in bout # 15. As for tomorrow, in the 75KG division, Olympic hopeful Claressa Shields is set to fight in bout #45 against, Indian fighter, Pooja Rani.

The 60KG will also begin with Seattle’s own Olympic trials champion Queen Underwood fighting Dayana Sanchez of Argentina in bout # 67.

By the way, did you know there are fully 343 women participating from 77 countries! That is extraordinary!!!

The full list of today’s bouts is as follows!

AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships 2012

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Session Bout Start Time Weight cat. Corner Name Nat day date
1 1 20:00 57 kg blue corner Ranic BOJANA SRB 2 11.05.2012
red corner Mandakini Chanu KANGABAM IND
1 2 20:00 57 kg blue corner Skye NICOLSON AUS 2 11.05.2012
red corner Chia-Ling Chen TPE
1 3 20:00 57 kg blue corner Gabriela DINCA ROU 2 11.05.2012
red corner Jian Qin CHN
1 4 20:00 57 kg blue corner Nagehan GUL TUR 2 11.05.2012
red corner Svetlana Kamenova STANEVA BUL
1 5 20:00 57 kg blue corner Saniya SULTANKYZY KAZ 2 11.05.2012
red corner Khouloud HLIMI TUN
1 6 20:00 57 kg blue corner Kornelia Kitti NAGY HUN 2 11.05.2012
red corner Cynthia Andrea ROBLES DE LA TORRE MEX
1 9 20:00 57 kg blue corner Rebah Matanda KEN 2 11.05.2012
red corner Nana YOSHIKAWA JPN
1 10 20:00 57 kg blue corner Marie O’NEILL NZL 2 11.05.2012
red corner Iuliia TSYPLAKOVA UKR
1 11 20:00 57 kg blue corner Melissa GUILLEMETTE CAN 2 11.05.2012
red corner Sarah MAHFOUD DEN
1 12 20:00 57 kg blue corner Thi Vy VUONG VIE 2 11.05.2012
red corner Anamarija VUJAKLIJA CRO
1 13 20:00 57 kg blue corner Maike KLUENERS GER 2 11.05.2012
red corner Maiva HAMADOUCHE FRA
1 14 20:00 57 kg blue corner Victoria GURKOVICH RUS 2 11.05.2012
red corner Piroska BODOKI SVK
1 7 20:00 69 kg blue corner Neetu IND 2 11.05.2012
red corner Bianka NAGY HUN
1 8 20:00 69 kg blue corner Moldir BAZARBAYEVA KAZ 2 11.05.2012
red corner Florina Marinella RADU ROU
1 15 20:00 69 kg blue corner Raquel E. MILLER USA 2 11.05.2012
red corner Daena STEPHENSON NZL
1 16 20:00 69 kg blue corner Irina Poteyeva RUS 2 11.05.2012
red corner Marija DIVJAK SRB
07
May
12

“A Boxing ‘Ohana” – a documentary in the making …

“A Boxing ‘Ohana” – a documentary in the making …

A Boxing ‘Ohana, Sonny Westerbrook and The Kona Boxing Club, Credit: Sasha Parulis

A Boxing ‘Ohana is a documentary in development by the New York based filmmaker, Sasha Parulis. The piece will be a short film about Sonny Westbrook and his gym, The Kona Boxing Club. Set on the big Island of Hawaii, Parulis envisions her work as a tone poem to the hard work of the gym and Sonny Westbrook’s efforts to create an ‘Ohana or family among his young fighters.

Sonny Westbook is most known for his recurring role on the reality show, Dog The Bounty Hunter. Sasha Parulis met Sonny two years ago during a visit to Hawaii and was moved to begin her project. “He is a kind soul,” she said, “People need to know who he is. He is also a mentor to a lot of kids.”

Shalei, The Kona Boxing Club, Credit: Sasha Parulis

It is his role as a mentor to troubled youths that most impressed Parulis. As she notes, while we may all think of Hawaii as a honeymooners’ paradise, the island is beset with the devastating effects of methamphetamine on the community. This has torn families apart and has left a generation of kids with nowhere to turn. What Westerbrook has attempted to build is a place where upwards of 15 young people can go to feel safe and through the discipline of boxing, find a way out of their troubles. In the words of the filmmaker, the story of The Kona Boxing Gym is at heart a story of “transforming the survivors of troubled times into warriors.”

Parulis also sees her film “as an educational outreach tool,” one she hopes will prove inspiring to everyone who watches. She will be returning to Hawaii soon to continue filming with an eye towards having a finished product sometime next year. The following is a clip of her project so far.

For further information the website link for the film is as follows: www.aboxingohana.com

03
May
12

2012 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships set for May 9 – May 20!

2012 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships set for May 9 – May 20!


Talk about exciting, the 2012 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships will be taking place in Qinhuangdao, China. The event will not only determine the world championship status in the competing weight classes but is the *only* qualifying event for this summer’s historic debut of Women’s Boxing at the London 2012 Olympics in the three Olympic weight divisions.

Marlen Esparza, Claressa Shields, Queen Underwood, 2012 USA Boxing Olympic Trials Champions, Credit: James Snook/US Presswire

Competitors from all of the world will be arriving in China to face off against each other in the tournament. USA Boxing’s full field of National Champions is set to leave on May 3rd. The team includes the three Olympic hopefuls, Marlen Esparza, Queen Underwood and Claressa Shields, representing the flyweight, lightweight and middleweight divisions respectively.

Under the rules of the Olympic qualifying event portion of the competition, only the top eight competitors in each of the Olympic weight divisions will be selected to represent their nations in the Olympics this summer.

This year’s tournament is the seventh AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. The first was held in in late 2001 in Scranton, PA, USA.

Notable luminaries from that first tournament included Sweden’s Frida Wallberg who won a gold medal in the 63.5kg weight class and France’s Myriam Lamare who won the silver. Both of these remarkable athletes have carved out fantastic professional careers. Mary Kom, who will be vying for an Olympic berth on India’s Team also competed in 2001, winning a silver medal in the 48KG division.

Barbados 2010, Lightweight Medal Winners

The last AIBA sponsored Women’s World Championship (the 6th) was held in Barbardos in September of 2010.

Among other memorable bouts, Ireland’s Katie Taylor (blue) defeated Cheng Dong (red) of China for the 60KG Lightweight Gold Medal.




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