The completion of the ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s Championships quarter-finals produced much drama and entertainment on Day 4 in Wulanchabu, China, where the winners from the Bantamweight (54 kg), Featherweight (57 kg), Lightweight (60 kg) and Middleweight (75 kg) matches all secured guaranteed bronze medals.
Bout of the day
DPR Korea’s Jang Un Hui shocked China’s Li Qian in the Middleweight final of the Incheon 2014 Asian Games, but lost their rematch in China after four rounds of incredible action.
Clearly enjoying the superb support from her home supporters in Wulanchabu, Qian used her height advantage well throughout the bout as she patiently used her range to set up dangerous attacks.
Qian’s talented opponent also boxed well across all four rounds, but China’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist was the more dominant athlete, and deserved her ultimate victory.
She will next meet India’s ASBC Asian Women’s Continental Championships silver medallist Pooja Rani in the semi-final.
Team of the day
Thailand enjoyed a triumphant Day 4, as two of their veteran athletes reached the semi-final stages of the event.
Former Asian Indoor Games winner Peamwilai Laopeam eliminated Kazakhstan’s Rano Parkhatova by split decision in a close Bantamweight bout, while AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Tassamalee Thongjan outperformed Mongolia’s Nergui Oyun-Erdene at Featherweight.
Surprise of the day
Although DPR Korea’s National Champion Ri Tong Sun was inexperienced in high level international competitions heading into this event, the Lightweight boxer achieved a career best performance by defeating Vietnam’s Incheon 2014 Asian Games bronze medallist and former AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Luu Thi Duyen.
Philippines’ AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Nesthy Petecio expertly displayed her technique and quick combinations against Japanese Bantamweight Sana Kawano.
Uzbekistan’s 19-year-old Yodgor Mirzoyeva is a very exciting prospect, and lived up to her reputation with a striking victory over China’s Gao Meiling.
Tajikistan’s London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medallist Mavzuna Chorieva continued her excellent form after defeating Uzbekistan’s National Championships silver medallist Makhfuzakhon Ergasheva.
Former ASBC Asian Women’s Continental Champion Dariga Shakimova then eliminated Uzbekistan’s Nafisakhon Askarova to keep a potential Middleweight dream match alive against China’s Li Qian.
Fact of the day
The forty guaranteed medallists are now confirmed from the ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s Continental Championships, where the following nations have earned medals:
- China: 8 medals
- India: 6 medals
- DPR Korea: 5 medals
- Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan: 4 medals
- Korea: 3 medals
- Mongolia, Tajikistan, Thailand: 2 medals
- Chinese Taipei, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam: 1 medal
Quote of the day
“I was not satisfied with my silver medal from the last two big events in Jeju and Singapore, so therefore I decided to prepare better for this one. I was stronger this time, and tried to use my powerful punches from the first round. My Japanese opponent was an energetic and courageous fighter, and she should be a serious contender in the years to come,” said Philippines’ Nesthy Petecio after beating Japan’s Sana Kawano in the Bantamweight class (54 kg).
Still to come
After a rest day tomorrow, the semi-finals for all weight classes will take place on Wednesday.