The semi-finals for all ten weight classes were held today at the ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s Championships in Wulanchabu, China.
Bout of the day
Korea’s Oh Yeon Ji enjoyed the best of an incredibly entertaining Lightweight (60 kg) bout with China’s Incheon 2014 Asian Games gold medalist Yin Junhua, as she eliminated her talented opponent by unanimous decision.
Junhua was perhaps the favourite heading into the contest especially because she enjoyed the support of her home supporters in Wulanchabu, but Ji was unfazed by the grand occasion and used her excellent body punches consistently through all four rounds.
Team of the day
All five of DPR Korea’s semi-finalists won their key contests and subsequently advanced through to the gold medal bouts in Wulanchabu.
U Yong Gum won the very first bout of the day when she defeated Korea’s Bak Cho Rong at Light Flyweight (48 kg).
Ri Hyang Mi then eliminated Japan’s lone semi-finalist Ayako Minowa after a great Flyweight (51 kg) match.
The victories continued for DPR Korea when Ri Kwang Suk used her experience to prevail over Uzbekistan’s Yodgor Mirzoyeva at Featherweight (57 kg).
Ri Tong Sun made it four out of four when she enjoyed a superb win against Tajikistan’s London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medallist Mavzuna Chorieva, while their fifth triumph was delivered by AIBA Women’s World Champion Pak Kyong Ok, who defeated Vietnam’s last remaining boxer Ha Thi Linh at Light Welterweight (64 kg).
Surprise of the day
Kazakhstan’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Lazzat Kungeybayeva was the main favourite at Heavyweight (+81 kg) in Wulanchabu, but was shockingly defeated by Uzbekistan’s National Champion Guzal Ismatova.
The 28-year-old Kazakh was stunned early by her 19-year-old rival, who knocked her down and forced an early finish in the very first round.
China’s three-time AIBA Women’s World Champion Flyweight (51 kg) Ren Cancan performed well in her semi-final against Mongolia’s Nandintsetseg Myagmardulam, while her compatriot Yang Wenlu also achieved a strong victory against Tajikistan’s FISU University World Championships silver medallist Shoira Zulkaynarova at Light Welterweight (64 kg).
Uzbekistan’s Shakhnoza Nizamova moved down one weight class to box at Welterweight (69 kg) in Wulanchabu, and the decision has proved to be a successful one as she defeated Chinese Taipei’s Wu Pei Yi in their semi-final.
China’s Li Qian continued her strong Middleweight (75 kg) form by outpointing India’s Pooja Rani to set up a final with Kazakhstan’s Dariga Shakimova.
China’s 2014 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships gold medalist Yang Xiaoli is through to the Heavyweight (81 kg) final after a tough, but deserved victory over Kazakhstan’s Moldir Bazarbayeva.
Fact of the day
Eight separate Asian nations have finalists in the ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s Continental Championships:
- China: 7 finalists
- DPR Korea: 5 finalists
- Thailand, Uzbekistan: 2 finalists
- India, Kazakhstan, Korea, Philippines: 1 finalist
Quote of the day
“I had several tight losses over the past two years, so I have focused to improve some of my skills, and I am happy to realise that our work was successful. I am now in the final, and I will try to win that contest tomorrow,” said Thailand’s Peamwilai Laopeam who eliminated Mongolia’s Myagmar Gundegmaa in the semi-final of the Bantamweight class (54 kg).
The ten final bouts are on the official program tomorrow where the gold and silver medalists will be decided.