Day 2 of the ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s Championships delivered a compelling series of Light Welterweight (64 kg) and Welterweight (69 kg) quarter-finals, where the winners of each bout earned both a place in the final four, and a guaranteed bronze medal.
Preliminary battles involving the Light Flyweight (48 kg) and Bantamweight (54 kg) weight classes were also held on the second competition day.
Bout of the day
India’s Sarjubala Shamjetsabam Devi and Thailand’s new sensation Chuthamat Raksat both won medals in the last edition of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, but only one could advance in Wulanchabu following their rematch in China.
Devi narrowly defeated her Thai rival in the semi-final of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, and achieved another tight victory this time around.
Raksat used excellent movement in the first round, before Devi’s dynamism and accuracy enabled her to get back into the contest quickly.
Rapid combination punching from Raksat was particularly eye-catching, but it was the endless work-rate of the Indian fighter which impressed the judges more.
After four rounds of thrilling action, Devi was named the winner by split decision and she will next face Kazakhstan’s Alina Turlubayeva.
Team of the day
Vietnam is emerging as one of Asia’s best countries for women’s boxing, and two of their stars earned valuable victories on Day 2.
Trinh Thi Diem Kieu opened a day of much success for Vietnam with a controlled Light Flyweight performance against Chinese Taipei’s young hope Chin Chian Hui.
The 24-year-old won her first national title in 2011, and will now meet DPR Korea’s U Yong Gum in the quarter-finals.
Vietnam’s second triumph was delivered by Ha Thi Linh at Light Welterweight when she shocked Korea’s experienced Shim Hee Jung.
Surprise of the day
Uzbekistan’s women’s boxing program has also developed well over the past year, and a full team was sent to Wulanchabu in order to raise international experience ahead of the Almaty 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.
The decision is proving to be a successful one, especially after Shakhnoza Nizamova dominated her quarter-final contest with Mongolia’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships competitor Uranbileg Shinetsetseg.
Nizamova competed in both the 2012 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and the Incheon 2014 Asian Games, but her victory in China is undoubtedly the best of her career so far.
Her outstanding triumph has resulted in Uzbekistan securing their first ever medal in the history of the ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s Continental Championships.
E Naiyan only replaced Wang Yuyan as the Chinese Light Flyweight representative just prior to the beginning of this event, but she has qualified through to the quarter-finals after beating Indonesia’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships quarter-finalist Aldriani Beatrichx Sugoro.
Sri Lanka’s Commonwealth Games quarter-finalist Kaluhath Gimhani Erandi Da Silva eliminated Tajikistan’s National Champion Dilafruz Jafarova in a great Light Flyweight bout, but there was better news for Tajikistan as their 20-year-old Light Welterweight Shoira Zulkaynarova defeated Mongolia’s Bayantsetseg Nyamjargal.
Philippines’ AIBA Women’s World Champion Josie Gabuco and AIBA Women’s World Championships silver medallist Nesthy Petecio both performed well on Day 2 as they each knocked down their Uzbek opponents to progress.
DPR Korea’s 2012 AIBA Women’s World Champion Pak Kyong Ok also advanced to the next round after Thailand’s Supaporn Seesondee was unable to compete.
Fact of the day
The first eight guaranteed medals have found their owners after the Light Welterweight and Welterweight quarter-finals, and the following nations have earned medals so far:
- China: 2 medals
- Chinese Taipei, DPR Korea, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam: 1 medal
Quote of the day
“I was too nervous in the opening round as this was my first bout in the championships and I had only competed in a few contests this year. I am happy as I won my quarter-final against a strong Mongolian rival. I know I am a medallist, but it is hard to believe it!” said Uzbekistan’s Shakhnoza Nizamova after her successful quarter-final.
The preliminaries and quarter-finals will continue on the third competition day in Wulanchabu, where the Light Flyweight (48 kg), Flyweight (51 kg), Featherweight (57 kg) and the Lightweight (60 kg) weight classes will be in action.