Canada will be welcoming the best women boxers from the continent for the 2012 American Boxing Confederation (AMBC) Women's Elite Continental Championships from 4-7 April when 65 athletes from 15 countries will battle it out for gold medals in ten weight categories. It promises to be extremely competitive with the women gearing up for the upcoming AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships from 9-20 May in Qinhuangdao, China.
This will be the first time Boxing Canada will host these championships with the tournament venue the NAV Centre in Cornwall, Ontario. It is expected that this will be the largest edition of the event ever to be held.
"Boxing Canada is delighted to play host to this tournament for the very first-time in our organisation's history," declared Boxing Canada President Pat Fiacco.
"This tournament is a preview of the Olympic Games. Fans will see some of the best women boxers in action," stated AMBC Women's Commission President, Dr. Christy Halbert, who has been instrumental in getting women's boxing into the Olympic program.
Some of the best athletes will be taking to the ring in Cornwall with Canadian duo, Mary Spencer, Middleweight 75 kg, a three-time AIBA World Champion, and Flyweight 51kg, Mandy Bujold, a Pan American Champion and three-time Continental Champion looking to dominate for the host nation. There are other heavy-hitters with several Multiple Continental Champions also seeking glory.
"We are encouraging America's Federations to start women's boxing programs and for 2013 we will have the first Junior and Youth Continental Championships", said AMBC's President, Domingo Solano before adding, "This is only the beginning for women's boxing in the Americas".
The best boxers in these Championships will then head to the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships from 9-20 May in Qinhuangdao, China where twenty-four spots in three weight categories will be contested for the right to compete at the London 2012 Olympic Games, where women's boxing makes its debut.
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