The most anticipated AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships Qinhuangdao 2012 started this Friday 11 May in China with 57kg and 69kg advancing to the Last 16.
Day 1 - Results
On the opening contest of the worldwide event, India's two-time National Champion Mandakini Chanu Kangabam did not give too many chance to Serbia's Silesian Open Tournament silver medallist Bojana Ranic. The Indian boxer led by 10:3 after the first two minutes and finally the referee stopped their unequal fight in the third round.
Chinese Taipei's former Asian Champion Chen Chia Ling returned to the world of boxing last year and regained her place in the national squad. She proved in her first contest that she is a top fighter in the featherweight class and overwhelmed Australia's AIBA Junior World Championships quarter-finalist 17-year-old Skye Nicolson in Qinhuangdao.
Turkey's four-time European Championships bronze medallist Nagehan Malkoc Gul fought against Bulgaria's former European Youth Champion and EU Championships silver medallist 22-year-old Svetlana Kamenova Staneva in the first preliminary round. The tallest Bulgarian boxer opened with a 4:1 leading while the Turkish athlete did not find the best fighting distance therefore Staneva's victory is not a surprise.
Hungary's AIBA Junior World Championships bronze medallist Kornelia Kitti Nagy who celebrated her 17th birthday just before the her first elite competition, had a brave attempt to beat Mexico's Independence Cup silver medallist tough Cynthia Robles. The Central American boxer started better the bout and made a great last round when her teenager rival was too tired to turn the battle.
Japan's multiple National Champion veteran Nana Yoshikawa won each of the rounds in her debuting contest against Kenya's best featherweight boxer Rebah Matanda. The final verdict of their bout was 22:10 to Yoshikawa who advanced to the last 16 in the AIBA Women's World Championships and will now meet England's European Championships silver medlalist Lisa Whiteside who was seeded as No.3.
Canada's Turkish Prime Ministry Tournament bronze medallist Melissa Guillemette led by 4:2 after the first tactical round against Denmark's newly crowned Nordic Champion 22-year-old Sarah Mahfoud. Guillemette showed excellent footwork in her first contest and that performance was enough to beat Mahfoud by 15:7.
Vietnam's current AIBA Junior World Champion 16-year-old Vuong Thi Vy who is member of the 'AIBA Road to London Program' had an easy opening contest in Qinhuangdao. Vietnam's best future hope proved that her present is also great and she could increase her boxing knowledge in the UK in this year's Winter. Her first rival was Croatia's National Champion Annamarija Vujaklija who had no chance to beat her teenager opponent.
France's 22-year-old Malva Hammadouche who had several victories in the international level last year, showed her great technique against Germany's EU Championships bronze medallist Maike Klueners in the first preliminary round. The French boxer and her ringside found the winning tactic in the third round and eliminated her neighbouring rival by 29:18.
Russia's European Championships bronze medallist Viktoriya Gurkovich outpointed her first opponent in Qinhuangdao, Slovakia's only competitor in the event, 18-year-old Piroska Bodoki who has got only five contests in her career. The referee stopped their contest very quickly to save Bodoki's health.
At the welterweight class India's Asian Women's Cup bronze medallist Neetu Chahal advanced to the last 16 after beating Hungary's EU Champion 23-year-old Bianka Nagy who is member of the national team since 2006. The Indian boxer dominated during their contest and won the bout by large margin of points.
Reigning US National Champion Raquel Miller who has been boxing since only 2010, also secured her place in the last 16 at the welterweight class following her success over New Zealand's best future hope, Arafura Games winner 18-year-old Daena Stephenson. Miller's next opponent will be Canada's Panamerican Champion Myriam Da Silva in the next preliminary round.
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