Today sees the first quarter-final bouts in the AIBA Women’s Junior & Youth World Boxing Championships Antalya 2011.

Two Road to Antalya participants, Holinirina Ranaivo from Madagascar and Shogofa Haidary from Afghanistan, both enjoyed a bye in Satruday’s draw but had to face each other in their opening bout in the 48kg division. Haidary was unable to withstand the treatment from the boxer with whom she had been training for the past ten days and the referee stopped the bout in the third round, handing Ranaivo a place in the quarter-finals, where she will face Russia’s European Junior Champion Svetlana Dmitriyeva.

Myanmar’s Thet Htar San became the second Road to Antalya boxer to qualify for the quarter-finals in the 48kg division after she upset the strong favourite Nicezza Petecio of the Philippines 31:15 in her opener. She will face tough opposition in the form of Kazakhstan’s National Elite Champion and Turkish Prime Ministry Tournament bronze medalist 17-year-old Nazym Kyzaybay in her next bout.

Irina Gilca of Moldova was not daunted by her opener against strong opposition from Kazakhstan either, defeating Assem Kuandyk 29:10. She will now face France’s Lea Bauderlique in the quarter-final.

Thi Vy Vuong continued a good run for Vietnam in Antalya by eliminating Maryna Naydych of the Ukraine in the 52kg division of the Junior World Championships. Her contest was stopped by the referee in the third round due to a head injury to Naydych. Vuong’s team-mate Thi Phuong Pham could make it three out of three for the country if she can beat Ireland’s Christine Gargan in her opener at 48kg.

Competition in the higher weight categories of the Junior tournament starts later this week. But host nation Turkey are already assured at least a bronze medal in the 70kg division and at least a silver in the 80kg after their boxers drew byes in the draw.