Dr Ching- Kuo Wu- the president of the International Boxing Association (AIBA- the world amateur (Olympic-style) international boxing association) rewarded mark of respect to the “magnificent new champions”; this honor is for the category of Heavyweight women’s and it happened on the final day of the 8th Women’s World Championships in Jeju, Korea.
Dr Wu said: “The calibre of competition here in Jeju has been magnificent, so our new World Champions can depart for home with great pride that they are the best boxers in the world today.” Following are the list of the new 2014 Women’s World Champions:
• Light Fly (45-48kg): KYZAIBAY Nazym, Kazakhstan
• Fly (51kg): ESPARZA Marlen, USA
• Bantam (54kg): PETROVA Stanimira , Bulgaria
• Feather (57kg): DOBRYNINA Zinaida, Russia
• Light (60kg): TAYLOR Katie, Ireland
• Light Welter (64kg): BELIAKOVA Anastasiia, Russia
• Welter (69kg): BYLON Atheyna, Panama
• Middle (75kg): SHIELDS Claressa, USA
• Light Heavy (81kg): YANG Xiaoli, China
• Heavy (+81kg): MAGOMEDALIEVA Zenfira, Russia
Speaking after the finals, the president said: “Ever since it’s momentous launch at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Boxing for the category of Women’s has become popular round the globe hugely- and this is finally established by the massive wealth of talent that has contended in Jeju.”
The progress of women boxing has been one of my greatest importance’s ever since my appointment as President of AIBA. When we proclaimed that women boxers would battle at the London Olympics in 2012, many of them were uncertain whether it would work out. However, of the entire games, women’s boxing competition proved to be one of the greatest accomplishments.
“Now, with just two years break, all multi-sports Games will have Women Boxing Competitions and our target is that Women boxing will, in future, also be an integral part of both our new APB and WSB competitions.”
As an ending note, Dr Wu expressed his sincere thanks to the Boxing Association of Korea (BAK) and its President, Mr. Yoon Seok Chang, besides to the Governor of Jeju Special Self-governing Province, Mr. Heeryong Won, for systematizing and hosting such a event that’s highly successful and to the Championship Supervisor and AIBA Executive Committee member, Terry Smith, from Wales.
“The association part, together with the setting of these 8th women’s world championships was excellent. I’m very obliged in fact for all the huge efforts that have moved out into ensuring the championships ran efficiently, also I’m grateful to the Governor and the people of Jeju for the hospitable reception they have extended to everyone coming to their beautiful island,” said Dr Wu.
280 competitors from 67 countries took active participation in the Championships in all of the 10 AIBA Women’s Elite weight categories, in total. Following countries competed with the maximum number of 10 women boxers namely: China, Hungary, India, Kazakhstan, Russia and the US. As a whole, European boxers succeeded 21 medals, Asian boxers with 13 medals and six boxers won medals from the US. However, with regards to the leading factor, Russia dominated with five (including 3 champions) and China with four (with 1 champion). Italy, Turkey and the US won three medals each; Azerbaijan, England, France, India, Kazakhstan and Thailand each won two medalists; and Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Panama, Philippines and Ukraine won one medal respectively.