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Standout Performances In Four Weight Categories At Day Two of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship

The light fly (48kg), bantam (54kg), light (60kg) and welter (69kg) were on the spotlight of day 2 with 45 boxers getting their tickets to the next round of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Delhi. Dina Zholaman (54kg) from Kazakhstan, Paige Murney (60kg) from England, and Ireland’s Kellie Harrington (60kg) were among the names progressing, but it was India’s Manisha Moun (54kg) and Finland’s Mira Potkonen (60kg) who made the day 2 headlines.


Round 1: India’s new shining star Manisha Moun
The Indian women’s squad has become a powerhouse with some big names already on the spotlight for years, and Manisha Moun confirmed today the good health of the next generation of Indian champions. The 21 years old Bantam (54 kg) boxer’s impressive bout against the experienced USA’s Christina Cruz showed that she is one of India’s future brightest star and, definitively, one to follow here in Delhi.

Round 2: Potkonen’s debuts in style
Mira Potkonen’s astonishing winning record is not to prove anymore and the Olympic medalist delivered a well-rounded performance against the Commonwealth Games gold medalist Anja Stridsman in her first bout of the competition. The Finnish girl, seeded number one in the Light (60kg) category, confirmed she is in top form by defeating Australia’s Stridman to reach the third round of the competition.

Round 3: Costa Rica’s historical win
It was a great day for the Costa Rican squad on Friday with Bantam (54kg) boxer Julianna Rodriguez making history by defeating Italy’s Giulia DeLaurenti in New Delhi. The two-time Central American Champion delivered an astounding performance today, getting the first win for Costa Rica in an AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in their 4th participation to the event.


2018 Women’s World Boxing Championships Gets Underway In Delhi

The flyweight (51kg) boxers were the first one on the ring at the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Championships in Delhi on Thursday afternoon, showing the path to the 52 athletes competing on day 1 at the expected tenth edition of the competition. The likes of Canada, Italy, Brazil and USA were among the countries progressing athletes into the next round after a superb day of boxing action in KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium.

Round 1: Thrilling anticipated final to kick off the World Championships in Delhi
The first bout on Ring B was a glimpse of what could have been a final in the flyweight category (51kg), as Kazakhstan’s Zhaina Shekerbekova met EUBC European Women’s Champion Russia’s Svetlana Soluianova. The stylish performance of the Kazakh boxer confirmed her medal potential by defeating Russia’s favorite.

Round 2: Switzerland’s hope Sandra Brugger advance to the next round
Lightweight (60kg) veteran Sandra Brugger started her 6th participation at an AIBA World Championships with an impressive performance to defeat the talented Indonesia’s Huswatun Hasanah. Brugger hard preparation for the event has paid off today seeing the Swiss hope advancing to the next stage in New Delhi.

Round 3: Four new countries in the AIBA Women’s World Championships mix
History has been made today at New Delhi’s KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium with Scotland, Somalia, DR Congo and Bangladesh reaching for the first time the women’s boxing highest scenario, the AIBA World Championships. The participation of these four newcomers, coming from three different continents (Europe, Asia and Africa), prove the strong efforts made by AIBA in developing the noble art across the World.

Gafur Rahimov elected as AIBA President

AIBA is pleased to announce that Gafur Rahimov has been elected as the new President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) following elections held at the 2018 AIBA Congress in Moscow.

After providing the AIBA voting delegates with a compassioned speech, which addressed AIBA’s organisational and Olympic future, the voting members chose Gafur Rahimov by a convincing majority. Mr. Rahimov received 86 votes, over the opponent for the position, Serik Konakbayev.

“Today has been a great day for AIBA and it represents an important step forward for boxing. I am honoured to have been elected as the President of AIBA, and I want to thank the AIBA family for their trust and for allowing me to continue leading this great organisation. I am confident that, together with my new AIBA Executive Committee members, the AIBA staff and the national federations, we will be able to continue on the progress made in bringing boxing into a new era”, said the new AIBA President following his election.

Gafur Rahimov Elected President of International Boxing Association, AIBA

Following the election of the new president, the national federations voted for the new Confederation presidents and the Executive Committee members. The full list of newly elected members can be found here.

2018 Youth Olympic Games Boxing Closes Crowing Another Five Champions in Buenos Aires

Thursday’s action saw the last boxing Session of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games at the Oceania Pavilion. The Men’s Bantam (56kg), Light Welter (64kg) and Light Heavy (81kg); and the Women’s Fly (51kg) and Light (60kg) weight classes once again delighted a packed arena in a memorable closing day in Buenos Aires.

Round 1 – The future of the noble art is assured!
After 109 brilliant bouts, thirteen new Youth Olympic Champions representing 8 different nations were crowned in what promises to be one of the most talented generations of the noble art. The level of skills and commitment displayed by all the athletes during the 5 competition days proves not only the good health of our sport and the grassroots development work carried by AIBA, but also the immense quality of the young boxers from all around the World.

Photo credit: AIBA

Round 2 – Imperial Caroline Dubois clinches a new gold
Great Britain’s Caroline Dubois has added in Buenos Aires a new gold medal to her impressive record after defeating Thailand’s Porntip Buapa in the Women’s Light (60kg) Final. The performance and skills displayed by the British Youth Olympic, World and Continental champion during the Games shows that Caroline has the potential to follow Nicola Adams’ footprints.

Round 3 – Europe tops the medal table by Continent
With a total of 19 countries from 4 continents clinching medals at the Youth Olympic Games, it has been Europe the one who earned more medals, with 7 golds, 4 silvers and 3 bronzes. Asia, with 12 medals, including 4 golds; and America, with 7 medals, followed shortly in the medal table. Africa completed the medal record earning a total of 5 medals.

Official Draw Reveals Line-ups For 82 Boxers Going For Youth Olympic Glory in Buenos Aires

Official Draw reveals line-ups for the 82 boxers going for the Youth Olympic glory in Buenos Aires

Saturday afternoon at the Buenos Aires’ Oceania Pavilion saw 82 names from 38 countries go into the draw for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, with all boxers born in 2000 or 2001. The five-day tournament, running from 14-18 October, not only provides the springboard to the Elite level, but an amazing view on the new generation of boxing champions.

“Youth competitions are always special for AIBA as the development of our grassroots is a central part of our DNA. And the Youth Olympic Games are even more unique because they also represent a wonderful opportunity for our young women and men boxers to learn and display the Olympic and AIBA values” said AIBA Executive Director Tom Virgets.

This edition of the Youth Olympics will feature for the first time four women weight categories and nine men classes, and will witness the sport’s biggest hopes going toe-to-toe for the Youth Olympic glory.

On the women’s side of the draw, all eyes will be on two-times AIBA Youth World Champion, Heaven Garcia (51 kg) whose results this year prove she is coming to Buenos Aires with only the gold in mind. Great Britain’s Caroline Dubois (60 kg) will also be one to watch as she aims to keep her undefeated record safe and become Youth Olympic champion.

The men’s side of the draw can potentially bring an expected flyweight clash (52kg) between Great Britain’s Ivan Hope and Brazil’s hope Luiz Oliveira, who will try to emulate his grandfather 50 years after Servilio Oliveira clinched the first Olympic medal for the Carioca country.

Astana Arlans and Cuba Domadores Ready To Get The WSB Season VIII Finals Underway in Xiamen

Ten of the best boxers in the world gathered on Tuesday morning in Xiamen for the WSB Season VIII Leg One Weigh-In, with the Astana Arlans Kazakhstan and Cuba Domadores teams both going for the glory. The intensity was palpable, and the mind-games began early as the Kazakh and Cuban athletes faced-off ahead of what is likely to be one of the greatest matches in WSB history.

WSB Season VIII Finals

Fans across the World will be able to watch the entire match LIVE tomorrow on the WSB Official Facebook page from 19.00 local time (GMT+8).

WSB Season VIII Finals Leg 1 – Line-up (C1)

WSB Season VIII Finals

The Leg Two of the WSB Finals will take place on September 28 at Jinjiang’s Zuchang Stadium with the five C2 weight classes battling to crown the Season VIII champion.

30 Days To Go Until The 2018 Youth Olympic Game

With just 30 days to go until the start of the Youth Olympic Games in the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires, an impressive list of young boxing stars are preparing to launch their Olympic careers. While the Youth Olympic Games combines both competition and cultural exchange, the boxing event itself will run from 14-18 October and will provide an excellent platform for unveiling future champions and propelling them into the Olympic spotlight. The likes of Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallists Tony Yoka and Robeisy Ramirez and silver medallists Shakur Stevenson and Bektemir Melikuziev started their Olympic careers by triumphing at previous Youth Olympic Games editions.

“The Youth Olympic Games are an excellent opportunity to see our future champions in action.”, said AIBA Interim President Gafur Rahimov. “Last month, at the AIBA Youth Championships, we had the privilege of seeing our best young talents come together. And now these athletes have the opportunity to join the youth of the world to both compete and celebrate Olympism. This is an important step in an athletes’ career, and I hope that our young boxers will come away with an enriched experience.”

The Youth Olympic Games will bring together the world’s most talented athletes born between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2001, all of whom have qualified through the AIBA Youth Women’s World Championships in 2017 and the Youth Continental Qualifiers in 2018.

After their triumphant journey in the recent Youth World Championships in Budapest, India’s Nitu Ghanghas and USA’s Heaven Garcia will be some of the boxers to follow on the women’s side of the event; while on the men’s side, the potential line-up between Brazilian Luiz Oliveira and Ivan Price from England on the flyweight category will be an expected bout.

The Competition will cover the following weight categories: Men fly (49kg), bantam (56kg), light (60kg), light welter (64kg), welter (69kg), middle (75kg), light heavy (81kg), heavy (91kg) and super heavy (91+kg) and women fly (51kg), feather (57kg), light (60kg) and middle (75kg) weights.