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By AIBA - 04-05-201
Highest Quality of Boxing Expected
The men’s last qualification event for the London 2012 Olympic Games in the American region begins tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where the participants will be fighting for the 38 remaining quota places in the venue of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
177 of the best boxers from 33 nations will be competing at the Maracanazinho with Canada, Ecuador, Mexico and Venezuela all entered with the maximum number of ten boxers. Argentina, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Trinidad & Tobago have all sent nine athletes to Rio de Janeiro.
The best boxing nation on the continent, the Cuban squad will be travelling to the picturesque Brazilian city with three boxers, whose last chance it will to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Unexpectedly former AIBA World Champion Roniel Iglesias was not able to get the quota in Baku but he has more than a good chance of acquiring a top result in Rio. Cuba’s new Welterweight is Grand Prix Usti nad Labem Tournament winner Arisnoide Despaigne, who replaced Carlos Banteur, while the third team member is Beijing Olympic Games silver medallist Emilio Correa.
The host nation’s squad achieved three Olympic quota places at the AIBA World Boxing Championships Baku 2011 so they travel to Brazil with seven boxers. Two-time Olympian, Welterweight Myke Carvalho, Panamerican Champion veteran Juliao Neto, Beijing Olympian miniman Paulo Carvalho, World Military Games winner Robinelson De Jesus Vieira and WSB star Yamaguchi Florentino Falcao all have got great expectations in the front of the home crowd.
The United States also secured three Olympic quotas in Baku last year while their powerful team has got great chances to increase this number in Rio. The most experienced US boxer is AIBA World Boxing Championships quarter-finalist Michael Hunter, who will be the top favourite in the Heavyweight division. Multiple National Champion Jose Ramirez, World Military Championships silver medallist Jamel Herring and Marcus Browne are also involved with the team.
One of the continent’s developing nations, Ecuador, has not yet secured any quotas but should at least equal the three they got for the last Olympic Games. Their best boxer is Beijing Olympiam Carlos Gongora, who is a gold medal contender in the Light Heavyweight division. Panamerican Games winner, 18-year-old Italo Perea, former Panamerican Champion Julio Castillo and Continental Champion Carlos Quipo and Beijing Olympian Jose Luis Porozo are the best hopes for the country.
One of the youngest teams is Puerto Rico, their talented fighters could not attend the AIBA World Boxing Championships Baku 2011 so their only chance to get Olympic quotas is in Rio. 18-year-old Panamerican Games bronze medallist Jantony Ortiz, Youth Olympic Games winner Emmanuel Rodriguez, Panamerican Youth Champion Felix Verdejo and veteran Gerardo Bisbal are the best in this strong squad.
The Dominican Republic has also sent a strong nine-member squad where their best hope will be 19-year-old rising star Dagoberto Aguero, who has got lots of experience at international level in spite of his tender years. AIBA Youth World Championships quarter-finalist Wellington Arias, Juan Gabriel Medina and teenager Raul Sanchez are all great talents and could be soon showcasing their skills in London as well.
Mexico has got great traditions in boxing and they are expecting several quotas from their young squad. Panamerican Games winner Joselito Velasquez, AIBA World Championships bronze medallist Oscar Valdez, AIBA Youth World Champion Oscar Molina and WSB star Braulio Avila, who is member of the national squad since 2006, each have got realistic chances of reaching the all important Olympic quota places.
Argentina will send nine boxers, their Flyweight No.1 Fernando Martinez and AIBA Youth World Championships silver medallist Fabian Andres Maidana will both be missing from the event due to injuries. Argentina’s top Welterweight Brian Castano has returned to the national squad, Junior Leandro Zarate, Alberto Melian or WSB athlete Juan Jose Carrasco will also be seeking to make a real breakthrough at this event.
The Bahamas entered only two boxers for this qualification event but the quality in their team is very high. Panamerican Games silver medallist Valentino Knowles and Carl Heild were bronze medallist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and both boxers were involved to the AIBA Road to London Program.
The best Canadian hopes will be fighting from Lightweight up to the Light Heavyweight with Alejandro Rynn, Yves Ulysse, Custio Clayton, Brody Blair and Jonathan Savard all involved. The Venezuelan and the Colombian squad also have got excellent fighters and both nations have travelled to Rio with quota expectations.
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BRAZIL MAKES HISTORY ON BAKU 2011 FINAL DAY
Beijing Olympian and WSB star, 23-year-old Brazilian Everton dos Santos fought against University World Champion, Ukrainian Denys Berinchyk. The Light Welter was the only boxer among the finalists coming from the last 64. Thus the Ukrainian was probably more tired than the South American. The Brazilian athlete dominated the fight in the first three minutes and was leading by 8:3 before both boxers received public warnings in the second round. Lopes kept a four points advantage. The last three minutes brought a real manly fight resulting with a close Brazilian victory: an historical gold medal for the South American country.
On the opening contest of the day, China’s only finalist in Baku was Beijing Olympic Games winner and twice AIBA World Champion, 30-year-old Shiming Zou who fought against current Asian Champion, 22-year-old Korean Jong Shin who secured bronze at the last edition of the Championships in Milan. The Chinese light flyweight dominated the fight in the second round to lead 13:6. Although Shin gave his best in the last round, Zou used all his skills to win his third World Championships title by 20:11. Shiming Zou becomes the first boxer to win three gold medals in the history of the lowest weight division.
MEDAL RECORD HAUL FOR BRITAIN
Great Britain finished with three silver medals and one bronze at the World Amateur Championships after an agonising final day which saw Luke Campbell, Andrew Selby and Anthony Joshua all narrowly denied gold in Baku.
European champion Selby lost 13-12 to world number one Misha Aloyan of Russia at flyweight, while Hull’s Campbell was then edged out 14-10 by Cuba’s Lazaro Alvarez in the bantamweight final.
In the final bout of the tournament, Londoner Joshua was defeated 22-21 by Azerbaijan’s Magonedrasul Medzhidov in an explosive super-heavyweight contest in front of a passionate home crowd.
The trio were joined in the podium ceremonies by Liverpool’s Tom Stalker, who won bronze in the light-welterweight division.
The four-medal haul was the best performance by a GB Boxing team at the World Championships and topped the three medals won in Chicago in 2007. The team also qualified boxers in five of the weight categories for next year’s London Olympics.
IRELAND‘S GALLAGHER BEST R&J AT BAKU
Ireland’s Michael Gallagher has finished on top of the referees and judges podium at the 16th AIBA World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Gallagher was today chosen as the best R&J following the conclusion of the 113-nation Championships in the Azerbaijani capital.
Michael Gallagher being presented with his award by AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu. The Omagh, Co Tyrone native has officiated at numerous national and international tournaments over the last 20 years.
RAU’SHEE WARREN WINS A BRONZE MEDAL AT THE 2011 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – American flyweight Rau’shee Warren’s (Cincinnati, Ohio) run toward a second world title ended on Friday with a 17-13 loss to Russia’s Misha Aloyan in their semifinal contest at the 2011 World Championships. Warren won a bronze medal in the event as well as securing his berth in a record third straight Olympic Games.
VIKAS KRISHAN HAD TO SETTLE FOR THE BRONZE
In the welterweight (69kg) category after he lost to Taras Shelestyuk of Ukraine in the semi-final of the World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Friday.
Pitted against the European Championships bronze medallist Shelestyuk, Vikas failed to play his natural game and lost 12-15. Vikas, an Asian Games gold medallist, repeated the bronzemedal winning feat of Olympic medallist Vijender Kumar (75kg) at the mega-event but became the youngest Indian to clinch a medal at 19. Vijender was the first Indian to win a bronze at the World meet in 2009.
ARMENIAN BOXER BECOMES RUSSIA’S SOLE WORLD CHAMPION IN BAKU
During the final bouts on Saturday at AIBA World Boxing Championships 2011, being held in Baku, Azerbaijan—which serve as first international Olympic qualifier for the London Olympics—Misha Aloyan, representing Russia, stepped into the ring against Welsh Andrew Selby for the championship title in 52-kg category and defeated his opponent on points.
CUBA/ TWO NEW WORLD CHAMPIONS IN BOXING
Cuban boxers Lazaro Alvarez and Julio Cesar la Cruz became world champions after winning their respective bouts in the finals of the Baku 2011 World Championships.
Cuban Boxing Goes down in Baku
Cuba’s team captain, Julio la Cruz proved to be in great shape though the whole tournament, and with excellent footwork and straight punches sorted difficult hurdles, including defending Champion Egor Mekhontsev from Russia in semi-finals.
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Irish WSB Contingent Gears up for National Championships
The break in World Series of Boxing action this week is perfectly timed for the Irish boxers in the series, who will be heading back to the Emerald Isle for the national championships, which start at the National Stadium in Dublin on Friday.
The 2011 Championships arrive in the Irish Amateur Boxing Association’s Centenary year but have a further significance, since the winners will be part of the Irish men’s squad going forward toward the AIBA World Championships and Olympic qualifiers in Baku, Azerbaijan in September.
Six Irish boxers, including defending champions Ken Egan and John Joe Joyce (Miami Gallos) and John Joe Nevin (Paris United) will be competing in the national championships alongside Tommy McCarthy and Eamon O’Kane (Milano Thunder) and David Oliver Joyce (Istanbulls).
AIBA Youth World champion Joe Ward will be competing at light-heavyweight, a move which could see him come up against Ken Egan, who will be aiming for an unprecedented 11th Irish Senior title in a row. Egan, who won silver for Ireland at the last Olympics, says he wants to qualify for the London Games and go one better than his silver medal from Beijing. However, if Egan drops his 81Kg title – and Tommy McCarthy and Davey Joe Joyce, both 2008 AIBA World Youth bronze medalists, are also strong contenders in this class – then the door could be slammed shut on his Olympic dream.
Dominic O’Rourke, the IABA Director of Boxing, believes that the Elite Championships could produce a few surprises:
“There is quality in every weight division and I wouldn’t be surprised if there are a few shocks as the Championships unfold. Everyone knows what is at stake here. The defending champions will be looking to retain their titles, but they will be facing stiff competition in every weight category. It promises to be a very exciting Championships.”
The finals will be held on Friday February 25th and the winners can look forward to the World Championships and Olympic qualifiers in Baku in September.
London’s Calling for Ireland’s boxing stars as the eagerly anticipated Irish Daily Star sponsored Elite Senior Championships gets ready to rumble at the National Stadium – the only purpose built boxing venue in the world – in Dublin.
The 2011 Championships, which glove off next Friday, arrive in the Irish Amateur Boxing Association’s Centenary year but have a further significance as the winners will be part of the Irish men’s squad going forward toward the AIBA World Senior Championships and Olympic qualifiers in Baku, Azerbaijan in September.
There will be one final Olympic qualifier for European boxers in Istanbul in April 2012, the exact qualifying criterion of which will be determined by the percentage of European boxers that secure Olympic qualification from the AIBA World Championships.
Katie Taylor will get one opportunity to book her ticket for the London Games at the May 2012 AIBA Women’s World Championships in Qinhuangdao, China, where the Bray woman will be targetingfour-in-a-row.
The World Series of Boxing (WSB) has five Olympic places up for grabs in its Individual Championships. Six Irish boxers, Ken Egan and John Joe Joyce (Miami Gallos), John Joe Nevin (Paris United), Tommy McCarthy and Eamon O’Kane (Milano Thunder) and David Oliver Joyce (Istanbulls) are competing in the WSB Team Championships.
The 2011 Elite Senior Championships, meantime, will feature Olympic medalists, World, European, European Union, Commonwealth, and Olympic Youth champs, European medalists, Multi-Nations and Irish champions, and Taylor, who claimed the AIBA 2010 World female boxer of the year award.
Ireland head coach Billy Walsh, who along with Zuar Antia and Peter Taylor and the IABA’s coaching staff, has worked the corners of the all of the above champions and medalists believes that the Elite Championships is in effect the first qualifier for London.
“The road to the London Olympics begins at the 2011 Elite Senior Championships, said Walsh, a former Irish Olympian and senior champion. “The Championships has a massive significance this year because of the World Championships and Olympic qualifiers.
“The 2011 Championships has the potential of being a high-quality tournament. We will have some of the top boxers in the world taking part and our defending champions are aware that they cannot afford to take anything for granted, not with the chance to qualify for the Olympic Games at stake.
“The talent is coming through our Youth system all the time and our younger boxers hungry for success. They want those places on the Irish team and our established boxerscannot afford any complacency.”
Two of those young guns include Joe Ward, the current AIBA World Youth champion, and Ryan Burnett, who claimed an historic gold medal for Ireland at the2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore and a silver medal at the 2010 World Youths in Baku.
Ward, from the Moate BC in Westmeath, will enter the seniors at light-heavyweight, a move which could see him come up against Ken Egan, who will be aiming for an unprecedented 11th Irish Senior title in a row.
Egan, who won silver for Ireland at the last Olympics, says he wants to qualify for the London Games and go one better than Beijing, where his compatriots Darren Sutherland (RIP) and Paddy Barnes won bronze and John Joe Nevin and John Joe Joyce reached the last 16.
However, if Egan drops his 81Kg title – and Tommy McCarthy and Davey Joe Joyce, both 2008 AIBA World Youth bronze medalists, are also strong contenders in this class – then the door could be slammed shut on his Olympic dream.
Meanwhile, Gerry Storey, coach at the Holy Family BC in Belfast, has two of the best light-flyweights in the world operating out of his club in Paddy Barnes, the current European and Commonwealth champ and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist, and Burnett.
However, both boxers will enter the Elite Championships at different weights, with Barnes set to defend his light-flyweight title and Burnett moving up one notch to flyweight.
European silver and bronze medalist Darren O’Neill, Eric Donovan and Tyrone McCullagh will also be taking part in the tournament, along with 2009 World bronze medalist John Joe Nevin, and EU champs David Oliver Joyce and Con Sheehan.
Dominic O’Rourke, the IABA Director of Boxing, believes that the Elite Championships could produce a few surprises.
“There is quality in every weight division and I wouldn’t be surprised if there are a few shocks as the Championships unfolds. Everyone knows what is at stake here. The defending champions will be looking to retain their titles, but they will be facing stiff competition in every weight category. It promises to be a very exciting Championships.”
The finals will be held on Friday February 25th and the winners can look forward to the World Championships and Olympic qualifiers in Baku in September.
Irish Amateur Boxing Update
Katie Taylor progressed to the quarter-finals of the 6th AIBA World Championships with an impressive win over Adriana Araujo of Brazil in Barbados last night. But Allana Murphy and Sinead Kavanagh bowed out following last-16 reversals to Turkey and China at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex in Bridgetown. Taylor, who is aiming for her third World title in a row, dominated en route to beating Araujo 20-5.
The 24-year old Bray woman will now meet Anastasia Belyakova of Russia in Wednesday’s quarter-final just one bout away from claiming at least bronze – and three bouts away from an historic hat-trick of World titles.
Meantime, Murphy, of the Eastside BC in Belfast, was beaten 21-4 by reigning AIBA World light-welterweight champion Gulsom Tatar of Turkey.
Murphy produced a fine first round and moved to within two points of Tatar early in the second but the Turk pulled away from that point on to book her ticket into the last eight.
Kavanagh, who boxes out of the Drimnagh BC in Dublin, was reinistated in the tournament on Sunday after her last-32 opponent, Wided Younsi of Tunisia, admitted that she had once boxed professionally, a confession which led to her disqualification and suspension.
Consequently, Kavanagh met Chinese middleweight Ll Jinzi in the early hours of this morning. The Drimnagh middleweight found herself 6-2 down at the end of the second round of this 75Kg clash – Jinzi claimed the first frame 2-0 – but scored the only point of the third to reduce the deficit to three points.
However, Jinzi registered the only points of the fourth and final round to advance to the last eight on a 9-3 verdict.
6th AIBA World Women’s Championships Results/Draw
(local times apply)
51Kg: Ceire Smith (Ireland) lost to Nilmini Jayasinghe (Sri Lanka) 1-14 (Last 64)
75Kg: Sinead Kavanagh (Ireland) v Wided Younsi (Tunisia) (Result annulled) (Last 32)
60Kg: Katie Taylor (Ireland) beat Neetu Chahal (India) 12-2 (Last 32)
60Kg: Katie Taylor (Ireland) beat Adriana Araujo (Brazil) 20-5 (Last 16)
64Kg: Allana Murphy (Ireland) lost to Gulsum Tatar (Turkey) 4-21 (Last 16)
75Kg: Sinead Kavanagh (Ireland) lost to Ll Jinzi (China) 3-9 (Last 16)
September 15th (Quarter -finals)
60Kg: Katie Taylor (Ireland) v Anastasia Belyakova (Russia) (afternoon session)