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AIBA Women's World Championships - USA Ahead

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The second day at the AIBA Women's World Championships at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex in Barbados saw action in the flyweight, light welterweight, welterweight and middleweight divisions. A strong showing by the American team produced victories in each of these four weight divisions, rivalled only by China, who qualified three boxers for the final 32.

As the new Olympic division, the 51kg flyweight category is the most popular of the competition, with some 50 boxers competing for the title. Two of those are reigning World Champions, China's Ren Cancan, who has moved down from 52kg and North Korea's Kim Hyang Ok, who took the title at 50kg in 2008. Both easily advanced to the next round today. China's solid run for the day continued with a close 8:7 victory for Asian Champion Yang Tingting over France's Gihade Lagmiry in the welterweight division and a win for World Champion Li Jinzi at middleweight. She dismissed Romania's Paraschiva Fetti 11:4.

The opening bout of the day saw another victory for the training camp when El Salvador's Yajaira Pena overcame Switzerland's Tsering Tashi 5:1 in the flyweight division to book her place in the final 32.

Sri Lanka's success story at the tournament continued with a clear 14:1 win for Nilmini Jayashinghe - another "Road to Barbados" training camp graduate - over Ireland's Ceire Smith. She found the bout easy, but may think differently of her next contest, since she faces 2008 World Champion Ren Cancan.

"I thought it would be a hard fight," she said, "because I've heard of Katie Taylor and Ireland is a strong boxing nation. But it was easy."

Algeria's Chirfi Naziha and Bulgaria's Stoyka Petrova will have to wait until Sunday for their taste of competition. They will face each other in the round of 32 after they both won their bouts by walkover today.

Hotly tipped Laishram Devi of India also remains in contention after beating Russia's Aleksandra Kuleshova 11:8 in one of the afternoon's most thrilling encounters.

Strong action in the first light welterweight bouts put the USA's Cashmere Jackson and the Ukraine's Svitlana Tertychna through before the first round was over. Jackson's bout against India's Pratibha Jakhar was stopped by the referee in the first round, while Tertychna pulled a spectacular punch out of nowhere to floor Kelly Woolrich of New Zealand in the first round when the score was actually 4:1 in the Kiwi's favour.

Team GB's training plan paid off with Rebecca Price from Wales and Chantelle Cameron from England both advancing to meet each other in the final 32 on Sunday.

In the opening bout of the evening session, Germany's Andrea Strohmayer reversed her welterweight contest against India's Kavita in the dying seconds of the final round to win 7:4. "I got some more motivation and decided to give it everything," said the 27-year-old from Augsburg. "The knock down did give me an extra boost as well."

Kiwi Dawn Chalmers caused one of the day's upsets by eliminating the European Union Champion Bianka Nagy of Hungary. "It's good to represent the Kiwi and show them what we're made of. Twenty-two days of full-on training has made a tremendous difference in getting us prepared for the tournament," said the Road to Barbados participant.

The USA's Tiffanie Hearn denied New Zealand a second victory of the day and made it four out of four for the American team. Hearn beat Magan Maka by a close 7:6 to add to victories by Marlen Esparza at flyweight, Cashmere Jackson at light welterweight and Andrecia Wasson at welterweight. Wasson eliminated Canada's PanAmerican Champion Kandi Wyatt by a decisive 17:3.

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