World Boxing Championship
The international boxing association, all sports governing body in every alternate year organizes AIBA Women’s World boxing championship which is a biennial amateur Boxing Competition. It is considered as the highest level of competition for sports alongside the Olympic boxing program. The first boxing championship was held in 1974 Havana, Cuba which was only for men. Later, after 25 years, the first women’s championship was held in 2001.
Since 2006 the biennial championship is held in alternating years with separate competitions of men’s and women’s. In 2003 the weight category was reduced from twelve to eleven and it was in 2011 that the weight category further went down to ten with the removal of the featherweight division (57kg)
The 2019 AIBA women’s World boxing championship will be held from 3rd October to 13th October 2019. This year the championship will take place at Ulan-Ude, Russia.
Weight classes for women
Mary Kom of India is the most successful boxer in women’s boxing as she has won six golds and a silver.
Weight classes for women are as follows
• 45 to 48 kg (light flyweight)
• 51 kg (flyweight)
• 54 kg (Bantamweight)
• 57 kg (featherweight)
• 60 kg (light weight)
• 64 kg (light welterweight
• 69 kg (welterweight)
• 75 kg (middle weight)
• 81 kg (light heavyweight)
• +81 kg (heavy weight)
India squad for 2019 women’s World boxing championship
a) Manju Rani(48kg)
b) MC Mary Kom (51kg)
c) Jamuna Boro (54kg)
d) Neeraj (57kg)
e) Sarita Devi (60kg)
f) Manju Bomboriya (64kg)
g) Loulima Borgohain (69kg)
h) Saweety Boora (75kg)
i) Nandini (81kg)
j) Kavita Chahal (+81kg)
Indian female boxer Sarita Devi, Neeraj and Jamuna Boro all three who have been India open gold medalist are selected among 10 women boxers who are going to represent India at the AIBA Women’s World boxing championships. The participants were selected based on the three days trial conducted at the Indira Gandhi Indoor stadium in New Delhi last week.
Due to the consistent performances in the last few months, Mary Kom who is six-time world champion and Loulina Borgohain who is world championship bronze medalist have already confirmed their places in the squad.
Sarita Devi of Manipur who has a world champion in 2006, confirm that participation in the prestigious tournament to be held in Russia in October. She confirmed replaced by dominating last year World championship bronze medallist Simranjit Kaur in 60 kg. Though Simranjit was in good form as she won gold at the Indonesia presidents cup last month and even got a flawless win over Praveen at the trials. But it was in trials she went town and lost to the highly motivated Sarita Devi, who had won eight medals at the Asian championship this year.
Haryana Pugilist Neeraj who freshly claimed the gold at the Umakhanov Memorial international continued her winning spree by aging Asian championship bronze medalist Manisha and secured the 57kg berth. Back in may the ever-improving Neeraj had even conquered India open Gold.
Experienced boxer Asian championship gold medallist Pooja Rani was beaten by Saweety Bora who is a gold medallist from the same tournament year before. Though Pooja had a series of strong performances that saw her bagging the bronze from the Umakhanov Memorial international but faced a defeat in her opening bout at the travels. With an effortless win over Pooja, Sweety Bora confirmed her place in the championship Squad for 75kg.
Manju Rani who is Strandja Cup silver medalist gives a display of her immense talent once again. In 48kg she overpowered and defeated Indonesia presidents Cup gold medallist Monika. Manju Rani outpunched Kalavani to reach the final while Monika pummelled Neetu into submission.
In 64 kg, the Madhya Pradesh girl Manju Bomboriya showed her scintillating performance by defeating Assam’s 2017 World youth champion Ankushita Boro.
In the finals, Indonesia presidents Cup gold medallist Jamuna Boro had to work hard and dig deep to starve off stiff resistance from Siksha and defeated her. By defeating her Jamuna Boro booked her 54 kg World Championship tickets.
In the 81 kg category, Chandigarh’s Nandini defeated Lalfakmawi who had earlier prevailed over Jigyasa in 81 kg. By defeating Lalfakmawii, Nandini fixed her place in the world boxing championship.
In +81 kg category, Kavita Chahal emerged triumphant over Neha Yadav who earlier had defeated Anaswara in +81kg. Thus, the defeat of Neha by Kavita made her confirm her place in the boxing championship.
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