Russia proved the dominant team at the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Women’s Junior and Youth World Boxing Championships in Taiwan today by winning eight titles, while United States secured four at the Xinzhuang Stadium.
Anastasia Shamonova, despite having only tasted defeat once in her career, was arguably Russia’s most surprising winner having faced the as-of-yet undefeated Karolina Makhno of Ukraine in the 75 kilogram category.
But the Russian ended that run after the judges’ scorecards ended in her favour following an entertaining bout.
Compatriot Anastasia Sigayeva was then awarded a unanimous victory over India’s Niharika Gonella in the 70kg division.
Elena Litvinova and Kristina Tkacheva then earned under and over 80kg golds with victories via technical knock-out and split decision respectively.
Yuliya Chumgalakova, Daria Semashko, Vlada Kalacheva and Maria Shishmareva added to Russia’s success by claiming youth titles, with Elizaveta Nemtseva the only Russian fighter to suffer defeat.
India ended the day with a hat-trick of titles, with 15-year-old Savita claiming a split decision victory over the Ukraine’s Kateryn Rohova in the 50kg junior flyweight class final.
Mandeep Kaur Sandu and Sakshi enjoyed more straightforward bouts, as they beat Ireland’s Niamh Earley and United States' Yarisel Ramirez in the 52 and 54kg finals respectively.
Having become the first Kosovan to win a medal at an AIBA Championships, Donjeta Sadiku was bidding to claim the country’s first gold by winning the 60kg lightweight class, but her dream was ended by the impressive American boxer Guadelupe Gutierrez, who took the contest 3-0.
"I think my coach and myself both performed well enough against my opponent in today's final,” Gutierrez said after clinching the title.
“My winning tactic was to stay calm, and just do what I had to do at close distance.
“I am very happy to get the gold, but I do not think I will have much celebration at home in Sacramento as I will continue my hard training.”
Her compatriots Heaven Garcia and Zhane Crockett added to the United States gold medal tally by recording wins in the 48 and 57kg finals.
Jajaira Gonzalez, unbeaten in her fledging career, maintained that record by clinching the 60kg youth crown.
There was disappointment however for the host nation as their only finalist, Huang Hsiao Wen, was unable to upset the odds and beat reigning under 51kg champion, Chang Yuan of China.
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