BOXING: Finals being set in Women’s World Champs

The AIBA Women’s World Championships in New Delhi (IND) has reached the medal-deciding stage, with the first set of semifinals completed on Thursday and the remainder coming on Friday. The completed events:

-48 kg:
Hanna Okhota (UKR) decisioned Madoka Wada (JPN), 5-0
Mary Kom (IND) decisioned Hyang Mi Kim (PRK), 5-0

-54 kg:
Stoyka Petrova (BUL) decisioned Nandintsetseg Myagmardulam (MGL), 5-0
Yu-Ting Lin (TPE) decisioned Kristy Lee Harris (AUS), 5-0

-60 kg:
Sudaporn Seedondee (THA) decisioned Yeonji Oh (KOR), 4-1
Kellie Harrington (IRL) decisioned Karina Ibragimova (KAZ), 5-0

-69 kg:
Nien-Chin Chen (TPE) decisioned Lovlina Borgohain (IND), 4-0
Hong Gu (CHN) decisioned Nadine Apetz (GER), 4-1

-81 kg:
Jessica Sinisterra (COL) decisioned Viktoria Kebikava (BLR), 4-1
Lina Wang (CHN) decisioned Elif Guneri (TUR), 4-1

Friday’s semifinals:

-51 kg:
Tsukimi Namiki (JPN) vs. Zhaina Shekerbekova (KAZ)
Virginia Fuchs (USA) vs. Choi Mi Pang (PRK)

-57 kg:
Son Hwa Jo (PRK) vs. Sonia (IND)
Jemyma Betrian (NED) vs. Ornella Wahner (GER)

-64 kg:
Mariia Bova (UKR) vs. Sema Caliskan (TUR)
Simranjit Kaur (IND) vs. Dan Dou (CHN)

-75 kg:
Nouchka Fontijn (NED) vs. Lauren Price (WAL)
Naomi Graham (USA) vs. Qian Li (CHN)

+81 kg:
Danielle Perkins (USA) vs. Xiaoli Yang (CHN)
Sennur Demir (TUR) vs. Kristina Tkacheva (RUS)

All of the semifinalists will win medals as no third-place bouts will be held and two bronze medals will be awarded. Thus the U.S. will win three medals, down from five in 2016.

Yang (+81 kg) is the only defending champion still in the field. The other finalists (silver medalists) from the 2016 Worlds still in contention are Petrova (BUL: 54 kg), Harrington (IRL: 64 kg, now boxing at 60 kg) and Fontijn (NED) at 75 kg.

The finals will take place on Saturday and Sunday. Look for final results here.