AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships – Women’s expectations per weight classes

April 13th, 2021 / IBA

The 2021 edition of the AIBA Youth Men’s and Women’s World Boxing Championships starts in Kielce, Poland with its first competition day. Russia, India, Kazakhstan, Italy, and Poland could be the most powerful nations in the women’s event but many of the participating countries have top-level boxers.

Uzbekistan developed impressively in women’s boxing and their great breakthrough could happen at the new edition of the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. Altogether 140 women boxers are attending the tournament in Kielce where the bantamweight (54kg) is the most crowded weight category with 20 athletes. The strongest category is the flyweight (51kg) at the event with five stars in the line-ups.

Women’s 48kg (19 boxers):

Two favorites in the lightest weight category, India’s Gitika and Russia’s EUBC European Women’s Champion Diana Ermakova will meet in the first preliminary round. Erika Prisciandaro won two European titles during her career and the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships could be the next highlight for the Italian, who fights Ugmar Baba from Turkey in her first bout.

Talented Farzona Fozilova from Uzbekistan was the winner of the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament. Kazakhstan’s Arailym Marat is 18-year-old but she already won an elite international tournament, the Nations Women’s Cup in Serbia. Thailand’s ASBC Asian Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist Thipsatcha Yodwaree spent the recent year in training camps and she is prepared well for the event.

Women’s 51kg (17 boxers):

Five strong and experienced champions will fight for a title in the women’s flyweight (51kg). All of these promising stars competed well enough in the previous continental events. The five boxers will make the flyweight (51kg) one of the strongest categories in the women’s part of the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships.

India’s Naorem Babyrojisana Chanu and Japan’s unbeaten hope Hikaru Shinohara both won gold medals at the ASBC Asian Youth Boxing Championships in Ulaanbaatar in 2019. Uzbekistan’s Feruza Kazakova is ASBC Asian Junior Champion and since that success, she won all of her contests in the recent one and half years. Poland’s defending EUBC European Youth Champion Alexas Kubicki and Russia’s EUBC European Junior Champion Valeria Linkova are the biggest rivals of the three tough Asians.

Women’s 54kg (20 boxers):

Russia’s Anastasia Kirienko defeated another European Champion Liana Tarasian in their Youth National Championships and received the right to compete in Kielce. Her first opponent is a competitive Greece’s Antonia Giannakopoulou who won international tournaments in recent years.

Uzbekistan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion Nigina Uktamova is unbeaten in the recent two years and could be Kirienko’s main rival in Kielce. The Czechs have been impressively active since September 2020 and in those events, Claudia Tothova lost only one bout but her draw would be not an easy one.

Poland’s Karolina Ampulska and Colombia’s Maria Jose Martinez are also among the medal contenders at the event. Thailand’s Youth National Games winner Noppaket Srisawas will fight in the first preliminary round with Italy’s Michela Caccamo which could be the most anticipated contest of the opening day.

Women’s 57kg (18 boxers):

India’s unbeaten star, ASBC Asian Youth Champion Poonam moved up to the featherweight (57kg) but she adopted the strength of the punches quickly in the previous months. Montenegro’s three-time European Champion as junior and youth, Bojana Gojkovic is the country’s best-ever female boxer who has high expectations in Kielce.

France’s Sthelyne Grosy has previously defeated Russia’s EUBC European Youth Champion Alina Kantemirova and both are among the favorites of the featherweight (57kg). Kazakhstan’s best youth women’s boxer Nazerke Serik is ASBC Asian Junior Champion and she claimed titles in all of their national events. Mongolia’s Nomin-Erdene Tugsjargal is also ASBC Asian Junior Champion, she will meet Nazerke Serik in the top preliminary contest.

Women’s 60kg (18 boxers):

India’s ASBC Asian Youth Champion Vinka moved down to the lightweight (60kg) this year and she is still small in the category but her attacking style could be challenging for all opponents. She is the favorite against Russia’s newcomer Daria Panteleeva in the first preliminary round but their fight will definitely be a highlight. Romania’s best female boxer EUBC European Youth Champion Loredana Andreea Marin also has strong expectations in Poland.

There are several impressive preliminary bouts between the medal contenders, for instance, Izabela Rozkoszek and Italy’s EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Daniela Golino can meet in the round of the last 16. Mongolia’s experienced Ganzorig Badmaarag and Czech Republic’s Veronika Gajdova are also top boxers in the category.

Germany’s Armenian-origin Ani Manukyan and France’s Sabrina Belkhadra will meet in a key preliminary bout. Uzbekistan’s elite national team member Dilfuza Bekova is a favorite against Hungary’s EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships bronze medallist Rebeka Dobos in the last 16.

Women’s 64kg (16 boxers):

Russia’s EUBC European Youth Champion Azalia Amineva is the main favorite for the gold medal in the category who can box against a top opponent, Italy’s Miriam Tommasone as first. The Italian returned to the national team after a break but Amineva could be too strong for her in the preliminary stage.

Uzbekistan’s Elite National Champion Mokhinabonu Abdullaeva and France’s experienced Lorye Ruyer can fight already in the first round of the event. Poland’s Wiktoria Tereszczak and Armenia’s Elida Kocharyan developed rapidly in the previous two years. Ukraine’s most experienced female youth boxer Maryna Stoiko moved back to the light welterweight (64kg) and will meet with Kazakhstan’s Milana Ayupova firstly. Germany’s Jenin Heck, Finland’s Lia Pukkila and Latvia’s Beatrise Rozentale could be the medal favorites of the light welterweight (64kg).

Women’s 69kg (9 boxers):

India’s Arundhati Choudhary was the Best Asian Women’s Junior Boxer in the Year of 2018 and she has gained a lot of experience since that award. Italy’s Melissa Gemini and Russia’s Anastasia Kholueva were the previous two gold medallists at the EUBC European Women’s Youth Boxing Championships. Kholueva’s first rival will be Poland’s strong Barbara Marcinkowska who had her toughest preparation. Uzbekistan’s Khadijabonu Abdullaeva and Finland’s Eveliina Taimi also have enough experiences to achieve medals in Kielce.

Women’s 75kg (9 boxers):

India’s defending ASBC Asian Youth Champion Sanamacha Thokchom Chanu and Poland’s EUBC European Youth Champion Daria Parada are the main gold medal contenders of the women’s middleweight (75kg) where nine boxers are registered to attend. The 18-year-old Indian girl will meet with Russia’s Margarita Zueva in a crucial quarter-final in Kielce. Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion Dana Diday could be a finalist of the Championships.

Women’s 81kg (6 boxers):

Turkey’s three-time European Champion Busra Isildar won all of her international contests during her career and after a long break she returns at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. The Turkish boxer will celebrate her 19th birthday during the event on April 19 and she is planning to return to Istanbul with a gold medal. Poland’s Martyna Jancelewicz and Russia’s Ksenia Olifirenko are now guaranteed medallists and both could be strong rivals for Isildar.

Women’s +81kg (8 boxers):

India’s Alfiya Tarannum Akram Khan Pathan is the first girl in their family to do any sports and she had the strong motivation in the recent international competitions. Pathan is the ASBC Asian Junior Champion and she is aiming for a title in Kielce where Moldova’s EUBC European Youth Champion Daria Kozorez and Poland’s Oliwia Toborek are also focusing to win the competition. Toborek’s first rival will be Russia’s Tatiana Bogdanova while Kazakhstan’s Yeldana Talipova is another experienced boxer in the heaviest weight category.