▲ Four-time champ Katie Taylor of Ireland at the Olympics 2012 in London. Photo courtesy Cormac70
The AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships Jeju 2014 will be held at the 6,000-capacity Halla Gymnasium, Jeju City, from Nov. 14-24 as the world’s best go toe-to-toe on Korea’s premier resort island.
The event has been the premier event in the women’s boxing calendar since the inaugural event in Scranton, USA, in 2001 and has rapidly gained the respect of the boxing world, particularly since the inclusion of women’s boxing at the 2012 Olympics.
British journalist Alan Hubbard is a vocal supporter of the event and says that women’s boxing is on an “upward curve,” adding:
“With 335 combatants from 74 countries boxing in ten weight divisions over four 2-minute rounds, the upcoming World Championships are the biggest female fight-fest since girls first swapped lip gloss for gumshields back in the nineties.”
The numbers have since risen, with 480 combatants from 75 countries.
Canada is surely kicking itself, as the fight-fest was originally scheduled to be held in the Great White North, but after the boxing authorities there couldn’t find an available venue Jeju was selected. With the AIBA already planning to hold its congress here in early November, it was the obvious choice.
Cities to previously host the event include Antalya, Turkey (2002), Podolsk, Russia (2005), Delhi, India (2006), Ningbo, China (2008), Bridgetown, Barbados (2010), and Qinhuangdao, China (2012).
Although South Korea has never won a medal at any previous events, North Korea stands an impressive fourth overall with seven golds. Russia tops the table with 18 golds overall. The biggest star at this year’s event is Olympic champion Katie Taylor, looking to retain her 60 k.g. world title for a record fifth year in a row.
One note of controversy surrounding the championships is the AIBA’s suspension of Sarita Devi after she rejected her bronze medal at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon. She was protesting against alleged biased judging in favor of South Korea’s Park Ji-Na.
Women between the ages of 19 to 40 will be eligible to compete (born between January 1, 1974 and December 31, 1995).
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