Boxing: Katie Taylor Set To Defend World title in Korea

Still no final confirmation of venue or dates when Katie Taylor will attempt to win her fifth successive  AIBA World Elite 60kg title  but SportsNewsIreland understands that  it is likely to be in South Korea,probably in Incheon late in October or early November. The AIBA did say that they hope to make  an official  announcement within next fortnight.

The 2014 event was awarded to Canada but they have had to forgo holding the event as Boxing Canada and the AIBA were unable to agree dates. Though more than one location in Korea has been considered the tournament may in fact go to Incheon, which  in late September/early October already stages the prestigious 17th Asian Games which does for the second time include women’s boxing.

The AIBA earlier confirmed  that  “following  the success of women’s boxing at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Asian Boxing Confederation aims to build on the huge growth in interest by continuing the development of the sport by giving it a starring role at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, in 2014.

Women boxers will once again be able to compete in the three Olympic weight classes at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games following the great success of the previous edition in Guangzhou, China. Asia has always been among  the leading continents when it comes to women’s boxing and it aims to maintain that position up until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The 2014 Incheon Asian Games will be held from September 19 to October 4 in 2014, shortly after the second edition of the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

Women’s boxing has been on the official program of the Asian Games since Guangzhou 2010 when 34 boxers competed for medals for the very first time. During the event, it was a complete domination by the Chinese athletes as Ren Cancan , Dong Cheng and Li Jinzi  all secured victories on home soil. Since then new regions have embraced women’s boxing with Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Laos, Syria and Jordan launching new initiatives to attract more women to the sport. The Panamerican Games and Commonwealth Games both now also have women’s boxing on their official program, demonstrating the rapid growth and expansion of the sport”.

Other leading contenders for medals at the Asian Games include India’s Mery Kom Hmantge,Josie Gabucco (Philippines) and Mongolia’s world no. 2 at 64kg, Uyanga Erdenesoyol. It is uncertain if Tajikistan’s Mavzuna Chorieva (who gained a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics losing only to eventual Gold medallist,Katie Taylor in the 60kg lightweight semi-final) , will participate as sources within Tajikistan suggest she has since  married and is  taking time away from the ring.The Tajik boxer had also taken bronze at the  2012 Worlds in China and wouldbe one of the favourites for Gold in Incheon.

According to the excellent “Global Voices Online” website, the now 21 years old Mavzuna ‘ got married and  announced that she would not return to the boxing ring until after she has a child’. ”I love the sport,” she told journalists. “But family is more important to me.”

More news from the Asian Games nearer the time … and on the venue/date for the 2014 Women’s World Championships once AIBA makes an official announcement but it looks like South Korea in late 2014.


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