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BOXING: Team USA’s Tiara Brown wins Gold at Women’s World Championships

BOXING: Team USA’s Tiara Brown wins Gold at Women’s World Championships

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.)  – Featherweight Tiara Brown (Lehigh Acres, Fla.) made quite an impressive World Championships debut in Qinhuangdao, China, winning gold at her first-ever major international event. Brown completed her run to the top of the medal podium with a 24-21 victory over Poland’s Sandra Kruk on Saturday. Welterweight Raquel Miller (San Francisco, Calif.) and light heavyweight Franchon Crews(Baltimore, Md.) each lost their championship bouts, but will take home silver for their efforts in China.

Brown competed in the Olympic Trials at the lightweight division before moving down to the featherweight class for the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships and subsequent World Championships. The lower weight class seems to be a perfect fit for Brown who became only the third U.S. female boxer to win a world championship with her win on Saturday.

Brown rode a strong first two rounds to a gold medal in her bout with Kruk. After claiming a 5-3 lead after the first, she pushed her advantage to a 10-5 margin at the halfway mark. Kruk attempted to mount a comeback in the third, chipping two points off of Brown’s lead in but Brown hung on over the final two minutes. The American featherweight earned a 24-21 decision over Kruk to claim gold for Team USA.

Miller was the second U.S. newcomer to World Championships action to advance all the way to the tournament finals, winning four bouts during her tournament run. Yet her streak ended on Saturday as Ukraine’s Mariia Badulina defeated Miller by a 14-8 margin. Badulina took a 2-1 lead after one and doubled it in the second round. The Ukrainian boxer held the a two-point advantage after the third as well but pulled away in the fourth round to win a 14-8 final decision. Despite the loss, Miller will take home a silver medal from her first World Championships following her outstanding performance in China.

Crews grabbed the second silver medal of the night for Team USA following an 18-11 loss to home nation boxer Yuan Meiqing of China. The two boxed to a 2-2 tie following one round, but Meiqing grabbed the momentum in the second round and didn’t relinquish it for the remainder of the bout. She held an 11-7 lead over Crews after the third before moving out to an 18-11 final decision. Crews wins a silver medal at her new light heavyweight division for her tournament showing in China. 

The gold and two silvers won by U.S. boxers on Saturday bring the U.S. medal count for the event to five for the event, following bronze medal performances by bantamweight Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.) and light welterweight Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.). In addition to five of the nine U.S. boxers claiming hardware, flyweight Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) and middleweight Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) qualified spots in the first Olympic Games for women’s boxing.

The team will return to the United States on Sunday.

U.S. Results
125 lbs: Tiara Brown, Lehigh Acres, Fla./USA dec. Sandra Kruk, POL, 24-21
152 lbs: Mariia Badulina, UKR, dec. Raquel Miller, San Francisco, Calif./USA, 24-21
178 lbs: Yuan Meiqing, CHN, dec. Franchon Crews, Baltimore, Md./USA,

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Team USA Advances Five Boxers to the Medal Round at 2012 Womens World Championships

MAY 16, 2012, 4:22 PM ET  (courtesy teamusa.org)

Bantamweight Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.), featherweight Tiara Brown (Lehigh Acres, Fla.), light welterweight Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.), welterweight Raquel Miller (San Francisco, Calif.), and light heavyweight Franchon Crews (Baltimore, Md.) will all compete in the semifinals on Friday.

One day after becoming the first U.S. female boxer in history to qualify for the Olympic Games, Esparza faced off with Ren in quarterfinal action. Esparza fell behind early in the bout and was never able to make up her deficit. She trailed by an 8-3 margin after two rounds of action and faced an 11-6 deficit with one round remaining. Can went on to win a 16-8 final decision to eliminate Esparza from the 2012 Women’s World Championships. She will now focus on preparation for the historic debut of women’s boxing in London.

Mayer had to wait until Tuesday to compete in her first bout but she opened the tournament in dominating fashion, winning a 34-13 decision over New Zealand’s Laura Matthews in preliminary round action. She quickly returned to the ring on Wednesday, facing India’s Meena Rani in her second bout of the tournament. Mayer once again poured on the points, taking an 11-4 lead after the first two rounds. She nearly doubled her point total in the third round, claiming a 20-8 advantage with one round remaining. Mayer held Rani to only two points over the last two minutes to win a 27-10 final decision and advance to a semifinal match-up with North Korea’s Kyong Pak.

Bantamweight Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.) continued her run through the tournament with a late comeback win over Thailand’s Spikda Satumrum in her quarterfinal bout. The two boxers battled in a close match-up through all four rounds with Satumrum taking a slim one-point lead following a tied first round. Cruz fell behind by two after the third round, but refused to get discouraged, outscoring Satumrum by three in the fourth stanza to win a 20-19 decision. Cruz moves on to a semifinal contest with Italy’s Terry Gordini.

Brown mounted a comeback in her quarterfinal bout as well, defeating China’s Jian Qin on Wednesday. Qin held a 13-9 lead at the halfway mark of the bout, but Brown began chipping away at her lead in the third round. She trailed by only one point as the fourth round began and outscored Qin over the final two minutes to win a 23-22 final decision. Brown will take on Bulgaria’s Svetlana Staneva on Friday.

Crews faced Kazakhstan’s Dariga Shakimova in her light heavyweight quarterfinal contest. Crews took a small 6-4 lead after the first round, but she took control of the bout in the second. She enjoyed a 10-point advantage over Shakimova after three rounds and pushed it a 30-12 final victory over the last two minutes of action. Crews will challenge Hungary’s Timea Nagy in Friday’s semifinals.

International newcomer Miller has enjoyed a strong showing at her first World Championships tournament and it continued in Wednesday’s action as she battled Turkey’s Bilgehan Karabulut. Miller grabbed a strong early lead and extended it throughout the bout. She enjoyed a strong 8-3 advantage as the final round began and won an 11-5 final decision to clinch a spot in the medal rounds. She will face Russia’s Irina Poteyeva in Friday’s semifinal action.

Light flyweight Alex Love (Monroe, Wash.) dropped her event opener by a slim margin in a preliminary contest with Kazakhstan’s Nazym Kyzaybay on Tuesday. The bout entered the final round tied at 14 but Kyzaybay won a 20-19 final decision to eliminate Love from the tournament.

Although middleweight Olympic hopeful Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) lost on Monday, her opponent in the bout, Savannah Marshall, remains in action, keeping her potential Olympic hopes alive.

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AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, May 11-20, Qinhuangdao, China

A record number of 343 women’s boxers from 77 nations will be participating in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in China, and the main reason for the huge numbers is because women’s boxing will be a part of the Olympic Games for the first time this summer in London.

The Women’s World Championships official event draw was held Friday in Qinhuangdao, China and the three potential Olympians from the United States and six fellow World Championship team members know the road that lies ahead for each of them in the key international tournament.

An altered Olympic qualification process focused on continental quotas was announced at the event’s technical meeting on Thursday, and the United States’ three Olympic hopefuls now will have a slightly different road than initially thought to advance to London. While eight boxers from each Olympic weight class still will earn berths in China, the selections will be based on how they finish in comparison with the other boxers from their continent. Flyweight Marlen Esparza and middleweight Claressa Shields will need to place in the top two from the Americas while lightweight Queen Underwood requires a first-place finish in the continent. The qualification rule change could mean that it won’t be until the end of the tournament before the full list of 2012 Olympic Games competitors is announced.

Underwood and Shields opened action with Esparza taking the ring for the first time on Sunday due to a first round bye. Underwood will take on Dayana Sanchez of Argentina while Shields battles India’s Pooja Raniin first round action on Saturday. Esparza will face the winner of a first round contest between Argentina’s Pamela Benavidez and Zohra El Zahraoui of Mauritius in her first bout on Sunday.

courtesy of teamusa.org

May 11, 2012

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO) – The Women’s World Championships official event draw was held today in Qinhuangdao, China and the three potential Olympians from the United States and six fellow World Championship team members know the road that lies ahead for each of them in the key international tournament

An altered Olympic qualification process focused on continental quotas was announced at the event’s technical meeting on Thursday, and the United States’ three Olympic hopefuls will now have a slightly different road than initially thought to advance to London. While eight boxers from each Olympic weight class will still earn berths in China, the selections will be based on how they finish in comparison with the other boxers from their continent. Flyweight Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) and middleweight Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) will need to place in the top two from the Americas while lightweight Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) requires a first place finish in the continent. Due to this wrinkle in the qualification process, it could be the end of the tournament before the full list of 2012 Olympic Games competitors is announced

Underwood and Shields will open action tomorrow with Esparza taking the ring for the first time on Sunday due to a first round bye. Underwood will take on Dayana Sanchez of Argentina while Shields battles India’s Pooja Rani in first round action on Saturday. Esparza will face the winner of a first round contest between Argentina’s Pamela Benavidez and Zohra El Zahraoui of Mauritius in her first bout on Sunday.

In non-Olympic weight class action, welterweight Raquel Miller (San Francisco, Calif.) will kick off the competition for Team USA in a bout with New Zealand’s Daena Stephenson today. Bantamweight Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.) will join the Olympic trio in competition on Sunday as she battles Nicole Michel of Switzerland. Featherweight Tiara Brown (Lehigh Acres, Fla.) and light heavyweight Franchon Crews (Baltimore, Md.) will open competition on Monday. Brown will await the winner of a bout between Serbia’s Ranic Bojana and India’s Mandakini Kangabam while Crews will take on France’s Sabrina Delarue. Light welterweight Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.) will be the final U.S. boxer to take the ring as she takes on the winner of the bout between New Zealand’s Laura Matthews and Spain’s Judit Barbosa Sotelo on May 15.

Preliminary action will be contested in two sessions daily at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time from today through Tuesday. Quarterfinal competition will take place on Wednesday prior to Thursday’s off day. Friday will feature semifinal rounds action with the event concluding on Saturday, May 19 with final round competition.

A full list of brackets for the event are attached, and live results can be viewed via the AIBA website at www.aiba.org.


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