The air was electric as an excited crowd welcomed the female boxers for day two of competition. The quarterfinals saw some upsets and crowd favorites move onto the semi-finals, which would guarantees each competitor at least a bronze medal.
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Team USA’s flyweight Marlen Espraza showed dominance in her match against Venezuela’s Karlha Magliocco, winning three rounds early to tally up a score of 24-16. She will take on Amateur World champion Ren Cancan of China in the semis.
In other flyweight action, India’s Mary Kom once again showcased her skills in the ring, getting a 15-6 decision over Maroua Rahali of Tunisia. Kom will face local fighter Nicola Adams (GBR) in the other semi-final match.
Claressa Shields (Blue) courtesy Getty Images
USA’s middleweight Claressa Shields guaranteed her medal by defeating Anna Laurell of Sweden 18-14 in a hotly contested and entertaining match. Both fighters were tied 12 all going to round 4; with Shields gaining a standing eight count over Laurell. Sheilds would win 18-14 to assure the US at least bronze in the divsion.
Sheilds will be facing Marina Volnova of Kazakhstan, who upset reigning world champion Savannah Marshall of England with a score of 16-12.
In another upset of the day, middleweight Li Jinzi of China defeated three time world champ Canada’s Mary Spenser 17-14 in what was a controversial decision. Spenser gained a standing eight count over Jinzi in round 1, but it didn’t matter as the score still sided with Jinzi. Spencer couldn’t catch up on points in the end.
Jinzi will face Nadezda Torlopova of Russia in the semi-finals.
Katie Taylor (Red) & Natasha Jonas (Blue) Courtesy Getty Images
The biggest match of the day was between #1 ranked lightweight Ireland’s Katie Taylor and England’s Natasha Jonas. They tore the roof off the ExCel Center, which saw the loudest crowd of the entire boxing competition. Between the shouts of “Katie, Katie” and the “ole” soccer chants, Taylor was able to show her world championship credentials to gain a solid 26-15 victory.
Taylor will take on Mavzuna Choriyeva of Tajikistan, who upset reigning world champ Dong Cheng of China 13-8.
The other half of the bracket saw Adriana Araujo of Brazil defeat Mahjouba Oubtil Morocco 16-12 with a last minute scoring surge in the fourth round. Araujo will take on Sofya Ochigava of Russia.
The boxers have Tuesday off, and will compete in the semi-finals Wednesday morning; tentatively on the NBC Sports Network.
- Ren Cancan (CHN) def. Elena Savelyeva (RUS) 12-7
- Marlen Esparza (USA) def. Karlha Magliocco (VEN) 24-16
- Mary Kom (IND) def. Maroua Rahali (TUN) 15-6
- Nicola Adams (GBR) def. Stoyka Petrova (BUL) 16-7
- Katie Taylor (IRL) def. Natasha Jonas (GBR) 26-15
- Mavzuna Choriyeva (TJK) def. Dong Cheng (CHN) 13-8
- Adriana Araujo (BRA) def. Mahjouba Oubtil (MAR) 16-12
- Sofya Ochigava (RUS) def. Alexis Pritchard (NZL) 22-4
- Marina Volnova (KAZ) def. Savannah Marshall (GBR) 16-12
- Claressa Shields (USA) def. Anna Laurell (SWE) 18-14
- Li Jinzi (CHN) def. Mary Spenser (CAN) 17-14
- Nadezda Torlopova (RUS) def. Edith Ogoke (NGR) 18-8
Semi-final Matches (Wednesday)
- Ren Cancan (CHN) vs. Marlen Esparza (USA)
- Mary Kom (IND) vs. Nicola Adams (GBR)
- Katie Taylor (IRL) vs. Mavzuna Choriyeva (TJK)
- Adriana Araujo (BRA) vs. Sofya Ochigava (RUS)
- Marina Volnova (KAZ) vs. Claressa Shields (USA)
- Li Jinzi (CHN) vs. Nadezda Torlopova (RUS)
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