Taylor Courtesy The Score.ie
This past week saw some of the world’s best amateur boxers try to gain gold at the AIBA Championships in Jeju, South Korea.
Olympic gold medalist and Team USA’s Claressa Shields took the AIBA Elite title for the first time. Shields would defeat China’s Li Qian in the 75 kg finals 3-0.
Shield’s Teammate and Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza would also claim her first AIBA title, defeating England’s Lisa Whiteside in the 51 kg final 2-1.
The major story surrounds Ireland’s Katie Taylor. The Olympic gold medalist has tied India’s Mary Kom for most AIBA World titles with 5. Taylor would defeat Yana Alexeyevna of Kazakhstan in the 60 kg finals.
Russia would take the team title with two gold medliats, one silver, and a bronze. Team USA would win a silver to take home three medals above their two golds. Also winning 3 medals where China (1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze), Italy (1 silver; 2 bronze), and Turkey (3 bronze).