Feature | Nov 16 2014

Claressa Shields and Marlen Esparza carry USA Boxing’s hopes into the World championships

The 2014 women's World championships get underway in Korea writes John Dennen
Claressa Shields
Claressa Shields  |  Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos/Roc Nation Sports

WHILE the US men are in an Olympic slump, America’s women’s team is their cause for hope. Both of the USA’s Olympic medallists, Claressa Shields, who won gold at 75kgs, and flyweight bronze medallist Marlen Esparza are in Jeju, Korea for the women’s World championships. The US has a full complement here of 10 boxers, more than Britain or Ireland.

280 boxers from 67 countries weighed in for the competition on Sunday (November 16) and the draw, which curiously was unseeded, took place that afternoon. The lack of seeding means that Olympic champ Shields and World gold medallist, GB’s Savannah Marshall would meet as soon as the quarter-finals, if they both keep winning. On Thursday (November 20) Marshall will face the winner of Russia’s Iaroslava Iakushina and Costa Rica’s Emily Jiminez. Shields opens her account against Uganda’s Helen Baleke on Wednesday and would then progress to the winner of Korea’s Suyeon Choi versus Poland’s Lidia Fidura.

At lightweight GB’s Chantelle Cameron has the rough draw. If Russia’s Olympic silver medallist Sofya Ochigava beats Chinese Taipei’s Chia-Ling Chen tomorrow, as expected, then Cameron would box the Russian on Wednesday. The winner of that would meet Katie Taylor in the quarter-final, if the Irish Olympic gold medallist wins her preliminary bouts. American lightweight Queen Underwood boxes Bulgaria’s Denitsa Eliseeva on Wednesday. Welsh lightweight Charlene Jones is on their side of the draw. She’ll box Canada’s Caroline Veyre on Monday.


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