Cancan (C) claimed her second World title.
By Zhenyu Li: China concluded its Women’s World Boxing Championships campaign in Barbados last Sunday, leading the pack in the medal count with one gold, three silvers and three bronzes.
Russia took home two golds and one silver. The other seven gold medals were shared by seven countries, namely India, Ireland, USA, Canada, Turkey, Brazil and North Korea.
This edition of the Women’s World Boxing Championships was highly thought of by the participating countries, for it is the first Worlds since women’s boxing was approved as an official Olympic sport. Such traditional powerhouses as Russia, USA, England and India have dispatched their best troops. The competitions were especially fierce at flyweight, lightweight and middleweight since they are the only three recognized weight classes in the 2012 Olympic women’s boxing event.
China bagged one gold and two silvers in the three aforementioned Olympic divisions’ competitions.
In the flyweight final, China’s reigning champion Cancan Ren made Chinese history, becoming the nation’s first two-time women’s world champion. She claimed her second consecutive title by outclassing 2008 Worlds bantamweight runner-up Nicola Adams from England with a score of 10-5.
Trailing by one point at the end of the first stanza, Ren rallied to gain a 3-2 lead in the second, drawing the score 4-4 at halfway point of the fight. Ren’s clear edges in footwork, quickness and effectiveness were beautifully shown in the third round as she pulled off a lopsided 4-1 win for that round. She kept the momentum going, winning it 2-0 in the fourth.
The lightweight showdown was between China’s 2008 Worlds silver medalist Cheng Dong and Irish two-time world champion Katie Taylor. The Chinese finished runner-up for the second time who got swept up with a score of 5-18 in the 60kg final when facing her Irish old foe that beat her up 13-2 in the 2008 Women’s World Boxing Championships final. Taylor went on to add a third world title to her accolades.
Middleweight, the third "Olympic division" pitted China’s reigning champion Jinzi Li against Canada’s two-time welterweight world champion Mary Spencer. Spencer started off strong, taking an imposing 6-1 lead in the opening round. The Chinese reigning champion tried to fight back but only ended up with a score of 1-2 in favor of her opponent in the second stanza. It was the Canadian six-time national champion who regrouped in the second half of the showdown prior to putting on a perfect 6-0 solo show in the last two rounds. The final decision was 14-2.
China emerged as a dominating force in the 2008 Women’s World Boxing Championships on home turf, playing the solo on the medal tally with five golds, two silvers and four bronzes, far exceeding the runner-up Turkey with three golds and four bronzes.
After making a gigantic home run in the fifth Worlds, China, the new major force in women’s boxing, has been in an attempt to bid for the premier tournament for the second time in 2012, paving the road for a greater chance of success in women’s boxing competition in the London Olympics.
Registering second consecutive win at the sixth Women’s World Boxing Championships adds weight to the bar.
Zhenyu Li, a bilingual sports and culture columnist for People’s Daily online, covers the 2010 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships for SecondsOut.com.