IOC Statement on CAS decision regarding withdrawal of recognition of IBA

03/04/2024

The IOC welcomes the decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which has dismissed the appeal filed with it by the International Boxing Association (IBA) against the IOC’s decision to withdraw recognition of the IBA.

Read the full IOC statement here: https://olympics.com/ioc/news/ioc-statement-on-cas-decision-regarding-withdrawal-of-recognition-of-iba



1st World Qualification Tournament Wrap-Up: 49 Paris 2024 Quota Places Allocated

11/03/2024

After 9 days of competition and 551 bouts, the Boxing Road to Paris 1st World Qualification Tournament came to an end this evening, with curtains falling on the two rings of the E-Work Arena of Busto Arsizio, Italy, where the event has been hosted from 3 to 11 March.

An impressive lineup of more than 600 athletes from 113 NOCs and the Boxing Refugee Team, as well as Individual Neutral Athletes competed for 49 Paris 2024 Olympic quota places across 13 weight categories (7 Men’s events with 28 available quota places and 6 Women’s events with 21 available quota places).

The event was organized by the Italian Local Organizing Committee (LOC) under the authority of the Paris 2024 Boxing Unit (PBU), an ad-hoc unit created by the IOC Executive Board with the mandate to organize and ensure the delivery of the Olympic Boxing Qualifying Tournaments and the Boxing Competition at the Olympic Games Paris 2024. This decision followed the suspension of the Olympic recognition of the International Boxing Association (IBA) by the IOC Session in June 2019, which was subsequently withdrawn by the IOC Session in June 2023, and the announcement in June 2022 that the IBA would not run the Olympic Boxing Qualifying Tournaments and the Boxing Competition at the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

In line with the PBU’s primary mandate, and to focus on the athletes and their road to Paris, boxers only competed until the quota places were distributed, and no medal matches and medal ceremonies were staged during the tournament.

The competition run therefore up to the quarterfinals in all weight categories (4 quota places available in each event), except for the women’s 57kg category (2 quota places available), which run up to the semifinal stage, and the women’s 60kg category (3 quota places available), where a box-off assigned the third available quota.

A total of 30 different National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and the Boxing Refugee Team (BRT) were allocated Paris 2024 Quota Places, with Boxing powerhouses Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan winning 5 Paris 2024 quotas each, followed by host country Italy, that collected 4 Olympic passes, today.

Among the highlights of this tournament, Cindy NGAMBA of the Boxing Refugee Team (BRT) made her dreams come truth as she secured a spot in Paris 2024. The boxer – who is among 70 Refugee Athlete Scholarship-holders funded by the IOC’s Olympic Solidarity programme  – outpowered Kazakhstan’s Valentina KHALZOVA, claiming one of the four quota places up for grabs in the Women’s 75kg division as the referee stop the contest amid Round 3.

Two athletes, Colombia’s Victoria Ingrit Lorena VALENCIA (women’s 50kg) and Chinese Taipei’s CHEN Nien-chin (women’s 66kg), qualified for their third consecutive Olympic Games participation, while Tokyo 2020 silver medalist Nesthy PETECIO (PHI) became the first Pilipino female boxer to qualify for two Games, as she claimed a Paris 2024 spot in the women’s 57kg event.

The 1st World Qualification Tournament followed the Paris 2024 continental qualification phase staged throughout 2023, which saw boxers from all over the world competing and qualifying  for Paris 2024 through the European Games in Krakow, Poland (44 quota places, 22 women and 22 men), the Africa Qualification Tournament in Dakar, Senegal (18 quota places, 11 women and 7 men), the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China (34 quota places, 20 women and 14 men), the Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile (30 quota places, 16 women and 14 men), and the Pacific Games in Honiara, Solomon Islands (13 quota places, 6 women and 7 men).

Following Busto Arsizio’s, the 2nd and last Boxing Road to Paris World Qualification Tournament will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 25 May to 2 June 2024.

In line with the Boxing Qualification System for the Olympic Games Paris 2024, only those National Olympic Committees (NOCs) that have not yet qualified an athlete in a specific weight category via the respective continental qualification event are allowed to enter one athlete per weight category.

Find all the results, the drawsheets, updates and photos of the Boxing Road to Paris 1st World Qualification Tournament on the Athlete365 Boxing Corner website at boxing.athlete365.org

NOC#Quota Place Bouts Winners
KAZAKHSTAN  (KAZ)5– Men’s 51kg: SAKEN BIBOSSINOV
– Men’s 57kg: MAKHMUD SABYRKHAN
– Men’s 71kg: ASLANBEK SHYMBERGENOV
– Men’s 80kg: NURBEK ORALBAY
– Men’s 92kg: Oralbay AIBEK
UZBEKISTAN
(UZB)
5– Women’s 50kg: Sabina BOBOKULOVA 
– Men’s 63.5kg: RUSLAN ABDULLAEV 
– Men’s 71kg: ASADKHUJA MUYDINKHUJAEV
– Men’s 80kg: TURABEK KHABIBULLAEV
– Men’s 92kg: LAZIZBEK MULLOJONOV 
ITALY
(ITA)
4– Women’s 54kg: Sirine CHARAABI
– Women’s 60kg: Alessia MESIANO
– Women’s 66kg: Angela CARINI 
– Men’s +92kg: Diego LENZI
POLAND
(POL)
3– Women’s 57kg: Julia SZEREMETA 
– Women’s 66: Aneta RYGIELSKA 
– Women’s 75: Elzbieta WOJCIK 
COLOMBIA  (COL)2– Women’s 50kg: VALENCIA VICTORIA INGRIT LORENA
– Men’s 57kg: YILMAR LEANDRO GONZALEZ LANDAZURY 
GERMANY (GER)2– Women’s 50kg: MAXI CARINA KLOETZER
– Men’s +92kg: NELVIE RAMAN TIAFACK 
GREAT BRITAIN
(GBR)
2– Women’s 75kg: Chantelle REID 
– Men’s 92kg: Patrick BROWN 
NORWAY
(NOR)
2– Women’s 75kg: Sunniva HOFSTAD 
– Men’s +92kg: Omar SHIHA 
PHILIPPINES (PHI)2– Women’s 50kg: AIRA VILLEGAS 
– Women’s 57kg: Nesthy PETECIO
AZERBAIJAN
(AZE)
1– Men’s 51kg: NIJAT HUSEYNOV 
BOXING REFUGEE TEAM
(BRT)
1– Women’s 75kg: Cindy NGAMBA 
BRAZIL
(BRA)
1– Men’s 57kg: LUIZ OLIVEIRA 
BULGARIA
(BUL)
1– Men’s 71kg: Rami Mofid KIWAN 
CHINESE TAIPEI
(TPE)
1Women’s 66kg: NIEN CHIN CHEN 
CUBA
(CUB)
1– Men’s 51kg: Alejandro CLARO
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
(DOM)
1– Women’s 66kg: Maria Altagracia MORONTA HERNANDEZ 
FRANCE
(FRA)
1– Men’s +92kg: MOINDZE Djamili-Dini ABOUDOU
HUNGARY
(HUN)
1– Men’s 80kg: Pylyp AKILOV 
IRELAND (IRL)1– Men’s 57kg: Jude GALLAGHER 
JORDAN (JOR)1– Men’s 63.5kg: OBADA ALKASBEH 
KOSOVO1– Women’s 60kg: Donjeta SADIKU  
PUERTO RICO (PUR)1– Men’s 51kg: Juanma LOPEZ DE JESUS 
SERBIA (SRB)1– Women’s 54kg: Sara CIRKOVIC 
SPAIN
(ESP)
1– Men’s 92kg: ENMANUEL REYES PLA 
THAILAND
(THA)
1– Women’s 54kg: Jutamas JITPONG 
THE NETHERLANDS 1– Women’s 60kg: Chelsey HEIJNEN
TIJIKISTAN
(TJK)
1– Men’s 63.5kg: BAKHODUR USMONOV 
TURKEY
(TUR)
1– Men’s 80kg: Kaan AYKUTSUN
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
(USA)
1– Men’s 71kg: Omari JONES
VENEZUELA
(VEN)
1– Men’s 63.5kg: Jesus COVA 
VIETNAM (VIE)1– Women’s 54kg: Thi Kim Anh VO 


DAY 9 CONCLUDES THE 1ST WORLD QUALIFICATION TOURNAMENT: 47 QUOTA PLACES DISTRIBUTED

11/03/2024

After nine intense days and more than 500 bouts, the boxing tournament of the 1st World Qualification Tournament came to an end today at the E-Work Arena in Busto Arsizio, Italy. A total of 47 Olympic quota places were awarded, one in each of the bouts contested in the morning and evening session.

The tournament served as a crucial step on the Boxing Road to Paris, distributing 49 quota places across 13 weight categories for the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

The first quota of the day went to Venezuelan boxer Jesus COVA, who outscored Saparmyrat ODAJEV (TKM) in their Men’s 63.5 kg bout. Despite a fierce start from both, it was Cova’s decisive punches that secured him a 3:1 victory and a ticket to Paris 2024. Similarly, 21-year-old RUSLAN ABDULLAEV of Uzbekistan triumphed over his opponent from Serbia, Aleksej Vitorovic SENDRIK, with the same scoreline.

In the Men’s 92kg event, 19-year-old LAZIZBEK MULLOJONOV claimed victory over his Georgian opponent GEORGII KUSHITASHVILI with a commanding 5:0 score. In the same weight category, ENMANUEL REYES PLA representing Spain and Patrick BROWN representing Great Britain showcased their dominance, outclassing their opponents and earning full scorecards from all judges.

In the Men’s +92 kg category, the home crowd at the E-Work Arena celebrated the victory of Italian Diego LENZI, who outclassed DANIS LATYPOV (BRN). LENZI’s strategy, coupled with remarkable punches, led to a resounding 5-0 victory and a quota slot for Paris.

Moments later, two high-energy bouts awarded two additional quotas in the Men’s +92kg event, with Germany’s NELVIE RAMAN TIAFACK and France’s MOINDZE Djamili-Dini ABOUDOU boxing at full pace to claim victory against their opponents, Dusan VELETIC (SRB) and Alexis BARRIERE (CAN), respectively.

Italian boxer Sirine CHARAABI brought joy to home fans by defeating Aeji IM of Korea in the Women’s 54kg category. CHARAABI’s strong start in the first round earned her favor with all five judges. Despite attempts from the Korean in Rounds 2 and 3, CHARAABI’s dominance secured her a 4:1 win and an Olympic quota place. Sara CIRKOVIC of Serbia, Jutamas JITPONG of Thailand, and Thi Kim Anh VO of Vietnam also secured their tickets for Paris 2024 in the same weight division.

In the Women’s 66kg, Maria Altagracia MORONTA HERNANDEZ (DOM) secured a quota place by defeating her Uzbekistani opponent NAVBAKHOR KHAMIDOVA. Competing alongside her at the Olympics in the same weight category will be NIEN CHIN CHEN of Chinese Taipei and Poland’s Aneta RYGIELSKA, who demonstrated brilliant boxing skills to secure their quota places.

In the Women’s 75kg division, a thrilling contest ensued between Sunniva HOFSTAD (NOR) and Love HOLGERSSON (SWE). The Norwegian boxer emerged victorious after forcing the judges to stop the contest in round 2 after two standing counts.

Cindy NGAMBA of the Boxing Refugee Team left spectators in awe with a brilliant performance against Kazakhstan’s VALENTINA KHALZOVA. NGAMBA executed exceptional combinations, leaving no chance for her opponent as the referee halted the contest in round 3 at 1:05, securing her the golden opportunity to compete at the Olympic Games.

European Games bronze medallist Elzbieta WOJCIK of Poland lived up to expectations, outscoring her opponent PATRICIA ADANMA EPELLE MBATA from Nigeria with a sharp 5:0 victory. Despite a strong comeback from her opponent in Round 2, Wojcik’s dominance in the third round secured her victory.

Two-time Olympian and Rio 2016 bronze medallist VALENCIA VICTORIA INGRIT LORENA (COL) achieved a quota spot for Paris 2024 after a commanding 5:0 victory in the Women’s 50kg event against Natalia KUCZEWSKA (POL). In the same weight category, 20-year-old Sabina BOBOKULOVA (UZB) clinched a 3:2 split decision win against Japan’s RINKA KINOSHITA.

Nesthy PETECIO from the Philippines secured her place in the Paris 2024 Olympics with a 5-0 win, marking her second qualification after the Tokyo 2020 Games.

The victory of Alessia MESIANO (ITA) in the Women’s 60kg event declared Italy as one of the most successful team in terms of quota places awarded at the 1st World Olympic Qualifier. After an intense bout against Miroslava JEDINAKOVA (SVK), the Italian NOC brought home the fourth ticket for Paris, making a total of eight including slots won at the 2023 European Games.

Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist SAKEN BIBOSSINOV (KAZ) secured his ticket for Paris 2024 with a dominant approach, attacking Kiaran MACDONALD (GBR) to secure a 4:0 unanimous decision victory.

In the Men’s 57kg class, NIJAT HUSEYNOV (AZE) caused an upset as he defeated United States boxer Roscoe HILL after a notable match. Although Hill took the first round 5-0, Huseynov regained momentum in the second and third rounds, securing a 3-2 split decision win.

After all quotas were distributed, Italy finished at the top of the list with 4 Paris 2024 tickets, followed by XX with 6 and Ireland with 5. A total of 17 countries earned at least 1 quota place.

Along the Boxing Road to Paris, there will be one last chance for boxers to secure participation slots for the Games in the 2nd World Qualification Tournament to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, at the end of May 2024.

Find all the results and drawsheets on https://boxing.athlete365.org/boxing-road-to-paris-2024/1st-world-qualification-tournament/



Final Call: Day 8’s Evening Session Sets Up Tomorrow’s Quota Place Matches

10/03/2024
Shukurov Shokhobzhon (TJK) in RED and Eashash Zeyad (JOR) in BLUE compete in the Boxing Road to Paris 1st World Qualification Tournament in Busto Arsizio (ITA) in the Man’s 71kg event on 05 March 2024

Day 8’s evening session established the lineup for tomorrow’s Paris 2024 quota place matches in three weight classes: Women’s 57kg (with 2 quotas available to the winners of tomorrow’s semifinals), and in the Men’s 57kg and 71kg categories (with 4 quotas available in each category, to be awarded to the winners of tomorrow’s quarterfinals).

In today’s Women’s 57kg quarterfinals, Tokyo 2020 Silver medalist Nesthy PETECIO (PHI) emerged victorious over Maud VAN DER TOORN (NED). The Dutch athlete started strong, winning round 1 with the votes of all judges. However, PETECIO rallied in round 2, ultimately securing an unanimous decision win to advance to the semifinal. There, she will face Esra YILDIZ KAHRAMAN (TUR), who won a 4:1 split decision against Elise GLYNN. In the second semifinal of the division, Julia SZEREMETA (POL) will meet Alyssa MENDOZA (USA) after defeating Sitora TURDIBEKOVA (UZB) and Jin HYEJEONG (KOR), respectively.

In the Men’s 57kg division Round of 16, Shukur OVEZOV (TKM) advanced as Tokyo 2020 Silver medalist Carlo PAALAM (PHI) abandoned. OVEZOV will next face Ireland’s Jude GALLAGHER, who defeated Soulaimane SAMGHOULI (MAR) with a score of 4 points to 1.

In the same division, Makhmud SABYRKHAN (KAZ) and Asror VOKHIDOV (TJK) progressed by eliminating Josue TIRADO PAGAN CALEB (PUR) and Umid RUSTAMOV (AZE), respectively. OLIVEIRA LUIZ (BRA) secured a quarterfinal spot by defeating GOMTSYAN ARTYUSH (GEO) and will now face Owain HARRIS-ALLAN (GBR), who defeated FERNANDEZ GARCIA Lucas Alexander (URU) by a score of 5-0. LYU PING (CHN) won a close match against GOMES PEDRO MANUEL (ANG) and will meet Colombia’s Leandro GONZALEZ LANDAZURY YILMAR.

In the Men’s 71kg category, Aslanbek SHYMBERGENOV (KAZ) secured a hard-fought victory against Bayramdurdy NURMUHAMMEDOV (TKM) and will face Sarkhan ALIYEV (AZE) in the quarterfinals. Wanderson DE OLIVEIRA (BRA) will square off against Rami Mofid KIWAN (BUL), while Asadkhuja MUYDINKHUJAEV (UZB) will take on Zeyad EASHASH (JOR), and Omari JONES (USA) will face NISHANT DEV (IND).

In both the Men’s 63.5kg and 71kg divisions, four quota places are at stake in the Boxing Road to Paris 1st World Qualification Tournament in Busto Arsizio, Italy. Therefore, all tomorrow’s quarterfinal winners in both divisions will secure a ticket to Paris.

As in every category at this tournament, in line with the Paris 2024 Boxing Unit’s primary mandate and to focus on the athletes and their journey to Paris, boxers will only compete until the quota places are allocated, and no medal matches or ceremonies will be held.

The tournament will conclude tomorrow, 11 March, when 47 Paris 2024 Olympic quota places will be allocated across all 13 weight categories. Find the latest results, all weight-class drawsheets, and tomorrow’s schedule on boxing.athlete365.org, and follow the action live on the Olympic Channel at https://olympics.com/en/sport-events/2024-boxing-1st-world-qualification-tournament-busto-arsizio.



Intense Action and Spectacular Wins in Day 8 Morning Session

10/03/2024

In the morning session of Day 8 at the 1st World Qualification Tournament in Busto Arsizio, Italy, twenty-four electrifying bouts unfolded, showcasing extraordinary boxing. The action started at 13:00 (Italy local time), featuring intense bouts in the round-of-16 across Women’s 50kg, Men’s 51kg, and 80kg weigh categories.

In the Women’s 50kg event spectators witnessed a thrilling showdown between the resilient Korean JooHyung JUNG, and the formidable 2023 World Championship bronze medalist, Alua BALKIBEKOVA of Kazakhstan. Despite the effort from BALKIBEKOVA, JUNG’s relentless pursuit paid off, securing a hard-fought victory with a 4:1 decision from the judges. Meanwhile, MAXI CARINA KLOETZER of Germany showcased her dominance overpowering Yi-Xuan GUO of Chinese Taipei with powerful blows that forced the referee to stop the contest in the second round. 

In another exciting bout, 20-year-old Sabina BOBOKULOVA of Kazakhstan clashed with Ireland’s Daina MOOREHOUSE in a battle of determination. Despite Moorehouse’s commendable effort to rally back, it was BOBOKULOVA who emerged victorious by the narrowest of margins, clinching a 3:2 split decision from the referees.

Colombia’s Olympian, INGRIT LORENA VALENCIA VICTORIA, left a mark in her round-of-16 bout against Susan Meylin AGUAS CHALA of Ecuador, exhibiting her commanding presence with an aggressive attack that led to a resounding 5:0 victory.

In the Men’s 51kg category, one of the most competitive weight classes, the 2022 Asian Games bronze medalist from Japan, TOMOYA TSUBOI, had a forgettable day as he was outclassed by today’s opponent, Yuberjen Herney MARTINEZ RIVAS from Colombia. TSUBOI started aggressively, throwing plenty of punches and targeting MARTINEZ’s face, clearly winning the first round. However, MARTINEZ’s counterattack in the following round was brilliant, as he edged the second round 3/2 and dominated the third and final round convincingly, winning over all the judges. As a result, RIVAS claimed a 3:2 split decision, advancing in the tournament.

In the Men’s 80kg event round-of-16 at the E-Work Arena, spectators were able to enjoy the heavy punches of Ireland’s Kelyn CASSIDY and Armenia’s RAFAYEL HOVHANNISYAN. Despite suffering a cut, the Armenian boxer fought bravely, continually pushing his rival onto the back foot. However, it was CASSIDY who landed the most effective punches, securing a 5:0 unanimous decision victory. Cassidy, who is now one win away from securing a quota place for Paris 2024, will face Nurberk Oralbay from Kazakhstan, who dominated his bout against Aliaksei Alfiorau from Ain with a commanding 5:0 unanimous decision victory.

Moments later, the Uzbek prodigy, TURABEK KHABIBULLAEV, emerged victorious with a 4:1 split decision against French talent YOJERLIN CESAR, setting the stage for an exciting clash with Colombian contender JUAN ORTIZ, who secured a unanimous decision win in his bout against Taj KAGHO of New Zealand.

Moving forward in the tournament, Korea’s JINJEA KIM and Turkey’s Kaan AYKUTSUN solidified their path towards qualification for Paris 2024 with impressive victories over their respective opponents.

The action at the 1st World Qualification Tournament in Busto Arsizio continues into the evening session at 20:00, promising more exhilarating matchups and unforgettable moments in the quest for Olympic dream.

Find all the results, drawsheets, and schedules on https://boxing.athlete365.org/boxing-road-to-paris-2024/1st-world-qualification-tournament/, and catch the action live on the Olympic Channel at https://olympics.com/en/sport-events/2024-boxing-1st-world-qualification-tournament-busto-arsizio.



Evening Triumphs: Poland, Italy and Norway Shine as Paris 2024 Boxing Quota Places get closer

10/03/2024

While today’s morning session allocated the first two Paris 2024 Quota Places of the tournament in the Women’s 60kg weight class, Busto Arsizio’s day 7’s evening session completed the Round of 16 and decided the line-up of the quarterfinals for six different categories: Women’s 54kg, 66kg, and 75kg, and Men’s 63kg, 92kg, and +92kg.

In line with the Paris 2024 Boxing Unit’s primary mandate to focus on the athletes and their road to Paris, boxers will only compete until the quota places are distributed, and no medal matches or ceremonies will be staged.

The tournament will therefore culminate in the quarterfinals to be held on March 11 across all weight categories (4 quota places available in each), except for the women’s 57kg division, which advances to the semifinals (with 2 quota places available, also on March 11), and the women’s 60kg category, where 3 quota places are on offer (2 quotas awarded today, and 1 quota to be awarded on the same March 11 in a box-off).

Today’s evening session turned into a success for the home team, Italy, which advanced two female athletes to the quarterfinals.

Sirine CHARAABI defeated Marta LOPEZ DEL ARBOL of Spain in the Women’s 54kg event and will now face South Korea’s Aeji IM (who beat Chinese Taipei’s Huang HSIAO WEN 4:1) on her way to Paris 2024.

In the following Women’s 66kg Round of 16, Italy’s Angela CARINI claimed a unanimous decision victory against Sara KALI of Canada, leading her bout from the first to the last round, supported by local supporters crowding the E-Work Arena. She booked a spot in the category’s semifinal, where she will fight Moreira IVANUSA (CPV) for a Paris 2024 qualification spot.

Norway also advanced two athletes to the Olympic qualification bouts to be held on March 11, as Sunniva HOFSTAD beat Lithuania’s Gabriele STONKUTE in the Women’s 75kg weight class with a sharp 5:0 score, and Omar SHIHA clinched a win against Cameroon’s Thomas Vianney MBOUA (DSQ) in the Men’s +92kg event.

Team Poland celebrated three victories, with Aneta RYGIELSKA in the Women’s 66kg (4:1 against Kazakhstan’s Natalya BOGDANOVA), Elzbieta WOJCIK in the Women’s 75kg (WO of Vietnam’s LUU Diem Quynh), and Mateusz BEREZNICKI in the Men’s 92kg (3:2 against France’s Soheb BOUAFIA).

Find all the results, drawsheets, and schedules on https://boxing.athlete365.org/boxing-road-to-paris-2024/1st-world-qualification-tournament/, and catch the action live on the Olympic Channel at https://olympics.com/en/sport-events/2024-boxing-1st-world-qualification-tournament-busto-arsizio.



DAY 7, MORNING SESSION: 26 BOUTS AND 2 QUOTA PLACES AWARDED IN THE WOMEN’S 60KG

09/03/2024

The 1st World Qualification Tournament, hosted at the E-Work Arena in Busto Arsizio, commenced its morning session with intensity, showcasing 26 thrilling matchups. Among the highlights of the session were the allocation of the first two coveted Paris 2024 quota places in the Women’s 60kg event. This tournament serves as a stage in the qualification process, offering a total of 49 Paris 2024 qualification slots across 13 weight categories (7 men’s event and 6 women’s event).

In the Women’s 54kg class, spectators witnessed a display of skill and dominance as Serbia’s Sara CIRKOVIC faced off against Nigeria’s Shukura KAREEM. Cirkovic showcased her prowess, securing a commanding 5:0 victory with a full scorecard of 10/9 from all judges in each of the three rounds. Similarly, Thai Olympian Jutamas JITPONG delivered a near-flawless performance against Japan’s Mikoto HARADA, claiming a unanimous decision victory and advancing in the tournament brackets.

Moments later, the crowd of the E-Work Arena was treated to an intense bout between USA’s Shera Mae PATRICIO and Argentina’s Sofia Micaela ROBLES. Despite the Argentinian initial dominance in the first round, Patricio showed resilience and brilliant tactical skills to secure a commanding 5:0 victory.

One of the most highly anticipated matches of the morning session unfolded in bout #413 of the Women’s 60kg event, as the Netherlands’ Chelsey HEIJNEN entered the ring to face off against Slovakia’s Miroslava JEDINAKOVA for the first Olympic quota place up for grabs. 

HEIJNEN displayed a combination of precise footwork and calculated blows to gain an early advantage over her opponent. JEDINAKOVA, however, proved to be a formidable adversary, matching HEIJNEN’s intensity with her own aggressive tactics. With a hard-fought 4-1 victory, HEIJNEN emerged triumphant, earning the coveted pass for Paris 2024.

Alessia MESIANO (ITA) and Donjeta SADIKU (KOS) entered the ring in the semifinals of the Women’s 60kg event, each vying for the coveted quota place at stake. The intensity of their clash was palpable from the outset with MESIANO, representing Italy, managing to edge ahead by a narrow margin. Into the second round, SADIKU from Kosovo, mounted a formidable counterattack, seizing the advantage with three judges awarding her a score of 10/9 and two scoring 9/10. In the third round, both boxers left nothing to chance, pouring their hearts into every punch exchanged. However, it was the boxer from Kosovo who ultimately emerged victorious, clinching a hard-fought 3:2 split decision win and securing her ticket to the Olympic Games.

The morning session also witnessed outstanding performances from Cindy NGAMBA of the Boxing Refugee Team, who secured a decisive victory over Korea’s SUYEON SEONG in the Women’s 75kg round-of-16, prompting the referee to stop the contest in round two.

In the Men’s 92kg division, Uzbekistan’s Lazizbekullojon MULLOJONOV delivered sensational combinations against Kevin KUADJOVI from Togo, securing a resounding 5:0 unanimous decision victory. Meanwhile in the same weight category, Spain’s Enmanuel REYES PLA showcased his dominance against Jordan’s ODAI ALHINDAWI in their round-of-16, displaying an aggressive strategy that proved too much for his opponent to handle.

In the Men’s +92kg weight category, a closely contested bout unfolded between Martin McDONAGH of Ireland and DANIS LATYPOV of Bahrain. Both boxers showcased impressive performances, unleashing powerful punches in a display of skill and determination. Latypov secured narrow advantage in the first and second rounds, earning the judges’ favor by the slimmest of margins. In the decisive round, McDonagh, representing Ireland, turned the tide in his favor, but despite his efforts, he fell short as Latypov maintained his resilience. Ultimately, the judges awarded Latypov a split decision victory by a margin of 3:2.

Cheered on by the home crowd, Diego LENZI (ITA) faced off against AYOUB GHADFA DRISSI EL AISSAOUI (ESP) in the final bout of the morning session, igniting the atmosphere at the E-Work Arena. Both boxers displayed remarkable skill and determination from the outset, initiating the match with exceptional attacking tactics. In the opening round, the Spanish boxer asserted his dominance, impressing the judges and securing a favorable score of four judges to one.

However, in the second round, Lenzi, representing Italy, elevated his performance, turning the tide in his favor by earning the approval of four out of five judges. With the momentum shifting in his direction, Lenzi maintained an aggressive strategy throughout the final round, delivering a series of incredible punches aimed at his opponent’s face. In the end, Lenzi’s emerged victorious via a narrow 3:2 split decision, much to the delight of the home fans. His strategic prowess and unwavering determination were evident throughout the bout, solidifying his status as a formidable contender in the tournament.

24 four additional electrifying bouts will be contested in today’s evening session scheduled at 20:00 (Italy local time) in Women’s 54kg, 66kg, 75kg as well as in the Men’s 63.5kg, Men’s 92kg and Men’s +92kg.

Stay tuned for all the latest results, drawsheets, and schedules on boxing.athlete365.org, and catch the action live on the Olympic Channel at https://olympics.com/en/sport-events/2024-boxing-1st-world-qualification-tournament-busto-arsizio



410 Bouts Down: First Olympic Quotas Up for Grabs Tomorrow at Boxing Road to Paris Qualification Tournament

08/03/2024

Four hundred and ten bouts and counting! That’s the staggering tally of matches already fought in the Boxing Road to Paris 1st World Qualification Tournament, currently underway in Busto Arsizio, Italy. With over 600 athletes representing 113 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), alongside competitors from the Boxing Refugee Team (BRT) and Independent Neutral Athletes (AIN), the stakes couldn’t be higher as they vie for a coveted spot at the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

From March 3 to 11, the E-Work Arena has become the battleground for these determined boxers, each one striving to punch their ticket to Paris. As preliminary bouts unfold, athletes are giving their all to secure one of the 49 Paris 2024 quota places up for grabs. Tomorrow, the tension reaches its peak in one of the 13 weight categories, as the first two quota places will be awarded in the women’s 60kg class, with a third to be decided in a thrilling box-off on March 11.

In line with the Paris 2024 Boxing Unit’s primary mandate and to focus on the athletes and their road to Paris, boxers will only compete until the quota places are distributed, and no medal matches and medal ceremonies will be staged.

With the action heating up, the tournament will culminate in the quarterfinals across all weight categories (4 quota places available in each), except for the women’s 57kg division, which advances to the semifinals (2 quota places available), and the women’s 60kg category, where three quota places are on offer, as mentioned.

In the today’s evening session, fans witnessed the completion of the Round of 32 in the Women’s 50kg and Men’s 57kg classes, as well as the Round of 16 in the Women’s 57kg category.

The excitement continues tomorrow, March 9, with two sessions scheduled at 13:00 and 19:00 (CET).

Stay tuned for all the latest results, drawsheets, and schedules on boxing.athlete365.org, and catch the action live on the Olympic Channel at https://olympics.com/en/sport-events/2024-boxing-1st-world-qualification-tournament-busto-arsizio



24 Electrifying Performances: Highlights from Day 6’s Afternoon Session

08/03/2024

In the Women’s 50kg division, ALUA BALKIBEKOVA of Kazakhstan delivered a flawless performance in her bout against CLAUDIA TOTOVA from the Czech Republic. With precision and skill, BALKIBEKOVA earned five 10/9 scores from all judges in each of the three rounds, showcasing her dominance in the ring. Similarly, MAXI CARINA KLOETZER from Germany secured a comfortable 5:0 victory over RITA SOARES of Puerto Rico with an impressive display of technique and control.

Meanwhile, YI-XUAN GUO from Chinese Taipei demonstrated his prowess in the ring by securing a commanding 5-0 victory against Ghana’s JANET ACQUAH. GUO’s exceptional performance earned her a full scorecard, with all judges awarding her every round, underscoring her dominance in the match.

In a thrilling round-of-32 matchup, Ireland’s DAINA MOOREHOUSE clashed with Venezuela’s TAYONIS CEDENO, captivating spectators with their skill and determination. MOOREHOUSE seized the first round with a 4-1 score, but CEDENO fought back fiercely, targeting MOOREHOUSE’s face. Despite CEDENO’s efforts, MOOREHOUSE displayed resilience and composure, ultimately clinching a hard-fought 3:2 split decision victory.

Turning to the Men’s 57kg class, Namibia’s Tryagain NDEVELO delivered an impressive performance against Tokyo 2020 Olympian JEAN CARLOS CAICEDO PACHITO from Ecuador. NDEVELO showcased strength and precision throughout the match, striking his opponent decisively. With all five judges unanimously awarding him every round, NDEVELO secured a dominant victory.

In the same weight category, Kazakhstan’s SABYRKHAN MAKHMUD emerged victorious in another intense battle, securing a 3:2 split decision win against Thailand’s SARAWUT SUKTHET. Despite SUKTHET’s strong performance in the first round, MAKHMUD’s resilience and strategic adjustments in the subsequent rounds earned him the judges’ favor.

In the Men’s 80kg event, the crowd at the E-Work Arena witnessed an outstanding performance by Japan’s GO WAKAYA against JUAN ORTIZ of Colombia. WAKAYA dominated the first round, securing a 5:0 lead. However, ORTIZ adapted his strategy in the following rounds, ultimately clinching a 3-1 split decision victory to advance to the round-of-16.

In a remarkable display of skill and determination, the 19-year-old YOJERLIN CESA, the youngest of Team France, showcased exceptional boxing techniques against PETAR MARCIC from Montenegro. CESA’s strong moves and precise execution left his opponent with no chance, earning him a resounding 5:0 unanimous decision victory and leaving spectators in awe of his talent.

Don’t miss the evening session at 20:00 (Italy local time), broadcasted live on olympics.com!

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DAY 6: Women’s 66kg and Men’s 80kg Matches in the Morning Session 

08/03/2024

Today seventy-two matches are scheduled at the E-Work Arena as part of the boxing tournament within the 1st World Qualification Tournament, which serves as a qualifying event for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The action commenced at 11:00 local time in Busto Arsizio, Italy, marking the start of an exciting day of boxing.

Women’s 66kg

The morning session on Ring B kicked off with the home crowd cheering for Angela CARINI (ITA) who displayed exceptional form against her opponent from Japan, KITO Mai. From the first round, the Italian showcased solid attacking techniques and powerful blows, maintaining her determination until the end of the bout, securing a commanding 5:0 unanimous decision victory.

Meanwhile, on Ring A, a fierce battle ensued between Luna Amaro BEELOO (NED) and Emilie SONVICO (FRA). Sonvico dominated the first round with heavy blows, earning the favor of all five judges. However, BEELOO staged a comeback in rounds two and three, ultimately securing the match with a 5:0 victory.

In another match, Joana NWAMERUE (BUL) faced off against Yuliannys ALVAREZ (VEN), with the Venezuelan boxer proving too strong for her opponent, leading the referee to stop the contest in round two.

Capo Verde boxing star Ivanusa MOREIRA, also known as Nancy Moreira, delivered a dominant performance against Ugandan Emily TINAH NAKALEMA, the bronze medalist at the 2020 African Olympic Boxing Qualifier. Moreira left no chances for her opponent, securing a sharp 5:0 victory.

Advancing in the tournament, Stefanie VON BERGE (GER) and Grainne WALSH (IRL) engaged in a fierce battle, with Von Berge starting strong but Walsh fighting back to secure a 3:2 split decision victory.

The 2022 Asian Games bronze medalist, Nien Chin CHEN (TPE), convincingly won her match in the round-of-32 phase of the Women’s 66kg event, striking Slovakia’s young talent Jessica TRIEBELOVA towards the end to earn maximum points and a 5-0 win.

The 23-year-old from Morocco, Saida LAHMIDI, showcased her determination to advance in the tournament today in the match against Finland’s Krista KOVALAINEN. Lahmidi took the lead in the first two rounds through an attacking strategy and heavy blows. In the third round, KOVALAINEN fought back, but her effort wasn’t enough to overcome her opponent, who clinched a 3:2 split decision victory.

In the Men’s 80kg division, Irish boxer Kelyn CASSIDY knocked out his opponent from Guatemala, Wyatt TRUJILLO. CASSIDY showed no mercy, outboxing his opponent with an impressive punch in the face that sent TRUJILLO to the canvas in the first round. 

Andrej CSEMEZ (SVK) faced off against the American Robby GONZALES. The Slovakian boxer narrowly won the first round and continued to dominate in the second round, earning four 10/9 scores from the judges. GONZALES attempted to fight back harder in the third round, but it wasn’t enough to advance in the tournament. The judges declared CSEMEZ the winner via a 3:2 split decision.

Don’t miss the afternoon session starting at 15:30 and the evening session at 20:00 (Italy local time), broadcasted live on olympics.com!

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Exciting Evening Session Showcases Day 5 of Boxing Road to Paris Qualification Tournament

07/03/2024

Twenty-eight preliminary bouts took place in Busto Arsizio, Italy, during this evening’s session, as the Boxing Road to Paris 1st World Qualification Tournament – held here from March 3 to 11 – moves forward.

Over 600 athletes from 113 NOCs, the Boxing Refugee Team (BRT), and Independent Neutral Athletes (AIN) are competing on the two rings set up at the E-Work Arena, aiming for the 49 Paris 2024 Olympic Quota Places at stake across the 13 weight categories.

Today’s evening session saw the Men’s 63.5 kg, 71 kg, and 92 kg Round of 32 being completed, with the best athletes moving forward in the tournament. The top 4 boxers in each of these three categories will be awarded an Olympic pass for Paris.

In line with the Paris 2024 Boxing Unit’s primary mandate and to focus on the athletes and their road to Paris, boxers will only compete until the quota places are distributed, and no medal matches and medal ceremonies will be staged during the tournament. The tournament will, therefore, run up to the quarterfinals in all weight categories (4 quota places available in each event), except for the women’s 57kg category (2 quota places available), which will run up to the semifinal stage, and the women’s 60kg category (3 quota places available), where a box-off will assign the third available quota.

The evening kicked off with a great Men’s 63.5kg match where 29-year-old Obada ALKASBEH (JOR), a Rio 2016 Olympian, rocked the E-Work Arena as he beat Brazil’s Yuri FALCAO via a unanimous decision. The Jordan boxer, after a slow start in round 1, put up a show of power and speed across rounds 2 and 3, supported by a loud crowd of teammates and supporters, shattering his opponent’s hopes punch after punch. Up next, he will meet Joshua TUKAMUHEBWA (UGA) in the Round of 16, after the African boxer clinched a 4:1 victory against Robert Eusebiou JITARU (ROU), tonight.

In the same weight category, Ali HABIBINEZHAD (IRI) beat Patris MUGHALZAI (GBR) to advance to the Round of 16, and is now bound to a match against Shion NISHIYAMA (JPN), who beat Tayfur ALIYEV (AZE) tonight. Shpetim BAJOKU (KOS), Ruslan ABDULLAEV (UZB), Bakhodour USMONOV (TJK), Radoslav Simeonov ROSENOV (BUL), Erislandy ALVAREZ (CUB), and Aleksej Vitorovic SENDRIK (SRB) all advanced in the tournament.

In the Men’s 71kg event, Gurgen MADOYAN (ARM) had to fight hard to pass through the Round of 32. Meeting Spain’s Sergio MARTINEZ on the E-Work Arena’s ring, he led Round 1, winning the votes of 4 out of 5 judges, and then controlled the margin across rounds 2 and 3, collecting a final score of 4:1 to advance in the tournament and book a spot in the Round of 16 phase to be held on March 10. Then, he will have to face Sarkhan ALIYEV (AZE), who beat Aleksandr TROFIMCUK (LTU) with a score of 3:2 today.

Christos KARAITIS (GRE), Bayramdurdy NURMUHAMMEDOV (TKM), Nishan DEV (IND), Aslanbek SHYMBERGENOV (KAZ), Omari JONES (USA), and Maghsoudi Mal Amiri MOSLEM (IRI) joined them in the Round of 16, winning their respective bouts.

The Men’s 92kg bouts of the evening session saw the victories of Sadam MAGOMEDOV (SRB), Julio Cesar CASTILLO TORRES (ECU), JAKKAPONG Yomkhot (THA), Soheb BOUAFIA (FRA), Narek MANASYAN (ARM), Mateusz BEREZNICKI (POL), Jamar TALLEY (USA), Patrick BROWN (GBR), Oralbay AIBEK (KAZ), and Luis SANCHEZ (VEN) in their respective bouts.

Find all results and draw sheets, and keep following the Boxing Road to Paris 1st World Qualification Tournament in Busto Arsizio, Italy, on boxing.athlete365.org and, from March 8, watch the action live on the Olympic Channel.



The afternoon session of Day 5 determined the round-of-16 in the Women’s 54kg and 57kg, Men’s 63.5kg, 71kg, and 92kg events.

07/03/2024
Sorokina Jekaterina (LAT) in RED and Glynn Elisa (GBR) in BLUE compete in the Boxing Road to Paris 1st World Qualification Tournament in Busto Arsizio (ITA) in the Women’s 57kg event on 06 March 2024

Twenty-eight additional bouts unfolded during today’s afternoon session, covering the Women’s 54kg and 57kg categories, as well as the Men’s 63.5kg, 71kg, and 92kg weight classes.

In the Women’s 54kg division, Chile’s “La Tigresa” Denisse Bravo faced a tough challenge against Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist Huang Hsiao Wen from Chinese Taipei. Bravo struggled as Wen asserted control over the bout, executing a tactical display that secured her a commanding 5-0 victory. 

Another Tokyo 2020 Olympian, Im Aeji of Korea, encountered a formidable opponent in Denmark’s Melissa Mortensen. Despite a strong start from Mortensen in the third round, Aeji’s early advantage proved insurmountable, securing her the win by 3:2 split decision.

Lucie Horvath Sedlackova of the Czech Republic showcased her dominance against Hungary’s Szabina Szucs, delivering an impressive performance highlighted by powerful punches. Sedlackova’s display forced the referee to halt the contest in round two, declaring her as the winner.

Meanwhile, Dominican Republic’s Miguelina Hernandez Garcia faced a tough match against Morocco’s Nisrine Amine. Despite Garcia’s strong counterattacks in the second round, Amine’s determination shone through, leading to her advancement in the Women’s 57kg event. In a match-up between rising stars, Alyssa Mendoza of the United States overwhelmed Japan’s Satsuki Yoshizawa, prompting the referee to stop the contest in the second round.

In the Men’s 63.5 kg class, Colombian Jose Manuel Viafara Fory narrowly edged out Filipino talent Mark Ashley Fajardo in a closely contested battle, securing a 3:2 split decision victory. Asadkhuja Muydinkhujayev of Uzbekistan lived up to expectations, advancing in the Men’s 71kg class after an exceptional performance against Germany’s Magomed Elim Sultanovic Schachidov. Jordan’s Zeyad Eashash impressed with his solid punches, forcing the referee to stop the contest against Ronald Jr. Chavez of the Philippines in the first round.

In the Men’s 92 kg event, Uzbekistan’s Lazizbek Mullojonov showcased exceptional skill, securing a RSC victory over Darius Voisnarovi of Lithuania in the second round. Georgian Georgii Kushitashvili dominated his round-of-16 match against Belgium’s Victor Schelstraete, earning a commanding 3-0 win. The session concluded with an exciting bout between two Cuban-born boxers: Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist Loren Berto Alfonso Dominguez representing Azerbaijan and 2023 European Games bronze medalist Enmanuel Reyes Pla representing Spain. In the first round, Dominguez controlled the rhythm of the match and kept his opponent at a distance, earning the favor of all the judges. The counterattack of Reyes Pla, moving around the ring with a dodge-and-hit style resembling the Cuban school, helped him to take the second and third rounds, ultimately claiming the victory with a scoreline of 3-0.

Find today’s results and draw sheets at: https://boxing.athlete365.org/boxing-road-to-paris-2024/1st-world-qualification-tournament



Day 5 Morning Session: 28 bouts lit up the E-Work Arena

07/03/2024
Charaabi Sinne (ITA) in RED and Drabik Sandra (pol) in BLUE compete in the Boxing Road to Paris 1st World Qualification Tournament in Busto Arsizio (ITA) in the Women’s 54kg event on 06 March 2024

The E-Work Arena buzzed with excitement as the 1st World Qualification Tournament continued on March 7th with 84 bouts. Over 600 athletes from more than 100 countries are vying for the prestigious the 49 Paris 2024 Olympic Quota Places at stake across 13 weight categories.

The morning session kicked off with 8 bouts in the Women’s 54kg weight category. Sara CIRKOVIC (SRB), the 19-year-old U22 European Champion, clinched the first victory after a tight contest against the French Romane MOULAI with a 4:1 split decision. On the opposite ring, Shera Mae PATRICIO representing the USA displayed impressive skill, landing sensational combinations against Germany’s ASYA ARI, securing a 5-0 unanimous decision win.

With the overwhelming support of the home crowd, Sirine CHARAABI (ITA) faced off against Poland’s Sandra DRABIK. The Italian started strong, maintaining a high pace and landing numerous punches, earning four 10/9 scores and one 9/10 from the judges in the first two rounds. Though DRABIK rallied in the third round, CHARAABI held on for a 4:1 split decision victory.

In the Women’s 57kg event, Jutamas JITPONG of Thailand, a Tokyo 2020 Olympian and 2023 Southeast Asian gold medalist, triumphed over Johana Carolina GOMEZ LANDAETA of Venezuela. JITPONG secured a close victory with a 3-2 split decision after dominating the first two rounds. Moments later, NESTHY PETECIO (PHI), the Tokyo 2020 silver medalist, faced little challenge in her round-of-32 bout against Romania’s Maria Claudia NECHITA, securing a commanding 5-0 unanimous decision win.

Advancing in the tournament, Nancy Canan TAS of Germany swiftly dispatched her opponent from Vietnam, Huyen Tran NGUYEN, forcing the referee to stop the contest at 2:10 in the second round.

The Italian team and the home supporters had reason to celebrate as Alessia MESIANO secured another victory in the Women’s 60kg quarterfinals, defeating LOREDANA ANDREEA MARIN of Romania with a dominant 5-0 unanimous decision. MESIANO will now face Kosovo’s Donjeta SADIKU (KOS), who also claimed victory over Germany’s Felicitas Maria GANGLBAUER via a unanimous decision win.

In the Men’s 71kg event, Rami Mofid KIWAN of Bulgaria dashed the hopes of home favorite Salvatore CAVALLARO (ITA) with a near-perfect performance, securing a convincing 5-0 victory. KIWAN will face a formidable opponent on March 10, Syrgak ABDYZHAPAR UULU (KGZ), who also advanced after defeating Petar Kresimir KNEZEVIC of Croatia 4-0.

The boxing tournament in Busto Arsizio will resume at 15:30 for the afternoon session and again at 20:00 for the evening session.



World Qualification Tournament: Day 4 Evening Session Determines Round-of-16 Lineup

06/03/2024
Mortaji Said (MAR) in RED and Ladon Rogen (PHI) in BLUE compete in the Boxing Road to Paris 1st World Qualification Tournament in Busto Arsizio (ITA) in the Men’s 51kg event on 06 March 2024

The evening session of the Boxing Road to Paris 1st World Qualification Tournament’s Day 4 was the stage of the last Men’s 51kg, 92kg, and +92kg Round of 32 bouts of the tournament, deciding the lineup of the Round of 16 for those categories, which will take place on March 10, 7, and 9, respectively.

In the Men’s 51kg weight class session started off with an impressive performance of Rogen LADON (PHI), who stunned his opponent Said MORTAJI (MAR) amid round two, prompting the referee to stop the contest and award him the bout by KO. Up next, in the Round of 16 to be contested on March 10, he will meet RED Kiaran MACDONALD (GBR) – who cleared his match against Al Jaleel Ortega JOKHU (TTO) in less than two rounds – in what is set to be a fierce bout between two top athletes.

Theophilus ALLOTEY (GHA) beat Tashi WANGDI (BHU) with a clear 5:0 score, booking a spot in the Round of 16 where he will face Inkyu KIM (KOR), who eliminated David DE PINA (CPV) amid round 3, as the referee stopped the contest after a standing count.

Saken BIBOSSINOV (KAZ), Ramon Nicanor QUIROGA (ARG), Juanma LOPEZ DE JESUS (PUR), and Blue AZAT MAKHMETOV (BRN) will all join them in the Round of 16.

The Men’s 92kg event saw Ecuador’s Julio Cesar CASTILLO TORRES securing a victory against Serhii HORSKOV, from Ukraine, convincing all five judges to score a unanimous decision that propelled him ahead in the tournament. Up next, he will meet Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Dzemal BOSNJAK in the Round of 16, tomorrow. Daniel GUZMAN (DOM), Soheb BOUAFIA (FRA), Oralbay AIBEK (KAZ), Luis SANCHEZ LUIS (VEN), and Joseph KOSTUR (SVK) all cleared their preliminary bouts and will be up on the ring again tomorrow, March 7, for the Round of 16.

In the super-heavyweight class, the Men’s +92kg category, Norway’s Omar SHIHA claimed a unanimous decision win against Tajikistan’s Muhammad ABRORIDINOV, leading and controlling the bout from the first to the last round with apparent ease.

On March 9, he will step back on the E-Work Arena ring to compete in the category’s Round of 16 along with Iman RAMEZANPOURDELAVAR (IRI), Thomas Vianney MBOUA (CMR), Danabieke BAYIKEWUZI (CHN), Djamili-Dini ABOUDOU MOINDZE (FRA), Alexis BARRIERE (CAN), Congo Chala GERLON GILMAR (ECU), and Fernando ARZOLA (CUB), who all won their respective bouts today, advancing in the tournament.

The Boxing Road to Paris 1st World Qualification Tournament will continue tomorrow, March 7, with a massive daily program of 84 bouts to be contested on the rings of Busto Arsizio’s E-Work Arena. Find today’s results and draw sheets, and tomorrow’s schedule, at: https://boxing.athlete365.org/boxing-road-to-paris-2024/1st-world-qualification-tournament



DAY 4 AFTERNOON SESSION: 22 BOUTS CONTESTED AT THE E-WORK ARENA

06/03/2024

Men’s 51kg

Eight bouts unfolded in one of the most competitive weight categories among men, with only 16 boxers scheduled to compete in this category at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris 2024, and one-third of the quota places at stake in Busto Arsizio.

The first to take center stage was the Rio 2016 silver medalist, Yuberjen Herney MARTINEZ RIVAS (COL), who faced a formidable opponent in Canada’s Justin John Sitchon PARINA. Both boxers displayed impressive punches and offensive tactics, with the Colombian ultimately clinching the first round with a score of 3:2. PARINA struggled to maintain the pace, allowing the Colombian to lead the match and earning the favor of all five judges in the following two rounds, resulting in a 5:0 unanimous decision win.

The excitement continued in the following bout as the 2022 Asian Games bronze medalist Tomoya TSUBOI (JPN) left no chances for his opponent from Nepal, Chandra Bahadur THAPA. The Japanese boxer, demonstrating excellent footwork and attacking tactics, secured a commanding 5-0 victory.

The 2023 Pan American Games bronze medalist, Roscoe HILL (USA), lived up to expectations, dominating his bout against Trofimus JOHANNES of Namibia. Determined, agile, and powerful, the American boxer delivered a near-perfect performance, earning a unanimous decision win.

Cuban Alejandro CLARO showcased brilliant footwork along with incredible punches, securing a sharp 5-0 victory against Omid AHMADISAFA of the Boxing Refugee Team.

Men’s 92kg

John MARVIN of the Philippines proved too strong for Pouria AMIRI (IRI). In the first round, after two standing counts, the referee stopped the match, advancing MARVIN to the next round of the boxing tournament. It took less than three rounds for ODAI ALHINDAWI (JOR) to defeat Antonio RODRIGUES (POR). The 32-year-old from Jordan was too dominant, prompting the referee to stop the contest at 2:25 in round 3. 

Moments later, Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist Loren Berto ALFONSO DOMINGUEZ from Azerbaijan showcased his dominance over Yan ZAK of Israel, claiming a 5:0 unanimous decision victory. Pro boxer from Ireland, Martin McDONAGH, impressed with an exceptional performance, securing five 10/9 scores from all five judges in all three rounds, sealing a commanding unanimous decision victory over YUSUF ACIK (TUR).

Men’s +92kg

The Italian Diego LENZI (ITA) entered the ring with a strong and attacking strategy against BAKYT TOKTOSUN UULU (KGZ). The 22-year-old LENZI impressed all judges with a display of impressive punches, defeating his rival from Kyrgyzstan via a 5:0 unanimous decision.

In the following match, 28-year-old Dusan VELETIC from Serbia scored a unanimous decision win over Jonas JAZEVICIUS (LTU). The Lithuanian boxer was unable to counter the quick punches launched by VELETIC as the Serbian won 5-0 via unanimous decision, convincing all the judges.

In Ring B, Greece’s STYLIANOS ROULIAS and Mexico’sJAVIER CRUZ put on an impressive show, lighting up the E-Work Arena with a display of powerful blows. The Greek and the Mexican boxer engaged in a thrilling split decision bout, with STYLIANOS ROULIAS securing a 4:1 win in the red corner, advancing in the brackets.

GHADFA DRISSI EL AISSAOUI AYOUB (ESP), LUKA PRATLJACIC (CRO), DANIS LATYPOV (BRN) and NELVIE RAMAN TIAFACK (GER) all advanced in the brackets.

Don’t miss Day 4’s evening session at the E-Work Arena in Busto Arsizio, starting at 20:00.

Find all results, draw sheets, and schedules on boxing.athlete365.org.



WQT 1 in Busto Arsizio: thrilling Matches from Day 4 Morning Session

06/03/2024

The action at the 1st World Qualification Tournament in Busto Arsizio, Italy, a qualifying event in the Boxing Road to Paris series with 49 quota places at stake, continues today. Hosted at the E-Work Arena from March 3 to 11, the tournament features over 600 athletes from 113 National Olympic Committees, including the Boxing Refugee Team and Individual Neutral Athletes, competing across 13 weight categories, encompassing 7 men’s and 6 women’s divisions.

Women’s 60kg

The first session of day 4 commenced with a dominant performance from the Kazakh RIMMA VOLOSSENKO, impressing all five judges across three rounds and securing a maximum points win of 5:0. Meanwhile, on ring B, Ayaka TAGUCHI of Japan and Loredana Andreea MARIN of Romania engaged in a closely contested battle. Exceptional combinations were executed by both boxers in the third round, with MARIN ultimately sealing a 4-1 split decision victory.

Shortly after, the home favorite Alessia MESIANO (ITA) entered the ring, cheered on by Team Italy, for her round-of-16 bout against Guadalupe SOLIS (MEX). MESIANO started strong, earning the favor of all judges in round 1. In the following round, SOLIS launched a fierce counterattack, displaying strong punches targeting MESIANO’s face and clinching the round. However, MESIANO rallied in the third round, landing powerful blows to secure a hard-fought 4:1 victory. With the same scoreline, on ring A, the judges awarded Miroslava JEDINAKOVA (SVK) the win after a closely contested match against Portugal’s Carolina FERREIRA.

Felicitas Maria GANGLBAUER (GER) emerged victorious in a challenging battle against Uzbek boxer Raykhona KODIROVA, securing a 3-2 split decision win. OH YEONJI of Korea also claimed victory in a split decision against Anna Julia JENNI of Switzerland, showcasing resilience and adaptability throughout the match.

The boxers Chelsey HEIJNEN (NED) and Donjeta SADIKU (KOS) went with an attacking strategy in their round-of-16 bouts, troubling Aslahan Sezgin MEHMEDOVA (BUL) and Christina LINARDATOU (GRE) respectively, who both were not able to block much. 

Women’s 66 kg

Team France celebrated the victory of experienced boxer Emilie SONVICO (FRA), who clinched a narrow 3:2 split decision win against ANKUSHITA BORO (IND). SONVICO’s offensive tactics proved effective against the 2022 Asian Championships bronze medalist from India. Italy also enjoyed success as 25-year-old Angela CARINI secured a commanding 5:0 victory over Colombian Camila Gabriela CAMILO BRAVO on home turf. Krista KOVALAINEN (FIN) of Finland narrowly edged Cuba’s Yakelin ESTORNELL (CUB) 3-2 in an impressive round-of-64 match, showcasing resilience and excellent boxing skills.

Women’s 75kg

An exciting bout unfolded between Cindy NGAMBA (BRT) and Naomi GRAHAM (USA) at the E-Work Arena. NGAMBA, representing the Boxing Refugee Team, displayed aggression from the outset, earning a full scorecard from all five judges in round one. With relentless attacks in the subsequent rounds, NGAMBA secured a convincing 5:0 unanimous decision victory, solidifying her pursuit of boxing at the Olympic Games. Norway’s Sunniva HOFSTAD also made quick work of her round-of-32 match, clearing it in less than one round against Kimberly Lanora GITTENS (BAR).

Later in the morning, home boxer Melissa GEMINI faced defeat against Elzbieta WOJCIK of Poland. Despite her effort and a close first round, GEMINI was unable to overcome WOJCIK’s resilience, resulting in a 4:1 split decision win for the Tokyo 2020 Olympian from Poland.

Don’t miss today’s afternoon session at 15:30 and the evening session at 20:00.

Find all results, draw sheets, and schedules on boxing.athlete365.org.



Day 3: Evening Session Decides Men’s 63.5kg and 71kg Round-of-32 Line-up

05/03/2024

Day 3 of the Boxing Road to Paris 1st World Qualification Tournament in Busto Arsizio, Italy, continued with 24 more bouts in the Men’s 63.5kg and 71kg categories contested in the evening session, concluding the Round of 64 phase of the tournament for those weight classes.

In the Men’s 63.5kg event, Ruslan ABDULLAEV (UZB), one of the most anticipated boxers in this category, stunned India’s Thapa SHIVA amid round 1, securing a spot in the Round of 32 of the tournament with ease. On his Road to Paris, he will meet Jose Adriel DIAZ RODRIGUEZ (PUR) who defeated CHOI Minsu (KOR) at the end of today’s afternoon session.

In another highlight match of the session, USA’s Emilio GARCIA left few chances to his opponent Ahmad SHTIWI of Israel. Leading throughout the whole match, the American athlete beat SHTIWI via a unanimous decision. GARCIA is now bound to a stellar Round of 32 bout against Cuba’s Erislandy ALVAREZ, to be held on March 7.

In the same weight category, Serbia’s Sendrik Aleksej VITOROVIC outscored Ukraine’s Danyil ZAMORYLO by unanimous decision, after the Ukrainian athlete received a one-point deduction for holding. The Serbian athlete booked a spot in the next phase of the tournament, where he will meet Stelios KIRSANDIS (GRE).

Completing the Men’s 63.5kg Round of 32 brackets, Usmonov BAKHODUR (TJK), Ali HABIBINEZHAD (IRI), Abdelhaq NADIR (MAR), Patris MUGHALZAI (GBR), NISHIYAMA Shion (JPN), Aliyev TAYFUR (AZE), Rosenov Radoslav SIMEBOV (BUL), Uulu Mukhammedsabyr BAZARBAY (KAZ) all qualified for the tournament’s next phase.

Moving on to the Men’s 71kg weight class, Gurgen MADOYAN (ARM) beat Vasile CEBOTARI (MDA) by unanimous decision after a fierce match. Up next, the Armenian boxer will face Spain’s Sergio MARTINEZ who outscored Carlos Tobar, Guatemala, today.

Joining them in the Round of 32 phase of the tournament, this evening’s bout winners Prince Aaron SOLOMON (TTO), Moslem Maghsoudi Mal AMIRI (IRI), Sarkhan ALIYEV (AZE), Eskerkhan MADIEV (GEO), Aleksandr TROFIMCUK (LTU), Nishant DEV (IND), Mohamed RACHEM (BEL), Ladislav HORVATH (SVK), Omari JONES (USA), and Christos KARATIS (GRE) will all step back onto Busto Arsizio’s ring on March 7.

The World Qualification Tournament, which sees the participation of over 600 boxers from 113 NOCs, the Boxing Refugees Team (BRT), and the Independent Neutral Athletes (AIN) will continue tomorrow with three more boxing sessions held at the E-Work Arena in Busto Arsizio. Athletes keep on advancing in the brackets, on their way to the 49 coveted Paris 2024 Quota Places, that will be distributed to the best across 13 categories on the last two days, March 10 and 11.

Find all results, draw sheets, and schedules on boxing.athlete365.org.



Exciting Moments from Busto Arsizio’s Afternoon Boxing Session

05/03/2024
Eashash Zeyad (JOR) in BLUE compete in the Boxing Road to Paris 1st World Qualification Tournament in Busto Arsizio (ITA) in the Man’s 71kg event

In the Men’s 63.5 kg weight category, the afternoon session ignited with a fiery match between Jesus COVA of Venezuela and ROBERT EUSEBIU JITARU of Romania, both asserting dominance to secure commanding 5:0 victories. Moments later, the attention shifted on the Italian Gianluigi MALANGA who failed to progress to the next round, succumbing to a narrow 3:2 split decision loss in his round-of-64 against JOSE MANUEL VIAFARA FORY (COL). The bout witnessed a relentless exchange of impressive punches in the hard-fought first round, with the Colombian securing a razor-thin lead. The Colombian’s advantage extended into the second round, despite the Italian’s spirited counterattack. Despite a valiant effort in the third round, the Italian fell short of clinching victory.

Advancing in the tournament, Mark Ashley FAJARDO (PHI) delivered a spectacular performance, overpowering Albertino MONTEIRO (POR) with a devastating KO win in round 3. It was a challenging day for Guatemala’s EDGAR GARCIA, who succumbed to the relentless assault of his Ugandan contender, Joshua TUKAMUHEBWA, forcing the referee to intervene in round 3 and awarding victory to TUKAMUHEBWA.

Salvador FLORES LUQUE (ESP) secured victory through a hard-fought 4:1 split decision, while Alexandru PARASCHIV (MDA) displayed dominance in a 5:0 unanimous decision win. The judges faced a tough decision in the battle between YURI FALCAO (BRA) and the 2023 Pan American Games bronze medalist Alexy Miguel DE LA CRUZ BAEZ (DOM), ultimately awarding victory to FALCAO with a narrow 4-1 split decision.

MIRZOKHID IMAMNAZAROV (KGZ) left no room for doubt in his match against MICHAEL ABIOLA from Nigeria, as the referee halted the contest in the second round after just 42 seconds, declaring IMAMNAZAROV the victor.

In the Men’s 71 kg weight category, Jordan’s Tokyo 2020 Olympian ZEYAD EASHASH unleashed a barrage of powerful blows on SHOKHOBZHON SHUKUROV (TJK), securing a hard-fought 4:1 victory. ASADKHUJA MUYDINKHUJAEV (KGZ), the 2023 World Championships gold medalist, lived up to expectations, showcasing his exceptional boxing skills and determination to outclass Algeria’s YAICHE YOUCEF ISLAM with a resounding unanimous 5:0 decision victory. Later in the afternoon, one of the youngest boxing champions in Ukraine and with most impressive accolades in the team, the Ukrainian boxing prodigy Yurii ZAKHARIEIEV dashed the hopes of Slovenia’s Dejan LEBURIC with a dominant 5:0 victory, earning a perfect scorecard from all judges.

Syrgak ABDYZHAPAR UULU (KGZ), Petar Kresimir KNEZEVIC (CRO), MAGOMED ELIM SULTANOVIC SCHACHIDOV (GER), Alexander RANGEL (COL), Ronald Jr. CHAVEZ (PHI), ZHAO MENGYANG (CHN), Jorge CUELLAR (CUB), Bayramdurdy NURMUHAMMEDOV (TKM), Virgilio Edua DE LOS SANTOS DELGADO (DOM), ASLANBEK SHYMBERGENOV (KAZ), Damian DURKACZ (POL) all won their respective match, moving on to the Round of 32 phase to be held on 7 March.

For all results and draw sheets of the day, visit: https://boxing.athlete365.org/boxing-road-to-paris-2024/1st-world-qualification-tournament (scroll down to the “downloadable resources” section).

Further updates on the Boxing Road to Paris 1st World Qualification Tournament will follow after the evening session, starting at 20:00.



BUSTO ARSIZIO’S DAY 3: HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MORNING SESSION

05/03/2024
Alessia MESIANO (ITA) in BLUE compete in the Boxing Road to Paris 1st World Qualification Tournament in Busto Arsizio (ITA) in the WOMAN 60kg event on 05 March 2024

On the third day of the 1st World Qualification Tournament at the E-Work Arena in Busto Arsizio, 75 intense bouts are scheduled to take place across three weight divisions: Women’s 60 kg, Men’s 63.5 kg, and Men’s 71 kg.

In the morning session, RIMMA VOLOSSENKO (KAZ) and AYAKA TAGUCHI (JPN) didn’t have trouble overcoming their respective opponents, securing sharp 5:0 wins. CAMILA PAOLA PINEIRO MUINO (URU) prevailed over ANNA SOROKINA (LAT) 4-1 in the following bout. LOREDANA ANDREEA MARIN (ROU) swiftly cleared her round of 16 bout against Anatu MOHAMMED (GHA) in less than 3 minutes, overwhelming her before the referee stopped the contest at 1:18. Guadalupe SOLIS (MEX) secured a patient and defensive 4-1 split decision win against Elida KOCHARYAN (ARM).

In another match, Agnes ALEXIUSSON (SWE) and Alessia MESIANO (ITA) engaged in a thrilling battle. Although Alexiusson initially dominated, Mesiano found her rhythm and counterattacked, winning the first round and the second round with a thin margin. Both boxers showcased impressive punching and boxing skills, but Mesiano ultimately secured victory via a 4:1 split decision win after claiming the third round.

Advancing in the same weight category were Hanna OKHREI (UKR), OH YEONJI (KOR), Anna Julia JENNI (SUI), Chelsey HEIJNEN (NED), TARA BOHATJUK (BIH), Aslahan Sezgin MEHMEDOVA (BUL), Felicitas Maria GANGLBAUER (GER), RAYKHONA KODIROVA (UZB), Donjeta SADIKU (KOS), and CHRISTINA LINARDATOU (GRE).

In the Men’s 63.5kg category, the only Monégasque professional boxer in history, Hugo MICALLEF, engaged in a fierce battle against Turkish boxer MIZAN AYKOL. While MICALLEF started aggressively, causing a standing count to his opponent in the first round, AYKOL took control in the second round, returning the standing count and leading the bout. Despite MICALLEF’s impressive display of punches in the third round, AYKOL secured a 4-1 split decision victory.

In the Men’s 71 kg event, team Brazil celebrated a commanding 5:0 victory for WANDERSON DE OLIVEIRA (BRA), one of the most talented boxers in the team who is yet to qualify.

Ireland’s Aidan WALSH defeated HUSAIN ALKANDARI (UAE) in less than one round. The Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist showcased his supremacy, winning the bout convincingly and forcing the referee to stop the contest at 2:42.

Italy saw another success as home favorite Salvatore CAVALLARO outscored ISMAEL KARRAR HAYDER ISMAEL (IRQ). The 2023 European Games bronze medalist displayed sensational combinations, targeting his opponent and winning the bout 5-0 via unanimous decision.

For all results and draw sheets of the day, visit: https://boxing.athlete365.org/boxing-road-to-paris-2024/1st-world-qualification-tournament (scroll down to the “downloadable resources” section).

Stay tuned for the second and third sessions of the day starting at 15:30 and 20:00.



57 Round-of-64 Bouts Take Place During Busto Arsizio’s Day 2

05/03/2024

Action at the Boxing Road to Paris 1st World Qualification Tournament in Busto Arsizio, Italy, continued today with 57 bouts scheduled for Day 2.

During today’s sessions, athletes competed in the Round of 64 of the Women’s 54kg, Men’s 57kg, and Men’s 80kg weight classes.

The morning session kicked off with the Women’s 54kg weight category, where Romane Moulaï of France was the first winner of the day after a fierce battle against Jennifer Lehane of Ireland. The French boxer clinched a 3:2 split decision win. Meanwhile, on ring B, Johana Carolina Gomez Landaeta of Venezuela landed powerful blows to her opponent from Slovakia, Bibiana Lovasova, that forced the referee to stop the contest in the third round at 2:13. Zeynab Rahimova (AZE) also advanced in the brackets after a 4:1 points win against Fatma Zohra Abdelkader Hadjala (ALG). Puerto Rico’s Angelyris Lopez threw plenty of punches at today’s rival Coletivi Dechey Yetongnon (TOG) to gain maximum points, winning her bout 5-0.

Moving forward in the tournament, in the Men’s 57kg event, 2023 World Champion Sabyrkhan Makhmud (KAZ) confirmed his dominance, securing a 5-0 unanimous decision victory. With the same scoreline, Jose Felipe of Guatemala convinced all the judges with his boxing skills and determination, earning victory over Anthony Joseph (TTO) with a full scorecard. In a fierce ring battle, Artur Bazeyan (ARM) left no chances for Seifeddine Letaief (SUI) as he outscored the Swiss opponent with a sharp 5:0 victory. Mohammad Abu Jajeh (JOR) lost via a 3:2 decision after a hard-fought match against Leandro Gonzalez Landazury of Colombia. Jaroslaw Iwanow (POL) also made his mark today, securing a convincing 5:0 decision win over Greece’s Alexei Lagkazasvili, earning the favor of all the judges. Right after, there was another unanimous decision win: Jaeyong Shin (KOR) ran out a comfortable 5:0 winner over Allan Morozov (EST). Umid Rustamov (AZE) cleared his bout against Nawwaf Alzahmi (UAE) in less than 3 minutes, overwhelming him before the referee stopped the contest at 1:48 in Round 1. The judges declared Tryagain Ndevelo (NAM) as the winner, 3:2 on split decision in his bout against Batuhan Ciftci of Turkey.

In the Men’s 80kg class, Ireland’s Kelyn Cassidy and Andrej Csemez (SVK) both showcased their superiority by winning with a unanimous decision of 5:0 respectively against Michail Tsamalidis (GRE) and Andrei Chiriacov (MDA). Noa Hadjit (BEL) displayed remarkable skills and secured a unanimous decision victory over Sulaiman Aslami (AFG). In the hope of securing a place at Paris 2024, Rafayel Hovhannisyan (ARM) and Jinjea Kim (KOR) gave their best to advance in the tournament, claiming both a maximum points victory. Prewa Padabadi (TOG) eased past Carlos Gongora of Ecuador in their bout as the referee had to stop the contest in Round 1. The 2023 World Amateur Champion Nurbek Oralbay (KAZ) did not waste his opportunity, striking Cedrick Belony-Duliepre (HAI) towards the end to earn maximum points and a 5-0 win in the first round. Kaan Aykutsun (TUR) executed some powerful blows to get a unanimous decision victory over Charles Antonio Cox (BAR). Aliaksei Alfiorau (AIN) and Paul Andrei Aradoaie (ROU) left everyone in awe with two exceptional performances, sealing a unanimous 5:0 decision victory over their opponents, Shabbos Negmatulloev (TJK), and Yusufu Nkobeza (UGA). Jonathan Tetteh (GHA) handed a walkover win to his opponent Kevin Boakye Schumann of Germany who advanced in the brackets. Eldric Sella from the Boxing Refugee Team could not make it to the next round as he met a tough opponent: USA’s Robby Gonzales, whose impressive punching left no chances for Sella. Weerapon Jongjoho of Thailand was another dominant winner as he outclassed Robertas Liorancas (LTU), securing a convincing victory with a unanimous decision of 5:0. In the last bout of the morning session, Omurbek Bekzhigit Uulu (KGZ) and Georgii Gutsaev (GEO) jumped into the ring. The boxer from Kirghizistan demonstrated his dominance in the match, sealing a 5:0 win.

At the evening session, Poland’s Sandra Drabik stunned Nepal’s Anjani Teli in the women’s 54kg category, winning with a sharp 5:0 score to advance in the tournament and toward a coveted Paris 2024 Olympic quota place. In the same category, Islem Ferchichi from Tunisia outscored Emma Jokiaho from Finland. Advancing to the Round of 32 with them, Chile’s Denisse Bravo beat Armenia’s Tatevik Khachatryan 5:0, and Estefani Almanzar De Leon (DOM) outpowered Yin Yin Winnie Au (HKG), winning her bout by RSC.

Moving on to the Men’s 57kg weight category, the tournament saw a great show of power and speed put up by Andrey Bonilla, Mexico, in his Round of 64 bout against Murat Yildirim (GER). Dodging and hitting, he led round 2 and 3 gaining a 4:1 win to advance in the tournament. In the same weight category, Luiz Oliveira (BRA) beat Seiitbek Uulu Munarbek (KGZ) on points, and Artyush Gomtsyan (GEO) outscored Wasim Abusal (PLE) via a unanimous decision.

Italy’s hopeful, Francesco Iozia, did not make it through, losing to Shukur Ovezov (TKM) by split decision.

Completing the Men’s 57kg Round of 32 lineup, Owain Harris-Allan (GBR) outdid Jose Luis De Lo Santos Feliz (DOM) via a split decision, and Oleh Chuliacheiev (UKR) outdid Sergio Rodrigues (POR) also via a split decision. At the same time, Daniyal Shahbakhsh (IRI), Morocco’s Soulaimane Samghouli, Alex Mukuka (NZL), Jude Gallagher (IRL) all won their respective bouts by unanimous decision.

Back to the Men’s 80kg weight class, In a show of prowess and sheer power, Yusuf Lucasi Changalawe (TAN) stunned his opponent Diego Pereira (VEN) amid round 1 in the Men’s 80kg category, knocking him down twice, and forcing the referee to stop the contest. Moments later, Osaro Lucky Aimufua (AUT) did the same against Mohamed Assaghir (MAR), moving on in the tournament’s brackets.

In the following bouts, Norway’s Mindaugas Gedminas (NOR) beat Argentina’s Abraham Gabriel Buonarrigo by 4 to 1 points, Juan Ortiz (COL) beat Gafurova Gazimagomed Jalidov Schami (ESP) 3 to 1 points, Nuryagdy Nuryagdyyev (TKM) won 3:2 against Nikita Nystedt (FIN) and Taj Kagho (NZL) outscored Jeremiah Thomas (TTO) 4 to 1 points. Joining them in the Round of 32 will be Pylyp Akilov (HUN), Turabek Khabibullaev (UZB), Meysam Gheshlaghi (IRI), Rafal Perczynski (POL), Hector Aguirre (MEX), Petar Marcic (MNE), Yojerlin Cesar (FRA), and Kristiyan Nikolov (BUL) who all won their respective bouts.

Find all results and draw sheets of the day, as well as tomorrow’s schedule, here: https://boxing.athlete365.org/boxing-road-to-paris-2024/1st-world-qualification-tournament  (scroll down to the “downloadable resources” section).



1st World Qualification Tournament kicks off in Busto Arsizio, Italy

03/03/2024

The Boxing Road To Paris 1st World Qualification Tournament, hosted at the E-Work Arena in Busto Arsizio, Italy, was officially opened today.

More than 600 boxers from 113 National Olympic Committees, including the Boxing Refugee Team and Individual Neutral Athletes, registered to participate. Spanning from March 3 to March 11, these athletes will compete in 13 weight categories, aiming for 49 coveted Paris 2024 Olympic Quota Places (21 in the Women’s events and in the Men’s events).

In line with the PBU’s primary mandate, and to focus on the athletes and their road to Paris, boxers will only compete until the quota places are distributed, and no medal matches and medal ceremonies will be staged during the tournament.

The tournament started off today with the men’s 51kg division, where Justin John Sitchon Parina (CAN) and Theophilus Allotey (GHA) were the first winners of the day, overcoming Keymberth Jose Gonzalez Solarzano (VEN) and Po Wei Tu (TPE) respectively, both with a clear 5:0 victory. Chandra Bahadur Thapa of Nepal edged Tajikistan’s Mehron Shafiev 4-1 in a notable bout. In the meantime, Salvador Martin Molina (ESP) won by a split decision 3:2 over David De Pina (CPV). 2023 Pan American Games bronze medallist Ramon Nicanor Quiroga from Argentina ran out to a comfortable victory over Nurzhigit Diushebaev (KGZ). Omid Ahmadisafa of the Boxing Refugee Team and Wei Xuan Teo of Singapore easily advanced in the brackets as their contenders Zohaib Rasheed (PAK) and Fathia Shafik Mawanda (UGA) respectively withdrew from their bouts. Mexico’s Ari Bonilla was a convincing winner as he outscored Bashkim Bajoku of Kosovo 5-0. Nijat Huseynov (AZE) was on the winning side of a 3-2 split decision from the judges after a pulsating match against the Indian boxer Deepak at the E-Work Arena. Ukraine’s Dmytro Zamotayev executed some powerful blows to get a 5-0 victory over Jakub Slominski (POL). The Philippines’ Rogen Ladon sealed a 4-1 split decision victory against the home favourite Federico Serra. Istvan Szaka (HUN) faced a tough bout against Great Britain’s Kiaran MacDonald (GBR). Some sensational combinations were executed by both athletes but MacDonald secured a 3-2 split decision win. Jiamao Zhang (CHN) and Roscoe Hill (USA) impressed the judges, earning a sharp score of 5:0 respectively against Jabali George Breedy (BAR) and Daniyar Rozmetov (TKM). The referee had to stop in R3 in the match between Saken Bibossinov (KAZ) and Chun Hin Kanneth Tam (HKG). The Kazakh boxer showed off some powerful punches which let him advance in the tournament. Cosmin Petre Girleanu (ROU) went on the offensive and landed some powerful blows to Sean Mari (IRL) to take a 4:1 victory.

In the Men’s 71kg weight category, Turkmenistan’s Bayramdurdy Nurmuhamedov overwhelmed Miroslav Kapuler of Israel before the referee stopped the contest in R3. Milos Bartl (CZE) refused to give up against Juan Cedeno of Venezuela, sealing a 3:2 split decision win after a close battle. It took less than two rounds for Hungary’s Levente Gemes to defeat Pavel Kamanin (EST). Taufa Lavemaau (TGA) and Junior Petanqui (CAN) left no chances to Pavel Kamanin (EST) and to Bigate Naae Bighafa Armando (GBS) who both had to surrender via a 5:0 unanimous decision defeat. Destiny Idugboe (NGR) withdrew from his bout, handing a walkover win to his opponent SeokJun Son of South Korea.

Moving on to the Men’s +92kg event, Norvegia’s Omar Shiha secured maximum points in each round and, as a result, sealed a resounding 5:0 victory over Mohamed Firisse of Morocco. With the same scoreline, Gerlon Gilmar Congo Chala (ECU), going against Istvan Thberna (HUN), secured a unanimous decision win. Martin McDonagh of Ireland and Dusan Veletic of Serbia overcame Ali Fernely Feliz (DOM) and Cristian Camilo Salcedo Codazzi (COL) respectively, both via a 4:1 split decision win.

In the afternoon session, Claudia Totova of Czech Republic cleared her Women’s 50kg round of 64 match by outdoing Guatemala’s Aylin Jamez on points, to advance in the tournament.

In the same weight category, Rita Soares (POR), Guo Yi-Xuan (TPE), Daina Moorehouse (IRL), Rinka Kinoshita (JPN), Nina Radovanovic (SRB), Sofie Vinter Rosshaug (DEN), Ruhafzo Haqnazarova (TJK), Natalia Kuczewska (POL), and Victoria Ingrid Lorena Valencia (COL) all advanced to the Round of 32.

Moving on to the Women’s 57kg weight class, one of the tournament’s favourites, Nesthy Petecio (PHI), went up against Andela Brankovic from Serbia and cleared her way through the match in just 1 minute and 2 seconds as the referee had to stop the contest, propelling her onto the next phase of the tournament. There, she will meet Romania’s Maria Claudia Nechita, who advanced through a bye. Xu Zichun, from the People’s Republic of China, outscored Legnis Cala from Cuba with a commanding 5:0 score, joining Ana Marija Milisic (SUI) and USA’s Alyssa Mendoza in the Round of 32, to be contested on 7 March.

The Women’s 60kg Round of 64 saw 10 athletes at the starting blocks. Kazakhstan’s Rimma Volossenko won the category’s first match, outscoring Tianna Esha Hadhas-Sah Guy (TTO) with a sharp 5:0 victory. Portugal’s Carolina Ferreira beat Vietnam’s Thi Linh Ha via a 3:2 decision, to move on in the tournament’s brackets. Hanna Okhrei (UKR), Krisandy Rios (VEN), Tara Bohatjuk (BIH), Taguchi Ayaka (JPN), Agnes Alexiusson (SWE), Lenka Bernardova (CZE), Sheila Martinez Perez (ESP), and Christina Linardatou (GRE) all won their respective match, moving on to the Round of 32 phase to be held on 5 March.

The Boxing Road to Paris 1st World Qualification Tournament will continue tomorrow, 4 March, at the E-Work Arena in Busto Arsizio, Italy. 57 more bouts are scheduled to take place on two rings, in the women’s 54kg and in the men’s 57kg and 80kg categories.

Find today’s results and draw sheets, as well as tomorrow’s schedule here (see “Results” and “Schedule” sections at the bottom of the page), and keep on following the action on boxing.athlete365.org



1st World Qualification Tournament: Official Draw Sees 602 Boxers Competing in Busto Arsizio

02/03/2024

Today, March 2, the Technical Meeting and the Official Draw of the 1st World Olympic Qualifier were held at the E-Work Arena in Busto Arsizio, Italy.

Starting from tomorrow, March 3, and until March 11, a total of 602 boxers representing 113 National Olympic Committees, along with the Boxing Refugee Team and Individual Neutral Athletes, will compete across 13 weight categories (6 Women’s, 7 Men’s). Their goal is to secure one of the 49 Paris 2024 qualification quota places, with 21 spots available in the Women’s events and 28 in the Men’s events. The tournament will unfold at the E-Work Arena, beginning with two daily sessions starting at 13:00 and 19:00 (Italy local time) on March 3, two sessions at 11:00 and 20:00 on March 4, and three sessions at 11:00, 15:30, and 20:00 from 5 to 8 March. On the final three days, March 9, 10 and 11, only two sessions will be held at 13:00 and 19:00.

Find the complete Official Draw Sheets and the official schedule at the tournament page (see “Draw Sheets” and “Schedule” sections at the bottom of the page).

In line with the PBUs primary mandate, and to focus on the athletes and their road to Paris, boxers will only compete until the quota places are distributed, and no medal matches and medal ceremonies will be staged during the tournament.

The 1st World Qualification Tournament follows the continental qualification phase held throughout 2023. During this phase, boxers worldwide competed in five events to secure quota place for Paris 2024. These events included the European Games in Krakow, Poland (44 quota places, 22 for women and 22 for men), the Africa Qualification Tournament in Dakar, Senegal (18 quota places, 11 for women and 7 for men), the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China (34 quota places, 20 for women and 14 for men), the Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile (30 quota places,16 for women and 14 for men), and the Pacific Games in Honiara, Solomon Islands (13 quota places, 6 for women and 7 for men).

Looking ahead, the Boxing Road to Paris 2024 pathway will culminate in the 2nd World Qualifier to be hosted in Bangkok, Thailand, in May.

Find the latest updates on the tournament page at https://boxing.athlete365.org/boxing-road-to-paris-2024/1st-world-qualification-tournament/ and follow the action on www.olympic.com



Boxing Road to Paris: World Qualification Tournament ready to kick-off in Busto Arsizio, Italy

27/02/2024

In just a few days, the Boxing Road to Paris 1st World Qualification Tournament will get underway in Busto Arsizio, Italy, at the E-Work Arena from 3-11 March.

An impressive lineup of 632 athletes (399 men and 233 women) from 112 NOCs and the Boxing Refugee Team, as well as Individual Neutral Athletes will compete for 49 Paris 2024 Olympic quota places across 13 weight categories (7 Men’s events with 28 available quota places and 6 Women’s events with 21 available quota places).

In line with the PBU’s primary mandate, and to focus on the athletes and their road to Paris, boxers will only compete until the quota places are distributed, and no medal matches and medal ceremonies will be staged during the tournament.

The tournament will therefore run up to the quarterfinals in all weight categories (4 quota places available in each event), except for the women’s 57kg category (2 quota places available), which will run up to the semifinal stage, and the women’s 60kg category (3 quota places available), where a box-off will assign the third available quota.

Several athletes are worth keeping an eye on throughout the tournament. In the highly competitive men’s 51kg category, world-renowned names such as Yuberjen Martinez (COL) and Tomoya Tsuboi (JPN) will be vying for one of the 4 quota places. In the men’s 57kg category, Makhmud Sabyrkhan (KAZ) will face tough competition from Yoel Finol (VEN) and Carlo Paalam (PHI). Other standout athletes include Alexy de la Cruz (DOM), Erislandy Álvarez (CUB), Ruslan Abdullaev (UZB), and Shiva Thapa (IND). In the women’s 75kg event, Irina Schönberger (GER), Elżbieta Wójcik (POL), and Nesthy Petecio (PHI) are among the contenders aiming for Olympic qualification.

The event is organized by the Italian Local Organizing Committee (LOC) under the authority of the Paris 2024 Boxing Unit (PBU), an ad-hoc unit created by the IOC Executive Board with the mandate to organize and ensure the delivery of the Olympic Boxing Qualifying Tournaments and the Boxing Competition at the Olympic Games Paris 2024. This decision followed the suspension of the Olympic recognition of the International Boxing Association (IBA) by the IOC Session in June 2019, which was subsequently withdrawn by the IOC Session in June 2023, and the announcement in June 2022 that the IBA would not run the Olympic Boxing Qualifying Tournaments and the Boxing Competition at the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

The 1st World Qualification Tournament follows the continental qualification phase staged throughout 2023, which saw boxers from all over the world competing and qualifying  for Paris 2024 through the European Games in Krakow, Poland (44 quota places, 22 women and 22 men), the Africa Qualification Tournament in Dakar, Senegal (18 quota places, 11 women and 7 men), the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China (34 quota places, 20 women and 14 men), the Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile (30 quota places, 16 women and 14 men), and the Pacific Games in Honiara, Solomon Islands (13 quota places, 6 women and 7 men).

Following Busto Arsizio’s, a second World Qualification Tournament will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, in May. Only National Olympic Committees (NOCs) that have not yet qualified an athlete in a specific weight category via the respective continental qualification event are allowed to enter one athlete per weight category.

Stay connected for the latest updates, photos, and results, available on the Athlete 365 Boxing Corner website at boxing.athlete365.org and follow the action on www.olympics.com



1st World Qualification Tournament: Preliminary Competition Schedule

23/02/2024

The preliminary general competition schedule of the Boxing Road to Paris 1st World Qualification Tournament, to be held in Busto Arsizio, Italy, from the 3rd through the 11th of March 2024, has been published and can be downloaded here: http://boxing.athlete365.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/20240223_Preliminary-General-Competition-Schedule.pdf

UPDATE: Find here the tournament’s detailed competition schedule: http://boxing.athlete365.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/C08.pdf

This preliminary schedule is subject to changes. The final competition schedule will be published after the tournament’s sports entry check and the official draw, to be held on the 2nd of March.

Stay tuned on boxing.athlete365.org for further updates.



668 Athletes Registered for the First Boxing Road to Paris World Qualifying Tournament in Busto Arsizio, Italy, with 49 Quota Places at Stake

06/02/2024

A total of 668 athletes from 114 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and the Boxing Refugee Team  have registered to participate in the first Boxing Road to Paris World Qualifying Tournament set to be hosted at the E-Work Arena in Busto Arsizio, Italy, from the 3rd through the 11th of March 2024.

Two Individual Neutral Athletes (AIN) with a Belarusian passport have registered to take part in the tournament, while no individuals with a Russian passport applied.

Due to the exceptionally high participation, one additional competition day has been added to the event (originally scheduled from 4th to 11th March), with action now due to start on the 3rd of March.

Final participation numbers will be updated after the Boxing Entries Check – the procedure to validate all Teams’ entries and registrations upon their arrival on site – on 1 March, 2024.

Forty-nine Paris 2024 Olympic quota places (21 for women and 28 for men) across 13 boxing weight categories (6 women’s, 7 men’s) are at stake at the event.

The Boxing Road to Paris qualification pathway witnessed athletes competing in continental events at the European Games, the Asian Games, the Pan American Games, the Pacific Games, and at an ad-hoc African Boxing qualifier in Dakar, Senegal, last year, with a total of 139 athletes qualifying for Paris.

In 2024, two world qualifying tournaments are taking place to distribute the last available 100 qualification spots for the boxing tournament of the Olympic Games Paris 2024, in accordance to the qualification system for the sport of Boxing.

Following Italy’s event, the second World Qualifying Tournament will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 26 May to 2 June, 2024. Registrations for the event are not yet open.

Both World Qualifying Tournaments are open to all NOCs that have not yet had an athlete qualified in a specific weight category, and to Individual Neutral Athletes complying with specific eligibility criteria.

Stay tuned on boxing.athlete365.org for updates on the event!



MEDIA ACCREDITATION OPENS FOR BOXING ROAD TO PARIS WORLD QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT 1 IN BUSTO ARSIZIO (ITA)

10/01/2024

The E-Work Arena in Busto Arsizio, in the outskirts of Milan, Italy, is set to host the first Boxing Road to Paris World Qualifying Tournament from March 3rd to 11th, 2024. 

A total of 49 Olympic quota places (21 for women and 28 for men) are at stake, across 13 Olympic boxing weight categories (6 women’s, 7 men’s). 

The media accreditation process is now open. Media accreditation requests can be submitted through the dedicated online form at https://register.event-works.com/iocsports/2024boxqe2/e/cp/g/139820/, no later than February 26, 2024. 

Submissions will be reviewed and validated, and a confirmation email will notify approved requests.



Boxing Road to Paris: Host Cities and Dates of 2024 World Qualifiers Unveiled

25/08/2023

The Paris 2024 Boxing Unit (PBU) has officially announced the host cities and the dates for the two World Qualification Tournaments, where boxers from around the globe will compete for a spot at the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

The first world qualification tournament will take place in Busto Arsizio, Italy – from 29 February to 12 March, 2024. The event will allocate 49 quota places (21 Women and 28 Men). 

The second world qualification tournament will be held in Bangkok, Thailand – from 23 May to 3 June, 2024. By the end of the tournament, the remaining 51 quotas places will be awarded and the boxing qualification period for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 will be finalized.

The two World Qualification Tournaments ensure that each National Olympic Committee (NOC) will have up to three qualification opportunities on their Boxing Road to Paris. 

As per the Paris 2024 Qualification System for Boxing, NOCs will only be able to enter athletes at the World Qualification Tournaments in the specific weight categories where they have not yet been allocated and confirmed a quota place. 

For more details regarding the Boxing Road to Paris qualification pathway, please refer to the Qualification System (link).



IOC Executive Board recommends to IOC Session to withdraw recognition of International Boxing Association

08/06/2023
The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today recommended to the IOC Session to withdraw recognition of the International Boxing Association (IBA), in accordance with Rule 3.7 of the Olympic Charter (OC).

The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today recommended to the IOC Session to withdraw recognition of the International Boxing Association (IBA), in accordance with Rule 3.7 of the Olympic Charter (OC).

Find the full news on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) website, here https://olympics.com/ioc/news/ioc-executive-board-recommends-to-ioc-session-to-withdraw-recognition-of-international-boxing-association



Paris 2024 boxing qualification system to achieve a fair process for all NOCs

06/12/2022

The delivery model for the Paris 2024 Olympic boxing competition and Olympic boxing qualifiers was discussed today by the Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

©IOC/Greg Martin

Designed by the IOC in close collaboration with boxing experts, the Olympic qualification system focuses on:

  • Achieving a fair process for all NOCs – with the same number of qualification events available to their boxers, regardless of weight category;
  • An increased number of qualification opportunities in comparison to Tokyo 2020;
  • Retaining the Athlete Eligibility Criteria successfully used in the Tokyo 2020 boxing qualification system;
  • Reviewing the quota place distribution per weight category in comparison to the International Boxing Association (IBA)’s proposal; and
  • Reviewing the quota place distribution per qualification tournament in comparison to IBA’s proposal.

The new qualification system was approved by the IOC EB in September and is based on direct qualification through selected competitions, including the use of NOC regional multisport events as Olympic boxing qualification tournaments. Following the continental phase of the quota place allocation, two world qualification tournaments are planned to be held in 2024, with the goal of providing a balance in terms of geographical opportunity to qualify for the Olympic Games Paris 2024. Details can be found here.

This process puts boxers first, reducing the complexity of the qualification process by using existing regional events and giving up to three qualification opportunities, ultimately achieving a fair and equal pathway for all boxers.

The “Paris 2024 Boxing Event Regulations” for the qualification tournaments and the Olympic Games are due to be published as early as possible in 2023.

With regard to anti-doping, the testing at the Olympic qualification tournaments will be carried out in addition to IBA’s existing programme, in close collaboration with the International Testing Agency (ITA). 



New boxing qualification system approved for Paris 2024

08/09/2022

A new boxing qualification system for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 was approved by the Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today after a full update on the situation of boxing, including governance issues within the International Boxing Association (IBA). 

©IOC/Greg Martin
©IOC/Greg Martin

Boxers’ pathway to Paris 2024 approved

After deciding last June that the boxing qualifying events and competitions for Paris 2024 would not be run under the authority of the IBA, the IOC EB was presented with an additional qualification model, which was approved during its meeting in Lausanne.

Designed by the IOC in close collaboration with boxing experts, the new qualification system is based on direct qualification through selected competitions, including the use of National Olympic Committee (NOC) regional multisport events as Olympic boxing qualification tournaments. The responsibility for the boxing competitions in the following events will therefore not lie with the IBA, and alternative arrangements will be put in place with the respective event organisers:

  • Pan-American Games – Santiago 2023
  • European Games – Krakow 2023
  • Pacific Games – Honiara 2023
  • Asian Games – Hangzhou 2022 (taking place in 2023)
  • ANOCA (Africa) multisport event to be confirmed

Following the continental phase of the quota place allocation, two world qualification tournaments are planned to be held in 2024.

The new Olympic qualification process puts boxers first, lowering the complexity of the qualification process by using existing regional events and giving up to three qualification opportunities, ultimately achieving a fair and equal pathway for all boxers.

Remaining concerns over IBA

The various IOC concerns around the governance of the IBA, including the refereeing and judging process and the IBA’s financial dependency on the state-owned company Gazprom, are still ongoing.

The IOC EB today received a report on the issues related to competition management and refereeing and judging processes highlighted by independent experts during the boxing competition at the recent Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

It also noted that no clear efforts have been made by the IBA to respect and fully implement the roadmap set out by the IOC EB in December 2021 with regard to the IBA’s governance.

As a consequence, the IOC EB has sent a letter to the IBA informing it of the IOC’s ongoing grave concern. Boxing is currently not included in the sports programme of the Olympic Games Los Angeles 2028 and, considering the absence of any real evolution, the IOC Executive Board is not in a position to reverse its decision. This letter will be shared with the NOCs and national boxing federations.