Another full day’s program Monday at the Halla Gymnasium in Jeju Island where the second day was split into two sessions.
Tomorrow sees the four time World and London 2012 Gold medallist, Katie Taylor, enter the arena in defence of her 60kg lightweight crown
First off let us look at Monday’s program:
Russia’s athletes were in fine form as all of their athletes defeated their rivals, and America’s London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medallist Marlen Esparza won the’ bout of the day’.
Bout of the day?
In the absence of the top favourites of the Flyweight class (51 kg) in England’s London 2012 Olympic Champion Nicola Adams and India’s five-time AIBA Women’s World Champion Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte, the strong US boxer Marlen Esparza is one of the main gold medal contenders of the category in Jeju. China’s Olympic silver medalist Cancan Ren is another absentee.
The US star is only 25, but she has been a member of the national squad since 2006 when she bagged a bronze medal at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi, India.
Esparza has prepared well for the current AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, as she has successfully participated in nine tournaments this year, and she had to meet with Mongolia’s Incheon 2014 Asian Games bronze medallist Nandintsetseg Myagmardulam in the opening round of the championships.
The American used aggressive tactics against the strong Mongolian boxer, who in turn demonstrated her quick combinations in the second round.
Excluding the second frame, it was the US boxer who controlled their top level and entertaining contest, and who won the battle of the day in Jeju.