Canada’s Women Lead the Way at the AMBC Continental Championships
By: Kaitlyn Clark
Photo: Boxing Canada (Facebook)
Boxing Canada sent a team of 12 boxers to the AMBC Continental Championships in Tegucigalpa, Honduras earlier this month from June 10th – 17th. For the men, it was an opportunity to qualify for the World Championships later this year, while for the women, it was a chance to make history - and make history they did.
Of the 12 Canadian boxers competing in Honduras, 7 were from the Women’s National Team: Kim Klavel (48kg), Mandy Bujold (51kg), Sara Haghighat-Joo (54kg), Sabrina Aubin (57kg), Caroline Veyre (60kg), Tammara Thibeault (75kg), and Marija Curran (81kg). This event would mark the first National Team competition for both Haghighat-Joo and Curran.
The women started the tournament in fine fashion, with 12 straight wins, leading to all 7 women winning their respective semi-final bouts and earning a spot in the finals for a place at the top of the podium. On the way to the finals, Caroline Veyre and Tammara Thibeault shocked the tournament by pulling off wins against 2016 Olympians in each of their semi-final matches. Caroline Veyre took a split decision win over USA’s Mikaela Mayer – the same boxer who eliminated her from the Olympic Qualifying tournament just over 1 year ago – and newcomer, Tammara Thibeault pulled an upset win over 2014 69kg World Champion and 2016 Olympian, Atheyna Bylon of Panama.
In the finals, the women boxed their hearts out earning Canada 2 gold medals and 5 silver medals – the best performance in recent memory for the Canadian National Team, and the best performance in history by the Women’s Team. Kim Klavel and Tammara Thibeault both won gold with Klavel out boxing Irismar Del Valle Cardozo Rojas of Venezuela, and Thibeault earning a split decision victory over another new comer to the international scene, Oshea Jones of USA. Bujold, Haghighat-Joo, Aubin, Veyre, and Curran, all boxed their hearts out and came away with silver medals.
We here are STING Sport Canada are very proud of our Women’s National Team for kick starting the Road to Tokyo 2020 and we look forward to the development and stellar results which are surely to come over the next 3 years.
We also want to extend big congratulations to our Men’s National Team who also represented Canada with pride, especially 2016 Olympian Arthur Biyarslanov who came home with a bronze medal and secured his place at the AIBA 2017 Men’s World Championships which will take place in Hamburg, Germany later this year from August 25 th – September 3 rd.
Excellent work done by all the Canadian Boxers!!
About the Author
Kaitlyn Clark is a 24 year old, amateur boxer, federal government employee with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, avid juggler, and professional wrestling geek. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance and a Minor in French Linguistics from Carleton University; but her real passion is analyzing and writing about Olympic style boxing. You can check her and her cats out on Instagram and Twitter.
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