The AIBA tells us that this very first edition (rankings) includes the results at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships Barbados 2010, the AIBA Youth Women’s World Boxing Championships Antalya 2011, the European Women’s Boxing Championships Rotterdam 2011, the 2012 American Women’s Championships and the 2012 Asian Women’s Championships.
“Launching the AIBA Women’s World Ranking makes me really proud. I have always been convinced that the future of our sport will be led by Women’s participation. Boxing is growing very fast and I cannot wait to witness the first women boxers competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games”, stated Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, AIBA President.
At the upcoming AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships Qinhuangdao 2012, the AIBA Seeding Commission will review all current rankings and approve the seeding immediately after the General Weigh-in and before the Official Draw”
It is ‘unthinkable’ that Sofia Ochigava will remain at no 8 in the final list and a move to no 2 or 3 seems likely. Her ranking is so low only because she was out of boxing due to serious injury for some 9 months or so and missed several ranking tournaments.
Here is the current top 20 in the latest official rankings: (the points relate to qualifying events under the AIBA rankings system)
Remember though that this is the 60kg list so you will also have a number of world and regional titleholders from the 57kg, 64kg and arguably other weight divisions to factor in before any final seedings will be released on the day of the draw in China. What is for sure is that, illness or injury apart, Katie Taylor will be No. 1 and rightly so. So who else can be added to or removed from this list. Remember each country can only enter ONE boxer therefore several of those listed here are unlikely to be their country’s first choice eg: Gulsum Tatar the world champ at 64kg – and likely to be one of Taylor’s greatest threats is ‘most likely’ to be the Turkish entry rather than Gamze Basar. Queen Underwood is more than likely to be higher than number five and for sure Great Britain’s Natasha Jonas will be in the top 10, especially on home territory. Because GB have been rotating their 60kg tournament entrants between Jonas,Amanda Coulson and Chantelle Cameron she has sometimes been in the 64kg category.up to now.