On 25th August 2017, the 2017 edition of AIBA world boxing championships started. This event was hosted byHamburg, Germany. The event lasted till 2nd September 2017. The best 280 boxers in world competed for one of the most decorated boxing titles in the word.
Gaurav Bidhuri Clinches Bronze Medal at World Boxing Championships:
- On 31stAugust 2017, 24 year oldIndian boxer Gaurav Bidhuri and 19 year old American boxer Duke Ragan fought in the semi-finals of the bantamweight (56 kilogram) category.
- Gaurav Bidhuri lost 0-5 to Duke Raganand clinched the Bronze medal.
- The first round between the two boxers was an even contest. Ragan took his time to warm up and both the boxers exchanged equal number of jabs.
- From the second round onwards, Ragan moved well in the ring and frustrated Bidhuri got a couple of punches from Ragan. Ragan was the winner in the second round.
- In the final round both the boxers went on the defensive mode but Ragan broke free with his cleanly-struck right hooks to defeat Bidhuri.
Amit Phangal (49kg) and Kavinder Bisht (56kg) had bowed out in the quarterfinal stage:
- Twenty one year old Indian boxer Amit Phangal (49kg)fought against Uzbekistan boxer Hasanboy Dusmatov in the quarter final stage of Light Flyweight category.
- Amit Phangal is an Asian Championships bronze-medallist.
- Hasanboy Dusmatov is an Olympic champion.
- Amit Phangal lost to Hasanboy Dusmatov in a unanimous verdict and bowed out in the quarterfinal stage.
- India’s National Champion Kavinder Bisht Singh (52kg)entered the quarterfinals of Flyweight category. He fought against 24 year old South Korean boxer Kim In Kyu.
- Kim In Kyu was a strong opponent for Kavinder Bisht Singh.Kavinder was defeated by Kim In Kyu and bowed out of quarter finals.
Shiva Thapa, Manoj Kumar out in first round AIBA:
- Twenty four year old Indian boxer Shiva Thapa contested in the lightweight (60kg) category. He has won a bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships in Doha.
- Shiva seeded fifth in the lightweight 60kg category,bowed out without exchanging a single blow, forced to give a walkoverafter being laid low by food poisoning and high fever.
- “He was throwing up last night and this morning, he was running high fever as well. He couldn’t have fought, his body was not holding up. We tried to do everything but he was very weak,” an Indian team official told.
- Thirty one year old Indian boxer Manoj Kumar (69kg)participated in the light welter-weight category. He is a former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist.
- Manoj Kumar fought againstVenezuelan boxer Gabriel Maestre Perez.
- Perez had won a bronze in the 2013 World Championships and he is also a Pan-American Games gold-medallist.
- 7. Manoj Kumartried his best boxing with his higher-ranked rival butlost in a split verdict. He exited from the tournament.
Ukraine’s Oleksandr Khyzhniak wins Best Boxer, Cuba win Best team and USA’s Billy Walsh wins Best Coach:
- Best Boxer – Oleksandr Khyzhniak (UKR):
Ukrainian Middleweight Oleksandr Khyzhniak’s superb run in Hamburg secured him both the World title and the award for Best Boxer at the 2017 World Championships. Khyzhniam appeared in 2014 as a newcomer to the Ukraine Otamans WSB team, He secured bronze medal at the European Games in 2015.
- Best Team – Cuba:
Undoubtedly Cuba was the best team in Hamburg. Cuba’s five-gold victory began with Light Flyweight Joanhys Argilago’s triumph over Hasanboy Dusmatov and ended with Erislandy Savon’s brilliant Heavyweight win. In between were golds for Yosbany Veitia, Andy Cruz and a fourth straight title for Julio Cesar La Cruz. Lazaro Alvarez and Roniel Iglesias won two silver medals.
- Best Coach – Billy Walsh (USA):
USA Boxing had managed just one bronze medal in the previous three AIBA World Championships. After Doha 2015, the man who had built Irish boxing back up to be a global force once more, Billy Walsh, was drafted in to take US boxing back to where it belonged. After a successful Rio 2016, a new-look team arrived in Germany composed and hungry for medals. A silver medal for Duke Ragan (56kg) and bronzes for Freudis Rojas (64kg) and Troy Isley (75kg) showed the future is bright in Colorado.
- AIBA – Amateur International Boxing Association
- Headquarters – Lausanne, Switzerland
- President – Dr.Ching-Kuo Wu