Underwood Queen of the Ring


Mavzuna Chorieva of Tajikistan

In the second session of AIBA Women's World Championship boxing at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex in Bridgetown Barbados today, Team USA made good the earlier defeats of the afternoon with a clear victory by US National Champion Queen Underwood.

Underwood, from Seattle, clearly signaled her presence as a contender for the lightweight title by beating Ecuador's Karina Mamarandy in a one-sided contest. Mamarandy received a standing eight count after only 30 seconds of the first round had elapsed and the referee stopped the contest before the end of that round. Underwood will face Asian Champion Mavzuna Chorieva in the next round after Chorieva disposed of England's Amanda Coulson 8:5.

Reigning European bantamweight champion Svetlana Gnevanova of Russia easily overcame Poland's Pekalska Ewelina 9:1 to advance to the next round on her quest to add the world lightweight title to her belt.

Karin Dost after her bout against notched up a second victory for New Zealand after going through to the next round on a victory by individual scores against Vietnam's Thi Ngo when the contest ended 6:6 after the regulation eight minutes. Earlier in the afternoon, Siona Fernandez had beaten Jeymi Gomez of the Dominican Republic in the bantamweight opener.

Jenny Bennedict received a rapturous welcome from the home crowd when she opened the lightweight contest for Barbados. But her bout against the Ukraine's Oleksandra Sydorenko came to a very early end when the referee stopped the contest in the first round. The 18-year-old Barbadian was simply overwhelmed by a barrage of punches from the more experienced Sydorenko, 26.

Australia's Clare Ghabrial, 2010 Oceanian Champion, remains in contention after the referee stopped her contest against Heidy Franco of Panama when the score was an emphatic 12:1 in her favour.

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