“The Boxing Federation of India is delighted to host the AIBA Youth Women's World Championship. The Championship will provide the stage for these brilliant young women to show that they have what it takes to handle the pressure, win international gold and possibly take a first step on the long road to an Olympic Games. There is real quality and talent among the teams coming to Guwahati, and as well as giving us a glimpse of bright future Elite prospects, their presence will provide further encouragement to the young Indian women hoping to follow the example of our own five-time World Champion Mary Kom,” said BFI President Mr Ajay Singh.
The Indian squad will indeed be looking to build on its impressive haul of three golds at the Junior World Championships in Taipei two years ago as the class of 2015 graduates to the Youth level. The Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine teams all have large squads of eight or more heading to India, while the Middleweight rivalry of Anastasia Shamonova (RUS) and Karolina Makhno (UKR) is one of several highly anticipated potential match-ups.
Chelsey Hejnin may be the only member of the Netherlands squad making the trip, but has already shown her huge potential at Light Welterweight, while the ASBC nations China, Korea and Vietnam will all be eyeing up podium finishes. The England, France, Hungary and USA teams are set to use the tournament as a first opportunity to assess potential Olympians for Tokyo, where five weight classes will now be open to the Elite Women, with American Heaven Garcia (51kg) one of several athletes hotly tipped for a bright future.