Eight days of competition, 243 athletes, 75 countries and triumphant victories and shock upsets culminated in 10 new world champions being crowned in the lead up to GC2018.
Two big-hitting Commonwealth boxers won bronze in the super heavyweight (91+kg) division, led by GC2018 Boxing Ambassador Joe Goodall.
Goodall had a stunning run through the earlier part of the competition, with it all coming to an end in the semi-finals bout, knocked out by eventual world champion, Mahammadrasul Majidov of Azerbaijan.
Goodall’s bronze performance breaks a 26-year drought for Australia, with the last world championship medal won in 1991.
Cameroon’s Arsene Fokou claimed bronze in the same division, making history as the first Cameroonian and first Central African boxer to win a world championship medal. He promises an even better performance at GC2018 if selected.
Kazakhstan’s Kamshybek Kunkabayev, Azerbaijan’s Mahammadrasul Majidov, Australia’s Joe Goodall and Cameroon’s Arsene Fokou on the podium at the 2017 AIBA World Championships. Photo: AIBA Boxing
India’s Gaurav Bidhuri and England’s Peter McGrail secured bronze in the bantamweight (56kg) competition, just missing out on the gold medal match in opposing semi-final bouts.
Bidhuri’s world championship success is a story that almost didn’t happen, being given a wildcard entry at the last minute when Bhutan declined their place in Hamburg.
Talking to Indian Express, the wildcard entrant’s coach Santiago Nieva believes Bidhuri’s form is only going to get better especially with GC2018 on the horizon.
It is a big thing for Gaurav who was competing in his first world championships.
When he failed to qualify in May, we wanted him to accompany us to France and Czech Republic and that experience helped him. Winning a medal is good for us. We met the target.
Gaurav has raised his level and we will see a different Gaurav ahead of the CWG and Asian Games.
At just 21, McGrail showed the world his talent and determination as England’s last remaining boxer in the semi-final stages. The reigning European champion leaves Germany ranked third in the world in his division.
Joining McGrail in the English team were 21-year-old twins Pat and Luke McCormack. Pat lost his chance at a medal, defeated in the light welterweight (69kg) quarter finals.
Luke, however failed to secure a place in the quarter finals, suffering a defeat to home fighter, Artem Harutyunyan in the lightweight (60kg) division.
The McCormack brothers will be looking to make GC2018 a family affair if both siblings are selected in the English team.
India’s eight-strong world championship contingent fell to seven when Shiva Thapa bowed out due to illness in the second round. Amit Phangal lost in the quarter finals and Vikas Krishnan couldn’t back up his 2011 bronze, defeated by England’s Benjamin Whittaker in the second round of the competition.
Fellow Indian Sumit Sangwan also made an early exit, outclassed by Australia’s Jason Whateley in a split decision in the heavyweight (91kg) division in the pre-quarter final match.
Australia had nine boxers take to the ring in Hamburg. Jason Whateley and Clay Waterman bowed out just before the quarter finals, Alex Winwood exited the competition on day three and Campbell Somerville, Sam Goodman, Tyler Blizzard, Harry Garside and Andrew Hunt did not progress beyond their opening bouts.
Outside of the Commonwealth, Cuba dominated the final matches of the championships, winning five of the 10 titles up for grabs.
Julio La Cruz claimed his fourth successive world title in the light heavyweight (81kg) division, Johanys Argilagos took out the light flyweight (49kg) title and Erislandy Savon improved on his silver medal at the last world championships to take the heavyweight (91kg) division.
Cuba’s gold rush was completed by Yosbany Veitia, adding to his previous silver and bronze world championship medals in flyweight (52kg) and Andy Cruz Gomez who secured light welterweight (64kg) gold in three entertaining rounds.
Kazakhstan’s Kairat Yeraliyev secured the bantamweight (56kg) title and Olympic silver medallist Sofiana Oumiha took gold for France in the lightweight (60kg) division.
Uzbekistan’s Shakhram Giyasov finished his championships with welterweight (69kg) gold and Ukraine’s Oleksandr Khyzhniak was crowned the new world champion in the middleweight (75kg) division.
In the final bout of the day, Mahammadrasul Majidov secured his third world championship title, following his winning match against Joe Goodall with a victory in super heavyweight (91+kg) division.