Boxing in Kazakhstan is enjoying a surge in popularity thanks to grassroots investment and the rapid growth of the women’s sport. The President of the tournament’s Local Organising Committee Bolat Abdrakhmanov is in no doubt that the AIBA Women’s World Championships will be one of the most memorable events on the sporting calendar this year.
“Women’s boxing is becoming more and more popular every year and its introduction during the London 2012 Olympic Games was hugely important for the sport. People love boxing in Kazakhstan, so it will be great for them to be able to witness its stars compete and gives another reason for more women in our country to get involved in this great sport”, said Bolat Abdrakhmanov.
Ireland’s Katie Taylor will be defending the lightweight title she won two years ago in Jeju, Korea, while Nicola Adams will be hoping to get her Olympic preparations off to the ideal start having missed out in 2014 with a shoulder injury.
“I’m hungry for a shot at the World Championship title in Astana but I know that it’s going to be tough against such a strong field”, said Britain’s Olympic flyweight champion Adams. “Women’s boxing deserves events of this scale and the team can’t wait to get going – this year is going to provide the perfect showcase for our sport and we are ready to show what we can do.”