COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - Four United States boxers have earned berths in the medal round at the 2008 Women's World Championships in Ningbo City, China. Bantamweight Cynthia Moreno (Guadalupe, Ariz.) and light heavyweight Mioshia Wagoner (Lawrence, Kansas) both advanced to the semifinals with victories in Wednesday's quarterfinal action. They are joined in the medal round by welterweight Vanessa Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) and heavyweight Tiffanie Hearn (Louisville, Ky.).
Moreno earned her third victory of the tournament on Wednesday with a 5-3 win over India's Yadav Sushma Kumari in quarterfinal action. Wagoner claimed a quarterfinal victory as well, defeating Egypt's Nadia Mohamed by a 10-4 margin.
Lightweight Carrie Barry (Colorado Springs, Colo.) dropped a 3-0 decision to France's Orain Cindy on Wednesday, eliminating her from competition.
Thursday will be an off day for all of the competitors with all four remaining United States boxers returning to the ring on Friday for semifinal competition. Moreno will face England's Nicola Adams, Jackson will take on China's Qian Wang, Wagoner will challenge Romania's Fetti Paraschiva, and Hearn will box Turkey's Semsi Yarali.
The four medals won by the United States' team are the most for the country since the inception of the Women's World Championships in 2001 in Scranton, Pa.
The team is being led by coaches Ted Palac (Hamtramck, Mich.), Harry Thomas (Stafford, Texas), and Bonnie Canino (Dania Beach, Fla.) The most up-to-date results for the 2008 AIBA Women's World championships can be found on AIBA's website at www.aiba.org. The AIBA site will be showing live scoring for all of the bouts throughout the tournament as well.
Wednesday, November 26
119 lbs: Cynthia Moreno, Guadalupe, Ariz./USA dec. Yadav Sushma Kumari, IND, 5-3
132 lbs: Orain Cindy, FRA, dec. Carrie Barry, Colorado Springs, Colo./USA, 3-0
176 lbs: Mioshia Wagoner, Lawrence, Kansas dec. Nadia Mohamed, EGY, 10-4