International Depth in Women's Boxing

Oct. 02, 2008, 11:42 a.m. (ET)

Many people have asked how women's and men's Olympic-style boxing differ. While there are more similarities than differences, there are some areas of difference including rules, strategic patterns, and country strength. In this blog I will address current country success in international competition.

There are more than 120 countries, representing five continents, that organize women's amateur boxing. Based on past performances at World and Continental-level tournaments, here's a breakdown of some of the best-performing countries, currently. As women's boxing continues to grow, and more countries develop competitive excellence across weight classes, trends may be expected to shift.

Below is a list of the strongest overall teams, and while some countries might excel in specific weight classes, this list is meant to reflect overall performance, across all weight classes, within the past few years. The list below is not exhaustive, but is simply intended to give an idea of a few of the strongest countries within each Continent (listed alphabetically):

Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia

Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, Dominica Republic, USA (Cuba is in development)

Asia: China, India, North Korea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand

Europe: England, France, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Russia, Romania, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine

Oceania: Australia, New Zealand

When women's boxing is added to the 2012 Olympic Games, you can expect to see female boxers from these and other countries. There is great depth across weight classes in women's international boxing. Imagine the kind of tournament we'd enjoy with the top 16 boxers in each weight class, vying for a championship on the World's most prestigious stage. Many of us have seen impressive match-ups over the years, and an Olympics with the top 16 female boxers from around the World would be well worth the ticket price in London!