Team USA Leaves 2018 World Championships with Three Bronze Medals

Nov. 23, 2018, 8:56 a.m. (ET)

The Americans came up short of advancing to the finals of the 2018 Elite Women’s World Championships in New Delhi, India, but will leave these championships with three bronze medals and a great deal of experience and knowledge of what to work on for next year's World Championships.


Flyweight Virginia Fuchs (Houston, Texas) could not hold of People’s Republic of Korea’s Chol Mi Pang to advance to her first World Championships finale. Fuchs will leave these World Championships with a bronze medal, her first World Championships medal.


This closes out another impressive year internationally for Team USA’s captain, as she won gold at the Boxam Tournament in Spain and a bronze at the Strandja Tournament in Bulgaria, as well as both her dual matchups earlier this year. She will return to the ring in a few short weeks at the 2018 USA Boxing Elite National Championships, where she will be looking for her third national flyweight title in a row.


Naomi Graham’s impressive World Championships run came to an end this evening after falling short against the second-seeded Qian Li of China. This marks Graham’s first World Championship medal, and third international medal of 2018.


Like her teammate, Graham will have little rest, as she will be looking to defend her National title in Salt Lake City, Utah next month. The middleweight won gold last month at the Boxam Tournament, as well as a bronze at the Feliks Stamm Tournament in Poland earlier this year.


Heavyweight Danielle Perkins (Houston, Texas) was unable to compete in her semifinal matchup due to medical reasons, leaving her to a bronze medal at her first World Championships.


Team USA will begin their return home to the United States on Saturday night, with all having no rest before heading to Salt Lake City, Utah for the National Championships. This year’s World Championships saw over 270 women step into the ring in India. USA Boxing was guided throughout the tournament by Head Coach Billy Walsh (Colorado Springs, Colo.), National Assistant Coach Kay Koroma (Colorado Springs, Colo.), as well as assistant coaches Marc Gargaro (Newton, Mass.) and Jeff Mays (San Antonio, Texas).


Semifinals Results

51 kg: Chol Mi Pang/PRK dec. over Virginia Fuchs, Houston, Texas/USA, 5-0

75 kg: Qian Li/CHN dec. over Naomi Graham, Colorado Springs, Colo./USA, 5-0

81+kg: Xiaoli Yang/CHN, won by walkover over Danielle Perkins, Houston, Texas/USA