Russia secured a hat-trick of gold medals in the three Olympic weight classes for women at The World Cup of Petroleum Countries in Russia recently.
Flyweight Elena Savelava, the current World and European Games champion, lightweight Daria Abramova and middleweight Lyubov Pashina finished on top of their respective podiums.
Former World champion Sofya Ochigava returned for the tournament but had to withdraw injured in the final versus Abramova. The Russian southpaw, who was beaten by Katie Taylor in the 2011 and 2012 European, World and Olympic finals, has had knee injury problems in the past.
Tajikistan’s Olympic bronze medallist Mavzuna Chorieva was eliminated by Ochigava in the prelims on a unanimous decision in Siberia. Chorieva was beaten by Taylor in the 2012 Olympic semi-final.
Women’s boxing is building up toward April’s Olympic qualifiers (for Europeans) in Istanbul, Turkey and the World Elite Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan in May.
The 9th Women’s World Elite Championships will act as a qualifier for Rio 2016.