• Gabuco emerges as top AIBA female boxer

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    World champion Josie Gabuco is now ranked No. 1 in the International Boxing Association (AIBA) rankings for female boxers.

    Gabuco collected 1,305 points to top the 45-48 kilogram weight class. Indian Pinki Jangra is in second with 820 points followed by Xu Shiqi of China with 800 points and Kim Klavel of Canada with 750 points.

    Erstwhile leader Svetlana Gnevanova of Russia dropped to fifth spot with 700 points.

    Rounding up the Top 10 are No. 6 Bolortuul Tumurkhuyag of Mongolia (660), Nazym Kyzaybay of Kazakhstan (650), Myong Sim Kim of North Korea (450), Alexandra Love of the United States (400) and Hsieh Meng-Chun of Taiwan (350).

    Gabuco won a silver medal in the 2013 China Open International Boxing Tournament. She also dominated the 2012 AIBA Women’s World Championships also in Qinhuangdao, China and the 2011 Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia.

    Fellow SEA Games gold medalist Alice Kate Aparri is in fourth in the 54-kg. category with 825 points behind Liu Ke Jia of China (1,260), Aleksandra kuleshova of Russia (1,200) and Christina Cruz of the United States (900).

    In the 51-kg. event, Nesthy Petecio has 262.50 points for 15th place, a couple of notches higher than her previous ranking. Chinese Ren Cancan (2,700), British Nicola Adams (2,100) and Indian Mery Kom Hmangte (2,050) occupy the top three positions.

    Emil C. Noguera

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