Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Ginny Fuchs defeated England's Lisa Whiteside today to win the Gold Medal in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games "Test Event" Boxing tournament.
Fuchs, fighting in the 112-pound Flyweight division, defeated India's Mary Kom in the semi-finals yesterday.
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) developed this "test event" tournament as an opportunity to bring together the world's top amateur boxers and acclimate them to the setting where the 2016 Olympics will be held. Six boxers competed in the women's Flyweight division.
In her last four bouts, Fuchs has:
- twice defeated USA's Marlen Esparza (2014 World Champion & 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist)
- defeated India's Mary Kom (5-time World Champion & 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist)
- defeated England's Lisa Whiteside (runner-up in the 2014 World Championships)
"I feel amazing," Fuchs said after winning the Gold Medal. "This tournament was a great experience and now I can focus on making that last step to qualify for the Olympic Games. To win on this international stage gives me plenty of confidence."
Fuchs has not yet qualified for the Olympic Games. Fuchs, on the strength of winning the 2015 U.S. Olympic Boxing Trials in October, has secured a spot in the 2016 AIBA Women's Continental Olympic Qualifying Event in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which takes place from March 8-20, 2016. If Fuchs wins that tournament, then she qualifies for the Olympic Games.
If Fuchs does not win the tournament in Argentina, she will have another chance to qualify for the Olympic Games during the 2016 Women's World Boxing Championships, which will be held from May 19-27, in Astana, Kazakhstan. If Fuchs finishes in the top four in Kazakhstan, then she qualifies for the Olympic Games.
Ginny Fuchs (pronounced few-shh), 27, is a Houston native who lives in Kemah, TX. She is a graduate of LSU and trains locally at the Baby Bull Boxing Academy which is owned by Juan Diaz, the former lightweight boxing champion of the world. Currently Fuchs trains full-time at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.