Astana, Kazakhstan - Houston boxer Ginny Fuchs defeated, in a unanimous decision, Grazieli Jesus de Sousa (Brazil) in the opening round of the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships on May 19, 2016. Fuchs won every round on each judges' scorecard <http://d152tffy3gbaeg.cloudfront.net/2016/02/C74-C74E01_0.pdf>.
Fuchs now advances to the second round of the tournament where she will face Anna Alimardanova (Azerbaijan) on May 21 (time: TBD). Fuchs has never fought Alimardanova who received an opening round bye in the tournament.
This tournament is Fuchs' final opportunity to qualify for the 2016 Olympics Games. Fuchs will qualify for the Olympics if one of the following scenarios occurs:
- Fuchs places in the top 4 in this tournament
- Mandy Bujold (Canada) places in the top 4 in this tournament
- Victoria Ingrit Lorena Valencia (Colombia) places in the top 4 in this tournament
Bujold and Valencia have already qualified for the 2016 Olympics and are in the Americas region.
Fuchs is one of 49 boxers competing in the Flyweight division (112 pounds) <tournament bracket>. The 2016 Women's World Boxing Championships, are from May 19-27, in Astana, Kazakhstan, and all of the matches are being streamed at http://www.dailymotion.com/aiba.
There are three weight-classes in women’s boxing at the Olympic Games: Flyweight (112 pounds), Lightweight (132 pounds), and Middleweight (165 pounds). Each weight-class will feature 12 boxers at the Olympic Games.