Canadian boxer Tammara Thibeault fought her way to a world championship gold medal on Friday at the 2022 IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Istanbul.
Thibeault of Regina took a split decision (4-1) over Atheyna Bylon of Panama in the middleweight (70-75 kilograms) final.
The 25-year-old Canadian qualified for the final by scoring a unanimous decision over Mozambican Rady adosinda Gramane on Wednesday.
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Thibeault won bronze at the 2019 world championships but will take home a gold medal from 2022, along with US$100,000 in prize money.
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Thibeault’s Canadian teammate, a native of Saint John, NB, Charlie Cavanagh will return home with a silver medal from Istanbul.
Cavanagh had a tough task in the final, taking on reigning Olympic champion Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey, who also had the home crowd firmly in her corner.
Cavanagh gave Surmeneli plenty of opposition in the first round, but the Tokyo 2020 champion dominated the next two rounds, leading referee David Evans to stop the fight with around 40 seconds remaining in the fight.
Cavanagh, 21, won gold at the 2018 world junior championships and beat Algeria’s Ichrak Chaib by points (3-2) in Wednesday’s semi-final to reach the gold medal fight on Friday. As a silver medalist, Cavanagh also takes home $50,000 in prize money.