It is still uncertain whether boxer Nouchka Fontijn can call herself world champion in the class up to 75 kilograms for the first time in her career. The Dutchman won the World Cup final in Russia on Sunday, but the medal ceremony was stopped due to a protest from her opponent.
Fontijn won on points from the British Lauren Price, of whom she lost earlier this year in the final of the European Games. During the presentation of the medals, however, it was announced that Price had submitted a protest. We are waiting for the outcome.
The 31-year-old Fontijn was twice in the final of a World Cup, but then grabbed the gold. Both last year and in 2016 she had to settle for silver. She took bronze at the 2014 World Cup.
Fontijn also won silver at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro three years ago. Her world title does not mean that the Dutch is sure of participating in next year's Games in Tokyo.
That has to do with the fact that it was long uncertain whether boxing would remain an Olympic part due to abuses at the global boxing association AIBA. Boxing retained the Olympic status, but a qualifying tournament will follow next year.
Awesome! Historical day for boxing in the Netherlands. Nouchka Fontijn becomes world boxing champion in Russia. What a top performance! In the final she beats the tricky Price with 3-2 points @Boksbond @AIBA_Boxing @EUBCBOXING @NOSsport @TeamNLtweets @NUsport @nocnsf @telesportAvatar