Boxer Tammara Thibeault killed two birds with one stone on Monday at the Women's World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. She won her quarter-final bout against Australia's Anne Parker 5-0 and secured a spot on the under-75kg podium.
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It was a sweet revenge for the 25-year-old boxer, who had been defeated by the Australian in their last fight, in 2017. In addition, by reaching the semi-finals, the Montrealer ensures to finish the competition with, at least, a bronze medal around his neck.
“We fought together in Ireland five years ago and I lost 3-2. Today (Monday) was really a special fight for me because it was my revenge. For five years, I have evolved a lot and today, I think that I have shown how much I have improved,” mentioned Thibeault via press release, after his victory.
The start of the fight was fiery as the two pugilists exchanged throws to the ground from the first seconds of the fight. The Montrealer looked unfazed and landed several power punch combinations afterwards, forcing the fight referee to put Parker on an eight count.
Thibeault continued his work during the next two engagements to finally win by unanimous decision of the judges.
“I gave two counts of eight, which is quite surprising, especially at the World Championships where we are all ready to face the best in the world. I'm really happy with my performance and I'm really happy with how I dominated the fight. I just want to continue this momentum for the next fights here, in Istanbul”, continued the one who had obtained a bronze medal in 2019.
On Wednesday, in the semifinals, the Quebecer will meet Rady adosinda Gramane, from Mozambique, who defeated Ukrainian Karolina Makhno 3 to 2 on Monday.
Proud of her progress and her work since the start of the competition, Thibeault did not forget to thank all those who have been important to her during her career.
“I know boxing is an individual sport, but I am far from alone in the ring. My coaches, my teammates and all the people who have worked with me in recent years: thank you and I love you,” she concluded.