Tammara Thibeault reaches the grand final. Third fight, third victory by unanimous decision of the judges for Tammara Thibeault in Istanbul.
On Wednesday, the boxer, who competes in the under 75kg category, defeated Rady Adosinda Gramane of Mozambique in the semifinals.
She reached the World Championships final for the first time in her career.
She will face Atheyna Bylon of Panama for the gold medal. Both fifths at the Tokyo Olympics, the two pugilists, faced each other in the final of the most recent Pan American Championships last April.
Thibeault then had the upper hand at the count of 5-0 to be crowned champion.
“Since I was very young, I dreamed of this, fighting for a gold medal. I’m so close! I’m so happy, and I’m so proud,” she said after her victory.
On Wednesday, the bell had just rung when Gramane took the offensive to reduce the distance between her and the Quebecer.
“It was a tougher fight than I expected. My opponent came out very strong, she was small, powerful, and she demonstrated that she had a heart in her stomach,” said Thibeault, who did everything to stay in control.
Because of her greatness, she was able to find her rhythm throughout the fight. She anticipated her opponent’s blows to counter and retaliate at the right moments.
The representative of Mozambique was penalized twice while trying to cling to Thibeault.
Thus, the Canadian left no doubt about the outcome of this confrontation. Its effectiveness will have made all the difference. Four judges handed out cards of 30-25, while another scored 29-26.
“The first round was a bit messy, but I managed to recover well in the next two rounds, which gave me the victory. I’m really happy and excited to get to the final.
On Monday, Tammara Thibeault defeated Australia’s Anne Parker in the quarterfinals.
After being given a first-round pass, she also shut out American Naomi Melissa Graham in her first-world fight.
Will give 120%
Tammara Thibeault, who is competing in her third World Championships, will now have the chance to climb to the top of the podium in her category.
The 25-year-old will get her hands on a second medal at the world’s, having won bronze in 2019.
“It’s really hard to describe how I feel. All I can say is that I will give my 120% on Friday. It’s been a very long time since Canada won a gold medal at the World Championships, and I want to be the woman who wins it.
Earlier Wednesday, New Brunswick’s Charlie Cavanagh also triumphed in her 63-66 kg semifinal bout. In the final, she will face Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli on Friday.