Boxing at the 2015 Pan American Games
Boxing competitions at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto were held from July 18 to 25 at the General Motors Centre (Oshawa Sports Centre) in Oshawa. Due to naming rights the arena was known as the latter for the duration of the games. A total of thirteen boxing events will be held: ten for men and three for women.
|Boxing at the XVII Pan American Games|
Boxing pictogram for the games
|Venue||Oshawa Sports Centre|
|Dates||July 18–25, 2015|
|Competitors||120 from 24 nations|
The competitions will take place at the General Motors Centre (Oshawa Sports Centre) located about in the city of Oshawa, about 60 kilometers from the athletes village. The arena will have a reduced capacity (from its normal of about 5,500) of about 3,000 people per session. The venue will also host weightlifting competitions earlier during the games.
To harmonise with the rules of amateur boxing decided by the Association Internationale de Boxe Amateur (AIBA), Pan Am Boxing will feature new rules. There will be an introduction of the "10-point must" scoring system used in the pro game, where the winner of each round must be awarded 10 points and the loser a lesser amount, and the elimination of the padded headgear. AIBA new rules want to take away the focus on the head as the key scoring location. The AIBA, boxing's world body, said removing the head gear would actually make things safer by reducing concussions, and the jury is out on that. Now, the boxer will have to concentrate on the whole body and proper ring tactics. The International Olympic Committee has not as yet decided whether to permit boxing without headgear for Rio in 2016. How thing go in Toronto this year may go a long way to a final decision. AIBA officials are also waiting to see how things go in the men's game before making a decision to take head gear off women fighters.
The following is the competition schedule for the boxing competitions:
|Event↓/Date →||Sat 18||Sun 19||Mon 20||Tue 21||Wed 22||Thu 23||Fri 24||Sat 25|
|Men's light flyweight||P||¼||½||F|
|Men's light welterweight||P||¼||½||F|
|Men's light heavyweight||P||¼||½||F|
|Men's super heavyweight||¼||½||F|
|Women's light welterweight||¼||½||F|
|Women's light heavyweight||¼||½||F|
|Totals (13 nations)||13||13||26||52|
|Monica Gonzalez Rivera|
A total of 24 countries have qualified athletes. The number of athletes a nation has entered is in parentheses beside the name of the country.
- Argentina (7)
- Bahamas (3)
- Barbados (1)
- Bolivia (1)
- Brazil (8)
- Canada (10)
- Chile (2)
- Colombia (8)
- Costa Rica (4)
- Cuba (10)
- Dominica (1)
- Dominican Republic (9)
- Ecuador (3)
- El Salvador (1)
- Guatemala (5)
- Honduras (1)
- Mexico (10)
- Nicaragua (4)
- Peru (2)
- Puerto Rico (5)
- Trinidad and Tobago (1)
- United States (11)
- Venezuela (12)
- Virgin Islands (1)
A total of 120 boxers (96 male and 24 women) will qualify to compete at the games. The top three boxers in each men's category at the 2015 World Series of Boxing will qualify. The rest of the quotas (including all the women's quotas) will be awarded at a qualification tournament in June 2015. Canada as host nation has an automatic berth in one women's and five men's categories, and will need to qualify in all other categories.
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