Manju Rani entered the quarter-finals of AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship. Making her debut in the World Boxing Championships, the boxer defeated her Venezuelan opponent Cedeno Rojas Tayonis by a commanding 5-0 win in the 48kg category. Manju will face top seed and bronze medalist Kim Hyang Mi of North Korea.
There were a few clean punches in the game that were landed by the Indian boxer while the Venezuelan opponent failed to land her shots. Defence was the common tactic between both the boxers approach. However Rani’s accuracy won her the fight.
Manju Rani will square off against North Korean top seed Kim Hyang Mi, who was a bronze medalist in the last edition of the Women’s World Boxing Championship. For Rani to have sight of any medal, she will have to pass the Korean boxer who may prove to be a tough test.
Fighting in ring B, was another Indian boxer Manju Bamboriya who suffered defeat in the light welterweight category by the hands of Italian Carini Angela. The Indian boxer showed resilience and put up a good fight only to go down against her opponent in a 1-4 split verdict.
Six-time World champion Mary Kom will begin her campaign against Thai opponent Jutamas Jitpong. Mary had received a bye in the first round, and will now eye the gold medal for the 7th time when she meets her opponent on Tuesday.
Also fighting on Tuesday, Saweety Boora will face second-seed Welsh Lauren Price, who was a gold medalist in the Commonwealth Games. They will be competing in the 75kg division. The Welsh fighter won a gold medal earlier this year at the European Games in Minsk and won a bronze medal as well at the World Championships in Delhi last year.
Both Mary and Saweety will be fighting for a spot in the quarterfinals, and we wish them the very best of luck!