- 4 Indian women boxers assured medals at the World Boxing Championships 2019.
- Manju Rani, Jamuna Boro, Lovlina Boroghain and Mary Kom are through to the semifinals.
- Mary Kom created history on Thursday by becoming the first boxer to win 8 medals at the World Championships.
Indian women continued the impressive run at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships by assuring four medals for India at the event. Lovlina Boroghain, Jamuna Boro, Manju Rani and Mary Kom defeated their opponents to reach the semi-finals of the world championships at Ulan-Ude, Russia.
Mary Kom will be eyeing for a chance to win her 7th World Championship gold medal if she wins the semi-final bout against her Turkish opponent on Saturday.
Manju Rani secured a spot in the semi-finals with an emphatic comeback against her North Korean opponent Kim Hyang Mi. The North Korean top seed Kim, started the fight in a dominant and aggressive way. She had won the first round. However, Manju kept her cool and fought her way through the rest of the 4 rounds to secure a 1-4 win, assuring herself and India of a medal. Rani will be fighting Thailand’s Chuthamat Raksat.
Jamuna Boro was up next in the ring squaring off against her German opponent Ursula Gottlob. The German boxer started the match with aggression, however, Jamuna fought while keeping control of her opponent. Jamuna got her punches inefficiently and cruised to a victory with a 4-1 win. She will fight Chinese Taipei boxer Huang Hsiao-Wen, who is taller than the Indian pugilist. However, Jamuna has experience practising with taller opponents, and she is hopeful of continuing her fantastic performance.
Last year’s bronze medallist Lovlina Boroghain has assured herself of another medal in this year’s event. She defeated Polish pugilist Karolina Koszewska by 4-1. In the first round, Lovlina took her time to settle in, then managed to land a few punches on her opponent. Both the opponents fought in a tightly contested round 2. However, Boroghain outsmarted her opponent and waited for her opponent to get tired. The Indian boxer then proceeded to land effective punches on her opponent, which would win her the match sending her into the semi-finals. Borgohain will be taking on China’s Yang Liu in the semi-finals.
Fighting earlier on Thursday was Mary Kom who won 5-0 against her Colombian opponent Ingrit Valencia. Kom became the first-ever boxer in history to win 8 medals at the World Championships. Mary will be facing Turk boxer Busenaz Cakiroglu.
FANTASTIC FOUR! 🔱⚡️
🇮🇳’s 4️⃣ pugilists sealed their berth in the semifinals of #AIBAWomenWorldBoxingChampionship and assured medals for the country 🇮🇳.
Well done champs!👏
Go for the GOLD!
— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) October 10, 2019