India’s Sarita Devi and Manisha Moun started their campaigns in a spectacular fashion by winning their matches at the Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi, on Friday.
The latter, though, was more impressive of the two, as she stunned the USA’s 2-time bronze medalist Christina Cruz. Sarita Devi, on the other hand, was victorious over Switzerland’s Diana Sandra Brugger by a 4-0 margin in respective bouts.
Manisha, who is a rookie, clearly punched above her weight to summon the veteran American boxer in a unanimous verdict in 55 kg category.
2006 champion Sarita, competing in the 60 kg category, had to work hard for the 4-0 win on points over Diana Sandra Brugger in the opening match at the KD Jadhav Stadium.
The 20-year-old Manisha, who hails from Haryana, has been making waves in the boxing world this year. She had clinched a gold at the Indian Open before winning a silver at the Silesian Women’s Boxing championship.
Great way to kickstart India’s challenge at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships! Manisha Moun wins by unanimous decision against twice Worlds bronze medalist Christina Cruz of the United States.@BFI_official pic.twitter.com/CGaFr6j33B
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This was her World Championships debut, but she looked every bit in control throughout the first round bout against the American who, interestingly, is nearly twice her age. Cruz had won a bronze at last edition’s competition. She had won the same medal in 2012 as well. However, she failed to compete against the vicious pace of Moun, who was the clear winner. She dominated all the three rounds, as the five judges gave the unanimous decision in her favour. (29-28, 30-27, 30-26, 30-26, 29-28).
A 36-year-old Sarita Devi, on the other, had to fight her way to defeat Diana Brugger. The win would give a big uplift to Devi, considering her experienced Swiss boxer has been playing in the international circuit for over a decade.
The bout went 4-0 (28-28, 29-28, 30-27, 29-28, 29-28) into her favour.
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The boxer from Manipur, was the better of the two in the first round, with all the five judges giving points in her favour.
In the second round, however, the Swiss got a standing count after registering a hard punch that landed on Sarita’s face. Even then, one of the judges gave the Swiss 10-9.
In the third round, Devi, who is known for her stamina in the ring, showed signs of fatigue. Nevertheless, she somehow managed to carry through the bout and unanimously clinched the bout. After the contest, Sarita did admit her difficult in controlling her opponent.
Both Sarita and Manisha, thus advance to the pre-quarterfinals now. There, they face a stern competition in the form of Ireland’s Kellie Harrington and Kazakhstan’s Dina Zolaman respectively. The interesting bout will happen on Sunday.
Zolaman will be an opponent to beat for Manisha, as the Kazakh player is also the defending world champion. However, Manisha has beaten her in the Silesian Women’s Boxing championship in Poland earlier this year. However, the Indian would be confident of her chances, considering she had defeated Zolam in the Women’s Boxing Championships in Poland previously this year.
Harrington would also be a tough opponent, as the Irish boxer has won a silver in 64kg in the 2016 World Championships. One thing that may go against her would be the fact that she will be competing in the 60 kg category.