The former world silver-medallist Sonia Lather (57kg) was among the three Indian women boxers who made it to the quarterfinals at the 70th Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria.
On the other hand, a disappointing start was shown by the men contingent.
World Championships bronze-medallist Lovlina Borgohain (69kg)and Pwilao Basumatari (64kg) also made the quarters of the valuable European event on Thursday night.
The two times Asian silver-medallist Lather defeated Serbia’s Jelena Zekic 5-0. She will now square off against American Yarisel Ramirez in the quarters.
World Championships Bronze medalist @LovlinaBorgoha1 defeated Messina Jessica (AUS) with a unanimous verdict of 5:0 to reach the quarter-finals of 70th Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria. Kudos, girl! #PunchMeinHaiDum??? pic.twitter.com/P13234xNWK
— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) February 15, 2019
Borgohain, a gold-medallist from the Indian Open last year, got the better of Australian Jessica Messina.
Before prevailing 3-2, Basumatari underwent a hard challenge in Bulgarian Melis Yonuzova. In the quarterfinals, She will be playing against Croatia’s Marija Malencia.
Disappointment from the Indian Men Boxers
However, there was a disappointment for the country’s men with former Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Mandeep Jangra (69kg) and rookie Harsh Lakra (81kg) bowing out following opening-round losses.
Jangra lost 0-5 to Ukraine’s Viktor Petrov, while Lakra was beaten by Azerbaijan’s Rauf Rahimov.
Ukraine’s Victor Petrov defeated Jangra 0-5 and Lakra was beaten by Azerbaijan’s Rauf Rahimov.
The maximum number of medals achieved by India at the competition is 11, last year. In the ongoing edition, more than 300 boxers from over 40 nations are putting up their best performances for the medal haul.
Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Gaurav Solanki (52kg) advanced to the men’s pre-quarters, while former junior world champion Nikhat Zareen (51kg) made the women’s quarterfinals of the 70th Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Zareen defeated Italy’s Giovanna Marchese in her opening clash, while Solanki got the better of American Abraham Perez. Solanki, also a gold-winner at India Open and the Chemistry Cup last year, will be up against Kazakhstan’s Anvar Muzaparov in the last-16 stage.
Commonwealth Gold Medalist, @solankigaurav01 kickstarted the season with a win. Solanki defeated Perez Abraham (USA) 4:1, will faceoff with Muzaparov Anvar in Round 2 of 70th International “Strandja”2019 Boxing Tournament. #PunchMeinHaiDum? pic.twitter.com/WBJyjBeDQ7
— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) February 16, 2019
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