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Women’s World Boxing Championships: Mary Kom Registers an Easy Win to Enter Quarters; Manisha and Lovlina Storms into Next Round

Women’s World Championship Highlights

    • Five-time world champion Mary Kom (48kg) defeated A Kassenayeva 5-0 to enter quarterfinals and will now face China’s Wu-Yu.
    • Veteran boxer Sarita Devi lost her match in the 60kg category, thus making an exit out of the Championship.
    • Manisha Moun in 54 category defeated Dina Zhalaman. Lovlina(69 kg) and Bhagyabati (81kg) also made their way into quarterfinals.

 

Five-time World Champion was finally out on the ring. The crowd was jam-packed at the KD Jadhav Indoor Hall in New Delhi, on Sunday, to see their favourite boxer play her first bout in the 10th AIBA Women’s World Championships. MC Mary Kom stormed into the 48 kg quarterfinal of the World Championships while defeating Kazakhstan’s Aigerim Kessenayeva. Mary won her bout by a huge 5-0 difference.

Mary Kom, till now has won 1 silver and five gold medals at the World Championships between 2002 to 2010.

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After winning her first game, Mary Kom said, ‘Anything can happen in a boxing bout. The country and the fans want gold from me and I will give my best and try to win gold. ”

Five-time World Champion MC Mary Kom also added, “There was a bit of pressure as it was my first bout of the tournament. I have been handling the pressure of expectation from the people of my country for the last 16 years and I have happy to face this pressure. In the initial years, it was a bit tough to handle this pressure but now I am used to it.”

“My life is all about boxing and I will focus on my sport. I am enjoying my sport and I am enjoying the love offered by the fans. I am still working hard and hard work pays,” said the Olympic bronze medalist.

In a disappointment match, veteran boxer Sarita Devi lost to her Irish opponent by 3-2.

Manisha Raises Hope for a Medal

The 20-year-old Manisha Moun is heading strongly in her maiden World Championships, game by game. She defeated a more experienced rival in her pre-quarterfinal match. She has consecutively won her second match in the World Championships. She earlier defeated Kazakh boxer Dina Zhalaman in the Silesian Women’s Boxing Championship, earlier this year.

The 20-year-old boxer said, “For me, once I am inside the ring it does not matter whether my opponent is a world champion or a silver medallist. I play my game and do what the coaches told me. So, my approach will be the same in my next bout also.”

She also added, “Like in my first bout, I played from a distance but I played faster and more aggressive. It was a good bout.”

Manisha will now face top seed and 2016 World Championships silver medallist Stoyka Petrova of Bulgaria, in her quarterfinals bout.

Borgohain, an Asian Championships bronze medallist last year, had a tougher fight against 2014 World Championships gold winner Atheyna Bylon of Panama. It was a physical and aggressive fight and both the boxers fell on the floor on more than one occasion.

 

On the other hand, last year’s Asian Championships bronze medalist, Lovlina Borgohain, also kept her winning streak on in the current Women’s World Championships. Though she had a tough fight against Atheyna Bylon of Panama, Lovlina git it all through to emerged as a winner.

Borgohain will now face Scott Kaye Frances of Australia in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.

After her bout, the 21-year-old Lovlina said, “It was a tough fight for me. My opponent was tall and strong also. The fitness regime we had at the national camp helped me.I am happy to have won my first World Championships bout.”

“My next opponent from Australia, I had done some sparring and I know something about her. I hope to win my next bout,” added Borgohain.

 

India’s another boxer, Bhagyabati also won against Germany’s Irina-Nicoletta Schonberger in a tough match. It was also a debut World Championship bout for Bhagyabati.

 

Also, Boxers Pinki Rani, Sonia and Simranjit Kaur, progressed to the pre-quarter-finals in their respective categories on Saturday to maintain India’s winning run at the Women’s World Boxing Championships.

 

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Bhawna Kothari
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