Boxing World Championship | Three Indian boxers through to quarterfinals

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Boxing World Championship | Three Indian boxers through to quarterfinals

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SportsCafe Desk

11/18/2018

Three Indian boxers - Manisha Maun, Lovlina Borgohain and Bhagyabati - won the matches in their respective categories to reach the quarterfinals of the Boxing World Championships in New Delhi. This is the second time that the Women's Boxing World Championship is hosted by India.

Current World Champion Dina Zhalaman of Kazakhstan was defeated by Indian boxer Manisha Maun in the 54 kg category to reaching the semifinal of the event. She won easily by a unanimous verdict of 5-0 and another win would assure her first medal-winning performance at the World Championships. In her next encounter Manisha would face top seed Stoyka Petrova of Bulgaria.

"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 said, reported PTI.

"Today, like in my first bout, I played from a distance but I played faster and more aggressive. It was a good bout."

Two other pugilists from India in Lovlina Borgohain in the 69kg and Bhagyabati Kachari in 81kg also made it to the quarterfinals with 5-0 and 4-1 wins in their respective pre-quarterfinal bouts. Asian Championship's bronze medallist Bourgoin fought it out to snatch the win from AtheynaBylon of Panama. Bourgoin next faces Scott Kaye Frances of Australia in the Quarterfinals.

"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," she said.

"My next opponent from Australia, I had done some sparring with her and I know something about her. I hope to win my next bout."

On the other hand, Bhagyabati had the toughest of the fights as she had a split verdict of 4-1 in her favour. Considering that the Indian was playing her first Championships, the performance was a commendable one and would act as a huge learning curve for her.

"My opponent was taller than me and so the coaches had told me to keep it low. If I had tried to hit high it would have exposed me and I may have received punches. My strategy paid off," she said.

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