Lovlina Borgohain is competing for the first time since she won bronze at the Tokyo Olympics.© AFP
Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain overcame former champion Chen Nien-Chin in the light weight division on Monday to enter the round of 16 at the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Istanbul. . Returning to boxing for the first time since taking the podium at the Tokyo Olympics last year, Lovlina (70kg) won 3-2 over the Chinese Taipei boxer, who defeated her. in the semi-finals of the 2018 tournament. This is Lovlina’s second win over Chen. The Indian outplayed her in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympics to claim her bronze medal victory.
24-year-old boxer Assam, who had two bronze medals in the 2018 and 2019 tournaments, will now face three-time national champion from England, Cindy Ngamba, in the round of 16.
The two boxers started the fight cautiously maintaining a distance from each other. Lovlina quickly started attacking using her long arms but Chen defended well.
Both fighters landed several punches in the second round.
Chen, who won gold and bronze medals in 2018 and 2016 respectively at the World Championships, tried to strike in the third round but the fast-moving Indian saved with a technique. Good defense and tilt the results of the match biting her nails. support.
On day two, Nitu, the only Indian boxer in the bout, will begin his challenge in the 48 kg opening round against Steluta Duta of Romania.
The four Indians – Shiksha (54kg), Manisha (57kg), Ankushita (66kg) and Nandini (+81kg) – said their goodbyes in their respective opening rounds.
In the most recent hosting of the World Championships in Russia in 2019, the Indian boxers won one silver and three bronze medals.
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