Womens World Boxing Championship: Nikhat and Lovlina in semi-finals, India’s four medals confirmed

Hot favorites Nikhat Zareen and Lovlina Borgohain lived up to expectations to assure India medals by reaching the semi-finals of the Women’s World Boxing Championships here on Wednesday. Besides these two, Commonwealth Games champion Neetu Gangas (48kg) and veteran Sweety Boora (81kg) also entered the last four. Playing in new weight categories, defending champion Nikhat (50kg) beat Thailand’s Chuthamat Raksat 5-2 to seal her second World Championship medal, while Lovlina (75kg) won 5-0 over Mozambique’s Adosinda Radi Gramane. Did.

For India, however, Sakshi Chowdhary (52kg) and last edition’s bronze medalist Manisha Moun (57kg) failed to make it past the last four stage. Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Jasmine Lamboria (60kg) and Nupur Sheoran (+81) also suffered defeats. Nikhat will now face Rio Olympics bronze medalist Ingrid Valencia of Colombia in the semi-finals. The 22-year-old Neetu from Haryana was the first Indian to enter the ring, defeating Japan’s Madoka Wada by RSC (referee stoppage) in the second round.

In this way he ensured at least one bronze medal for himself and India. Sweety, playing her first match in the tournament, lived up to her top seeding and sealed her second World Championship medal with a 5-0 victory over 2018 bronze medalist Viktoria Kebikawa of Belarus. He won the silver medal in 2014. Neetu played with full aggression and rained punches on the opponent. The referee stopped the match and gave the decision in favor of Neetu. Neetu has won all the three bouts on RSC decision.

“I had to be careful and could not be aggressive,” she said after the match. But at the end of the match, I thought I can do it. “The advantage of winning all three of my bouts with RSC is that my opponent will now be under pressure. While multiple-time national champion Sweety, who got a bye in the first round, was just one win away from a medal, the 30-year-old assured herself of a medal with a comfortable win. The contest between the two ‘light heavyweight’ boxers was more of a body attack.

Sweety attacked with good defense and landed punches with ease. Sakshi went down 0-5 to China’s Yu Wu while Manisha went down 1-4 to France’s Amina Zidani. Jasmine again could not go beyond the quarterfinals as she went down 0-5 to Colombia’s Paola Valdez while Nupur lost 3-4 in review to Kazakhstan’s Lajjat ​​Kugebaeva.

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