Indian boxers continued their impressive run at the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships as the trio of Anamika (50kg), Shiksha (54kg) and Jaismine (60kg) advanced to the pre-quarter finals of their respective events in Istanbul on Thursday. While Anamika gave Romanian Eugenia Anghel a unanimous decision, Shiksha also won by a similar 5-0 margin against Argentina’s Herrera Milagros Rosario.
Jaismine, the third Indian boxer in the fight, defeated two-time Asian youth champion Thailand’s Porntip Buapa in a 4-1 spill decision.
Anamika showed her ability and technical superiority against Anghel.
The fight started aggressively as both boxers attacked relentlessly from the get-go, but Anamika showed her sharp footwork and feints to land clear punches while dodging her opponent’s counters.
The boxer from Rohtak continued her relentless attack into the second round, not letting her opponent settle down. She dictated the terms throughout the match and won comfortably by a 5-0 margin to advance to the next round.
Anamika will face Australia’s World Cup bronze medalist Kristy Lee Harris in the round of 16 next Sunday.
Shiksha put on a fiery performance as she entered the front quarters.
The two boxers constantly attacked each other at a high pace, but the Indian was able to land more clear and sharp punches.
The final Indian attack of the day started on a cautious note as both boxers looked cautious, but Jaismine came out on top as she managed to punch clear and defend solidly. Buapa could barely touch the Indian boxers in the first round.
Jaismine then dominated the fight with her counterattacks to finally take her place in the round of 16.
Two-time Asian champion Pooja Rani (81 kg) and Olympic bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain (70 kg) in Tokyo will play their respective round of 16 matches on Friday.
Pooja, who will start her campaign, will face Timea Nagy from Hungary, while Lovlina will fight Cindy Ngamba from Fair Chance Team.
Lovlina had defeated former world champion Chen Nien-Chin in the first round on Monday.
Late on Wednesday, Saweety (75 kg) went down fighting England’s Kerry Davis, losing the fight 2-3.
In the last edition of the tournament, which was held in Russia in 2019, Indian boxers took one silver and three bronze medals.
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