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Lovlina packs a punch, beats former world champion in opening bout of World Boxing Championships

Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain after beating Chinese Taipei's Chen Nien-Chin in the 70kg opening round bout in Istanbul on Monday (Image courtesy: Boxing Federation of India)

Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain beat a former world champion to kickstart her campaign at the 12th edition of the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Istanbul on an impressive note on Monday.

The 24-year-old star Indian boxer notched up a thrilling 3-2 win against Chinese Taipei's Chen Nien-Chin in the 70kg opening round bout.

Chen Nien-Chin had entered the ring with a 3-1 head-to-head record, having also defeated the Indian in the 2018 World Championships semifinal. On the other hand, Borgohain's only triumph against Chen came in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics quarter-final enroute her bronze medal winning triumph.

Both the boxers started off cautiously and maintained distance from each other. Making her first outing at the international circuit after the heroics in Tokyo, the boxer from Assam showed no signs of rustiness and hit some timely punches.


The intensely-fought second and final saw both the boxers exchanging heavy punches. Chen, who won gold and bronze medals in 2018 and 2016 respectively at the World Championships, tried attacking but the swift-moving Indian managed to block with a good defence technique and tilted the result of the nail-biting match in her favour.

Lovlina will take on Cindy Ngamba of Fair Chance Team in the round-of-16 match on Friday.

Nitu will be the lone Indian boxer in action today, beginning her challenge in the 48kg opening round against Romania’s Steluta Duta.

Four Indians—Shiksha (54kg), Manisha (57kg), Ankushita (66kg) and Nandini (+81kg)—have been handed a bye in their respective opening rounds.   

With a record participation of 310 boxers from 73 countries across the world, this year’s event also marks the 20th anniversary of the prestigious event which will be played till May 20.

In the last edition of the IBA Women's World Boxing Championships held in Russia in 2019, the Indian boxers clinched one silver and three bronze medals. India’s tally of 36 medals, including nine gold, eight silver and 19 bronze, so far in the 11 editions of the tournament is the third highest after Russia (60) and China (50).

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