IMAGE: Pooja Rani celebrates on profitable her 81kg bout to transfer into the quarter-final on Friday. Photograph: BFI/Twitter
Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain’s IBA World Championship marketing campaign within the 70 kg class got here to an early finish after a disappointing loss within the pre quarter-finals, whereas compatriot Pooja Rani (81kg) cruised to the final eight stage in Istanbul on Friday.
Lovlina, competing in her first worldwide occasion since her podium end in Tokyo final 12 months, went down to Cindy Ngamba of Fair Chance Team (FCT) 1-4 within the pre-quarter finals.
On the opposite hand, two-time Asian Champion Pooja notched a facile 5-0 win over Hungary’s Timea Nagy in her opening bout.
Pooja, the 2014 Asian Games bronze medallist, who can be competing in her first aggressive match since her disappointing Tokyo Olympics look final 12 months, appeared fully in management towards Nagy.
The skilled Indian boxer blended defence and assault to out-punch the Hungarian, who’s a two-time World Championships bronze medallist.
The Bhiwani boxer will tackle Australia’s Jessica Bagley within the quarterfinal on Monday.
In the primary Indian bout of the day, Lovlina began aggressively however appeared removed from being at her greatest.
The 24-year from Assam, going by her technique of utilizing her lengthy arms to attain the opponent from afar, was unable to penetrate Ngamba defence.
She fared higher within the second spherical however the boxer from FCT defended tightly, avoiding Lovlina’s punches whereas touchdown a number of sharp ones on the Indian.
Lovlina had defeated former world champion Chen Nien-Chin within the first spherical.
FCT is a group run by the International Boxing Association (IBA), previously AIBA, from final 12 months’s males’s World Championships, primarily comprising refugee athletes.
The 2017 World Youth Champion Nitu (48kg) and 2019 Asian Championships bronze medallist Manisha (57kg) will play their respective pre-quarterfinal bouts on Saturday.
Nitu will face Spain’s Lopez Del Arbol whereas Manisha will sq. off towards Bulgaria’s Svetlana Staneva for a spot within the quarter-final.