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Boxing World Championship: Pooja Rani advances to quarterfinals, Lovlina Borgohain knocks out

Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain’s IBA World Championships 70kg event ended early after a disappointing loss before the quarterfinals, while her compatriot Pooja Rani (81kg) advanced to the quarter-finals in Istanbul on Friday. Lovlina made her first international appearance since taking the podium in Tokyo last year, losing 4-1 to Chance Team (FCT)’s Cindy Ngamba in the quarter-finals. On the other hand, two-time Asian champion Puha comfortably beat Hungary’s Taimanaji 5-0 in the match.

Pooja, a bronze medallist at the 2014 Asian Games, is also competing in her first competitive event since her disappointing Tokyo Olympic appearance last year, looking to have Nagy in full control.

The seasoned Indian boxer combined defense and offense to beat the two-time World Championship bronze medalist Hungarian.

The Biwani boxer will face Australia’s Jessica Bagley in the quarterfinals on Monday.

In the first India match of the day, Lovlina started aggressively but looked far from her best.

The 24-year-old from Assam was unable to penetrate Ngamba’s defence following her strategy of reaching opponents from a distance with her long hands.

She was better in the second round, but the boxer from FCT was well-defended and avoided Lovlina’s punch while throwing a couple of sharp punches on the Indians.

Lovlina defeated former world champion Chen Nianqin in the first round.

The FCT is a team managed by the International Boxing Association (IBA) (formerly AIBA), starting with last year’s Men’s World Championships and comprising mostly refugee athletes.

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2017 World Junior Champion Nito (48kg) and 2019 Asian Championships bronze medalist Manisha (57kg) will face off in their respective quarter-finals on Saturday.

Nitu will face Spain’s Lopez Del Arbol, while Manisha will face Bulgaria’s Svetlana Staneva for a place in the quarter-finals.

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