Boxing World Championships: Mary Kom advances, Manisha ousts reigning world champion

Indian boxers Manisha Maun, Lovlina Borgohain and Bhagyabati Kachari moved to the quarterfinals of their respective weight category in the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship.

Mary Kom got her 2018 Women's World Boxing Championship campaign off to a winning start against Kazakhstan's Algerim Kassanayeva.   -  Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Mary Kom's class and experience held her in good stead in her opening bout against Algerim Kassanayeva and enabled the iconic boxer to successfully begin her quest for a sixth World title here on Sunday.

Mary's 5-0 victory over the Kazakh took the centre stage on a day where three other Indians – Manisha Moun (54kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and Bhagyabati Kachari (81kg) – also recorded wins to reach the quarterfinals of the World women's boxing championships at the Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex here.

AS IT HAPPENED: Mary vs Algerim; Sarita vs Harrington

Sarita Devi (60kg) fought bravely before losing a closely-fought pre-quarterfinal bout, which included the Indian's knockdown in the third round, to 2016 Worlds silver medallist in 64kg Kellie Harrington 3-2. Post the bout, Sarita said she wasn't happy with the decision.

In front of an ecstatic home crowd, Mary, who had a first round bye, resorted to a cautious approach in the first round. The 35-year-old had her guard up with and stayed agile, latching onto opportunities to deliver a right-left combination and then a beautiful straight in the second round.

Mary Kom in action against Algerim Kassanayeva on Sunday.   -  Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

 

Even as the Kazakh tried to deploy holding tactics, Mary remained calm to secure a place in the last-eight stage of 48kg category.

“The pressure of expectation was there but I was energised by people's support,” said Mary, who faces Chinese Yu Wu in the next round. Yu tamed Philippines' Josie Gabuco 5-0.

Manisha stunned World champion Dina Zholaman for the second time in two months. Having faced the Kazakh in the Silesian championships in Poland, the 20-year-old used her long reach and excellent footwork to stay in control and deliver fine punches.

When Dina tried to up the ante, Manisha's evasive techniques and counter-attacks worked to fetch her a 5-0 win. Manisha will meet Worlds silver medallist and top seed Bulgarian Stoyka Petrova, who beat Uzbek Tursunov Rakhimova 4-1.

Asian championships bronze medallist, Lovlina beat 2014 World champion Atheyna Bylon 5-0. Employing her back and forth movement, Lovlina not only landed punches on target but also saved herself from the wild blows of the Panamanian, who tried to ruffle the youngster.

“My fitness helped me in such a duel,” said Lovlina, who will next clash against Aussie Kaye Scott. Kaye went past Kazakh Akerke Bakhytzhan 5-0.

Lovlina Borgohain cruised into the 69kg category semifinals after registering a 5-0 win over 2014 World champion Atheyna Bylon.   -  Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

 

National champion Bhagyabati Kachari banked on her quick combinations to make up for her lack of footwork as she defeated German boxer Irina-Nicoletta Schonberger 4-1 in first round. Bhagyabati's next faces Columbian Jessica Sinisterra, who beat Anastasiia Chernokolenko 5-0, next.

Other important results (preliminary rounds):

48kg: Steluta Duta (Rou) bt Jargalan Ochirbat (Mgl) 3-2, Hanna Okhota (Ukr) bt Roberta Bonatti (Ita) 5-0, Chorong Bak (Kor) bt Gulasal Sultonalieva (Uzb) 5-0, Hyang Mi Kim (Prk) bt Meng- Chieh Pin (Tpe) 3-2,

54kg: Jucielen Romeu (Bra) bt Viktoriia Kuleshova (Rus) 3-2, Peamwilai Laopeam (Tha) bt Aira Villegas (Phi) 3-2, Kristy Harris (Aus) bt Julianna Rodriguez (Crc) 3-2, Yu-Ting Lin (Tpe) bt Ivanna Krupenia (Ukr) 5-0, Zohra Ez Zahraoui (Mar) bt Yuliya Apanasovich (Blr) 5-0, Nandintsetseg Myagmardulam (Mgl) bt Zeljana Pitesa (Cro) RSC-R2.

60kg: Mira Potkonen (Fin) bt Ala Yarshevich (Blr) 5-0, Yeonji Oh (Kor) bt Paige Murney (Eng) 5-0, Agnes Alexiusson (Swe) bt Hasnaa Lachgar (Mar) 3-2.

69kg: Nien-Chin Chen (Tpe) bt Elina Gustafsson (Fin) 5-0, Mriyam Da Silva Rondeau (Can) bt Shakhnoza Yunusova (Uzb) 5-0.

81kg: Elf Guneri (Tur) bt Caitlini Torrington (Aus) 5-0, Lina Wang (Chn) bt Marija Curran (Can) 5-0.

+81kg: Lazzat Kungeibayeva (Kaz) bt Tetiana Shevchenko (Ukr) 5-0, Guzal Ismatova (Uzb) bt Adrienn Juhasz (Hun)RSC-R2.