Women's World Boxing C'ships: Manju Rani enters quarters, Bamboriya makes early exit

India's Manju Rani, seeded sixth in the 48kg category, will face top seed Kim Hyang Mi of South Korea in a last-eight clash at the World Boxing Championships.

Manju Rani registered a dominant 5-0 win over Venezuela’s Rojas Tayonis Cedeno in the round-of-16.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

India’s Manju Rani (48kg) had a memorable debut at the Worlds as she advanced to the quarterfinals on Monday and is one step away from winning a medal for the country, while Manju Bamboriya (64kg), the other debutant went down 1-4 in her opening game at the AIBA Women’s World Championships in Ulan-Ude, Russia.

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Rani, seeded sixth in the light flyweight category, blanked Venezuela’s Tayonis Rojas 5-0 in the round of 16 to set up an encounter with the top seed, Kim Hyang Min, in the next round. She will face her South Korean opponent on October 10.

The Haryana boxer was superior when it came to accuracy of strikes against her Venezuelan opponent, while both the boxers approached a defensive gameplay. Silver medallist at the prestigious Strandja Memorial Tournament, Manju Rani landed a few clean punches to get the nod of the judges unanimously at the end.

However, in the last bout of the day, Manju Bamboriya (64kg) put up stiff resistance only to go down against fourth seed Angela Carini of Italy in a split verdict of 1-4.

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On Tuesday, six-time World Champion, Mary Kom will start her campaign against Thailand’s Jutamas Jitpong in the 51kg category. The Indian, seeded three, had a bye in the first round and will take to the ring with an aim of winning her seventh World Championships gold.

The other Indian match tomorrow will feature Saweety Boora (75kg), who will face Commonwealth Games gold medallist and second-seed Lauren Price of Wales. Both the boxers from India will be eyeing a quarterfinal spot.