AIBA Women's World Championships: Saweety Boora storms into pre-quarters, Neeraj ousted

It was a day of mixed fortunes for India at the AIBA Women's World Championships as Saweety Boora progressed, while debutant Neeraj was ousted.

India's Saweety Boora began her AIBA World Championships campaign on a winning note as she defeated Mongolia's Myagmarjarga Munkhbat 5-0 to reach the pre-quarters.   -  Special Arrangement

World Championships silver medalist Saweety Boora stormed into the pre-quarterfinals, while Neeraj bowed out in a day of mixed fortunes for India at the AIBA Women’s World Championships at Ulan-Ude, Russia on Saturday.

Swaeety was impressive on the day as she blanked Mogolia’s Myagmarjargal Munkhbat 5-0 to ease into the next round of the 75kg category. She will next face Commonwealth Games gold medallist and second-seeded Welsh boxer, Lauren Price on October 8.

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Earlier in the day, India witnessed a major upset as Neeraj (57kg) had to endure a surprise loss through a split verdict of 2-3.

The India Open and Umakhanov Memorial International gold medalist put up a remarkable fight on debut and displayed superior technique and aggression compared to Jieru Qiao. However, Neeraj failed to receive the judges' nod despite the Chinese pugilist getting a point revoked for foul play in Round 2.

The Indian team lodged a protest against the decision as per the latest AIBA guideline where a team is allowed to challenge two decisions in a tournament, but the protest was not accepted by the technical reviewer and the review plea was turned down.

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On Sunday, former World champion and five-time Asian gold medalist Sarita Devi (60kg) will take the ring against Natalia Shadrina of Russia, while debutant Nandini (81kg) will be challenged by Germany's Irina-Nicoletta Schonberger.

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