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.
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.
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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