World Women's Boxing Championship 2018: Mary Kom advances, Sarita exits

Mary Kom won her fight by a unanimous decision while Sarita Devi lost by split deciison to Ireland's Kellie Anne Harrington in the preliminary round at the Women's World Boxing Championship 2018.

Mary Kom defeated Kazakhstan's Aigerim Kassenayeva by a unanimous decision. (File Photo)   -  AFP

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of the World Women's Boxing Championship 2018 bout between Sarita Devi and Kellie Harrington.

Results

Mary Kom wins by a unanimous decision against Kazakhstan's Aigerim Kassenayeva in the flyweight category (48kg) preliminary round and advances to the quarterfinals.

“Anything can happen in a boxing bout. The country and the fans want a gold from me and I will give my best and try to win a gold,” she said after her win.

“There was a bit of pressure as it was my first bout of the tournament. I have been handling the pressure of expectation from the people of my country for the last 16 years and I have happy to face this pressure. In the initial years, it was a bit tough to handle this pressure but now I am used to it,” Mary added.

Sarita Devi has been knocked out after losing by a split decision (3:2) to Ireland's Kellie Anne Harrington in the lightweight category (60kg) preliminary round.

 

Sarita Devi is out! Kellie Anne Harrington wins by split decision (3:2). That was a close one that ends in disappointment for Sarita and the home fans.

Round 3

- India thinks they've won, Ireland think they've won. That's how close this is. It was a close finish to the final round.

- Sarita picks up her pace. She's pulling a lot of punches and lands some of them as well. Kellie Harrington doesn't hold back though, her long reach has been effective.

Round 2

- Both players are still getting a feel of the opponent but there have been moments where Sarita has landed some good punches. Kellie Harrington ended the round on a high.

Round 1

- It was a closely fought first round. Sarita Devi content to fight from the back, as she looks for an opening. Both boxers have been careful so far.

 

-Sarita Devi in blue is in action in the lightweight (60kg) category against Ireland's Kellie Anne Harrington. The winner of the bout advances to the quarters.

 

 

She does it! Mary Kom wins her opening bout against Aigerim Kassenayeva courtesy of a unanimous decision.

Round 3: That's the end of the bout. Aigerim makes a fine comeback in the third round but will it prove to be too little too late?

Round 2: What a show! After a cautious start, Mary goes all guns blazing in the second round. She takes the fight to her opponent and throws many a thunderous punch at the Kazakh. Aigerim has a lot to do in the third round.

Round 1: Mary gets off to a composed start. She lands a couple of strong jabs on her opponent and takes no unnecessary risks. A good opening round for the local favourite.

Mary in blue today while her Kazakh opponent dons the red jersey.