Mary Kom en­ters quar­ters; Saweety out

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport -

Ulan-Ude (Rus­sia): Six-time cham­pion MC Mary Kom (51kg) on Tues­day ad­vanced to the quar­ter­fi­nals of the World Women’s Box­ing Cham­pi­onships af­ter a hard-fought vic­tory in the last-16 stage here. The 36-year-old Mary Kom tri­umphed 5-0 against Thai­land’s Ju­ta­mas Jit­pong, a spunky boxer who kept the vet­eran on her toes with an ag­gres­sive ap­proach but just didn’t con­nect enough.

The third-seeded In­dian, who got a bye in the open­ing round, spent the first three min­utes get­ting a good mea­sure of her op­po­nent be­fore tak­ing con­trol of the pro­ceed­ings.

Chas­ing her first world medal in the 51kg divi­sion, Mary Kom picked up pace in the se­cond round and was es­pe­cially sharp with her coun­ter­at­tacks.

How­ever, there was dis­ap­point­ment for In­dia when for­mer sil­ver-medal­list Saweety Boora (75kg) lost her pre-quar­ter­fi­nal bout 1-3 in a split de­ci­sion de­spite a valiant fight against se­cond seeded Welsh­woman Lau­ren Price.

On Mon­day, Manju Rani (48kg) ad­vanced to the quar­ter­fi­nals with a 5-0 win over Venezuela’s Ro­jas Tay­o­nis Ce­deno. But Manju Bam­boriya (64kg) lost to Italy’s An­gela Carini 1-4.

Mary Kom (right) in ac­tion on Tues­day

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