Mary Kom enters quarters; Saweety out
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