Ja­muna, Lovlina march into quar­ters of box­ing Worlds

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

Ulan-Ude: Last edi­tion’s bronze-win­ner Lovlina Bor­go­hain (69kg) and debu­tant Ja­muna Boro (54kg) on Wed­nes­day marched into the quar­ter­fi­nals of the World Women’s Box­ing Cham­pi­onships with com­pre­hen­sive vic­to­ries in the pre-quar­ters here.

Boro out­punched fifth-seeded Algerian Ouidad Sfouh, an African Games gold-medal­list, in a unan­i­mous ver­dict, while the third-seeded Bor­go­hain got the bet­ter of a sprightly op­po­nent in Morocco’s Ou­mayma Bel Ah­bib, also a 5-0 win.

In the quar­ter­fi­nals on Thurs­day, Boro will take on Ger­many’s Ur­sula Got­t­lob, who up­staged Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship bronze-medal­list and fourth seed Yuliya Apanaso­vich of Be­larus in her pre-quar­ter­fi­nal bout in a split 3-2 ver­dict. The ref­eree mis­tak­enly raised Apanaso­vich’s hand at the end of the fight but later cor­rected him­self.

Next up for Bor­go­hain is sixth-seeded Karolina Koszewska, who de­feated Uzbek­istan’s Shakhnoza Yunusova. Poland’s Koszewska had claimed a gold medal at this year’s Euro­pean Games.

Boro opened the pro­ceed­ings for In­dia and the 22-year-old As­sam Ri­fles’ em­ployee was slow off the blocks. How­ever, she be­came the dom­i­nat­ing ag­gres­sor as the bout pro­gressed.

Dur­ing an en­gag­ing bat­tle in the sec­ond and third round, it was Boro who

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made a bet­ter im­pres­sion with her cleanly-struck straight punches.

The third round be­longed en­tirely to Boro with Sfouh com­ing short for most part. The As­samese, whose mother worked as a veg­etable seller to fi­nan­cially sup­port her sport­ing as­pi­ra­tions, is a gold-win­ner from this year’s In­dia Open. She was a bronze-medal­list at the 2015 Youth World Cham­pi­onships.

“I was a bit con­fused to start with but then I fig­ured how to push her and man­aged to pull off a vic­tory,” Boro said.

The last bout of the first ses­sion fea­tured Bor­go­hain and she also took time to find her rhythm against Ah­bib.

What was strik­ing about Bor­go­hain’s game­plan was her re­solve to keep dis­tance from Ah­bib, who tried her best to draw the In­dian in with ag­gres­sive posturing.

The Mo­roc­can did suc­ceed in fling­ing her arms for a few im­pact­ful jabs but Bor­go­hain had last laugh with coun­ter­at­tacks, which were more ef­fec­tive in gar­ner­ing scor­ing punches.

PTI

Ja­muna Boro (right) af­ter de­feat­ing Ouidad Sfouh on Wed­nes­day

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