Boxing: Mary Kom enters QF; Saweety Boora crashes out of AIBA Women’s World Championships

Mary Kom (File photo: IANS)
Mary Kom (File photo: IANS)
Six-time world champion M C Mary Kom (51kg) stormed into the quarter-finals while Saweety Boora crashed out of the AIBA Women’s World Championships at Ulan-Ude, Russia on Tuesday.
The London Olympic bronze medalist Mary Kom had to work hard initially as she went on to defeat Thailand's Jutumas Jitpong 5-0 after receiving a first-round bye. The third seed veteran pugilist played aggressively after comprehending her opponent’s rhythm in the first round. 
Chasing her first world medal in the 51kg category, Mary broke her opponent's defence with sharp counter attacks and took charge of the proceedings from the second round onwards.
However, Boora lost to Louise Price in her pre-quarter-final bout in the 75 kg category. Though the former world silver medalist engaged her opponent in a tight contest, the 2018 CWG gold medalist prevailed with a split verdict of 3-1. A point was deducted from the Welsh pugilist's account for excessive holding in the second round. 
Mary is now one step away from securing yet another medal and will next face Lorena Victoria Valencia of Colombia on October 10. She joins Manju Rani (48kg) who has already ensures a quarter-final berth earlier.  
Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), the bronze medalist at the last edition of the championship and third seed, will face Oumayma Bel from Morocco after having a bye in the first round while Jamuna Boro (54kg) will face fifth-seed Algerian boxer Ouidad Sfouh on Wednesday.

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