Day 3 of the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships saw boxers Sonia Lather, Simranjeet Kaur & Pinki Rani bag their first wins of the tournament. Both the Indians thereby cruised into the pre-quarterfinals of the championship being held at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex in New Delhi.
In the first bout featuring an Indian, Sonia defeated Toujani Doaa of Morocco 5-0 in the 57 kg Women's Featherweight category. The 26-year-old, advanced into the second round of the competition after receiving a bye in her first match. Sonia dominated her Moroccan opponent in the second match and was declared the winner in a unanimous verdict. Sonia Lather, who holds 3rd rank in the World, also boasts of a silver medal in the feather weight category at the 2016 Women's World Boxing Championships in Astana.
Simaranjeet Kaur Batth, who took to the ring in the 64 kg category defeated her counterpart Amelia Moore of the USA with 4:1 win on points. Simranjet made some impressive punches on Amelia to win the battle of equals. In the next round, she will face Megan Reid of Scotland. Simranjeet went emotional in the post-match interview and apprised how difficult it has been for her since the death of her father, who wanted her to win a medal for the country.
The evening session saw seasoned campaigner Pinki Rani too get better of her Armenian opponent Anush Grigoryan with a spectacular 4:1 win on points, in the 51 kg weight category. The 28-year-old boxer made a defensive start to the bout but gradually picked a pace and exchanged hefty blows against her rival to wrap up India’s day. The day proved to be fruitful for India as all 3 boxers managed to make it to the next round in their respective categories.
Sunday will see as many as 4 Indian boxers in the fray at the World Championships including Mary Kom.
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