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Lovlina Borgohain off to flying start in World Boxing Championships at Istanbul

The 24-year-old pugilist dished out a splendid show to secure a 3-2 win against the former world champion Chen Nien-Chin.

Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain kick-started her campaign on an impressive note by notching up a thrilling win at the 12th edition of the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Istanbul on Monday.

The 24-year-old pugilist dished out a splendid show to secure a 3-2 win against the former world champion Chen Nien-Chin of Chinese Tapei in the 70kg opening round bout.

Both the boxers started off cautiously and maintained a distance from each other. Making her first outing on the international circuit after heroics in Tokyo, the boxer from Assam showered no sings of rustiness and hit some timely punches.

Lovlina’s only win against Chen came in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics quarter-final enroute to her bronze medal-winning triumph.

Lovlina will now take on Cindy Ngamba of the Fair Chance Team in the round-of-16 match on Friday.

With a record participation of 310 boxers from 73 countries across the world, this year’s event also marks the 20th anniversary of the prestigious event which will be played till May 20.

First Published: 10th May, 2022 17:24 IST

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