World Women’s Boxing Championships: Manisha and Nitu qualify for the quarter-finals


India’s female boxers continued their impressive run as 2017 World Youth Champion Nitu (48kg) and 2019 Asian Championships bronze medalist Manisha (57kg) advanced to the quarter-finals of the 12th edition of the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships after recording contrasting victories in Istanbul on Saturday. . Nitu, who won the gold medal at the Strandja Memorial tournament in Sofia this year, faced Spain’s Lopez Del Arbol in the quarter-finals. The boxer from Bhiwani dominated the proceedings early on and displayed relentless energy, speed and footwork to land accurate punches.

Nitu upped the ante over the next two rounds and continued his attacking approach without giving his opponent a chance and won the fight convincingly 5-0. Her next opponent will be Kazakhstan’s Alua Balkibekova in the quarterfinals on Monday.

Manisha (57kg) prevailed 4-1 over Svetlana Staneva of Bulgaria in a hard fought fight which saw the two boxers trade punches throughout the three rounds. Manisha kept her nerves and finally got the judges’ verdict in her favour. She will then face a tough challenge from world youth bronze medalist Namuun Monkhor of Mongolia in the quarter-finals on Monday.

Sunday, 6 Indian boxers including Nikhat will be in action during the round of 16. Nikhat (52kg) and Shiksha (54kg) will next face Mongolian Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg and Asian youth bronze medalist Yesugen Oyuntsetseg respectively, while Parveen will face former Youth Olympic champion Jajaira Gonzalez of the United States.

Anamika (50kg) will face Australian World Championship bronze medalist Kristy Lee Harris, while Jaismine (60kg) will face Australian Angela Harries. Meanwhile, 2017 Junior World Champion Ankushita (66kg) will make her Elite World Championships debut against Poland’s Aneta Rygielska.

This year’s event, which marks the 20th anniversary of the IBA Women’s World Championships, will run until May 20. In the last edition of the tournament, held in Russia in 2019, Indian boxers won one silver and three bronze.

Indian boxers have won 36 medals, including nine gold, eight silver and 19 bronze, in the previous 11 editions of the tournament, which is the third highest after Russia (60) and China (50). In the last edition of the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, held in Russia in 2019, the Indians finished with one silver and three bronze. (ANI)

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