Boxing Championships: MC Mary Kom starts with a bang
Six-time champion opens campaign with 5-0 win to enter quarter-finals; Saweety Boora bows out
Ulan-Ude (Russia): Six-time champion MC Mary Kom (51kg) yesterday advanced to the quarter-finals of the World Women's Boxing Championships after a hard-fought victory in the Last 16 stage here. Mary Kom triumphed 5-0 against Thailand's Jutamas Jitpong, a spunky boxer who kept the veteran on her toes with an aggressive approach but just did not connect enough. The third-seeded Indian, who got a bye in the opening round, spent the first three minutes getting a good measure of her opponent before taking control of the proceedings.
Mary Kom, chasing her first world medal in the 51kg division, picked up pace in the second round and was especially sharp with her counter-attacks. However, there was disappointment for India when former silver-medallist Saweety Boora (75kg) lost her pre-quarterfinal bout in a split decision despite a valiant fight.
Boora was up against second-seeded Welshwoman Lauren Price. Price is a European Games gold-medallist and fetched a bronze in the last edition of the world showpiece. She is also the reigning Commonwealth Games champion besides, being a three-time bronze-medallist at the European Championships. With a fancied opponent like Price, it was never going to be easy for the Indian but she put her best foot forward. Boora seemed unfazed by her rival's reputation and managed to match her punch for punch for most part of the bout.
However, in the final analysis, the judges ruled 3-1 in Price's favour.
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