Indian women continue their stellar performance in the ongoing World Boxing Championships in Istanbul. After Nikhat Zareen (52kg), Parveen (63kg), and Manisha (57kg), Anamika (50kg) also advanced to the pre-quarterfinals on Thursday. Anamika defeated Eugenia Angel of Romania 5-0 in a one-sided fashion. The bout started off very aggressively
Both the boxers kept on attacking each other as the match began but Anamika kept her sharp footwork and movement precise and effectively hit clear punches and saved herself from Eugenia’s punch. Anamika will next face World Championship bronze medalist, Christie Lee Harris of Australia, on Sunday.
Two-time Asian champion Pooja Rani (81kg) and Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain (70kg) will play their respective last-16 round matches on Friday. Pooja, who is going to start her World Championship campaign, will take on Timea Negi of Hungary.
While Lovlina will take on Cindy Ngamba of the Fair Chance team. Lovlina had defeated former world champion Chen Nien-Chin in the first round on Monday.
A record 310 boxers from 73 countries are participating in this tournament this year. In the last championship held in Russia in 2019, India got one silver and three bronze medals in that tournament. This year 4 players are already reached to pre-quarter-finals. This is indicating the medal tally for India this year will further increase.
Till the 11th season of the World Championships, India has secured 36 medals including 9 Gold, 8 Silver, and 19 Bronze medals. India is number three in winning medals after Russia and China. This year also we can expect not one or two while more medals from the Indian stars. After Nikhat, Parveen and Manisha, Anamika also reached the pre-quarterfinals. Indian women boxers had shown good form continuously in the tournament.