Guwahati: Lovlina Borgohain, a bronze medalist at the Tokyo Olympics, beat out former champion Chen Nien-Chin in the light middleweight division at the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Istanbul on Monday.
Lovlina (70kg) won a 3-2 split decision against the Chinese Taipei boxer, who had defeated her in the 2018 edition’s semifinals.
Lovlina has defeated Chen twice. The Indian had gotten the better of her in the Tokyo Olympics quarterfinal enroute to her bronze medal winning triumph.
The 24-year-old Assam boxer, who has two bronze medals from the tournaments in 2018 and 2019, will now face three-time national champion Cindy Ngamba of England in the round of 16.
However, the two fighters began the fight cautiously, keeping their distance from one another.
Meanwhile, Lovlina quickly began an attack with her long arms but Chen defended her own excellently.
Both boxers landed a few punches in the second round.
In the third round, Chen tried attacking Lovlina, but she managed to block with a good defence technique and tilted the result of the nail-biting match in her favour.
On the second day, Nitu, the lone Indian boxer will face Romanian Steluta Duta in the 48kg preliminary round.
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