Indian boxers were given a mixed draw in the 12th edition of the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships to be held in Istanbul on Sunday, May 8-20.
More than 400 boxers from a record 93 countries are set to take part in this year’s event, marking the 20th anniversary of this prestigious event.
Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Lovelina Borgohen (70kg) will start India’s campaign on Monday but she got a tough draw as she will face former world champion Chen Nien-chin.
The Chinese Taipei boxer, who won gold and bronze medals at the World Championships in 2018 and 2016, respectively, is the same opponent as Lovelina, who lost in the quarterfinals of the 2020 Olympic Games.
Two-time Asian champions Pooja Rani (81kg), Nandini and Nikhat Zareen have also been given difficult draws in their respective categories.
While Pooja will start against two-time World Championship bronze medalist Hungarian boxer Tima Nagy in Round of 16, Nandini (+81kg) has a bye in the opening round but will face last year’s bronze medalist Khadija Al-Mardi of Morocco. Quarter finals.
Nikhat (52kg), on the other hand, will face Mexico’s Herrera Alvarez in the opening round and, if he wins, is likely to face 2021 Asian Championship bronze medalist Lutsaikhan Altensetsag of Mongolia in the next round of 16.
Jasmine (60kg) will face two-time young Asian champion Porntip Buapa of Thailand in the opening round. If the Indian crosses the first hurdle, he will face former world championship bronze medalist Rashida Ellis of the USA in the quarterfinals.
Among other Indians, Ankushita (66kg) got a relatively easy draw with Neetu (48kg), Anamika (50kg), Shiksha (54kg), Manisha (57kg), Parveen (63kg) and Sweety (75kg). Ankushita will start her challenge in the round of 16 after getting a bye in the opening round.
The Indians have so far won 36 medals in 9 editions of the prestigious event, including 9 Gold, 8 Silver and 19 Bronze. India ranks third after Russia (60) and China (50).
In the last edition of the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships held in Russia in 2019, Indian boxers won one silver and three bronze medals.
Indian team: Neetu (48kg), Anamika (50kg), Nikhat Zareen (52kg), Shiksha (54kg), Manisha (57kg), Jasmine (60kg), Parveen (63kg), Ankushita (66kg), Lovelina Borgohen (70kg), Sweety (70kg). 75 kg), Pooja Rani (81 kg), Nandini (+81 kg).