Lovlina defeated the former world champion after returning to the ring

Since the first meeting in New Delhi four years ago, Lovlina Borgohain has never defeated Chen Nien-China. She has now been over the former world champion twice in two fights.

Lovlina Borgohain, who took part in her first international match since the Tokyo Olympics last August, showed no signs of rust when she arrived at the World Cup in Istanbul on Monday.

Lovlina defeated Chen for the first time in the quarterfinals of the Olympics last year, which secured her a medal. On Monday, she seemed to be continuing where she had gone, performing a bold move to secure a 3: 2 verdict in her favor.

This duo would not normally meet so soon at the World Cup; in Delhi 2018 they met only in the semifinals. However, as weight categories were mixed in the Paris Olympics, the International Boxing Association did not name any seeds for the World Cup, which led to several tough matches in the opening round.

Both boxers started cautiously and kept their distance from each other. The Assam boxer, who completed her first trip on the international heroic circuit in Tokyo, showed no signs of rust and struck several strokes.

In the intense fight in the second and last round, both boxers exchanged heavy blows. Chen, who won a gold and bronze medal at the 2018 and 2016 World Championships, tried to attack, but the brisk Indian managed to block a good defense and tilt the result in her favor.

Lovlina will now play against Cindy Ngambovรก from the Fair Chance team in Friday’s round of the final.

On the second day of the competition on Wednesday, Nitu will be the only Indian boxer in action to start her challenges in the opening round of up to 48 kg against Romanian Steluta Duta.

Four Indians – Shiksha (54 kg), Manisha (57 kg), Ankushita (66 kg) and Nandini (+ 81 kg) – received a farewell in their opening rounds.

With a record attendance of 310 boxers from 73 countries, this year’s event also commemorates the 20th anniversary of the prestigious event, which will be played until May 20.

At the last year of the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Russia in 2019, Indian boxers won one silver and three bronze medals. So far, 36 India medals – including nine gold, eight silver and 19 bronze – in 11 years of the tournament are the third highest after Russia (60) and China (50).

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