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World Boxing Championships: Mary Kom enters quarterfinals

India’s M.C. Mary Kom.

India’s M.C. Mary Kom.   | Photo Credit: AFP

Six-time champion M.C. Mary Kom (51kg) advanced to the quarterfinals of the World women’s boxing championships here on Tuesday. Mary Kom defeated Thailand’s Jutamas Jitpong 5-0.

The third-seeded Indian, who got a bye in the opening round, spent the first three minutes getting the measure of her opponent before taking control. 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.

Saweety loses

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.

Saweety 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 Worlds. She is also 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. Saweety was unfazed by her rival’s reputation and managed to match her punch for punch for most of the bout.

However, the judges ruled 3-1 in Price’s favour.

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