26 Asians seal medals in Women’s World Championships

A total of 26 Asian fighters won their quarterfinal bouts to secure at least a bronze medal in the IBA Women’s World Championships 2023 on Wednesday in New Delhi, India.

Chinese Taipe’s two-time world champion Lin Yu-ting inched closer to defending her title after staving off Bulgaria’s returning veteran Svetlana Kamenova via split decision in the featherweight (57kg) division.

India’s reigning world light flyweight (50kg) titlist Nikhat Zareen also pulled off a tight win over a serious contender in two-time bronze medalist Chuthamat Raksat of Thailand.

Former world champions Huang Hsiao-wen (bantam-54kg) of Chinese Taipei, Li Qian (middle-75kg) and Wang Lina (light heavy-81kg) of China, and Valentina Khalzova (middle) of Kazakhstan notched impressive victories in their respective categories.

Kazakhstan’s defending ASBC Asian elite winner and last year’s silver finisher Alua Balkybekova eased past Turkey’s Erivan Barut, 5-0, while India’s former world youth champ Nitu Ghanghas stopped Japan’s bronze medalist Madoka Wada in minimumweight (48kg).

In the same weight class, Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg became Mongolia’s first medalist since 2018 after posting a 5-0 stunner over Uzbekistan’s Asian U22 champ Farzona Fozilova.

Other notable winners on Day 7 were Japan’s Rinka Kinoshita (fly-52kg), Kazakhstan’s Karina Ibragimova (feather), Thailand’s Jutamas Jitpong (welter-66kg), India’s Lovlina Borgohain (middle) and Saweety Bora (light heavy).

Out of the participating 324 boxers, 121 are Asians at the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi, India. Afghanistan, China, India, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Kuwait, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Chinese Taipei, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam are the 19 participating Asian nations in the new edition of the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. The Asians look to enter the gold medal round as they compete in the semis on Friday.

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