Asian stars dazzle in Women’s World Championships Day 1

Defending world champion Nikhat Zareen and fellow Asian stars opened their respective campaigns in the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships 2023 on a winning note Thursday in New Delhi, India.

Hometown bet Zareen, who also copped a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games last year in Birmingham, stopped Azerbaijan’s Anakhanim Ismaylova in the second round of the tournament’s first bout to start her light flyweight (50kg) title-retention bid.

Uzbekistan’s reigning ASBC Asian U22 champion Feruza Kazakova crushed South Korea’s Jung Joo Hyung for a victorious start in the flyweight (52kg) class.

Mongolia’s Mungunsaran Balsan eliminated Turkey’s Rabia Topuz unanimously and she will now meet Spain’s last year’s bronze medallist Laura Fuertes at the Round of 32 in the strong light flyweight (50kg).

Mongolia’s Asian elite bronze medalist Yesugen Oyuntsetseg upset last year’s world bronze winner Preedakamon Tintabthai of Thailand, 4-1, also in flyweight.

Meanwhile, India’s Preeti and Nupur Sheoran, China’s Wu Yu and Zheng Lu, Nepal’s Anjani Teli, and Kazakhstan’s Zhazira Urakbayeva also emerged triumphant in Day 1.

A total of 121 Asians out of the 324 elite women pugs are vying for the titles in New Delhi. Afghanistan, China, host 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.

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