Asians continue to shine in Women’s World Championships

South Korean star Oh Yeon Ji and other Asian standouts came through with impressive showings on the second day of the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships 2023 in New Delhi, India.

Oh, a three-time ASBC Asian elite champion and one-time Asian Games gold winner, thrashed Mexico’s Esmeralda Falcon, 5-0, for a searing start in the lightweight (60kg) class.

Japan’s Ayaka Taguchi delivered a huge upset win after beating Mongolia’s Asian elite silver medalist Nomin-Erdene Tugsjargal, 4-1, in the same weight division.

Kazakhstan’s Rimma Volossenko dispatched fellow former Asian elite titlist Sitora Turdibekova of Uzbekistan via a hard-fought 4-3 win after a review of their lightweight bout.

Thailand’s Asian U22 champ Thananya Somnuek subdued fierce rival Southeast Asian Games winner Ha Thi Linh of Vietnam, 4-1, in light welterweight (63kg).

India’s mainstays Jaismine Lamboria (light) and Shashi Chopra (light welter) delighted the home crowd with their convincing victories over Tanzania’s Beatrice Ambos Nyambega and Kenya’s Teresiah Wanjiru, respectively.

China’s Yang Wenlu stunned Italy’s ex-world champion Alessia Mesiano, 5-0, in lightweight while her teammate Yang Chengyu crushed Turkey’s Urguya Us, 5-0, in light welterweight. Uzbekistan’s Sokhiba Ruzmetova also opened her campaign on a bright note after demolishing Vietnam’s Luu Diem Quynh, 5-0, in middleweight (75kg).

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