Borgohain, Kinoshita, fellow Asians cruise to World Championships quarterfinals

Reigning ASBC Asian elite champions Lovlina Borgohain and Rinka Kinoshita barged into the IBA Women’s World Championships 2023 quarterfinals along with other Asian stalwarts on Monday in New Delhi, India.

Hometown bet Borgohain, who is also a two-time world bronze medalist, earned a bye to the round of 16 then decimated Mexico’s Citlalli Ortiz, 5-0, to close in on the middleweight (75kg) medal round.

Japanese mainstay, the reigning ASBC Asian Champion Rinka Kinoshita, on the other hand, crushed Serbia’s Youth World Champion Sara Cirkovic, 5-0, in the flyweight (52kg) class.

Also in flyweight, India’s ex-youth world titlist Sakshi Choudhary took her second 5-0 victory at the expense of Kazakhstan’s Zhazira Urakbayeva while Mongolia’s ASBC bronze finisher Yesugen Oyuntsetseg stopped Mozambique’s African Champion Helena Bagao in the opening round.

Nepal’s newcomer Anjani Teli became the first quarterfinalist from the South Asian nation after posting a 5-0 romp over Haiti’s US-based boxer Kathreen Sterling. Teli won her preliminary bout in the championships and she impressed in her second challenge in New Delhi.

The Chinese women’s team is one of the bests in the entire world and their Wu Yu outpointed Spain’s Maria Gonzalez in the Round of 16 at the flyweight (52kg).

In the bantamweight (54kg) division, Chinese Taipei’s former world champion and Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Huang Hsiao-wen unleashed lethal shots against China’s Li Yijie to score her second RSC win in the tournament.

Thailand’s 2022 silver medalist Jutamas Jitpong eliminated local fighter Preeti via a 4-3 decision after a review of their tightly contested bout.

Kazakhstan’s former ASBC Asian Champion Madina Nurshayeva returned to the national team and she made a strong opener at the light middleweight (70kg) during the fifth competition day. The 28-year-old boxer was slightly better in the exchanges than South Korea’s Choi Hong Eun and joined the quarter-finals. China’s ex-world titlist and two-time Asian winner Li Qian opened her middleweight campaign with a first-round stoppage over Chinese Taipei’s Lin Chien-yu while her teammate Zhou Pan thrashed Armenia’s Ani Hovsepyan, 5-0, in light middleweight (70kg).

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