Khalzova, Lin, two other Asians triumph in Women’s World Championships opener

Former world champions Valentina Khalzova of Kazakhstan and Lin Yu Ting of Chinese Taipei overcame their preliminary matches along with two other Asian bets in the opening competition day of the International Boxing Association (IBA) Women’s World Boxing Championships 2022 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Khalzova, a world tilist in 2016 and the reigning Asian champion, only needed 131 seconds on the ring to crush Kenya’s Lorna Kusa Simbi via RSC (referee stops contest) in the light middleweight (70kg) category.

2018 world champion and two-time Asian winner Lin displayed her experience against 2021 youth silver medalist Sthelyne Grosy of France to score a hard-fought 4-1 win in the featherweight (57kg) class.

Meanwhile, light middleweight hopefuls Lovlina Borgohain of India and Khadijabonu Abdullaeva of Uzbekistan also came through with victorious debuts.

Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Borgohain shocked 2018 world champ Chen Nien Chin of Chinese Taipei through a 3-2 decision even as 2021 youth world bronze winner Abdullaeva decimated Angel Hepseba of Cayman Islands, 5-0.

A total of 86 boxers from 14 Asian nations joined this year’s Women’s World Championships that drew 310 participants from a record 93 countries.

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