Lin, three other Asians barge into finals in Women’s World tilt

Chinese Taipei’s former world champion Lin Yu-ting coasted to the gold medal match of the featherweight (57kg) division while three other Asian pugilists also made it to the finals in the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday.

Lin, a gold winner in 2018 and also a two-time ASBC Asian titlist, warded off the early aggression of Kazakhstan’s Karina Ibragimova before outwitting her for the rest of their semifinal bout to snag a 5-0 victory.

The 26-year-old Lin arranged a highly-touted match for the gold against Italy’s Irma Testa, a bronze medalist in the Tokyo Olympics and reigning EUBC European champion who drubbed Manisha Moun of India, 5-0, in the other semis pairing.

In the flyweight (52kg) category, Nikhat Zareen of India and Jutamas Jitpong of Thailand set up a final faceoff after subduing their respective foes.

Zareen dominated Brazil’s Caroline de Almeida, 5-0, while Jitpong pulled off a 4-1 stunner over Kazakhstan’s 2018 silver finisher Zhaina Shekerbekova.

Kazakhstan still has a shot at a gold as Alua Balkybekova stopped Bulgaria’s former European winner Sevda Asenova with a lethal body shot at the 2:28 mark in the first round of their minimumweight (48kg) semifinal bout.

Balkybekova is set to fight it out versus hometown bet Ayse Cagirir who beat Aldana Lopez of Argentina, 4-1.

The gold medal matches are scheduled on May 19 and 20.

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