India boxer Saweety Boora produced a dominant performance against Munkhbat Myagmarjargal to advance into the pre-quarterfinals of the ongoing World Women’s Boxing Championships. Boora registered a comprehensive 5:0 win by a unanimous verdict in her 75kg first-round bout versus Mongolia’s Myagmarjargal to start her world’s campaign on a strong note on Saturday in Ulan-Ude. She will next take on second-seeded Welshwoman Lauren Price in the tournament.
The 2014 World Championships silver medallist – Saweety hardly put a foot wrong during her encounter, she showed lightning-quick reflexes and footwork to trump her opponent. Throughout the bout, Saweety took great advantage of her height and kept the Mongolian at a fair distance. She landed some clean punches and out-punched Myagmarjargal especially in the last two rounds of the match.
The other Indian in action on Saturday was Neeraj Phogat, who bowed out from the World Championships after a contentious loss in the 57kg category. Phogat gave it her all in the clash against China”s Qiao Jieru but didn’t find favour with the judges who ruled against her in a 2-3 split decision.
Phogat was clearly superior and kept her composure against an opponent, who hardly showed any technique. Flinging her arms aimlessly, defending awkwardly and grunting relentlessly, Jieru even coped a warning for excessive holding.
But in a stunning call, the judges gave her the nod, leaving the Indian dejected. Phogat was competing in her debut world championship.
Earlier, Jamuna Boro got India’s World Championships off to a good start by beating Mongolia’s Michidmaa Erdenedalai 5-0 in her 54 kg first round bout on Friday. Boro recovered from a slow start to take the bout by a unanimous decision
The 22-year-old, employed with Assam Rifles, has a tough one next up as she will square off against Algeria’s fifth-seeded Ouidad Sfouh in the pre-quarterfinals.
Sfouh had won a gold in the 2017 World Championships and was given a first-round bye.