After some good news from the world of women’s boxing, it was turn for a heartbreak as India’s young pugilist Lovlina Borgohain lost a closely contested semifinal to Chinese Taipei’s Chen Nien-Chin in the women’s 69 kg event of World Boxing Championship on Thursday. Lovlina was the second Indian in action after legendary MC Mary Kom for her semis bout, she lost the match by a unanimous decision of 0:4 ruled in favour of her opponent.
Sonia Chahal (57kg) and Simranjit Kaur (64kg) are the other remaining Indian boxers in fray, they will play their respective semifinal bouts on Friday. The welterweight category (69kg) boxer – Lovlina had done extremely well throughout the championships and was particularly good against Australia’s Kaye Frances Scott, a Commonwealth Games bronze medal winner, in the quarterfinals. With this loss, the Assamese boxer also failed to avenge her only loss to the Chinese Taipei opponent.
Before the bout, Borgohain released a statement and said she feels matured as a boxer and can think on her feet now. “I was inexperienced last time when I took on her. But I now know how to tackle her. I did watch some of the video clips to know her style of boxing,” said 21-year-old.
Earlier, ‘Magnificent Mary’ had beaten Kim Hyang Mi of North Korea to keep her dream alive of bagging the historic sixth gold medal in the world’s event. The 35-year-old five-time world champion beat her North Korean opponent in a unanimous decision of the five judges in the semifinals.
By reaching the final, she has already become the most successful woman pugilist in the event’s history. Mary Kom entered the event with a remarkable tally of five gold medals and a silver to her credit. She last won a world championship medal in 2010 — a 48kg category gold.
Before this World Championship, the Manipuri was tied with Irish legend Katie Taylor (five gold and a bronze) in the number of medals won. Taylor now plies her trade in the professional circuit.