Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain's campaign in the 70kg category of the IBA World Championships has come to an end with a disappointing defeat in the pre-quarterfinals on Friday while fellow Indian boxer Pooja Rani (81kg) has made it to the last eight stages in Istanbul. Lovlina, who secured a podium spot in Tokyo last year, was playing her first international competition. But she has lost 1-4 to Cindy Ngamba of the Fair Chance Team (FCT) in the pre-quarterfinals.
At the same time, two-time Asian champion Pooja defeated Hungary's Tamia Nagi 5-0 in the opening match. Now this boxer from Bhiwani is going to face Jessica Baglay of Australia in the quarterfinals on Monday. Former Assam's 24-year-old Lovlina started aggressively but could not do her best and lost to Cindy of FCT. Lovlina defeated former world champion Chen Nien Chin in the first round.
Earlier, Tokyo Olympics bronze-medallist Lovlina Borgohain defeated former champion Chen Nien Chin in the light middleweight category on Monday to advance to the Round of 16 of the ongoing IBA Women's World Boxing Championships in Istanbul. Lovlina (70kg), who is competing in a competitive tournament for the first time since winning a medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year, has defeated the Chinese Taipei boxer 3-2 in a fractured decision.