Guwahati: World Championships bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) entered the semi-finals — as the Indian contingent confirmed four medals — at the Magomed Salam Umakhanov Memorial International Boxing Tournament 2019 in Kaspiysk, Russia on Wednesday.
Lovlina, who hails from Golaghat in Assam, was in top form in her quarter-final bout with Russia’s Anastasiya Sigaeva whom she out-punched 5-0. She will next take on Belarusian Alina Veber for a place in the final.
Along with Lovlina, three other Indians entered the semi finals. Asian gold-medalist Pooja Rani (75kg), India Open gold medalist Neeraj (57kg) and former youth bronze-medalist Jony (60kg) were among the three.
Pooja rebounded from a shock loss at the India Open in May with a 4-1 victory over Russia’s Laura Mamedkulova, while Neeraj secured a 4-1 win over Russian Sayana Sagataeva. Jony clinched a 5-0 win over Belarus’ Anastasiya Obushenkova.
Pinki Rani (51kg) was the only one of the Indian women boxers who wasn’t successful in her attempt to make it to the semis. The 2018 India Open champion suffered a bruising 0-5 loss to Belarus’ experienced boxer, Yuliya Apanasovich.
Six Indian men and five Indian women have participated at the 21st edition of this tournament that will see tough competition till August 4 from 220 boxers hailing from 21 countries. This event will give the Indian boxers a good opportunity to hone their skills and test themselves as they approach the World Championships later in the year.
Lovlina won a silver medal at the 2nd India Open International Boxing Tournament held in Guwahati recently.