Jaismine Lamboria, the 2022 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist,  and Shashi Chopra recorded impressive wins to progress to the next round of the Women’s World Boxing Championships at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex here on Friday.
One of India’s most skilled young pugilists, Jaismine kicked off her campaign with a Referee Stopping the Contests (RSC) victory against Nyambega Beatrice Ambros of Tanzania in the 60kg Round of 32 bout.
The 21-year-old boxer from Haryana started on an aggressive note and landed a flurry of punches to have her opponent on the ropes within just twelve seconds before she was declared the winner in the first round.
Jaismine will next face Samadova Mijgona of Tajikistan in the next round.
Shashi too put up a dominating performance as she outpunched Mwangi Teresiah of Kenya 5-0 in the 63kg category.
At her attacking best, the Indian proved to be too strong for her opponent as she utilized her deft jabs and stern defence to win the bout comfortably.
She will take on the 2022 Asian Championships silver medallist Kito Mai of Japan in the Round of 16.
Meanwhile, in the 70kg category, Shruti Yadav went down 0-5 to Zhou Pan of China.
Shock loss
In a big upset, Wen Lu Yang of China vanquished the 2016 world champion Alessia Mesiano of Italy by an unanimous decision in the 60kg category.
The 2018 Asian Games champion Oh Yeonji (60kg) of South Korea and five-time World Championships medallist Elif Guneri (75kg) of Turkey recorded contrasting victories in their respective bouts.
While the South Korean outclassed Esmeralda Falcon of Mexico 5-0, the Turkish pugilist had to grind hard to defeat Baison Manikon of Thailand by 5-2. Two Indians, Nitu Ghanghas (48kg) and Manju Bamboriya (66kg), will begin their campaigns on Saturday.
Written with inputs from PTI

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