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Mary Kom, Manisha, Lovlina, Bhagyabati through to quarters

M C Mary Kom (R) advanced into the 48kg quarterfinal of AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships with a win over Aigerim Kessenayeva of Kazakhstan.

NEW DELHI, November 18: MC Mary Kom, India’s biggest gold medal hope at the ongoing AIBA Women’s World Championships here, started her campaign on Sunday with a victory by unanimous decision to progress to the quarterfinals of the 48kg weight category.
The five-time world champion defeated A Kassenayeva of Kazakhstan 5-0 and will now take on Wu Yu of China in the last-eight stage.
Earlier in the day, young Indian boxer Manisha Maun sent reigning world champion Dina Zhalaman of Kazakhstan packing with another authoritative win in 54kg to place herself a step away from grabbing a maiden worlds. medal.
Two other Indians, Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and Bhagyabati Kachari (81kg), also made it to the quarterfinals with 5-0 and 4-1 wins on points in their respective pre-quarterfinal bouts.
The 20-year-old Manisha won a 5-0 unanimous verdict against her more experienced rival in a pre-quarterfinal bout in her maiden World Championships. This was the second win for the Haryana girl against Zholaman, having beaten the Kazakh boxer in the Silesian Women’s Boxing Championship in Poland earlier this year.
In the quarterfinals, Manisha faces top seed and 2016 World Championships silver medallist Stoyka Petrova of Bulgaria. (PTI)