Jamuna Boro through to pre-quarterfinals in Women’s World Boxing Championships

The 22-year-old Indian fended off Mongolia’s Michidmaa Erdenedalai in the opening round of the competition.

By Swapnil Bhopatkar ·

Indian youngster Jamuna Boro got off to a promising start at the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship in Ulan-Ude.

The 22-year-old scored an emphatic victory over Mongolia’s Michidmaa Erdenedalai in the 54kg (non-Olympic weight) category in the Russian city.

Boro won her first round contest by a unanimous 5-0 verdict.

India's women will be looking to build on the success of the India team in the recent Men’s World Boxing Championships, also held in Russia.

Jamuna's jab

The Mongolian got off to a busy start but was pushed back by Boro's stinging jab and more accurate combinations.

Erdenedalai's high tempo was impressive, but by the final round, the superior class of the Indian boxer began to shine through.

Predominantly boxing off the back foot, Boro was awarded victory by all five judges at ringside - with four of the five scoring it 30-27.

Boro's reward is a a pre-quarterfinal clash against Algeria's fifth-seeded Ouidad Sfouh on October 9.

Sfouh, a gold medallist in the 2017 World Championships, was given a first-round bye in the competition.

A good year

The young pugilist managed to qualify for the 2019 World Championships by defeating Shiksha, who had beaten Cologne Boxing World Cup gold medallist Meena Kumari in the earlier rounds of the Indian qualifier competition.

2019, in fact, has been a very successful year for Boro kicking it off by winning gold at the India Open boxing tournament in May, where she bagged a unanimous victory over Sandhyarani Devi in the final.

In July, she clinched another gold as she defeated Italy’s veteran boxer Giulia Lamagna 5-0 at the 23rd President’s Cup in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia.

Upcoming action

On Saturday (October 5), Neeraj (57kg) and Saweety Boora (75kg) will take to the ring for India. Neeraj, a former national champion, will square off against China’s Qiao Jieru, while Boora - a former World Championships silver medallist - will lock horns with Mongolia's Myagmarjargal Munkhbat.