CWG 2022: Boxer Lovlina kicks off campaign with easy win

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Birmingham, July 31 (IANS): India’s Olympic bronze medalist boxer Lovlina Borgohain got off to the perfect start on her quest for a Commonwealth Games medal with a comfortable victory over her New Zealand opponent in the first round in the women’s light middleweight bout (over 66 -70 kg) to storm the quarter-finals here on Saturday. The Indian boxer is now one win away from securing a bronze medal.

Opening her campaign against New Zealander Ariane Nicholson, an amateur boxer who otherwise works as a hairdresser, Lovlina emerged 5-0 winner, earning a unanimous decision from all five National Exhibition Center (NEC) judges here.

Lovlina, 24, who works as a Deputy Superintendent of Police in Assam Police, exploited her height advantage and longer reach against her 38-year-old opponent to comfortably emerge as the winner.

Making her Commonwealth Games debut, Lovlina managed to score 30-27, 30-27, 30-25, 30-25 and 30-27 on all five maps for a unanimous decision, winning 5-0 on points.

Playing from the blue corner, Lovlina was the best boxer in the ring by any standard and didn’t give her New Zealand rival many chances. She unleashed a flurry of punches – and good combinations – over the three rounds to pick up a comfortable victory.

Lovlina, who has won medals at the World Championships and Asian Championships in addition to the Tokyo Olympics, will next face Rosie Eccles of Wales for a place in the semi-finals and secure at least a bronze medal. .

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