The action got underway at the 6th edition of the ASBC's Women's Continental Championships with the only Mongolian boxer competing on the opening day, 22-year-old National Champion Oyungurel Suvderdene, advancing to the next round of the tournament.
The host nation's rising star triumphed over Sri Lanka's Asian Championships bronze medallist veteran Nilmini Jayasinghe, a three-time AIBA World Championships participant, with the final score in this Lightweight contest a comprehensive 23:8 for Suvderdene. There are now high hopes that the experienced Mongolian orthodox fighter can go all the way on home soil.
The opening contest on the first day of competition witnessed two young newcomers go head-to-head in the Light Flyweight class as Kazakhstan's newly crowned 19-year-old National Champion Dina Ilyubayeva and Japan's Madoka Wada did battle. The Kazakh teenager won the contest 22:17 to advance to the quarter-final stages where she will now meet India's Arafura Games winner Pinky Jangra for a guaranteed place on the podium.
Philippines' AIBA World Championships quarter-finalist and President's Cup winner Nesthy Petecio controlled her opening contest in Ulanbaatar against Chinese Taipei's AIBA Women's Youth Championships quarter-finalist, 17-year-old Hu Yuan. The final verdict in the only Bantamweight contest of the day was 12:3 to Petecio.
China's Asian Games winner and two-time AIBA World Championships silver medallist Dong Cheng faced Thailand's Southeast Asian Games winner and the country's big future hope Supaporn Srisondee in the preliminary stage of these championships. The 25-year-old Chinese Lightweight star showcased excellent technique to defeat her Thai rival 23:11 to set-up a meeting with Jordan's Baraah Mahmoud Al-Basy.
North Korea's former Asian Champion, 28-year-old Kim Hye Yong, returned to the world of boxing with former Asian Championships bronze medallist Ngo Thi Chung as her opponent. Vietnam is still at the developing stage and the Chung's inexperience told as the North Korean boxer celebrated victory. Yong will be one to watch during the Olympic Games.
Japan's 20-year-old President's Cup silver medallist Tomoko Kugimiya involved with her national squad since her youth made her career debut against her Chinese Taipei's only ever Asian Champion Chen Chia Ling and faced her once again here in Ulanbaatar. The Japanese Lightweight boxer outboxed Chen to win by a clear 13:6 and will now meet with DPR Korea's Kim Hye Yong for a medal position.
Tajikistan's best woman boxer and only participant in these Asian Championships, 19-year-old Mavzuna Choriyeva, is the current titleholder at the event. She fought a great battle against South Korea's Strandja Memorial Tournament bronze medallist Oh Yeon Ji in the Olympic Lightweight class with the contest ending in a close 12:11 victory for Choriyeva.
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