The fourth day of the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Championships took place in New Delhi on Sunday, confirming the line-ups of the quarter-finals in the Light Fly (48kg), Bantam (54kg), Light (60kg), Welter (69kg), Light Heavy (81kg) and Heavy (81+kg) categories, as 40 athletes closed in on gold. Among the favorite in action, India’s superstar MC Mary Kom set a statement looking strong in the light fly (48kg) category, in front of an enthusiastic crowd.
THREE ROUNDS FROM DAY 4
Round 1: Romanian veteran boxer Steluta Duta back in Delhi
In 2006, Romania’s light flyweight (48kg) Steluta Duta competed at the AIBA Women’s World Championships in Delhi claiming a silver medal. Twelve years later, she is back here, for the same tournament and one step away on securing her fourth medal at the World stage, after claiming silver three times. We are only a couple of bouts away to see Duta facing her classic rival India’s MC Mary Kom in what can be a throwback to the 2006, 2008, and 2010 Finals.
Round 2: Led by MC Mary Kom, the new generation of Indian boxers steal the show in Delhi
The Indira Ghandi Sport Complex saw AIBA Legend MC Mary Kom stepping on the ring for the very first time and, inspired by one of Indian most famous sportswomen of all times, the new generation of Indian talent was able to negotiate tricky bouts against previous World Champions. Bantam (54kg) Manisha Moun defeated defending champion Kazakhstan’s Dina Zholaman, with a world-class performance and her teammate Lovlina Borgohain also secured an impressive win against 2014 gold medalist Panama’s Atheyna Bylon in the Welter (69kg) category. The crowd was even louder when MC Mary Kom won her Light Fly (48kg) bout against Kazakh Aigerim Kassenayeva, ensuring her place in the quarter-finals and getting closer to make history again.
Round 3: Chinese Taipei’s strong squad shines on Day 4
Day 4 saw Chinese Taipei’s first ever women Olympian Nien-Chin Chen shinning in her bout against number one seeded Finland’s Elina Gustafsson. The Welter (69kg) boxer displayed some captivating movements in a thrilling bout, securing her place in between the last 16 where she will meet Canada’s Myriam Da Silva Rondeau for a place on the podium of the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Championships. Her victory was followed by Yu-Ting Lin’s, who defeated Ukraine’s Ivanna Krupenia in the Bantamweight (54kg).