CWG 2022: Boxer Lovlina starts campaign with easy win
CWG 2022: Boxer Lovlina starts campaign with easy win

CWG 2022: Boxer Lovlina starts campaign with easy win

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

Opening her campaign against Ariane Nicholson of New Zealand, an amateur boxer whose day job is as a hairdresser, Lovlina emerged 5-0 winner, earning a unanimous decision from all five judges at the National Exhibition Center (NEC) here.

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

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

Playing from the blue corner, Lovlina was the better boxer in the ring in all respects and didn’t give her New Zealand rival much of a chance. He hit a string of punches — and some great combinations — in all three rounds to score a comfortable win.

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 semifinals and ensure herself at least a bronze medal.



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