Six-time world champion M C Mary Kom (51kg) was assured of a medal in her first aggressive outing since qualifying for the Olympics final 12 months when she entered the semifinal of the Boxam Worldwide Match in Castellon, Spain on Wednesday.
The 37-year-old, who had not competed since her Tokyo qualification final 12 months in Jordan, defeated Italian Giordana Sorrentino with a cut up verdict within the quarterfinal stage of the occasion.
Subsequent up for her is American Virginia Fuchs as she builds as much as her second Olympic look in Tokyo later this 12 months. It was a watchful begin by the skilled Indian as she took her time to get a measure of her aggressive opponent.
Each the boxers most popular to counter-attack within the opening spherical, adopting a cautious strategy for many half.
The proceedings picked up tempo within the second spherical however within the ultimate three minutes, it was Mary Kom who launched into assaults, dropping her guard utterly and utilizing her proper hooks to good impact.
Earlier, within the males’s draw, Olympic-bound Manish Kaushik (63kg) superior to the quarterfinals with a facile opening win.
The world championship bronze-medallist defeated Spaniard Ammari Raddouane 5-Zero on Tuesday evening to make the final eight, the place he will likely be up in opposition to Kazakhstan’s Sufiullin Zakir — a two-time Asian silver-winner.
Kaushik, additionally a Commonwealth Video games silver-medallist, is returning to the ring a 12 months after qualifying for the Olympics within the Asian Qualifiers in Jordan. He was laid low by a knee damage.
A 14-member Indian contingent (eight males and 6 girls), together with 9 Olympic certified and different prime boxers, is collaborating on the 35th version of the event. All 14 of those boxers have made the quarterfinals already.
Boxers from 17 nations, together with Russia, USA, Italy, Kazakhstan and Spain, are taking part within the occasion.