New Delhi, October 7: India's Manju Rani (48kg) announced a memorable debut as she advanced to the quarterfinals and is a one step away from winning a medal for the country while Manju Bamboriya (64kg), the other debutant boxer went down 1-4 in her opening game at the AIBA Women's World Championships at Ulan-Ude, Russia on Monday (October 7).
Rani, sixth-seeded pugilist in the light flyweight category blanked Venezuela's Tayonis Rojas 5-0 in the round of 16 to register an encounter with the top seed, Kim Hyang Min in the next round.
The Haryana boxer prevailed superior while both the boxers approached defensive gameplay. Silver medalist at the prestigious Strandja Memorial Tournament, Manju landed a few but clean punches compared to her opponent to pick the judges node unanimously.
However, in the second and last bout of the day, Manju Bamboriya (64kg) put up stiff resistance only to go down against fourth seed, Angela Carini of Italy in a split verdict of 1-4.
Manju Rani will face her South Korean opponent on October 10.
On Tuesday, six-time World Champion, Mary Kom will start her campaign against Thailand's Jutamas Jitpong in the 51kg category. The third-seeded Indian had a bye in the first round and will take the ring aiming to win her 7th World Championship Gold. The other match will be played by Saweety Boora (75kg), she will face Commonwealth Games gold medalist and second-seeded Welsh women Lauren Price.
Both the boxers will be eyeing a quarterfinal spot.
Source: Press Release