India’s Lovlina Borgohain advanced to the final of the World Boxing Championships after beating China’s Li Qian in the 75kg category semi-finals. She won the match 4-1 against the Tokyo Olympics silver medallist by a split decision.
Lovlina won the first round, after which her Chinese opponent struck back in the second. The Indian boxer held her nerve to come up trumps in the final round. She has already assured India a silver medal and would be fighting for gold in the final. It will also be the first time that Lovlina fights in the final of the WBC.
Borgohain, on Wednesday, March 22, assured India a medal after beating Rady Gramane of Mozambique. She defeated last year’s World Championships bronze medallist 5-0 and added a third medal to her kitty in the history of the tournament. The 25-year-old came up trumps after a unanimous decision.
Earlier in the day, Nikhat Zareen defeated Ingrit Valencia of Colombia in the semi-final of the 50kg category after a unanimous decision. 22-year-old boxer Nitu Ghanghas also made her way to the final of the tournament in the 48kg category after beating top seed Alua of Kazakhstan.
Apart from Lovlina, Zareen and Nitu, Saweety Boora also qualified for the final in the 81kg category. She defeated Australia’s Emma Greentree. The 30-year-old from Hisar won the match 4-3 by a split decision. His victory meant that India have assured themselves at least four silvers in the tournament.