Guwahati: Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Lovlina Boroghain on Monday defeated former champion Chen Nien-Chin in the light-middleweight division to enter the round of 16 at the IBA Women's World Boxing Championships in Istanbul.
She returned to competitive boxing for the first time since her podium finish at the Tokyo Games last year, she won by a 3-2 split decision against the Chinese Taipei boxer.
During the match, both the boxers initially played cautiously, however, the boxer from Assam managed to hit some timely punches.
In the second round, both the boxers landed heavy punches on each other. Chen tried to attack Lovlina but the swift-moving Indian managed to block with good defence and tilted the result in her favour.
Now, Lovlina will meet Cindy Ngamba of Fair Chance of Team in her round of 16 bouts on Friday.
Lovlina Borgohain, the 23-year-old boxer, became a household name after winning a Bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics. However, the tough boxer in the ring, looked disappointed, as she shared her dissatisfaction with failing to win a gold medal.
Borgohain had clinched a bronze medal at Tokyo Olympics in the women's 69kg welter-weight category.