ISTANBUL: Anamika (50kg) and Parveen (63kg) stormed into the quarterfinals in the World Boxing Championships in Istanbul on Sunday. Earlier, Nikhat Zareen reached the last-8 stage.
Parveen displayed her attacking prowess to out-punch former Youth Olympic champion Jajaira Gonzalez of USA 5-0, while Anamika dispatched world championships bronze medallist Kristy Lee Harris of Australia with a similar margin.
But, it was curtains for Shiksha (54kg), who went down by a 2-3 split decision to Youth Asian bronze medallist Yesugen Oyuntsetseg of Mongolia.
A slow and defensive start cost Shiksha dearly in her 54kg bout as she took time to get into the groove in the first round, which the Mongolian won.
But the Indian came back strongly in the second round and adopted a more aggressive approach which paid rich dividends for her as she won the round.
However, she couldn't hold on to her tempo in the final round as Oyuntsetseg waited for openings to land her punches and succeed in her ploy to pocket the close contest. Agencies
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