AsianChampionships: Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain won gold, and Minakshi won silver, read for more...
AsianChampionships: Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain has won the gold medal in the women's 75kg category at the Asian championships. She won the gold medal by defeating Uzbekistan's Ruzmetova Sokhiba by a 5–0 unanimous decision. This is the Olympic bronze medalist's first tournament in her new weight category. She had moved up her weight category from 69 kg to 75 kg as her previous weight category was not included in the Paris Olympics. In another win for India, Minakshi won the silver medal in the women's 52kg flyweight category. She missed a chance to win the gold medal in the women's 52 kg flyweight final with a split decision loss to Japan's Kinoshita Rinka.
The big win at the Asian Championship will act as a huge confidence booster for the 25-year-old, who has been struggling for form since her big win at the Tokyo Olympics. She had to make an early exit from the World Championships and Commonwealth Games earlier this year. Both boxers were hesitant to start the fight and encouraged the other to strike first, but Lovlina, who has improved greatly throughout the contest, was able to use her longer reach and score some clean jabs. Though both attempted to dodge each other's punches, Lovlina managed to connect.
She punched so hard that the referee had no choice but to punch her. 22-year-old Parveen Hooda also won gold in the Asian Boxing Championships in the 63kg category. The World Championships bronze medalist won by defeating Japan's Kito Mai 5-0 via unanimous decision. Both boxers launched aggressive attacks, but top seed Parveen was able to control the fight by dodging her opponent at will.