Saweety was the lone bright spot for India as top Indian boxers were handed defeats on day 4 of Women World Boxing Championship. Pinki Rani and Monica Saun were both unable to match their performances of round one and lost in the 2nd round today. However, there was something to cheer about at the end of the day as Haryana’s Saweety put up a masterclass show against Netherlands’ Maxine Koelemeij.
Pinki Rani was up first in Ring two against the Russian Sagataeva Saiana. Expectations were high from Pinki after she came in the tournament in place of the injured MC Mary Kom. The small bunch of Indian Supporters in Jeju cheered for her in full voice with some sort of a cheering competition with the equally small set of Russian supporters. Pinki was on offense right from the first bell and landed a string of hard-hit punches to the body of Sagataeva in the opening few seconds.
The second round began in similar fashion but midway through it Pinki started to look exhausted after a few good blows were exchanged between the two boxers. She was punching less harder and was getting pushed by the Russian into the ring side. Her movement became slower. By the time the final round began, the Russian boxer had begun to dominate Pinki Rani and won the match 2-1 on points by Split Decision.
Second in the ring was experienced boxer Monica Saun who had reached the Finals of this tournament in 2011. This time things did not go to plan as she failed to make any impact in her first match of this edition against Chinese boxer Li Qian. The match was adjudged 40-36;40-36;40-36 in favor of the Chinese.
After a thoroughly disappointing afternoon, India closed day 4 on a high note with Saweety scoring an awe-inspiring victory in her pre-quarter finals bout and advancing into the Quarter Finals. The Haryana State Boxer was matched against a much taller opponent Maxine Koelemeij from Netherlands.
Saweety did not let Maxine take advantage of the difference in their heights by landing heavy blows to the body and swiftly moving in and out of her long reach. The judges declared Saweety winner on points by split decision at the end of a grueling battle.
Pinki Rani lost 1-2 to Sagataeva Saiana [37-39;38-38;40-36] in Fly (51kg) Weight Category.
Monica Saun lost 3-0 to Li Qian [40-36;40-36;40-36] in Middleweight (75kg) Category.
Saweety won 2-1 against Maxine Koelemeij [39-37;39-37;38-38] in Light Heavy (81kg) Weight Category.
In action on Day 5
Shamjetsabam Sarjubala will be back in action on day 5 against Mongolia’s Tumurkhuyag Bolortuul in the Light Fly (45-48kg) category.
Maisnam Meena Kumari will be in the ring against Dina Zholaman of Kazakhstan. It will be an interesting match to watch after Dina Zholaman caused a huge surprise in the first round with her victory over Argentina’s gold medal contender Leonela Sanchez.
In the evening on Day 5 Pavitra will also be against another boxer from Kazakhstan Tsoloyeva Zarin. Basumatary Pwilao will battle it out against Perijoc Lacramioara of Romania.