Sonia wins her 57 kg bout, enters pre-quarters

Bulgaria Bulgaria's Stanimira Petrova Loses Boxing Women’s World Championships Accreditation

Bulgaria Bulgaria's Stanimira Petrova Loses Boxing Women’s World Championships Accreditation

Indian maintained their winning record in the AIBA Women's World Boxing championships through victories earned by Pinki Rani, Sonia and Simranjit Kaur in their respective matches in the pre-quarterfinals on Saturday. On day three of the tournament, Sonia defeated Toujani Doaa of Morocco 5-0 in the 57 kilogram Women's Featherweight category. Using her right hook to the fullest and accompanying it with occasional left and right, the 21-year-old clinched the crucial points. "But in the third, I went all out and used my combination punches", Sonia said after the bout.

On day two of the competition, boxer Manisha Moun defeated Christina Cruz of the United States to progress to the pre-quarterfinals of the 54-kilogram weight category.

Eventually Sonia was awarded the bout 5-0 with all five judges scoring the contest 28-29, 27-30,27-30, 27-30 and 27-30.

Asked if taekwondo helps in boxing, she said, "Of course, it helps in feet movement".

Also at light flyweight, Romania's Steluta Duta, who won silver at the 2006 World Championships in the same city, has come back 12 years later and beat Mongolia's Jargalan Ochirbat today to advance.

Sonia, a former national champion from Haryana, will meet Stanimira Petrova, a 54kg World champion in 2014, in the third round.

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Continuing her sublime form, the Bulgarian won gold at the European Women Championship earlier this year. She now now faces Alice Jones of England in the pre-quarterfinals on Monday.

"I am an aggressive player but in the first round, I observed my opponent to decide my strategy".

"The coaches boosted my confidence by saying that I am the best. I have no issues with the result", she said through an interpreter. It was a case of another day, another boxer from Haryana who prevailed at the ongoing World Boxing Championships yesterday at the K D Jadhav Indoor Stadium in New Delhi. "I want to win a medal for him", Simranjit said after the match. She would eventually be carded 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 27-30, 30-27 by all five judges for the victory.

From Chakar village in Ludhiana, Simranjit had a tough fight against 28-year-old Amelia Moore of the United States.

"My father passed away in July and it was tough for me to be here but it is World Championships". She is one of the favourites to win gold here. After studying her in the first round, the coaches told me not to go very close. "But in the third round, I went all out".

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