Wednesday, December 6

Sushma Tamang loses competitive match in Women’s World Boxing C’ship

By a Staff Reporter

Kathmandu – Nepali boxer Sushma Tamang lost a competitive match during the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship underway in Istanbul, Turkey.

Tamang lost the match against Mongolian player Lanchiv Yon in the women’s 46 to 48 kg category on Wednesday.

Although Tamang played exceptionally well, the outcome was not in her favour. She was confident of being declared the winner but the jury decided 3:2 in favour of the Mongolian player.

The judges ruled that Tamang fired less punches in the first round compared to the second and third. Although she improved her performance in the second round, the Mongolian player took advantage of a lapse in defense as her left guard was exposed. She kept on hitting punches but the Mongolian player did not lose her guard. Judges from Cuba and Kuwait ruled in favour of the Mongolian player.

Tamang played more aggressively in the third round but the judge from Cuba did not take the right decision and therefore she lost the match.

Nepal’s Minu Gurung will compete in the women’s 50 to 52 kg category on Wednesday. She will face Japan’s R Kinoshita. There are competitors from 28 nations in this section.

Similarly, Nepal’s Chandrakala Thapa earned a bye in the first round and will next face India’s Manisha in the women’s 54 to 57 kg category on Wednesday.  Likewise, another Nepali boxer Poonam Rawal also earned a bye in the first round and will next face the winner of the match between Greece and Morocco on May 15.

Altogether 310 boxers from 73 nations are competing in the world championship. The top three winners of each category will be awarded cash prize of US$ 100,000, US$ 50,000 and US$ 25,000 respectively.

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