Beginning her campaign against New Zealand’s Ariane Nicholson, an amateur boxer who would otherwise work a day as a hairdresser, Lovlina emerged a 5–0 winner, being shown all at the National Exhibition Center (NEC) here. A unanimous decision was received from five judges.
24-year-old Lovlina, who works as a deputy superintendent of police in the Assam Police, took advantage of the advantage of her stature and emerged a comfortable winner by reaching all out against her 38-year-old rival.
Making her Commonwealth Games debut, Lovlina managed to score 30–27, 30–27, 30–25, 30–25 and 30–27 on all five cards for a unanimous decision, 5–0 on points. Won victory.
Playing from the blue corners, Lovlina was the better boxer in the ring in all respects and did not give many chances to her rival from New Zealand. He hit a flurry of punches in all three rounds – and some good combinations – to secure a comfortable victory.
Lovlina, who has won medals at the World Championships and Asian Championships apart from the Tokyo Olympic Games, will now take on Rosie Eccles of Wales for a semi-final spot and assure herself of at least a bronze medal.
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