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India's Nitu entered the 48kg second round of the IBA Women's World Boxing Championships in Istanbul after outpunching Romania's Steluta Duta 5-0 yesterday. 2017 Youth World Champion Nitu will now face Spain's Lopez Del Arbol Marta in the Last-16 match on Saturday.

Earlier on the opening day of the competition, Lovlina Borgohain made a winning return to the international circuit after clinching a thrilling 3-2 victory against the two-time World Championships medallist Chen Nien-Chin of Chinese Taipei.

Today, four Indians will be seen in action. The 2019 Asian Championships bronze medallist Nikhat Zareen will



kickstart her campaign against Mexico's Herrera Alvarez in the 52kg opening round match.

Manisha (57kg), Parveen (63kg), and Saweety (75kg) are the country's three other pugilists who will also begin their challenge in the round-of-32 on the third day of the prestigious event, which has been witnessing record participation of 310 boxers from 73 countries across the world.

Manisha, who received a bye in the opening round, will square off against Nepal's Kala Thapa while Parveen and Saweety will take on Ukraine's Mariia Bova and England's Kerry Davis respectively.




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