World Boxing Championships: Anamika, Jaismine and Shiksha progress to pre-quarterfinals
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Istanbul : Anamika, Shiksha and Jaismine produced brilliant performances to extend India's unbeaten run at the 12th edition of the IBA Womens World Boxing Championship in Istanbul.
While Anamika got the better of Romania's Eugenia Anghel by unanimous decision to win her opening bout, Shiksha too prevailed with a similar 5-0 margin against Argentine Herrera Milagros Rosario. The third Indian boxer in the fray, Jaismine beat two-time youth Asian champion Porntip Buapa of Thailand by a 4-1 spilt decision. Anamika showed her prowess and technical superiority against Anghel. The bout started on an aggressive note as both the boxers relentlessly attacked from the word go but Anamika displayed her sharp footwork and body feints to land clear punches while evading her opponent's counters. The boxer from Rohtak continued her relentless attack in the second round and didn't let her opponent settle down. She dictated the terms throughout the whole bout and comfortably won by a 5-0 margin to move to the next round. Anamika will next face World Championships bronze medallist Kristy Lee Harris of Australia in the round-of-16 bout on Sunday. Shiksha put up a fiery performance as she cruised into the pre-quarters. The two boxers continuously attacked each other in a high-paced bout but the Indian was able to land more clear and sharp punches.