Boxing: Lovlina Borgohain one win away from a medal- What are the top three bouts in her career?

The Assamese boxer is on the brink of winning a medal in the Olympics

By Olympic Channel Writer
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Lovlina Borgohain has had a flying start to her Olympic campaign with a 3-2 win in a split decision over her German opponent Nadine Apetz in the women's 69kg welterweight category in the Round of 16, at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.

It was the fruition of a well-chalked-out strategy by India's high-performance director Raffaele Bergamasco which helped her take advantage of her height and play in counter punches.

In the next match, she will be facing Chinese Taipei’s Nien-Chin Chen in the quarterfinals. A win over Chen will ensure her at least a bronze medal from Tokyo.

She has won quite a few bronze medals in her career with a couple of them coming in the World Championship. Let us take a look at three of the best bouts in her career so far.

2020 Asia & Oceania Boxing Olympic qualifiers: Maftunakhon Melieva

The stakes were high at the Asian Olympic qualifying tournament in Amman, Jordan as a win would secure an Olympic ticket. In the quarterfinals, she met Uzbekistan's Maftunakhon Melieva and she defeated her in a unanimous decision of 5-0.

The lanky boxer was on the front foot from the first round and gave no chance to Melieva to make a comeback into the match. Her punches landed perfectly and she made the most of her nimble footwork to escape getting hit.

2019 AIBA World Championship: Karolina Koszewska

Lovlina defeated the Polish boxer Karolina Koszewska 4-1 in the semifinals of the 2019 AIBA World Championship to ensure the bronze medal for her. Her relentless punches and body jabs opened up Koszewska multiple times in the opening round.

As the fight further progressed she went on to further stamp her authority on her opponent. She made good use of her reach and humbled Koszewska with straight punches.

2017 Asian Championship: Erdenetuya Enkhbaatar

Lovlina defeated Mongolian boxer Erdenetuya Enkhbaatar in the quarterfinals of the Asian Championship in Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam in 2017. She was in fine form as she cruised to the semifinals after beating her opponent 5-0 in a unanimous decision. Her deft footwork and aggression forced her opponent into the corners of the ring.

In the final round, Enkhbaatar was forced to further down her guard and make a last-ditch attempt to comeback into the match which left her vulnerable. Lovlina waited for her opportunities to jab and punch and in the end, the judges had no qualms in declaring her as the winner after three rounds.

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