Guwahati. Sports enthusiasts of Assam are keenly awaiting for tomorrow’s semi-final bouts of Women’s World Championship being played in distant Ulan-Ude in Russia as two girls from this North Eastern state will be fighting it out in the ring.
Lovlina Borgohain and Jamuna Bora, both from Assam, are among the four Indian boxers in the semis, with fellow North Easterner and six-time world champion Mary Kom and debutant Manju Rani completing the line-up.
For Lovlina (69 kg) it will be an attempt to improve upon her bronze medal at the same event last year. The third seeded pugilist had pulled off a 4-1 victory against Polan’s Karolina Koszewska to enter the semis.
She will be facing Yang Liu of China, who had defeated top seed Chen Nien-Chin in the quarter-finals. Making her debut at the event, Jamuna (54 kg) had got the better of Germany’s Ursula Gottlob in the quarter-finals by 4-1 margin.
She will clash against top seed Huang Hsiao-Wen if Chinese Taipei in her semi-final match. The people of their home state have been closely following the championship and the assured medals by the two pugilists have added to the interest of the people.