MeraNews Network, New Delhi: Five-time world boxing champion and Olympic medallist Mary Kom and three other Indian women pugilists stormed their way into the semi-finals of the 10th AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships being held in New Delhi on Tuesday. Lovlina Borgohain (69 kg), Sonia Chahal (57 kg) and Simranjeet Kaur (64 kg), all three fighting in their debut world championships scored impressive wins over their opponents in their respective weight categories.
Kom ensured herself a seventh world championships medal upon defeating China Wu Yu in the 48 kg category. Her last world championship medal came in 2010. So far she has won five gold and one silver medal in the world championships.
In the quarterfinals, Mary Kom defeated China's Wu Yu 5-0 and Lovlina beat Kaye Scott of Australia 5-0. Sonia defeated Colombia's Yeni Castenada 4-1 and Simranjit won against Ireland's Amy Sara Broadhurst 3-1.
The semi-finals will be played on Thursday and Friday. Manisha Maun, Seema Punia, Pinki Rani and Bhagyabati Kachari lost their bouts. The 10-member team led by Kom were an eclectic mix of talented newcomers and experienced pugilists. India's finest performance so far this competition was in 2006 where it won eight medals.