Boxer Pooja Rani enters quarter-finals

Tokyo, July 28 (UNI): Indian boxer Pooja Rani outpunched Ichrak Chaib of Algeria 5-0 in the women’s 75kg round of 16 bout and advanced to the quarter-finals at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday.

Pooja, a two-time Asian Championships gold medallist, won the contest against the 20-year-old Algerian pugilist by unanimous decision at the Ryogoku Kokugikan arena.


She will now face Li Qian of China, also a Rio 2016 bronze medallist in the quarter-final on Saturday. A win against the second-seeded Qian will assure Pooja of a bronze medal.

Other Indian boxers MC Mary Kom and Lovlina Borgohain have also won their first-round bouts.

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