Sonia Chahal and two other puglists enter quarterfinals of Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi

India’s fifth day at the Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi on Monday started on a winning note as Sonia Chahal, Pinki Jangra and Simranjeet Kaur punched their way into the quarterfinals.

Chahal beat former world champion Stanimira Petrova of Bulgaria in the 57 kg category in a split 2-3 verdict. Pinki Rani Jangra beat England’s Ebony Eliss Lily in a 5-0 judgement.

Simranjit Kaur too won by 5-0 judgement in the 64-kilogram category, defeating Scotland’s Megan Reed.  Yesterday, M.C.Mary Kom, Manisha Maun, Lovlina Borogohain, Bhagyabati Kachar and Seema Punia advanced to the quarters. Punia entered the quarter-final after getting a bye in the 81 kg category.

Meanwhile, Bulgaria’s Olympic champion boxing coach Petar Lesov was today barred from ringside for the remainder of the tournament after his ward Stanimira Petrova accused judges of corruption following a  pre-quarterfinal loss to Sonia Chahal.

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