Following a cautious start, Perijoc made an impressive comeback in the second round to make the bout a closely contested affair. While both pugilists were going toe to toe against each other, it was Preeti’s technical ability and conviction that helped her overpower her opponent and edge her out in the final round to secure the victory. The Indian will now face another silver medallist of last year’s World Championships Jutamas Jitpong of Thailand in the Round of 16.
In the 48kg category, the Commonwealth Games champion Nitu Ghanghas comfortably got the better of Kang Do-Yeon of South Korea with a win by RSC in the first round itself. The 22-year old’s attacking prowess proved to be too strong for the Korean who did not get a single opportunity to settle down in the bout since the start.
With Nitu’s relentless attack showing no signs of slowing down, the referee stopped the bout in the first round and handed the Indian her first win of the tournament. She will face Sumaiya Qosimova of Tajikistan in the next round.
After Preeti and Nitu’s triumphs, Manju (66kg) also won her respective bout against Cara Wharerau of New Zealand with a unanimous decision and ensured a clean sweep for Indian pugilists on the third day of the tournament. The Indian will now take on the top seeded Navbakhor Khamidova of Uzbekistan in her next bout.
Meanwhile, the African Champion Imane Khelif of Algeria made lightwork of Kenya’s Asiko Friza Anyango and recorded a comprehensive win in the 66kg category after the referee stopped contest in the first round.
On Sunday, the reigning World Champion Nikhat Zareen will take to the ring against Roumaysa Boualam of Algeria in the 50kg category while the 2022 World Championships bronze medallist Manisha Moun (57kg) will be kicking off her campaign.