Qinhuangdao: India had mixed luck on Day 2 of the 7th AIBA World Women Boxing Championships in progress at Qinhuangdao, China as Sarita Devi advanced while Pooja Rani bowed out.
Asian Championship 2012 Gold Medalist Sarita Devi advanced to the next round in the 60 kgs weight category by defeating Ayzanat Hajiyeva of Azerbaijan on points 27:11. The scoreline is not indicative of the level of competition as Sarita and Ayzanat were evenly matched at the end of Round 1 wherein Sarita had taken a slender lead of 4:3.
The Indian Camp was tense as it was anybody's bout with the game equally poised. However in Round 2, Sarita changed her game plan and went on the offensive throughout the round, thereby notching up a remarkable lead at 15:12 pts. The Azeri boxer did respond with a couple of brilliant counterpunches but Sarita utilising her vast experience kept her at bay and ended Round 3 at 22:8. In the final round both Sarita and Ayzanat fought extremely hard and Sarita romped home the Winner 27:11 pts. On 14 May 2012, Sarita will play against Gulsum Tatar of Turkey who has been seeded World No.2 at this Championships and had hence received a bye to the next round.