India’s Olympic welterweight bronze medalist from Tokyo 2020, Lovlina Borgohain is another shining light for the Indian nation, alongside Nikhat Zareen. Lovlina will hopefully turn pro after the Olympic games in Paris, where she bids to win gold at middleweight, just as Lauren Price did in Tokyo.
Here is a brief review of all of her fights on the way to reaching the final of this weekend’s IBA Women’s World Championships.
Round of 16 versus Bellatrix Ortiz (A 3-1 professional boxer)
Lovlina Borgohain used her significant reach advantage well from the outset. Popping out the jab and stepped back on the line away from Ortiz, who couldn’t get inside. Lovlina had Ortiz chasing shadows, although it did look like David and Goliath in the ring.
One moment of success for Ortiz came in the second round when she appeared to stagger Lovlina by rushing in with a looping hook. A round in which another Lovlina could have been busier boxing on the back foot. Nonetheless, she controlled proceedings throughout by measuring the distance well.
Quarter Final versus Rady Adosinda
Lovlina started by pawing out the jab to set up the right hook, which she used as her power shot. Once she landed that punch combination, she got on her bike through her lateral movement.
Successive lead left hooks from Lovlina Borgohain at the start of the second round constituted the most eye-catching moment of the fight. The left hook was a versatile shot for Lovlina, as she also landed it frequently when exiting exchanges. Highlighting how Lovlina Borgohain had found a way to stay active and score points on the backfoot.
Semi-Final versus Qian Li (Li lost in the final to Lauren Price at the Toyko Olympics)
Lovlina Borgohain started in her most aggressive fashion of the tournament yet against a taller opponent, launching herself into right hooks. Li attempted to stifle that work with prolonged clinches. But Lovlina was unfazed, as she was now happier to fight up close. Li realized this pattern played into Lovlina’s hands and took the fight to Lovlina in the second round.
Fittingly, it was a razor-tight third round, with a boisterous hometown crowd roaring Lovlina on. Some effective point-scoring jabs in the final minute of the third round swayed the contest in Lovlina’s favor. She advanced to the final where she will meet Caitlin Anne Parker, Australia’s 2022 Commonwealth Bronze medallist.
By Harry Duffy