Meet Lovlina Borgohain, Assam Athlete Clinches Maiden World Boxing Championship Gold

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Lovlina Borgohain is an Indian boxer from the Golaghat region of Assam. She began her career as a kickboxer before switching to boxing. She earned the Arjuna Award in 2020 for her outstanding achievements in boxing, making her the sixth person from Assam to get the prestigious award.

The boxer, 23, won two bronze medals at the World and Asian championships. She has trained in ‘Muay Thai,’ a Thai martial technique.

Lovlina’s victory at the IBA:

Lovlina Borgohain added a fourth gold medal to India’s collection on 26 March in the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championship in New Delhi. The Olympic bronze medalist from Tokyo performed terrifically in the 70-75kg finals, defeating Australia’s Caitlin Anne Parker with a 5-2 split decision triumph following a review.

Despite exchanging punches from both ends, both fighters remained cautious in the first round. Following a close first round, a neck-and-neck battle, Lovlina won by the slimmest of margins.

Her boxing career:

Lovlina Borgohain qualified for the Olympics in the 69 kg division in 2020 after defeating Maftunakhon Melieva 5-0 in the Asia and Oceania Boxing Olympic Qualification competition. With her victory, she secured a spot in the women’s welterweight division for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

Borgohain is the state’s first female athlete to qualify for the Olympics, as well as the country’s second boxer after Shiva Thapa and third overall after MC Mary Kom.

Lovlina Borgohain began her boxing career at her school during the Sports Authority of India (SAI) trials. Padum Boro eventually saw her and decided to train her, and she subsequently began taking classes from Shiv Singh, the top instructor of women’s boxing.

Borgohain has been representing India at the national and international levels since 2016. She won gold at the first India Open International Boxing competition as well as the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.

She won a bronze medal at the Asian Women’s Championships in 2017 and a gold medal at the World Championships in 2018. She also placed third in the 69 kg welterweight class and earned a silver medal in the second India Open International Boxing Tournament.

Lovlina Borgohain competed in the Commonwealth Games (CWG) after winning the India Open in 2018, but was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Sandy Ryan of the United Kingdom. In 2017, she earned bronze medals in the Asian Boxing Championships and the President’s Cup.

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