Indian women boxers Nitu (48kg) and Manisha (57kg) advanced to the quarterfinals of the IBA World Championships in Istanbul, after registering contrasting victories on Saturday.
Nitu, competing for the first time in the event, prevailed 5-0 over Spain's Marta Lopez Del Arbol in the lowest weight category to move to the last-eight stage. Manisha, on the other hand, eked out a 4-1 win over Svetlana Staneva of Bulgaria to advance to the featherweight quarterfinals.
The two-time former Youth World Champion, Nitu displayed her technical prowess as she maintained the upper hand through out the bout. The 21-year-old from Haryana used her long reach to good effect as she landed some powerful punches. The reigning national champion will take on Kazakhstan's Alua Balkibekova in the quarterfinal on Monday.
Manisha, the 2019 Asian Championships bronze medallist, was engaged in a draining and messy bout which had its fair share of clinching, holding and even some tumbling over in the ring. The 24-year-old will next face tough challenge from Youth World bronze medallist Namuun Monkhor of Mongolia in the quarterfinal on Monday.
Two-time Asian champion Pooja Rani (81kg) had entered the quarterfinals on Friday. On Sunday, six Indian boxers including will be in action in the round-of-16 bouts. Nikhat Zareen (52kg) and Shiksha (54kg) will next face Mongolia's Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg and Youth Asian bronze medallist Yesugen Oyuntsetseg, respectively, whereas Parveen will take on former Youth Olympic champion Jajaira Gonzalez of USA.
Anamika (50kg) will square off against World Championships bronze medallist Kristy Lee Harris of Australia, while Jaismine (60kg) will be up against Australia's Angela Harries. Meanwhile, 2017 Youth World Champion Ankushita (66kg) will begin her campaign against Poland's Aneta Rygielska.