Indian pugilist Lovlina Borgohain secured the second Olympic medal for India and punched her way through to the semifinal. In the historic match against China’s NC Chen, she put the small town Boromukhia on the world’s map and after her victory, screamed so loud, it could only be seen as a warning to her semi-final and final opponent.

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On Friday, July 30, Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain scripted history by becoming the third Indian boxer ever who secured a medal for themselves. She has now joined the elite group comprising of boxing star Vijender Singh and Mary Kom. While Singh won his bronze in 2008 Olympics, Mary clinched her bronze medal in 2012 Olympic. If Lovlina manages to come out victorious in her semi-final game, she will be the first ever Indian boxer to win at least a silver medal and may win a gold in Olympic boxing event.

Lovlina’s quarter-final victory came just a few days after her thumping victory over the veteran German boxer Nadina Aptez on July 27. On July 31, she was facing the former world champion Nien-Chin Chen, and displayed tremendous commitment against an opponent who had defeated her in the past.


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The First Round

The 23-year-old boxer from Assam’s Boromukhia defeated Chen in the 69 kg category with an undisputed 4-1 and has made it to the last-four of the boxing event. Lovlina showed her intent in the first round itself – relentless aggression without throwing caution out of the window. The Olympics debutant landed clean punches and counter-attacked all blows to then take the first round to its final minutes where was on her defensive best.

PTI quoted her coach Mohammed Ali Qamar saying-

“She stuck to the plan of counter-attacking and taking advantage of her height. She had tried being aggressive with this girl in the previous bout and lost. So this time, we told her ‘aap khade raho, usko aane do’.”

The Second Round

The second round saw Borgohain follow through on her aggression with impeccable control. Emulating legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, she floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee. With her brilliant footwork and clean punches, she never let NC Chen come into the game. Chen, an equally talented boxer in her own right, couldn’t penetrate the defence Borgohain put and soon the round went to the Indian pugilist’s favour 5-0.


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The Third Round

The third and final round required Chen to make an overwhelming comeback to turn the game around. However, Lovlina continued on plan and made Chen desperate to commit errors while landing a few clean punches here and there to take the round to its final few minutes. In the end, Borgohain was ruled victorious and she let out a huge scream following the referring raising her hand signifying her victory.

The Trials and Tribulations of Lovlina Borgohain

Her scream was not only a warning to her future opponents, but also the release of all the emotions she had kept buried for long. Earlier this year, she contracted COVID-19 and had to miss the crucial training in Europe. Further, she also had to fly down to Kolkata where her mother was undergoing a kidney transplant. In July 2020, she was with her mother who was again hospitalized for nephrological ailments.


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“We Want Her to Win Gold”: Coach Ali Qamar

Ali Qamar, India’s women’s boxing coach was reportedly quoted saying-

“Emphatic win for the entire contingent. After Mary Kom’s loss, the morale was low but Lovlina’s medal has injected us with a new energy.”

“She used her height very well. Her height is her biggest strength, as no other boxer in her category is as tall as her. It was also a mental battle for her because she had gone through a lot in the past 1 year. We want her to win the gold,”

-added Qamar.