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Vietnamese female boxer through to world championship’s quarterfinals

Vietnamese female boxer through to world championship’s quarterfinals

Wednesday, March 22, 2023, 10:09 GMT+7
Vietnamese female boxer through to world championship’s quarterfinals
This screenshot shows Vietnamese boxer Nguyen Thi Tam declared the winner in her Round-of-16 fight against Botswana athlete Modukanele Lethabo Bokamoso at the 2023 IBA Women’s World Boxing Championship in India, March 21, 2023.

Vietnamese boxer Nguyen Thi Tam beat Botswana athlete Modukanele Lethabo Bokamoso in the Round of 16 of the 2023 IBA Women’s World Boxing Championship in India on Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals.

With a height advantage, Tam showed a preemptive strategy. 

She scored an almost absolute point in each of the first two rounds of Tuesday’s showdown.

In the third round, Lethabo Bokamoso appeared to be physically weaker and even kissed the canvas once. 

In the end, Tam won 5-0, including four rounds with absolute points of 30.

Her opponent in the quarterfinals is Spain’s Fuertes Fernandez Laura, who ranked ninth in Europe in 2022. 

The fight will take place at 7:30 pm on Wednesday (Vietnam time).

Before Tuesday’s match, Tam had left a great impression on the audience and participants at the championship after her 5-0 victory over Kazakhstani opponent Kyzaibay Nazym, who won the world championship in 2014 and 2016 and was also crowned the Asian champion in 2021.

Nguyen Thi Tam is declared as the winner of a fight. Photo: IBA

Nguyen Thi Tam is declared the winner of a fight. Photo: IBA

Tam, a 29-year-old athlete from the northern Vietnamese province of Thai Binh, can be considered as the best representative of the country in the women’s 50kg and 51kg featherweight categories.

She won four national boxing gold medals in a row from 2017 to 2020, two consecutive gold medals at the National Sports Festival in 2018 and 2022, a silver medal at the 2018 Asian Games, a gold medal at the 2019 and 2022 Southeast Games, and two gold medals at the 2017 and 2022 Asian Championships. 

On the same competition day, Tam’s teammate, Nguyen Thi Thanh Hao, was eliminated from the Round of 16 by Italian boxer Irma Testa.

Previously, other Vietnamese athletes, including Nguyen Thi Hoi, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Tran, Vo Thi Kim Anh, Ha Thi Linh, Luu Diem Quynh, Nguyen Thi Huong, and Nguyen Thi Phuong Hoai, bid farewell to the tournament.

The 2023 IBA Women’s World Boxing Championship is taking place in New Delhi, India from March 15 to 26.

The cash prize for the winner of a gold, silver, and bronze medal is US$100,000, $50,000, and $25,000, respectively.

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Bao Anh - Hoang Tung / Tuoi Tre News

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