Boxer Pooja Rani from India has progressed into the next round at the quarterfinals after beating Ichrak Chaib of Algeria in her opening bout at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday. The Indian (75kg) out-punched her opponent junior who was 10 years younger to the scoreline of 5-0 with her domination in the whole game.
Pooja Rani from Haryana have been in power at her right straights and profited wildly while the Algerian needed a balance in the ring of the battle.
Rani conquered in all three rounds with her counter-attacks thought-out the bout against Chaib who just failed to estimate her way to relate immaculately. She fell dramatically while the veteran tried to take revenge with power but couldn’t succeed as she primarily missed the target area.
Both of them will square off next on the last day of the month July where Pooja Rani will battle against former gold medalist China’s Li Qian who is Olympic bronze-medalist and two-time Asian champion. Chaib has amassed a remarkable history against the Indian. She beat her at the 2014 Asian Games in the semifinals and the Asian Olympics qualifiers in Jordan the previous year.
Rani has struggled a lot during her journey at the Olympics. She went through a shoulder injury in 2017 which was a threat to her career and in 2016, she suffered a burnt hand. She also mourned a lack of financial support before she made it to this level.