Lovlina Borgohain’s dream of winning the gold medal in her debut boxing World Championship went up in the air as she had to settle for bronze after losing her 69 kg semi-final bout to the experienced Chen Nien-Chin of Taiwan on Thursday. The boxer hails from Assam, from where legendary boxers like MC Mary Kom, Shiva Thapa and Sarita Devi have emerged and gone onto make the country proud at the international stage.
Today we look at some interesting facts about Lovlina’s career
The 20-year-old boxer who was born in Assam’s Golaghat district had to move away from her house in order to make it big in the boxing. She started off with muay thai as a career after being persuaded by her two sisters who have been national champions, but the young girl was destined to fight in the square ring and it was in 2012 that she managed to switch sports.
She was first spotted by coach Padum Boro at a boxing trial held by the Sports Authority of India at her high school, Barpathar Girls High School and started training at the Boxing Academy from 2012. Speaking to Scroll she said “I used to be good at Muay Thai so that kept me fit,” she said. “It was also the reason I was selected for boxing in 2012 at SAI (Sports Authority of India) Guwahati. One of my sports teachers at school asked me to try boxing and I did. I knew little of boxing in 2012 but I won a gold medal.”
After she progressed to International stage, she started to raise eyebrows with her fighting spirit and medal-winning performances. She won a bronze medal at the President’s Cup in Astana, Kazakhstan. Competing in the 75 kg category Lovlina had reached the semifinal of her weight category but she failed to get past Shakimova of Kazakhstan.
Inspite of disappointment she made history of becoming the only Indian to register a win in the prestigious tournament. She continued her good run by winning the bronze medal at the Asian Boxing Championships in Vietnam in November 2017.
The boxer from Assam was finally rewarded for her efforts of winning the gold medal in the welterweight category of the Indian open when she was chosen for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Her selection was all over the news due to the controversy as it was found out that Lovlina had not received any official intimation about the purported selection. In fact, she got to know about her selection from a local news channel. Her journey at the games was shortlived after being knocked out at the quarterfinal stage by United Kingdom’s Sandy Ryan
Lovlina continued her good form after the games as she clinched a silver medal at the Ulaanbaatar Cup in Mongolia in June 2018 and followed it up with a bronze medal at the 13th International Silesian Championship that was held in Poland earlier in September.
She may have lost out on the yellow metal this time around, but the boxer has shown enough promise to ensure of a bright future.