Tokyo: Indian boxer Pooja Rani (75kg) made her Olympic Games debut by defeating Algeria’s Ichrak Chaeb 5-0 in her opening bout on Wednesday to enter the quarterfinals. The 30-year-old Indian dominated his rival 10 years his junior throughout the match.
just one step away from the medal
The two-time Asian champion was in control with a straight-handed right-hander and she also took advantage of Chaeb’s lack of balance in the ring. Rani dominated in all three rounds while Chaeb was also playing her first Olympic game but she was unable to put her punches in the right places. Rani performed cleverly by keeping distance from the opposition.
match won in one sided style
Rani counter-attacked throughout the bout, while Chaeb was also trying to put strong punches but he kept on missing his target. Rani’s Olympic journey has been full of difficulties. She struggled with a shoulder injury that threatened to end her career, burning her hand. Despite the lack of financial support, she has reached this far.
father in police
His father is a police officer who did not want him to enter this sport because he thought boxing was only for aggressive people. He had said in an interview to PTI, ‘Maar lag jaygi. That’s what my father said. He had said that this sport is not for me because he thought that only aggressive (angry) people do boxing.