Wonderful news coming in from Astana, Kazakhstan: Indian boxer Sonia Lather has won a silver in the recently concluded AIBA Women’s World Championships.
The 24-year-old boxer stormed into the finals of the Championships after beating Kazakhstan’s Aizhan Khojabekova with an astounding 3-0. In a match that will go down in history as one of Lather’s best, the Indian boxer’s right hooks and power-packed jabs left her opponent unsettled and off-balance. Lather’s stellar performance had the judges voting unanimously in her favor.
In the finals, the Haryana girl faced off against Italy’s Alessia Mesiano. Lather’s confident performance in the opening round was undone by the Italian who stepped up her game in the third and fourth rounds. Lather lost the closely fought match by 1-2, settling instead for the silver.
Lather’s win also ensured that India did not return empty handed from the Championship series.
Lather’s hard-fought win ends a six-year-long dry spell for India at the World Championships; our last win came in 2010 with the ‘Magnificent Mary Kom’ claiming her fifth consecutive gold in the 48 kg category.
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Lather is an 8 time National Gold Medalist. She burst onto the international scene with a silver medal in the 2012 Asian Championships and a bronze win 2014’s 3-Nations Cup, Serbia.
With her praiseworthy performance at the World Championships ending just one step away from the World Title, she is definitely a star to keep an eye out for.