Laxmi in QFs, Sarita crashes out of World` C`ship

Bridgetown: On a mixed day for
Indians, Laxmi Padiya (81kg) advanced to the quarter-finals
but former champion L Sarita Devi (51kg) crashed out with a
shock second-round defeat in the sixth Women`s World Boxing
Championships here.

Laxmi beat Ecuador`s Bianca Burgos 7-3 but Turkey`s
Sumeyra Yazici surprised Sarita with a 12-8 victory,

Laxmi will take on Kazakhstan`s Marina Volnova in the
last-eight stage bout on Wednesday.

Laxmi did the bulk of her scoring in the first two rounds
-- notching up six points against her opponent`s two.

She took it easy in the next two rounds, scoring just a
solitary point but the lead she established was enough for her
to advance to the next level.

Laxmi joins four-time world champion M C Mary Kom (48kg)
in the quarter-finals.

Sarita, in contrast, fought a tense bout.

After trailing 0-3 in the opening round, the Manipuri
came back strongly to make it 4-3 in the second round but
despite her valiant fight, she could not prevent Yazici from
winning the hard-fought bout.