India had a poor start at the Women's World Boxing Championship as Preeti Beniwal lost to Polish Karolina Michalczuk in the 54-kg category in New Delhi on Saturday.
Karolina dominated Beniwal right from the first round and won the bout 24-9 points at the Talkatora Stadium.
The best bout of the day was between Lydia Walczak of Canada and Ri Kwang Suk from North Korea in the 54-kg category. It ended with both girls tied on 23 points, but the Korean prevailed on individual scores.
Two of the bouts were stopped on RSCOS (Referee Stopped Contest Out Scored). In the first, Issatayeva from Kazakhstan conceded to a far superior Hrytsay from Ukraine in the 54-kg, and Ri Jong Hyang from North Korea overpowered Koufi Arbia from Algeria in the 48-kg.
In other matches of the 54-kg category, Sapriye Sengul of Turkey defeated Emily Klinefelter of the US 20-7 and Katie Collander of Finland defeated Erdenegerel Bummaa of Mongolia by 25-5.
One of the bouts in the 48-kg, between Myloserdna of Ukraine and Valerie Bedard of Canada, was stopped on RSCI (Referee Stopped Contest due to Injury).
In other bouts in the same category, Hungarian Monica Csik defeated Laura Tosti of Italy by 19-8 and Gladkova Olesya of Russia defeated Boranbayeva Nargul by 18-7.
Earlier in the day, the championship started off with a march past by all the countries and a dance performance by the students of the Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram.
A total of 181 boxers, including 13 from India, will take part in the event that will be held in 13 weight categories.
The winner in each category will receive $2,500, the runner-up $1,500 and the third will get $750.