Olympic silver medallist and three-times International Boxing Championships (AIBA) champion Ren Cancan booked her place in the semi-finals of the ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s Continental Championships with a tense split decision win over Zhaina Shekerbekova of Uzebkistan in Wulanchabu, China.
The Chinese flyweight boxer, a runner-up at London 2012, recovered from a slow start to claim victory against Incheon 2014 silver medallist Shekerbekova after two judges awarded her the fight by two and four point margins respectively.
The 29-year-old will now go up against another Asian Games medallist as she takes on Nandintsetseg Myagmardulam of Mongolia, a bronze medallist in Incheon, in the last four.
It proved too be a day of surprise results at the event in China as light flyweight home boxer E Naiyan produced a dominant display to earn a unanimous win in her bout against world champion Josie Gabuco of the Philippines.
Niayan went into the fight as huge underdog but was able to comfortably beat an out-of-sorts Cancan, one of the favourites to take home the gold medal.
Her victory saw her progress to the semi-finals and she is now guaranteed a podium finish.
Elsewhere, Japan’s Ayako Minowa maintained her excellent form as she claimed a unanimous success in her flyweight encounter with Thailand's Sopida Satumrum.
Minowa was awarded the bout on all three judges’ scorecards as she asserted her supremacy from the outset, eventually cruising to a relatively trouble-free success.
London 2012 bronze medallist Mavzuna Chorieva of Tajikistan is through to the next round of the lightweight division thanks to a comfortable win over Sri Lankan Kasthuri Arachchige Keshani Hansika.
Chorieva, the only athlete from her country at the Olympic Games in London to win a medal, had been struggling for form coming into the event but made light work of Hansika, cruising to a unanimous points win.
North Korea were the best performing nation on the third day in Wulanchabu as four of their boxers secured vital victories.
U Yong Gum proved too strong for Vietnam’s Trinh Thi Diem Kieu in the light flyweight division, before World Championships silver medallist Ri Hyang Mi reached the flyweight semi-finals by beating Philippines’ Irish Magno.
Ri Kwang Suk kept up the superb display from the North Korean boxers, controlling her featherweight bout with Japan’s Misuzu Hayashi, and Ri Tong Sun secured her country's fourth and final triumph by ousting Kazakhstan’s Gulzhaina Ubbiniyazova in the lightweight category.
The final day of the quarter-finals are due to be held tomorrow with action in the bantamweight, featherweight, lightweight and middleweight divisions.
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