Hanna Okhota, in blue, was one of the winners today in Istanbul ©IBA

Minimumweight boxers featured for the first time at this year's International Boxing Association (IBA) Women's World Boxing Championships today at the Başakşehir Youth and Sports Facility in Istanbul.

The loudest cheers came for home favourite Ayşe Çağırır from Turkey, who rallied to a convincing victory over Uzbekistan's Marjona Savrieva in the under-48 kilograms division, claiming a unanimous decision.

Her last-16 opponent will be France's Rim Bennama, whose 3-2 split decision win over Chinese Taipei's Cai Zi-Han did not reflect her convincing performance in the first two rounds.

Perhaps the best was left until last as Venezuelan Tayonis Anaonis Cadeno Rojas won unanimously against Algerian Fatiha Mansouri, even managing to knock down her rival within 45 seconds.

Nyamsuren Janchiv will face her next, after the Mongolian held on to defeat Susma Tamang, despite the Nepalese boxer being resurgent in the last round.

Two feisty bouts took place simultaneously - the first of these saw Maddie Bowen of Australia leave with a bloody face, but more importantly, the victory against Trinidad and Tobago's Ormella Ramnath.

Aldana Florencia Lopez from Argentina awaits her in the second round, following a unanimous win over Shannon Sweeney from Ireland, who also suffered a burst nose.

Nitu from India was the second victor in a scrappy fight, winning in the war of a flurry of punches against Steluta Duta of Romania.

Her next opponent is Spain's Marta Lopez Del Arbol, the unanimous victor over Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen of Vietnam.

Madoka Wada progressed after currying favour with enough judges, beating Italian Roberta Bonatti by a 3-2 split decision. 

Japan's Wada had two judges convincingly on her side after two rounds, but Bonatti dominated the final three minutes, only undone by one more judge voting in favour of Wada.

Demie-Jade Resztan of England won her under-48kg bout today in the opening match ©IBA
Demie-Jade Resztan of England won her under-48kg bout today in the opening match ©IBA

Demie-Jade Resztan of England won a decisive final round over South Korean Bak Cho-Rong, with the boxers tied after two rounds.

Morocco's Yasmine Mouttaki came from behind in the first round to beat Slovakian Nicole Durikova by a 4-1 split, setting up a round-of-16 match against Ukrainian Hanna Okhota, a unanimous victor against Kenya's Christine Ongare.

Natalia Rok looked completely in control against Armenia's Gayane Ter-Barseghyan, with the Pole winning unanimously.

She will face another dominant winner in the form of Sevda Asenova of Bulgaria, who eliminated Sumaiya Kosimova of Tajikistan, next.

Finally, Alua Balkibekova became the second Kazakhstani boxer to win in two days, convincingly beating Priyanka Dhillon of Canada.

This means she faces Serbian Snezana Siljkovic in the round of 16 following a unanimous-decision win over Vuyolwethu Dila of South Africa.

Flyweight, featherweight, light-welterweight, middleweight bouts are on tomorrow's schedule.