Asian champion pugilist Pooja Rani entered the semifinals to secure a medal in 75-kilogram category at the 35th Boxam International Boxing Tournament in Castellon, Spain. However, two-time World bronze-winner Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) bowed out after a quarterfinal loss in 69 kilogram category.
Pooja Rani is a three-time Asian medallist and also a 2014 Asian Games bronze-winner In late-night bouts yesterday, Olympic-bound Rani defeated Italian Assunta Canfora to join the seasoned M.C. Mary Kom (51kg), Simranjit Kaur (60kg) and debutant Jasmine (57kg) in the last-four stage.
The three had won their quarterfinals earlier in the day. Mary Kom enters semis of Boxam International, assured of medal.