India was off to a perfect start at the youth world boxing championships in Kielce, Poland with, Poonam (57kg) and Vinka (60kg) advancing to the pre-quarterfinals after notching up contrasting opening-round wins.

While Poonam out-punched Colombia’s Valeria Mendoza 5-0, Vinka edged past Russia’s Daria Panteleeva 3-2 to make the last 16 on Tuesday.

Next up for Poonam is Hungary’s Beata Varga. Vinka, on the other hand, will square off against Zhuldyz Shayakhmetova of Kazakhstan.

India has fielded a 20-member contingent — 10 men and as many women — for the marquee age group event.

The women’s side also features 2019 Asian Youth champion Naorem Babyrojisana Chanu (51kg), Sanamacha Chanu (75kg), Alfiya Pathan (+81kg) and three-time Khelo India gold medallist Arundhati Choudhary (69kg), Gitika (48kg), Arshi Khanam (54kg), Nisha (64kg) and Khushi (81kg).

The men’s challenge is being spearheaded by Asian Youth Championship silver-medallist Ankit Narwal (64kg) and Asian junior champion Chongtham Bishwamitra (49kg). Others male boxers in the squad are Vikas (52), Sachin (56kg), Akash Gorkha (60kg), Sumit (69kg), Manish (75kg), Vinit (81 kg), Vishal Gupta (91kg) and Jugnoo (+91kg).

The results: Women: 57kg: Poonam bt Valeria Mendoza (Col) 5-0; 60kg: Vinka Daria Panteleeva (Rus) 3-2.

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