Australian head coach Santiago Nieva, left, jumps for joy as Kaye Scott, second from left, guarantee her country a medal in New Delhi ©IBA

Australia have guaranteed an historic hat-trick of medals at the International Boxing Association (IBA) Women’s World Championships here after winning all three of their quarter-final tussles.

Kaye Scott, Emma-Sue Greentree and Caitlin Parker all triumphed at the K.D. Jadhav Indoor Hall in Indian capital New Delhi to advance to the semi-finals of their respective divisions and secure at least three bronze medals for Australia.

Boxing Australia is part of the Common Cause Alliance but chose not to follow other members in boycotting the event over the presence of Russian and Belarusian boxers, with head coach Santiago Nieva insisting that they wanted to "stay out of politics".

Nieva has clearly made a big impact since leaving his role as India’s men's head coach in May last year to take the reins at Australia.

Australia had previously won five medals in their Women’s World Championships history but have now increased that to eight courtesy of their showings in India.

Scott, the oldest of the three boxers at the age of 38, used all of her experience come from behind to beat Alcinda Lucas Dos Santos of Mozambique in the last eight of the light middleweight division.

Nikhat Zareen of India interacts with the crowd after sealing her place in the light flyweight semi-finals ©IBA
Nikhat Zareen of India interacts with the crowd after sealing her place in the light flyweight semi-finals ©IBA

Australia added a second medal when Greentree saw off Pornnipa Chutee of Thailand in the light heavyweight category.

The hat-trick was sealed courtesy of Parker’s stunning victory over middleweight second seed Atheyna Bylon of Panama.

Russia also earned three medals, while Belarus picked up one in their first World Championships since the IBA lifted the ban on the two nations.

The IBA’s decision to allow Russian and Belarusian boxers to participate under their national flags and anthems has led to 11 national governing bodies boycotting the tournament.

After a slow start to the event, Russia have enjoyed some success, with Nataliya Sychugova and Anastasia Demurchian winning their respective light welterweight and light middleweight quarter-finals.

Diana Pyatak, who was Russia’s flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, has advanced to the semi-finals of the heavyweight division without having to throw a punch after the withdrawal of Turkey’s Mihriban Guneri.

Belarus’ solitary medal came courtesy of Sevda Asenova’s win over Morocco’s Yasmine Mouttaki in the minimumweight category.

Yang Chengyu was among seven Chinese boxers to win their quarter-final bouts today ©IBA
Yang Chengyu was among seven Chinese boxers to win their quarter-final bouts today ©IBA

Chine are guaranteed seven medals - more than any other nation - after wins for Wu Yu, Zhou Pan, Yang Chengyu, Wang Lina, Yang Wenlu, Li Qian and Yang Liu in the respective flyweight, light middleweight, light welterweight, light heavyweight, lightweight, middleweight and welterweight divisions.

Their hopes of a clean sweep of victories today were ended when Morocco’s heavyweight top seed Khadija Mardi defeated Zheng Lu.

Kazakhstan were the next best nation with six quarter-final wins, led by minimumweight top seed Alua Balkibekova.

Karina Ibragimova, Fariza Sholtay, Lazzat Kungeibayeva, Nadezhda Ryabrys and Valentina Khalzova also triumphed in the respective featherweight, light heavyweight, heavyweight, welterweight and middleweight classes.

India have secured four medals after victories for Nikhat Zareen in the light flyweight category, Lovlina Borgohain in the middleweight, Nitu in the minimumweight and Saweety in the light heavyweight.

Colombia also earned four wins today, while the other medals are also set to be awarded to Italy, France, Mongolia, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Brazil, Thailand, Algeria, Vietnam, South Korea and Azerbaijan.

Competition is due to continue tomorrow.