Canada’s Mary Spencer will face China’s Jinzi Li in her first boxing match at the London Olympics on Monday.
The 27-year-old fighter from Windsor, Ont., learned her opponent on Sunday as 22-year-old Li beat Brazil’s Rosali Feitosi 19-14 in the round of 16 at the first-ever women’s Olympic boxing tournament. Spencer had a bye in round one, so she faces Li in the quarter-final on Monday afternoon in London.
If Spencer beats Li she will go to the medal round.
Spencer beat Li in the gold medal final at the 2010 world championships. The Chinese fighter won her own world title in 2008, was a silver medalist twice, and came fifth at the most recent worlds.
Spencer was in the crowd on Sunday with her coaches taking in the first day of competition and scouting her opponent.
Other boxers to advance in Spencer’s 75-kilogram weight class on Sunday were Sweden’s Anna Laurell, Marina Volnova of Kazakhstan and Nigeria’s Edith Ogoke.