Representing the country in the women’s -62kg contests, Mirnourollahi defeated Norwegian Karoline Gjelsvik 2-1 but came short against Canada’s Ashley Kraayeveld – No. 2 of the class in the world rankings – (2-1, 3-12, 5-1), despite delivering an impressive performance in the second round, and missed out on a place in the quarterfinals.
Esmaeili, meanwhile, stepped into the competition fresh from a silver-winning campaign in August’s Islamic Solidarity Games but a showdown against Lauren Williams – a silver winner at the Tokyo Olympics – in her first bout was not quite what the Iranian had wished for.
The British contestant came out on top in straight rounds (9-1, 9-6) as Esmaeili suffered an early exit in the women’s -67kg event.
In the men’s contests, Abbasi kicked off his -87kg campaign in emphatic fashion, beating Guillermo Pérez of Cuba 11-2 and 13-0, and then outclassed Brazilian Ícaro Miguel Soares – ranked first in the world and a finalist in the latest edition of the competition – in two rounds (3-3, 6-2).
Awaiting Abbasi in the quarterfinals was a familiar face in Mehdi Khodabakhshi, a representative of Serbia who had won double golds for Iran at the World Championships in 2015 and the Asian Games a year before.
Khodabakhshi walked away with a 3-1 win in the first round and was given a superiority victory in a thrilling second after it finished 8-8.
Khodabakhshi went on to beat Canadian Jordan Stewart 2-0 in the semifinals before a straight-round triumph (1-0, 5-4) over Meng Mingkuan of China sealed a second world title for the 31-year-old.
The one-week World Championships is being contested by more than 750 contestants from 122 countries.
Iran is represented by eight men and six women in Guadalajara.