Last update: 20 December 2022, 22:27 IST
World champion Nikhat Zareen (50kg) and World Championship bronze medalist Simranjit Kaur (60kg) kicked off their campaign at the sixth edition of the National Women’s Elite Boxing Championships with dominant victories on Tuesday.
Telangana’s Nikhat didn’t break a sweat en route to defeating Tamil Nadu’s LK Abinaya in the round of 32 round of 16. The Commonwealth Games champion started strongly, landing a flurry of punches before the referee stopped the contest (RSC) in the first round.
Nikhat will face Meghalaya’s Eva Marbaniang in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
Punjab’s Simranjit was best in attack against Ladakh’s Nilzaya Angmo in another 32-over contest. Nilzaya tried to avoid his opponent’s hard blows but in vain. The referee stopped the match at the end of the first half. Simranjit will face Jharkhand’s Pooja Behra in the quarter-finals.
World Championship silver medalist in 2019, Manju Rani (48 kg) narrowly defeated Maharashtra’s Priyanka Shirsale. Manju, representing Railways, was the aggressor throughout the three rounds and continuously took the blows en route to victory. She will face Kavita from Uttarakhand in the round of 16.
2022 Asian Championship gold medalist Saweety Boora of Haryana (81 kg) beat Andhra Pradesh’s Marthamaa Sattivada 5-0. He will take on Rajasthan’s Chandan Choudhary in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain (75kg), representing Assam, greeted her in the first round. He will face Orissa’s Puja Naya in the round of 16 on Friday.
A total of 302 boxers from 12 weight categories are participating in the championships.
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