Defending Champions Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) dominated proceedings with their eight boxers as 2019 World Championship silver medalist Manju Rani (48kg) and 2017 World Youth Champion Jyoti Gulia (52kg) entered the finals of the National Elite Women’s Boxing. Championship, here on Sunday.
Manju Rani continued her excellent form and showed great composure in a one-sided battle against Madhya Pradesh’s Anjali Sharma. Manju played from a distance and won the match with a score of 5-0. He will face Tamil Nadu’s S Kalaivani in Monday’s final.
Jyoti Guliak faced a stiff challenge from Uttar Pradesh’s Sonia who started from behind and took some time to gauge her opponent’s strategy. Jyoti fought back in the final two rounds, played from distance and landed regular blows to secure a 4-1 verdict in her favour. She will be pitted against Sakshi of SSCB in the final.
The other 6 Railways boxers who have advanced to the finals are Anupama (50kg), Shikhsa (54kg), Poonam (60kg), Shashi (63kg), Anupama (81kg) and Nupur (81kg +).
Reigning world champion (50kg) Nikhat Zareen, who is representing Telangana, won comfortably 5-0 against AIP’s Shvinder Kaur. Nikhat will take Anamika for that precious metal.
Assam’s Lovlina Borgohain (75kg) also had an easy outing against Madhya Pradesh’s Jigyasa Rajput, who dictated terms throughout the contest and won by unanimous decision to advance to the semi-finals. Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist Lovlina will be up against 2021 World Youth Champion Arundhati Choudhary, SSCB gold medalist.
2021 World Championships bronze medalist Manisha (57kg) beat RSPB’s Sonia Lather 4-1 in a tight fight that saw both boxers neck and neck, but Haryana’s Manisha prevailed in the end. He will fight against Vinakshi from Himachal Pradesh in the final.
Simranjit Kaur (60kg) won the World Championship bronze medal against AIP’s Kros Hmangaihsangi and won comfortably with a unanimous 5-0 verdict. He will take on RSPB’s Poonam in the summit clash.
The ongoing prestigious event saw the participation of 302 boxers competing in 12 weight categories.
— THE IANS
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