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World Champions Sakshi, Boro enter youth boxing nationals semis

Playing in their backyard, four women boxers and three men boxers from Haryana made it to the semi-finals of the youth boxing nationals.

other sports Updated: Mar 28, 2018 21:26 IST
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In the bantamweight category Siddhartha Malik (not in pic) was the only Haryana wrestler to be knocked out.(BFI)

AIBA World Youth Boxing Championship gold medallists, Sakshi of Haryana and Ankushita Boro of Assam, romped past their respective opponents to book semi-final spots at the 2nd Youth Nationals here on Wednesday.

Pugilists from Haryana riding on the advantage of playing in their own backyard had an easy outing in the quarterfinals as four pugilists from the women’s category and three from the men’s class advanced to the semi-finals.

After gathering experience from the World Youth Championships, Boro (60 kg) didn’t even let her opponent breathe as she blitzed her opponent with vicious hooks which prompted the referee to halt the contest in the first round itself.

In the 57kg category, Sakshi brushed aside the challenge from Kerala’s Sinsha with ease as the judges scored the bout 4-0 in favour of the local boxer after three gruelling rounds.

Shivani (54 kg), Anamika (51 kg) and Nitu (51 kg) also breezed past their opponents and advanced to the semifinals. Anamika and Nitu registered identical wins as both of them peppered their opponents and the referee had to halt the contest in the second round itself.

In the men’s section, Mohit (64 kg) and Akshay Kumar (60 kg) from Haryana registered emphatic 5-0 victories over C. Lalruatluanga of Mizoram and Myson Moriangthem of Manipur, respectively.

In the bantamweight category, Haryana’s Neeraj defeated Ajay from Daman Diu in comprehensive manner as the judges scored the bout 4-1 in Neeraj’s favour.

The only loss which came Haryana’s way was courtesy SSCB’s S Barun Singh when he defeated Siddhartha Malik. Four other SSCB boxers also advanced to the next stage.

First Published: Mar 28, 2018 21:26 IST