Chandigarh's Gargi and Delhi’s Gurmanprit Kaur continue their fine show

Balbir Singh | January 03, 2019 10:15 AM

VIJAYANAGARA: It was a mere formality for World Championships silver and bronze medal winners Sonia Lather and Simranjit Kaur along with CWG bronze medal winners Pinki Jangra and Manisha Moun who made a dream debut beating two-time world bronze medalist Christina Cruz in the New Delhi, which they went over beating their rivals in respective categories to enter in the quarterfinals of the JSW Sports presents 3rd Elite Women’s National Boxing Championships at the Inspire Institute of Sport here today.

  Pinki of Haryana defeated Delhi’s Pratibha in 51 kg class when the referee stopped the contest in the third round after Pinki kept exchanging her sharp lefts and combining it with measured rights. It was creditable that Pratibha lasted three rounds amidst such attack.

 Later, Simranjit and Manisha Moun, too joined, Pinki in the quarters as the Punjab pugilist defeated Himachal’s Sandhya 5:0 without having to exert herself much in 64 kg while Manisha, in bantam class (54 kg) accounted for another Delhi girl, Riya Tokas, with a 5:0 decision.

 Asian Championship medal winner Sonia Lather did no waste time as she started punching her way into the pre-quarters with a 5:0 decision over Saloni Singh of Maharashtra. The Railways girl and experienced boxer cornered Saloni with staggering punches in the first two rounds and in the third sent down a flurry, without allowing the Maharashtra girl any chance.

Nikhat Zareen of Telangana showed some excellent mix of defensive and attacking prowess against Likhitha Battini of Andhra Pradesh in the 51 kg category and comfortably won by 5-0.

Gurmanprit Kaur

 But it was the victory of D. Bhavya from Karnataka over A. Prasanna Laxmi of Telangana attracted the local spectators in the 60 kg class. Though it was a split verdict in favour of the Karnataka girl—she won 4:1—Bhavya deserved to make it to the quarterfinals after a fantastic showing right from the beginning of round one.

 Earlier in the day, in the 48 kg All India Police’s K. Bina Devi defeated Khushboo Tokas of Delhi 5:0 to earn a quarterfinals meeting with Tamil Nadu’s S. Kalaivani, who beat Andhra Pradesh’s Jyoti Gorli 4:1. While the bout between Bina and Khushboo was more one-sided than one had expected, the one between Kalaivani and Jyoti was really tough as the two traded equal amounts of punches to begin win.

 But from round 2, it was the Tamil Nadu girl who took over and landed a few lefts and straights on Jyoti to make an impressive progress before winding up the third round with some combination punches to get the split verdict.

 In other bouts in the same category, Kerala’s Anchu Sabu received a walkover from Chandigarh’s Ravina even as Haryana’s Sanju beat Maharashtra’s Tanushree Bengle 5:0, as did Swasti Arya of Rajasthan against Nikita Lohar of Jharkhand, Rajni Singh of Uttar Pradesh against Pallavi of Himachal, winning their bouts 5:0 to enter the next round.

Chandigarh's continued her good form and defeated Neelam Kumari of Jharkhand in the 51 kg category. She was landing clear punches right from the beginning and the referee had to stop the contest in the second round.

 But Pooja Tokas of Railways, who defeated Pinki Kumari of Bihar, forced the referee stop the contest with a third round RSC verdict. Manju Rani of Punjab followed suit with another RSC-2 decision against her hapless Rinki Dabholkar of Goa.

 The last two bouts in light fly attracted a lot of attention of the spectators as Pooja exchanged wonderful target blows against the Bihar pugilist but credit must go to the latter who survived almost three rounds before the referee intervened, the verdict going in favour of the red corner.

 The Punjab girl was even more severe on Rinki, who could not withstand the combination blows that were sent down by the Punjab boxer, who with her excellent reach, pounced on Rinki right from the first bell.

 In 57 kg at ring 2, 2017 World Youth Gold medalits, Shashi Chopra of Haryana began with an RSC-1 verdict against Chincil P of Kerala as the former took less than two minutes to emerge winners in first round itself. In the other bout, Roshini Subba of Sikkim was an easy winner despite the 4:1 split decision against Uzma Khan of Goa. Jyoti Nagar of UP also secured an RSC-1 verdict over Santhiya Shanmugam of Puducherry as the UP girl proved far superior to her rival from Puducherry.

 Otherwinners in the category included Kh. Shamim Banu of Manipur, who beat TC Lalremruati of Mizoram and Y. Sandhyarani Devi of Andhra winning over Mandeep Kaur of Punjab, both winners scoring 5:0. But the best bout in the category was between Gurmanprit Kaur of Delhi and Niksha Das of Assam in which the Delhi girl won a 3:2 decision over her rival.

 World Championship bronze medalist, Lovlina Borgohain of Assam, who will open her campaign tomorrow, is also expected to move up without a hassle as did Simranjit, Manisha, Pinki and Sonia Lather.

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