Pooja Rani strikes gold; silver for Mary Kom, Lalbuatsaihi at Asian Boxing C’ships


Pooja Rani

Defending champion Pooja Rani (75kg) notched up a second successive gold with a complete victory even because the seasoned M C Mary Kom (51kg) signed off with a silver medal on the Asian Boxing Championships right here on Sunday.

The Olympic-bound Pooja (75 kg), who was competing in her first bout of the match after getting a bye and a walkover earlier, dismantled Mavluda Movlonova of Uzbekistan with a scientific efficiency.

She additionally earned USD 10,000 for her marvellous one-bout present wherein Movlonova was merely out of kinds, unable to maintain tempo with the Indian’s depth.

Nevertheless, six-time world champion Mary Kom (51kg) and match debutant Lalbuatsaihi (64kg) signed off with silver medals after each misplaced intense remaining bouts.

The Olympic-bound Mary Kom went down in a cut up 2-Three verdict to Nazym Kyzaibay of Kazakhstan. It was the Manipuri celebrity’s seventh medal within the match, the primary being a gold that got here means again within the 2003 version. Her match report now stands at 5 gold and two silver medals.Lalbuatsaihi misplaced 2-Three as effectively however after giving her Kazakh rival Milana Safronova a struggle to recollect.

Each the Indians ended with prize cash of USD 5,000 every. Lalbuatsaihi got here into the Indian group as a late alternative for the seasoned Pwilao Basumatary, whose passport had expired. The Mizo boxer exhausted her rival together with her counter-attacks however misplaced momentum within the remaining spherical to finish second greatest.

Earlier, up towards an opponent 11 years youthful to her, the 38-year-old Mary Kom made a formidable begin and clinched the opening spherical comfortably by counting on her sharp counter-attacks.

The tempo picked up within the second spherical and each the boxers confirmed aggressive intent. The Kazakh drew degree at this level together with her jabs touchdown completely.

Mary Kom fought again within the remaining three minutes however that was not sufficient to get the judges’ nod. Kyzaibay is a two-time world champion and a six-time nationwide champion. All gold-winners received prize cash of USD 10,000 every.

On Monday, Amit Panghal (52kg), Shiva Thapa (64kg) and Sanjeet (91kg) will struggle it out within the males’s finals. Panghal will sq. off towards reigning Olympic and world champion Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan. Will probably be a repeat of the 2019 world championship remaining wherein the Indian had misplaced to accept silver.

Thapa might be up towards Mongolia’s Baatarsukh Chinzorig, who’s the Asian Video games silver-medallist. Sanjeet will tackle Kazakh legend Vassiliy Levit, who’s chasing his fourth gold on the continental showpiece.

Eight different Indians — the Olympic-bound trio of Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg), and Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), and Jaismine (57kg), Sakshi Chaudhary (64kg), Monika (48kg), Saweety (81kg) and Varinder Singh (60kg) — secured bronze medals after semifinal losses.

In addition they received a prize cash of USD 2,500 every for his or her third-place finishes. 

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