Five Indian boxers punched their way into the finals of the AIBA Women’s Youth World Championships while 2 other sattel for Bronze .
Jyoti Gulia (51kg), Shashi Chopra (57kg), Nitu (48kg) , Sakshi (54Kg) and Ankushita Boro (64kg) won their semifinal bouts and gave the host a chance to finish among the top nations .
The first Indian to be assured of a silver medal was Haryana’s Jyoti, who had to lie to her parents to don the boxing gloves. The flyweight (51kg) boxer defeated Zhansaya Abdraimova of Kazakhstan in the semifinal to set up a title clash with Russia’s Ekatirina Molchanova on Sunday.
Jyoti foxed the aggressive Kazakhstan girl by fighting from a distance, and countering with the left jab followed by combination punches. After letting her guard down in the second round, she unleashed a barrage of jabs before clinching the bout by connecting a hook to Zhansaya’s face.
Shashi Chopra turned on the heat in her feather weight bout to end the impressive run of Mongolia’s Namuun Monkhor.
The lanky Indian girl peppered her opponent’s face and body with such consistency and precision, especially in the second when she unleashed a wicked left-right combo to Namuun’s face, to force the referee to give the Mongolian a standing count.
The third round was a rock solid demonstration of straight punching that saw Shashi punish her opponent with such conviction, that the writing on the wall soon became apparent.
Ankushita rode on the rousing local support to beat Thai Thanchanok Saksri 5-0. The Assam lass chose to counter-attack in the first two rounds before switching to attack mode for a fine victory.Ankushita started slowly against Thailand’s Thanchnok Saksri in their light welter category but gained momentum as the clock ticked.She slowly became aggressive, working on the face and body of her opponent to steal a huge lead.
The third round was completely hers, as Ankushita came up with speed and combination while moving from side to side even as she shuffled her feet, bobbed and weaved to avoid the punches thrown at her.
“I never fought against the Thai boxer before. So, I took some time to understand her moves before launching my attack,” said Ankushita, who will face Russian Ekaterina Dynnik in the gold medal match.
Nitu (48 kg), the first to take the ring on 2nd day of Semi Final, found the defence of China’s Yuan Nie hard to break until the third round. A barrage of right straights in the final round impressed the judges.
Nitu meets Kazakhstan’s Zhazira Urakbayeva, who defeated Ireland’s Caitlin Fryers in a tough bout, in the light flyweight final.
Sakshi made it to the final in style, forcing Japanese Sena Irie’s coach to throw in the towel as his ward was getting the beating of her life.
She was on top right from the beginning but she literally went on a rampage in the second round.
India’s other semifinalist, heavyweight (81+ kg) Neha Yadav, was disappointing after she ran into a stronger opponent in Kazakhstan’s Dina Islambekova. She seemed to have no answers to what the Kazakh threw at her.
Anupama (81kg) somehow fell short when she came up against Russia’s Anastasiia Rybak in the light heavy division and went down 0-5.
The Indian pugilists are now assured of at least five silver and two bronze medals in the championship. Apart from the Indians, six Russians, three Kazaks and two English pugilists are in the final
This will be India’s best performance since the 2011 edition of the tournament when Sarjubala Devi of Manipur had won a gold medal.
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