Vijayanagara, Jan. 4:
Lovlina Borgohain, who finished with a bronze medal at the New Delhi the world championships in November, simply walked into the quarterfinals owing to a walkover in the JSW Sports presents third Elite Women’s National Boxing Championships at the Inspire Institute of Sport here today.
Though the most interesting aspect of the Nationals was four of Kerala boxers—Divya Ganesh (69 kg), Indira K.A. (75kg), Anaswara P.M. (81+kg) and Fousiya A.T. (81kg)—entered the quarterfinals along with four boxers from Haryana while three pugilists from Railways, two each from Delhi, Punjab, Chandigarh and All India Police and one from Rajasthan, make it a worthwhile event for themselves.
Except for Fousiya, who got a walkover from AIP’s Neha Jhadav, Divya beat Tamil Nadu’s S. Preethi 5:0, Indira achieved an RSC-1 decision against Gujrat’s Riya Upadhyay and Anaswara won on points (5:0) against Maharashtra’s Shayaan Pathan to move up for Kerala.
As Haryana’s quarterfinal entrants—2017 World Youth Championship Bronze medalist Anupama was the lone boxer who benefited from a walkover from Ravi Chandrika Balga of Andhra Pradesh—even as Nisha, Nupur and Pooja Rani showed their ring superiority to advance to the quarterfinals.
Coming back to Lovlina, who got walkover in the welter class (69 kg) pre-quarterfinals from Andhra Pradesh, Marathamma Saitivada. The 21-year-old Assamese, will be entering the ring for the first time when she takes on Mithrem Jagirdar of Gujarat, who stopped Delhi’s Anjali with an RSC-1 verdict in quarters.
But the best bouts of the day were witness in the middleweight class, when Railways Neetu had to outbox to beat AIP’s Kalawanti with a split verdict (3:2) and also Avneet Kaur of Chandigarh, who tackled the tough Delhi pugilist, Shalakha Sansanwal, also by the same margin.
At the adjacent Ring 2, there were eight RSC decision, coming in favour of Jigyasa Rajput of MP, Saara Afsaroodin Qureshis of Telangana, Mohini Thite of Mahrashtra and Pooja Rani of Haryana—all in light heavy weight category (81), while the other came in heavy weight class (+81) when Palwinder Kaur from Punjab, Barbara A Sampson from Rajasthan Kashna Kumari from Uttar Pradesh and Kavita Chahal from AIP secured their berth in the quarterfinals.