Vijayanagara, Jan. 3:
Tamil Nadu’s S. Kalaivani entered the quarter finals defeating Andhra Pradesh’s Jyoti Gorli 4:1 in the 3rd Elite Women’s National Boxing Championships at the Inspire Institute of Sport here.
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.
Twenty-year-old 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.
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.