Mary Kom enters finals of Asian Boxing Championships

Olympic-bound M C Mary Kom (51kg) and former youth world champion Sakshi (54kg) have been amongst three Indian girls boxers who stormed into the Asian Championship finals after notching up thrilling victories of their last-four stage bouts Dubai on Thursday.

Whereas six-time world champion Mary Kom prevailed 4-1 over Mongolia’s Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg, two-time youth world champion Sakshi upstaged top-seeded Kazakh Dina Zholaman 3-2.

It was a memorable match debut for Lalbuatsaihi (64kg), who outboxed Noura Almutairi of Kuwait to such an extent that she determined to concede the bout within the second spherical. Subsequent up for the boxer from Nagaland is Milana Safronova of Kazakhstan.

Nevertheless, the Tokyo-bound duo of Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and Simranjit Kaur (60kg) together with Monika (48kg) and debutant Jaismine (57kg) settled for bronze medals after dropping their respective semifinal bouts.

Monika went down 0-5 to second seeded Alua Balkibekova of Kazakhstan, whereas Jaismine too was bested in a unanimous verdict by one other Kazakh in Vladislava Kukhta.

Simranjit, who not too long ago recovered from COVID-19, additionally misplaced to a Kazakh, Rimma Volossenko, in a unanimous verdict. Lovlina was overwhelmed by Navabakhor Khamidova of Uzbekistan in a cut up choice.

In distinction, the top-seeded Mary Kom dug from her big reservoir of expertise to outwit the sprightly Altantsetseg.

“It has taken rather a lot to regulate to the humid climate right here. Right now, I used to be a bit gradual within the first spherical however bought my rhythm from the second spherical onwards. I had already fought her as soon as so it didn’t take a lot to know her gameplan,” Mary Kom advised PTI.

The veteran’s proper hooks have been notably spectacular in a compelling efficiency. She fought with a perilously low guard regardless of the aggressive intent proven by her rival and relied on her sharp reflexes to attain on counter-attacks.

“The guard wasn’t wanted, I knew her fairly effectively,” she quipped.

The 38-year-old will now be gunning for her sixth gold medal on the continental showpiece. She might be up towards Kazakhstan’s Nazym Kyzaibay, a two-time world champion.

“I’ve confronted Nazym earlier and have even defeated her in a pair of previous tournaments. Let’s see what’s the problem I get this time,” stated Mary Kom.

Sakshi additionally endured a troublesome one towards Zholaman however got here out trumps, driving on her grit. She’s going to face Uzbekistan’s Sitora Shogdarova within the summit conflict.

Earlier, in an intense contest, Monika simply couldn’t maintain tempo with Balkibekova, who craftily dodged the Indian’s assaults and linked some eye-catching mixture punches to dominate the proceedings.

On Wednesday evening, the Olympic-bound Ashish Kumar (75kg) misplaced 2-3 to Asian Video games silver-medallist Abilkhan Amankul of Kazakhstan within the quarterfinal.

Additionally happening within the quarters was Narender (+91kg). He misplaced 0-5 to Kazakhstan’s Kamshibek Kunkabayev.

On Friday, 5 Indian males — Amit Panghal (52kg), Varinder Singh (60kg), Shiva Thapa (64kg), Vikas krishan (69kg) and Sanjeet (91kg) — will battle it out within the semifinals.

Of those, Panghal and Krishan are certain for Tokyo Olympics.

India have secured an unprecedented 15 medals within the match.

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