Indian women boxers — Jyoti Gulia (51kg), Shashi Chopra (57kg) and Ankushita Boro (64kg) – have secured berths in the finals of the AIBA Women’s Youth World Championships, The Hindu reported. The finals will be held on Sunday.
On Friday (Nov 24), the three boxers won their semi-final bouts at the N.C. Bordoloi Indoor Stadium.
India had only won one medal last year in the championship. It bagged the last gold medal in 2011
Unfortunately, Neha Yadav (+81kg), who was directly enlisted to the last four, was the only one to go home.
“I could not move properly in the second round. I will work harder on my game before the final,” said Jyoti, who defeated Kazakh boxer Zhansaya Abdraimova 4-1. The Indian was executing her combinations while Zhansaya focused on change of strategy. Even though Zhansaya cornered Jyoti and landed some good moves, Jyoti improvised her punches and movement in the final round and won the clash.
She will face Russian Ekaterina Molchanova in the finals.
Menawhile, Shashi fought equally well and managed to knock out Mongolian Namuun Monkhor 5-0. She used her long reach and combination of straight punches and curbed the aggression of the Mongolian, who received a standing count in the second round.
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Shashi is now ready to give a befitting reply to Vietnam’s Hong Do in the finals.
Ankushita, on the other hand, brilliantly beat Thai Thanchanok Saksri 5-0 with her counter-attack strategies in the first two rounds, leading to a fine victory.
“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 encounter Russian Ekaterina Dynnik in the gold medal match.
India's Jyoti celebrates her win over Marchese Giovana of Italy in the 51 kg fly weight category at #AIBA Youth Women's World Boxing Championship 2017 in Guwahati on Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/dNcta0hdVF
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