Asian Boxing: Three Indian women in semi-finals
New Delhi: Indian women pugilists Pinki Jangra, Sonia Lather and Sarita Devi secured semi-final berths in their respective categories at the Asian Women Boxing Championships at Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia on Wednesday.
Meena Rani, however, was not as fortunate as her compatriots as she lost her bout to Uyanga Erdenesoyol of Mongolia.
In the 48 kg category, Pinki defeated Dina Ilyubayeva of Kazakhstan 17-8. The bout was evenly poised in the first round that ended at 2-2, while the second round too ended with boxers tied on 5-5. However, Pinki turned the bout around in round three taking a four-point lead to make it 10-6. In the final round, it was an all out assault by Pinki as she surged ahead. She will now meet Yujie Luo of China on Saturday.
Sonia Lather, fighting in the 54 kg category, defeated her opponent Vidhushika Prabadhi Mohott from Sri Lanka 24-5. Sonia's Sri Lankan opponent was no match for her swift footwork and movements. The Indian boxer delivered telling blows on her opponent and set up a clash with Kazakhstan's Gulzhan Akimova.
Sarita ousted another Kazakh from the tournament as she thrashed Gulzhaina Ubbiniyazova 23-11. She will face stiffer competition in the semi-finals when she takes on China's Chen Dong.
In the 64 kg, Meena fought hard but narrowly lost 11-13. At the end of round one, Meena led 3-1 and continued to hold the upper hand with round two finishing at 4-2. In the third, the Mongolian boxer, with the local crowd supporters vociferously cheering her, went on the offensive and snatched the lead as Meena trailed her opponent by one point at 7-8. Although Meena tried to go all out in round four, the Mongolian held onto her lead.
In the quarter-final bouts on Thursday, Mary Kom will meet Nandinsetseg Myagmardul of Mongolia while in the 57 kg, Mandakini Chanu will face North Korean Kil Ok Kim. In the 69 kg, Monica Saun will meet Moldir Bazarbayeva of Kazakhstan while in the 75 kg, Pooja Rani will take on Undram Erdenesoyol of Mongolia.