The final day of the 12th Senior Women?s National boxing Championships presented by Monnet Ispat and Energy Limited and the Tatya Tope Stadium in Bhopal bore witness to some high octane pugilism. The starlets of women?s boxing were all set to cross the final frontier in an attempt to be crowned ?National Champions?.
In the most anticipated bout of the day, five time world champion MC Mary Kom (51kg) took on Arafura Games gold medallist Pinki Jangra of Haryana in the summit clash of the fly weight division. While Mary was looking to avenge her 2009 National Championship loss to Pinki, the Haryana girl was hoping to add weight to her tag of Giant Killer. This time though she was up against a more aggressive and determined Mary. Both the boxers opened cautiously, measuring each other before making a move. The score was level at 1 all after the opening round. But with the beginning of the second round the World Champion, with her calculative approach of counter attack, started to increase the margin. She managed to win the second and third round with a slender lead of one point. (3:2, 4:3). In the final round she switched gears and became more offensive at the same time maintaining a steady defence. The 28 year old went on to reclaim the national title after a three year span with a total score of 13:9. It was an impressive victory for the champion who displayed great maturity and skill to overpower Pinki.
Youth World Champion Sarjubala Devi of Manipur capped of a brilliant performance claiming the National Crown in the light fly weight division. Up against local girl and National Games silver medallist Krishna Thapa, Sarjubala was down a six point deficit after the first three rounds of play. But in the final round the 18 year old made a stunning recovery, she launched an offensive onslaught to which Thapa had no reply. The feisty boxer with her lightning fast combinations scored 14 points as opposed to Krishna?s 6. In the end she went on to claim her maiden senior national title with a 36:34 victory.
In the feather weight division bronze medallist at the Women?s Youth World Championship, Pwilao Basumatary of Assam had to settle for a silver medal finish after losing to Mandakini Chann of AIP. Chann a silver medallist at the 2011 National Games gave a brilliant performance, dominating the bout throughout. In the end she won with a score of 21:11. In the light weight category, Neetu Chahal of Haryana powered through to clinch the yellow metal as she beat Preeti Beniwal of the IABF team. Neetu, a bronze medallist at the 2011 Asian Cup boxing tournament and a National Games gold medal winner registered a 12:5 victory to win her second National Championship gold medal.
2010 Asian games bronze medallist Kavita Goyat of Delhi successfully defended her title taking the gold in the middle weight division. The 23 year old boxer defeated Pooja from Haryana 16:11 on points.
??????????????????????????????????? Haryana bagged the overall title with 3 gold medals, 2 silver and 2 bronze. Manipur came in second with 2 gold medals, a silver and a bronze while Railways finished third with 2 gold and 3 bronze medals.