Federation Cup Women’s Boxing Championship presented by the Monnet Ispat & Energy Limited in Uttarakhand continued to entertain the crowd with spectacular action on the third day of competition as well. Being held in the picturesque town of Nainital, the four day event presented with stunning settings and favourable climatic conditions. The Championship brings out the best state and board teams from the domestic arena and provides a perfect opportunity for amateur boxers to showcase their talent. The top teams from the National Champions are invited to partake in the contest along with the host team. A fascinating tradition in itself, the tournament finds a strong and able support in the form of Monnet Group, an organization devoted to the cause of boxing in India. The tournament in its third day moved into the semi-final stage with Uttarakhand and All India Police emerging as front runners. Five boxers secured a final spot for the host state, while four made it through for AIP.
Action got underway in the light fly weight division with Mamata from Manipur ousting National Games bronze medallist A Punyavathi of Andhra Pradesh. The 20 year old boxer, who bagged a bronze at the recently concluded 12th Senior Nationals, put up a stunning performance against the Andhra girl who seemed completely out of sorts. Mamata lead throughout the 8 minutes of play, never allowing Punyavathi to set into a rhythm. She won 16:6 on points to set up the summit clash with Krishna Thapa of Madhya Pradesh. Thapa a silver medal winner at the Senior Nationals, drowsed P Nirosha playing for Mizoram. Nirosha was no match against the more attacking style of the 20 year old. Thapa was leading 24:12 in the fourth round when the referee decided to stop the bout.
The final of the fly weight class will see National Championship silver medallist Sonia Lather Singh of Andhra Pradesh lock horns with local girl Vinita Mahar who bagged a bronze at the National Games earlier this year. While Lather upset National Games gold medallist Vanlal Duati of Mizoram in an easy fight, Vinita had to dig deep against Saroj from Haryana. Lather dominated proceedings throughout the bout and went on to secure the final spot with a 17:6 victory. Vinita on the other hand was given a run for her money. She was down a one point deficit after the third round, but the teenage boxer managed to squeeze a two point advantage in the final round owing to some feisty combinations. She won on points 14:13.
Former youth national champion Monica Saun of Uttarakhand hammered Renu Jaiswal of Delhi on her way to the finals of the light-welter weight division. She will take on Suman of the AIP team in the title clash. Suman beat Namita Kachuari of Assam to advance to finals.
Reigning national champion in the super heavy weight division Kavita Chahal of AIP had little trouble drubbing B V Padmavathi of Andhra Pradesh. She was leading 6:0 in the first round when the referee intervened to stop the fight. Chahal will go up against Poonam Vishnoi of Uttarakhand in the summit clash.
Kindly visit IABF official website http://www.indiaboxing.in for semi-final results and the final line up.