The dazzling damsels of the Indian boxing adorned their battle gear as they got onto the canvases of the national circuit at the 13th Senior Women’s National Boxing Championship, presented by Monnet Ispat and Energy Limited. The diverse city of Guwahati will play host to the Championship, which is being organised by the Assam State Amateur Boxing Association under the aegis of the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation. The premier event – a citadel of the nation's best women boxers – will witness over 175 boxers from 30 State and Board teams fight it out for the coveted national title in this edition, which is scheduled to be held from 25th November – 29th November, 2012. The Karambir Nabin Chandra Bardoloi Indoor Stadium located in the outskirts of the city will act as the venue for the five day affair.
Apart from providing an exceptional competitive platform, the championship will also act as selection ground to shortlist players constituting the core group for the National Camp, which acts as a finishing school and prepares the boxers for major international events. Coach in charge of the Indian Women’s boxing team Anoop Kumar, who is also a member of the selection committee, considers the tournament to be massive talent pool that determines the Indian challengers for the global arena. He believes the championship this year will have an added sheen to it considering the successful inclusion of Women’s boxing at the Olympics and the significant impact of MC Mary Kom’s performance in London. “Mary’s performance at the London Games has given a new boost to Indian boxing, although she has won many world titles, but the Olympics brings in that extra bit. It’s what Vijender did in 2008 for the men’s discipline. Also this year we are bound to see some fresh faces and talent in the competition”, he said. 40 medals will be at stake in the contest and all 4 medal winners in each weight category will be guaranteed a spot at the national camp.
Day 1 Results
In the light fly weight division reigning National and Youth World Champion Sarjubala Devi of Manipur was at her sublime best as she powered through to the next round, landing punishing blows to Neetu representing Chandigarh. The nimble footed Manipuri boxer, who is being touted as the next big thing in women’s boxing in India, proved to be too strong for the Chandigarh girl. Sarjubala led from the start to finish not allowing her opponent many scoring opportunities. She produced a series of devastating punches - her cracking left hook doing the most damage - forcing a couple of standing counts for Neetu in the second round. She went on to win the bout with a massive margin in end (29-7). 21 year old Haryana state champion and last year’s nationals bronze medallist Mamta opened proceeding for the day with a strong first round win, Up against Rekha Pradhan of Maharashtra the feisty boxer blazed into the round of 16 with consummate ease. Pradhan had no answered to power hitting of the Haryana girl and hardly put up a fight. In the same category Gurharkirat Kaur of Punjab faced some challenge from Pynjanai Sancley of Meghalaya, but in the end the 24 year old came through in fine fashion. She dominated proceedings in the final round of play with some swift combinations and took the game away from the Meghalaya boxers.
The fly weight class also saw some power packed performances with Pinky Jangra playing for the Railways and Van Lal Duati of Mizoram marching into the round of 16. Both the fighters scored victories with an RSC (Referee stopped the contest) decision from the referee. 2012 Asian Championship bronze medallist, Jangra drubbed Neelam Singh of Chattishgarh while veteran boxer and former National Champion Duati beat Neha Bhambu of Rajasthan.
In the light weight division, local girl Pwilao Basumatary, a bronze medallist at the 2011 Women’s Youth World Championship and a silver medallist at last year’s nationals, also advanced to the next round. The 19 year old hardly broke a sweat beating Parminder Kaur of Punjab in what was another once sided contest. She was leading 21-4 in the final round when the referee decided to stop the contest and award Basumatary the win.