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Jangra Get The Better of Duati to Advance to The Semis

Action moved into the quarter-final stage of the 13th†Senior Women’s National Boxing Championship on Tuesday with the cream of women’s boxing in India on full display. The big names who rallied through to the quarters continued their purple patch to make it to the penultimate round of the tournament. The Championship, presented by Monnet Ispat and Energy Limited also witnessed the presence of 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist MC Mary Kom. Kom, who is not partaking in the event this year, was ring-side to motivate her comrades, who are looking to follow in the footsteps of the legendary boxers. Amidst all the action, the Assam State Amateur Boxing Association†commemorated the former World Champion for her contribution to the sport of boxing in what was charming ceremony.

On the canvas though, it was 2012 Asian Championship bronze medallist Pinky Jangra (51kg) of RSPB who was making all the noise. The 22 year old was up against two time former national champion Van Lal Duati of Mizoram, who incidentally held a two nil record against her. But Pinky was determined to make amends, and make amends she did. After a slow start in the first round (2-1) Jangra launched into the veteran boxer with some decisive offence. Her lightening fast combinations opened up a 7-2 gap by the end of the second round. She maintained the lead owing to some controlled aggression in the final two rounds of play and did not allow Duati many counter attack opportunities. She finally made her place in the round of four with a comprehensive 11-5 victory on points.†“I am very happy with my performance today. We have fought quite a few times in the past and she (Duati) is well aware of my game, therefore I did things differently trying to puzzle her with my strategy. I was not too aggressive, but at the same time tried to set the pace of the game with swift ring movement. My tactics paid off and I am happy to have won the game”, expressed the Haryana girl, who immediately after her bout was padded up helping her peers in their preparations. The 2011 Arafura games gold medallist takes on Basanti Chanu on Wednesday (28 November 2012) in the semis.

In the light fly weight division, after registering easy wins in the first two rounds, 19 year Sarjubala faced some tough opposition from Andhra boxer A Punyavathi. The 34th†National Games bronze medallist, who was looking to cause an upset put up a strong fight, but in the end came up short against the superlative performance of the Manipur boxer. The first round turned out to be a close affair with Punyavathi not giving the reigning Youth World and National champion much room to play with. But Sarjubala managed to top the Andhra girl with a one point lead thanks to some snapping right crosses. Beginning of the second and Sarju stated to stretch the lead. Relying more on straight punches combined with exceptional footwork, she went on to make a place in the semi-finals by virtue points (17-10). In the round of four Sarjubala takes on Mamta of Haryana, whom she beat in the semis last year en route to winning the gold. Mamta a bronze medallist from last year upstaged Sudesh of AIP to set up the clash.

2012 World Championship bronze medallist and super heavy weight boxer Kavita Chahal of AIP got a bye in the first round and in the quarters she stormed past Neha of Maharashtra for a place in the semi-finals. The 27 year old was leading 19-5 in the second round when the referee stopped the contest. Chahal, gunning for her sixth national gold medal, will take on 34th†National Games winner Laxmi Padiya of Jharkhand in semis. In the middle weight division, 2010 Asian games bronze medallist Kavita Goyat of Haryana plundered Baljit Kaur in a one sided contest to cement her place in the next round of the tournament. She will now face off against Poonam of All India Police. In the other half of the draw silver medallist at the 2012 Asian Championship Pooja Rani also marched into the semis with a comprehensive win over Tombiamcha Devi of Manipur, she will fight Poonam Mahant of Madhya Pradesh for a place in the finals. Former world champion Jenny RL of Mizoram also made it to the semi-finals of the light heavy class ousting Sini Sugathan of Kerela.

 

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