The sports ground at the Punjab university in Patiala played host to another action packed day of boxing as top and emerging pugilists of the country took to the stage at the 7th Youth and 6th Junior Women’s National Boxing Championship. The championships being held from the 24th – 29th September, 2011 will feature altogether 249 boxers from 43 state/board teams. 113 athletes from 22 teams will battle for the national title in the Junior Championships, while 136 boxers from 21 state groups will be vying for glory at the Youth Championships. Being organised by the Punjab State Boxing Association under the aegis of Indian Boxing Federation, the event find able support from the Monnet Group, an organization devoted towards the development of sport in the country.
Day two and preliminary action continued at the Youth event with world champion Sarjubala Devi of Manipur making her place in the quarter-finals of the light fly weight category. The 18 year old though, had to dig deep to edge past the stubborn defence of local girl Parminder Kaur. But in the end it was the experience of the reigning world and national champion which came through as she emerged triumphant to make a place in the round of eight, with a score of 3:2. She will now take on Saroj of Haryana, who secured her quarter-final berth drubbing Anjali of Himachal Pradesh in a lop-sided affair (5:0). Two time former Junior National Champion, Pooja Tokas of Delhi and silver medallist at the 5th Junior Women Nationals also advanced to the quarter registering wins over their respective opponents.
In the feather weight division, Assamese boxer Pwilao Basumatary, who bagged a bronze medal at the inaugural youth world championships earlier this year, marched into the quarters, hammering her Delhi opponent Harshika Chauhan. The 18 year old boxer staked a claim at defending her title with a resounding victory. She launched into Chauhan with barrage of punches in the opening round itself. The Delhi girl had no answer to the relentless onslaught; the referee had to intervene and stop the fight. In the round of eight she will lock horns with Mamta Devi of Himachal Pradesh who beat Lakpa Dona Sherpa cementing her quarter-final spot.
The fly weight division of the championship saw an unset in the form of Sanasri Brahma of Assam, a quarter-finalist at the Youth World Championships earlier this year. It was a lacklustre performance by Brahma against Priya of Haryana. The reigning Junior National champion took complete advantage of her opponent’s lack of form. She advanced to the next phase of the championship with a 4:1 victory. N. Annapurna from Andhra, Jyoti Kharayat of Uttarakhand and Shvinder Kaur of Punjab also made a place in the round of eight.
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