Day five at the 7th Youth and 6th Junior Women?s National Boxing Championships in Patiala, Punjab and it was time for semi-final bouts. The young and budding starlets of women?s boxing in Indian inspired the crowds with another power packed performance.
Action got underway with the Junior National Championship. In the light fly weight division, World Champion Lalenkawli of Mizoram continued to ride her purple patch as she hammered Mizu Duwara of Assam into submission. After the first round of play the score were knotted at 2 all. But with the sound of the bell in the second, the defending champion took off; she completely dominated the game from there on in. Lalenkawli made her place in the finals with an 11:3 victory on points. She will now take on Neetu Tokas of Delhi, who beat Priyanka Rani of Punjab to secure her spot in the final round.
The finals of the light bantam weight class in this event will be one to look forward to. Gold medallist at the 1st Junior World Championship, Nikhath Zareena of Andhra will take on silver medal winner at the same event, Lal Fakzuali of Mizoram. Zareena, a former sub-junior national champion, plundered Ranjana of Punjab with her relentless offence to register an easy 11:2 victory. Fakzuali also trounced Puspa Devi representing Manipur in a lopsided affair (5:0) to set up the summit clash with the World Champion.
In the welter weight division Junior National Champion Tombiamcha Devi of Manipur cemented her place in the finals with a comprehensive win over Shiwani Bharti of Bihar (13:2). She will now lock horns with Sattivada Marthamma from Andhra Pradesh who ousted Mukesh of Haryana.
In the Youth Championship Sarjubala Devi exhibited her dominance of the sport with another emphatic victory. The world champion playing the light fly weight class was at her destructive best as she doused Priya Gorh of Assam. By the end of the second round Sarjubala was leading 13 to nothing. In the third round though, Gorh tried to make game of it but the Champion retaliated with some hard hitting blows and feisty combination to which Gorh had no answer; the referee had to intervene and end the fight. Sarjubala was leading 18:7 when the contest was stopped. In the finals she will meet J. Deepthi from Andhra Pradesh who caused an upset beating two time Junior National Champion Pooja Tokas of Delhi.
Pwilao Basumatary, a bronze medallist at the inaugural edition of the Women?s Youth World Championship earlier this year, made her place in the finals of the feather weight division, defeating Rekha Tevatia of Haryana. But the reigning national champion was made to work hard for her victory. The Haryana girl gave a good fight, in the end though, it was the experience of Basumatary which came through, and she won 13:9 on points.
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