Boxing: Mary Kom in final, Simranjit, Monika, Jasmine lose in semis
New Delhi, May 28, 2021
Veteran Mary Kom chalked out a hard- fought win over her rival to move into the final of the 51kg category at the ASBC Asian Boxing Championshipsi in Dubai, UAE, on Thursday.
In the 51 kg semi-final bout, six-time world champion Mary Kom took time to find her rhythm against Mongolia's Latsaikhan Altantsetseg in the first round. However, the Indian found her touch in the next round as she landed timely and powerful punches and that put pressure on her Mongolian opponent.
After that, Mary Kom kept her cool and used all her experience to take charge of the game and emerged a 4-1 winner.
Having won six medals already in the Asian Championships, including five gold, Mary Kom will face Kazakhstan’s two-time world champion Nazym Kyzaibay who entered the final beating Sri Lanka's Nadeeka Pushpakumari with the referee stopping contest (RSC) after the first round.
However, Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Monika (48kg) and Jasmine (57kg) secured bronze after suffering identical 0-5 defeats against Kazakh boxers Rimma Volossenko, Alua Balkibekova and Vladislava Kukhta, respectively, in their semi-final bouts.
In the men's quarter-finals, Ashish Kumar (75kg) and Narender (+91kg) lost to their Kazakh opponents.
Ashish went down fighting 2-3 against Asian Games silver medalist Abilkhan Amankul while Narender lost his bout 0-5 to two-time world championships silver medalist Kamshibek Kunkabayev.
Having secured a medal in each category in women section, Lalbuatsaihi (64kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Pooja Rani (75kg), Saweety (81kg) and Anupama (+81kg) will play their respective semi-finals.
Five men boxers, including defending champion Amit Panghal (52kg), Shiva Thapa (64kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg), Varinder Singh (60kg) and Sanjeet (91kg) will also be in action in the last-4 stage .
Shiva Thapa, who has secured a record fifth successive medal at the Asian Championships, will take on top-seeded Bakhodur Usmonov of Tajikistan.
Panghal will take on Kazakh Saken Bibossinov, whom he beat in the 2019 World Championships semi-finals while Vikas will fight defending champion Bobo Usmon Baturov of Uzbekistan.
The International Boxing Association, AIBA has allocated US$ 4,00,000 prize money for the event which is jointly hosted by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and UAE Boxing Federation.
The gold medalists of men’s and women’s categories will receive US$ 10,000 while the silver and bronze medal winners will take home US$ 5,000 and 2,500, respectively.