Jamuna Boro among four Indian boxers in the finals of Elorda Cup
New Delhi, July 4, 2022
On a day of mixed fortunes for Indian pugilists, World Championships bronze medallist Jamuna Boro put up another clinical performance to overpower Kazakhstan’s Anel Sakysh and become the fourth Indian to enter the finals of Elorda cup in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on Sunday.
Besides Jamuna (54Kg), the other three who will play the final on Monday are Kalaivani Srinivasan (48kg), Gitika (48kg), and Alfiya (81+kg).
Jamuna, who hails from Assam, produced a clinical and dominating performance during her thumping win against the home boxer by a unanimous margin in the 54kg semi-final. Her speed and footwork were spot on as she managed to evade her opponent’s punches several times before freeing herself up to land a few of her own towards the end of the opening round.
While the Indian dominated the proceedings in the second round, Jamuna’s determination and composure under pressure gifted her the win in a highly competitive final round
Meanwhile, the other two Indian women - Sakshi (54kg) and Sonia (57kg) - ended their campaign with a 0-5 and a 2-3 defeat against Uzbekistan’s Nigina Uktamova and Sitora Turdibekova, respectively.
The challenge in the men’s section also ended in the semi-finals as all the four pugilists playing today lost unanimously. While Kuldeep (48kg) and Jugnoo (92kg) lost to Kazakh boxers Asilbek Jalilov and Aibek Oralbey, respectively, Anant went down fighting against China’s Fang Bo.
Sachin (57kg) showed great courage and fight against 2021 World Championships silver medallist Serik Temirzhanov of Kazakhstan but lost the bout eventually.
Late on Saturday night, World Youth Champions Gitika (48kg) and Alfiya (81+Kg) stormed into the final. Gitika won her bout against Uzbekistan’s Marjona Savrieva 4-1 while Alfiya showed her dominance against Valeria Axenova of Kazakhstan as the referee had to stop the contest in the second round.
The inaugural edition of Elorda Cup has been witnessing the presence of top players from strong boxing countries such as India, Uzbekistan, hosts Kazakhstan, Cuba, China and Mongolia.
The champion boxer will receive USD 700 while the silver and bronze medal winners will take home USD 400 and USD 200, respectively.