Asian Boxing Championship: Pooja Rani Wins Gold, Mary Kom Including Silver Bag
Asian Boxing Championship: Pooja Rani won a gold medal in his category, defeating Camavuda Movlonova in the final.
Defending champion Pooja Rani (75kg) collected the second consecutive gold with a complete victory when veteran C Mary Kom (51kg) signed a silver medal at the Asian Boxing Championships on Sunday. Pooja Olympic (75 kilograms) Olympic contender, competing in his first bout of the tournament after saying goodbye to walkover earlier, freed Uzbekistan Movlonova from working in a clinic. He also earned USD 10,000 for his one amazing show where Movlonova was just not there, unable to keep up with India’s power.
But, six-time world champion Mary Kom (51kg) and Lalbuatsaihi (64kg), who started the tournament, signed silver medals after a hard-fought defeat last time out.
Olympic-bound Mary Kom dropped a 2-3 decision to Nazym Kyzaibay of Kazakhstan. The seventh Superstar Manipuri Medal competition was the first gold to come back in the 2003 edition. His tournament history now stands at five gold and two silver medals.
Lalbuatsaihi was won 2-3 again, but after delivering his Kazakh rival Milana Safronova a battle to remember.
Both Indians concluded with bonus money of USD 5,000 each. Lalbuatsaihi joined the Indian system as a replacement for the expert Pwilao Basumatary, whose passport had expired.
The boxer Mizo finished off his opponent with his attack but dropped the pressure in the final round to finish in second place in the lead. Earlier, facing a minor 11-year-old opponent, Mary Kom, 38, got off to a good start and opened the first round with ease by relying on his sharp attacks.
Speed was achieved in the second round, and both boxers showed the intention to fight. The Kazakhs have reached this stage when their jabs are well on their way. Mary Kom fought for the last three minutes, but that was not enough for the judges to win.
Kyzaibay is a two-time world winner and a six-time national champion.
All gold champions got a cash prize of USD 10,000 each. On Monday, Amit Panghal (52kg), Shiva Thapa (64kg), and Sanjeet (91kg) will fight it in the men’s final.
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Panghal will compete against Olympic and world champions Olympic winner Shakhobidin Zoirov about Uzbekistan. It inclination be a repeat of the 2019 World Cup final where the Indian lost the silver. Next, Tapa will compete with Baatarsukh Chinzorig of Mongolia, an Asian medalist.
Ranjeet will face Kazakh actor Vassiliy Levit, who is chasing his fourth gold in the continental show.
Eight other Indians – Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Jasmine (57kg), Sakshi Chaudhary (64 kilograms), Monika (48 kilograms), Sweety (81kg), and Varinder Singh (60kg) defending the bronze medals after the semi-final defeat. They also received prize money of USD 2,500 each for finishing third.
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