Nine services pugilists to battle for top honours, Arundhati leads five Rajasthan girls in to the finals of Youth Boxing Nationals

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Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra pull off three bronze medals each

Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi: Spearheaded by top youth boxers of the country, Vijay Deep and Bhavesh Khattimnani, nine Services boxers ensured almost a whitewash win as they secured final berths of the 3rd Youth Boxing Nationals in Rudrapur, on Wednesday.

Displaying a lethal attack, Youth world Bronze medalist Bhavesh Khattinmnani ousted local boxer Sanjay Kumar and with a unanimous 5:0 win; he will next take on Haryana’s Ankit in the 52kg summit clash.

Team mate, Vijay Deep, a bronze medallist at the Golden Glove Boxing Championships in Serbia did not have much to toil, as his opponent faced a round 1 exit with a power, packed knockout punch in Round 1 and Vijay could make it to the finals.

However, the only other services player who failed to make it to the final was Satender Sindh after losing to his opponent, Harsh Gill (91kg) from Haryana in a split verdict.

Haryana stands second in position with 7 of their boxers cruising into the finals while two boxers from Delhi and one each from Assam and Uttar Pradesh also have assured berths in the summit clash.

Assam’s Bullen Buragohain (56kg) advanced to the finals after a thrilling encounter against Chandigarh’s Parveen Singh with a split 4:1 verdict .

Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra pulled off three bronze medals each chart as three of their boxers, each settled for the third spot in the boy’s category.

In the women’s category, Haryana continued their dominion with as many as 7 boxers guaranteeing finals berth. However, it was the performance of the young boxers from Rajasthan that stole the show as five of the girls qualified for the finals. Led by Arundhati Chaudhuri, who was voted the best youth women boxer of Asia in 2018 by Asian Confederation of Boxing (ACB) the girls gave a tough fight to their opponents.

Arundhiti, a Khelo Indian trainee defeated Haryana’s Alisha in the 69kg semi-finals in a convincing 5:0 verdict. Lipakshi (+81kg), a silver medalist at the Silesian Boxing Championship in Poland continued her fine run for Rajasthan as she defeated her opponent Swastik Bhardwaj with her attacking game that the referee had to stop the contest.

Uttarakhand will see a lone representation in Neha Kasnyal while two of the boxers from UP and Punjab are also assured spots in the final roster.

Kerala picked up three bronze medals courtesy Amala Joseph (69kg) Dalena Biju (75kg) and Parvathi (81kg) medals while AP finished their campaign with two bronze medals in the girl’s event.

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