Indian pugilists start favourite in their opening rounds in the Asian Boxing Championship

Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi: The World Championships bronze medallist Simranjeet Kaur, Sakshi (54kg), Jasmine (57kg) and Sanjeet (91) open their campaign  with a  hope to confirm medals as they will fight in the quarter-finals on second day at the 2021 ASBC Asian Boxing Championships in Dubai on Tuesday.

Given the limited field  the Indians start favourite in  their respective categories at the  event which is jointly hosted by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and UAE Boxing Federation.
The Olympic-bound  Simranjit will  face  Uzbekistan’s Raykhona Kodirova in the women’s 60kg quarter-final bout. Two-time youth world champion Sakshi will take on Ruhafzo Haqazarova of Tajikistan. 

In the women’s featherweight category Jasmine, who recently had a  fine  maiden international outing at the Boxam Tournament where she clinched the silver medal, will be up against Mongolian  Oyuntsetseg Yesugen.

In the men’s section, second seeded Sanjeet, who received a bye in the first round, will  be up against  Jasur Qurbonov of Tajikistan. Mohammad Hussamuddin (56kg) and Shiva Thapa (64kg), are in action later in the night in the opening round bouts, 

The  event has 150 pugilists from 17 counties including   Uzbekistan, Philippines and Kazakhstan. 

India’s best-ever show at the Asian Championship came in the last edition in 2019 in Bangkok where they secured  13 medals including two gold.

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