Boxing: India assured of 12 medals as Shiv Thapa, Simranjit, Sakshi move into semis at Asian Championship

Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi: Shiv Thapa, Sanjeet  and  Tokyo-bound Simranjit Kaur alongside two others  booked semi-final berths  as Indian pugilists  assured themselves of 12 medals at the ASBC Asian Boxing Championships in Dubai.

In the men 64 kg category, Shiv Thapa  out punched Nadar Odah 5-0 to storm into the last four  and also confirmed his back to back medal. Previously the Assam boxer has one gold (2013), silver (2017) and two bronze (2015,19) at the championship. 

In the 91 kg category quarter-final Sanjeet  recorded a impressive 5-0 victory to progress into semi-finals and confirmed second medal in men’s category.

In the women section, with Simranjit (60kg), Sakshi (54kg) and Jaismine (57kg)  moving into the last-4 stage and MC Mary Kom (51kg), Lalbuatsaihi (64kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Pooja Rani (75kg), Monika (48kg), Saweety (81kg) and Anupama (+81kg) kickstarting their campaign in the semi-finals, they are all assured  of a medal in each weight category. 

The World Championships bronze medallist  Simranjit defeated Uzbek Raykhona Kodirova 4-1 in the 60kg to confirm her second successive medal at the Asian Championships. 

Simrajit, who had won silver in the last edition of the event in 2019, will take on Rimma Volossenko of Kazakhstan in the semi-finals.

Sakshi and Jasmine also recorded  easy wins over their rivals. Sakshi blanked Ruhafzo Haqazarova (Tajikistan) 5-0 to set up a last-4 clash against 2016 World Champion and top-seed Kazakh  Dina Zholaman.

Jaismine beat Mongolian Oyuntsetseg Yesugen 4-1 to  assure her maiden medal. She faces Vladislava Kukhta (Kazakhstan) in the semi-finals.

All the 10 Indian women boxers, including six-time world champion Mary Kom, will be seen in action on the fourth day of the event on Thursday as they will play their respective semi-final matches.

Meanwhile  Tokyo Olympic qualified s Amit Panghal (52kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg) and Ashish Kumar (75kg), will battle it out  in the quarter-final rounds. 

Narender (+91) and Varinder Singh (60kg) are the other two boxers who will also be seen in action .

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