Nitu and Anamika in quarters; two other Indians crash out of Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament

Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi:  Two boxers Nitu and Anamika  made it to the  quarter-finals while two  other  Indians  crashed out after losing their first round bouts on the second day of the 73rd Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria.  

Akash Sangwan and Shiksha, exited following similar 0-5 defeats in their respective matches.

Nitu  opened the day’s proceedings brilliantly as she recorded a dominating  5-0 win against  Russian Iuliia Chumgalakova in the first round of  48kg  

Anamika, also displayed aggressive  skills in her 50kg preliminary bout as she defeated the local favourite Zlatislava Chukanova 4-1.

Nitu and Anamika will now take on Italy’s Roberta Bonatti and Algeria’s Roumaysa Boualem respectively in their Last-8 contests.  

However Shiksha  lost to  the reigning Asian champion Dina Zholaman of Kazakhstan in the 54kg opening round bout.

In the men section  Akash Sangwan  lost to German pugilist Deniel Krotter 67kg second round,

The current youth world champion Arundhati Choudhary alongside national champion Rohit Mor and six other Indian boxers will begin their campaigns later  

Over 450 boxers from 36 countries  are taking part  in Europe’s oldest international boxing tournament  to  be   played till February 27.

A 17-member Indian contingent, including seven men and 10 women, is participating in  the tournament which is also the  their first exposure trip this year. 

HSB

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