Erstwhile world champion Sarita Devi and Asian boxing championship silver medallist Sonia Lather breezed into the quarter-finals of the 2nd Elite Women’s National Boxing Championship.
Sonia, who represents Railways Sports Promotion Board, excelled in her bout in the featherweight category against Punjab’s Preeti. The combination of repeated punches she packed earned her a 5-0 victory unanimously. With this win, Sonia potentially sets up a thrilling encounter with Shashi Chopra in the final.
Shashi, on the other hand, is playing her maiden elite championship. The boxer who was recently crowned the World Youth Champion, came through her round with ease. She defeated Maharashtra’s Saloni Shah with her usual agility and aggression that won her the bout 4-1.
Sarita Devi stood unmatched in the lightweight category. She defeated Muthulakshmi (Tamil Nadu) with ease. Her effective punches led the referee to stop the fight in the first round itself.
Sarjubala Devi defeated Delhi’s Simran in the flyweight category.
World Championship silver medallist Sarjubala from Manipur, dominated the fight from the beginning and didn’t allow her rival to go easy. Sarjubala’s robust punches demolished the young Delhi boxer.
Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), the President’s Cup bronze-medallist from Assam also fought her way up to enter the quarter-finals. Borgohain, packed some vicious punches to defeat Maharashtra’s Almas Shaikh in a unanimous 5-0 verdict.
Asian Championships quarter-finalist Shiksha (54kg) and former national champion Pavitra (60kg) have also entered the quarters. While Pavitra knocked out Bihar’s Shivani Bharti, Shiksha defeated Rajasthan’s Jyoti 5-0.
Over 300 top boxers have participated in the second edition of the championship with the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) indicating that the week-long tournament will be seen as selection trials for the CWG and the Asiad.