AIBA Women's Youth Championships: Ankushita Boro, Shashi Chopra star as 5 Indian boxers reach quarters

Indian boxers packed quite a punch as five of them advanced to the quarterfinals with comfortable victories in the AIBA Women's Youth World Championships on Tuesday

PTI November 21, 2017 20:01:36 IST
AIBA Women's Youth Championships: Ankushita Boro, Shashi Chopra star as 5 Indian boxers reach quarters

Guwahati: India enjoyed an all-win day at the AIBA Women's Youth World Boxing Championships with five of the country's pugilists advancing to the quarterfinals after contrasting victories on Tuesday.

The fast-rising Ankushita Boro (64kg) led the charge with a facile unanimous triumph over Turkey's Aluc Cagla. Boro is a silver-medallist from the Balkan Youth International Boxing Championship and the International Ahmet Comert Tournament.

AIBA Womens Youth Championships Ankushita Boro Shashi Chopra star as 5 Indian boxers reach quarters

Ankushita Boro beat Turkey's Aluc Cagla to progress through to the quarter-finals. Image courtesy: AIBA

"She beat me in her country, so it was only natural that I had to return the compliment in my own country," Ankushita said.

Also advancing to the quarterfinals were Shashi Chopra (57kg), Jyoti Gulia (51kg), a Golden Glove Tournament gold- medallist, Neetu (48kg) and Sakshi Choudhary (54kg).

Gulia, the boxer who opened the proceedings for India this afternoon, defeated Ukraine's Anastasiia Lisinska to make the last-eight stage.

Chopra, on the other hand, got the better of second seed Taiwan's Lin Li Wei-Yi to be just one win away from winning a medal.

In the evening session, Balkan Youth International Championship gold medallist and the reigning national champion Neetu out-witted Bulgaria's Emi-Mari Todorova in her pre-quarterfinal bout.

Nitu was delighted after her victory.

"It was an easy bout for me. I had beaten her earlier in Bulgaria too and I knew how to tackle her," she said.

"She didn't allow me to move freely in the first round. My coach changed my strategy midway and that made all the difference," she added.

In the last Indian bout of the day, Choudhary upstaged fourth-seeded Indira Shudabaeva of Russia in a split verdict to move ahead in the championships.

India are already assured of two medals in the event after Neha Yadav (+81kg) and Anupama (81kg) found themselves in the semifinals due to the small size of the draws.

Over 150 boxers from 38 countries are competing in the event, being held in India for the first time.

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