Shiva Thapa, Sonia Lather assure medals at Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament; Nikhat Zareen eliminated

  • Former world medallists Shiva Thapa (63kg) and Sonia Lather (57kg) assured themselves of medals at the 71st Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament

  • Joining them was Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist Mohammed Hussamuddin

  • Thapa, a bronze-winner from the 2015 world showpiece, got the better of Ireland's George Bates in his quarter-final clash

Former world medallists Shiva Thapa (63kg) and Sonia Lather (57kg) assured themselves of medals at the 71st Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament by advancing to the semi-finals in Sofia, Bulgaria on Thursday.

 Shiva Thapa, Sonia Lather assure medals at Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament; Nikhat Zareen eliminated

File image of Sonia Lather(Red) in action. AFP

Joining them was Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist Mohammed Hussamuddin (57kg). He outpunched Ireland's Kurt Walker 5-0 to make the medal rounds. He had claimed a silver in the 2017 edition of the event. Former world silver-winner Lather (57kg) clinched a 3-2 triumph over Ireland's Michaela Walsh in a hard-fought contest to enter the last-four stage.

Thapa, a bronze-winner from the 2015 world showpiece, got the better of Ireland's George Bates in his quarter-final clash.

The four-time Asian medallist has secured a Strandja medal for the first time in his three appearances at the season-opening European event.

However, defending champion Nikhat Zareen (51kg) bowed out. The former junior world champion was beaten 2-3 by American Christina Cruz.

Zareen had claimed a gold medal at the previous edition of the event, which is in its 71st edition this year and features competitors from over 30 countries.

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Updated Date: Jan 23, 2020 22:32:43 IST