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

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

Press Trust of India January 23, 2020 22:32:43 IST
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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