Simranjit Kaur through to final, MC Mary Kom wins bronze after semi-final defeat

Joining Simranjit in the last-four stage was debutant Jasmine (57kg) and Asian champion Pooja Rani (75kg).

Press Trust of India March 05, 2021 21:54:39 IST
Simranjit Kaur through to final, MC Mary Kom wins bronze after semi-final defeat

File image of Mary Kom. AFP

World bronze-medallist Simranjit Kaur (60kg) advanced to the final along with two others but the seasoned MC Mary Kom (51kg) had to be content with a bronze medal after going down in a gruelling semi-final bout of the 35th Boxam International Boxing Tournament in Castellon, Spain on Friday.

Joining Simranjit in the last-four stage was debutant Jasmine (57kg) and Asian champion Pooja Rani (75kg).

While Jasmine defeated Italian Sirine Charaabi, Simranjit got the better of Puerto Rico's Kiria Tapia. Both the bouts were decided in split verdicts.

Pooja (75kg), however, dominated Panama's Atheyna Bylon to claim a unanimous verdict in her favour.

But six-time world champion Mary Kom (51kg) lost to American Virginia Fuchs in a split decision after an exhausting contest that was also messy in equal measure.

The opening three minutes had both the boxers playing the waiting game but the Indian became the aggressor in the second round.

The third round was the most intense with both boxers trading several blows but the judges ruled in favour of the American even though her punches, for most part of the bout, did not seem to connect impact-fully.

Boxers from 17 countries, including Russia, USA, Italy, and Kazakhstan are participating in the event.

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