Strandja Memorial Tournament: Mary Kom reaches final in style; Vikas Krishan, Amit Panghal make men's semis

Sofia, Bulgaria: MC Mary Kom (48kg) turned on the style as she advanced to the finals, while Vikas Krishan and two other male boxers entered the semi-finals on a reasonably good day for India at the 69th Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia on Friday.

Five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist Mary Kom, targetting her third successive international gold medal, quite literally toyed with China's Ye Jiali to make the summit clash.

 Strandja Memorial Tournament: Mary Kom reaches final in style; Vikas Krishan, Amit Panghal make mens semis

File image of MC Mary Kom

In the men's draw, former Asian Games gold-medallist Vikas Krishan (75kg), Asian Games bronze medallist Satish Kumar (+91kg) and the unheralded Gaurav Solanki (52kg) advanced to the semi-finals to assure themselves of medals.

While Gaurav pummelled Kyrgyzstans Azat Usenaliev, Vikas edged past Kazakhstans Tursynbay Kulakhmet in a split verdict to make the last-four stage.

It was a significant victory for Vikas, who is returning to action after recovering from a hand injury, which forced him out of the national championships as well as the India Open last month.

In the evening session, Satish hardly broke a sweat against Iran's Iman Ramezanpoudelavar in his quarterfinal victory.

Their victories took the total number of male boxers in the semi-finals to five.

Earlier, India Open gold-medallist Amit Panghal (49kg) also made the semi-final stage along with last editions silver-medallist Mohammed Hussamuddin (56kg).

Bowing out today in the quarterfinal stage was Manish Panwar (81kg), losing to Russia's Ilyas Mutaev in a unanimous verdict.

India are now assured of 10 medals in the tournament, five of them courtesy women boxers — Mary Kom, L Sarita Devi (60kg), Seema Punia (+81kg), Saweety Boora (75kg), Mena Kumari Devi (54kg) and Bhagyabati Kachari (81kg).

Seema and Bhagyabati got byes into the medal rounds.

Updated Date: Feb 23, 2018 23:14:48 IST