Strandja Memorial Tournament: Gaurav Solanki, Nikhat Zareen progress in mixed day for Indian boxers in Bulgaria
Gaurav Solanki advanced to the men's pre-quarters, while Nikhat Zareen made the women's quarter-finals of the Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament.
In the updated rankings put out by AIBA, Mary Kom is placed top of the charts in the 48kg weight division with 1700 points.
Sonia Lather, Simranjit Kaur clinically dispatch opponents to storm into National Boxing Championships quarter-finals
As well as Lather and Kaur, it also turned out to be a fruitful day in office for Commonwealth Games bronze medal winners Pinki Jangra and Manisha Moun as both entered the last eight round.
Asian Games 2018: Boxers Sachin Siwach, Nikhat Zareen in selection controversy ahead of quadrennial event
The Mail Today reported that the young boxers Siwach and Nikhat had written to the BFI President Ajay Singh, seeking a chance to compete in the Asian Games trials.
Seema Punia was assured of a medal without a fight, while the seasoned L Sarita Devi entered the quarters with a hard-fought win on a reasonably good opening day for India.
Celebrated Indian woman boxer L Sarita Devi comfortably outpunched Zsofia Bedo of Hungary to make a winning start to her professional career in the Indian Boxing Council (IBC) Fight Night at the at the Khuman Lampak Stadium, in Imphal on Sunday.
It will be the beginning of a new phase for celebrated Indian woman boxer L Sarita Devi as she will make her foray into the professional circuit by taking on veteran Hungarian Zsofia Bedo in her debut bout, in Imphal on Sunday.
More than 130 boxers from 30 countries participated in the President's Cup Boxing Tournament.
In a stunning reversal, Olympic bronze medallist and five-time world champion M.C.Mary Kom defeated Pinki Jhangra, a Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, to make the 13-member Indian boxing contingent for the Asian Games slated for Sep 19-Oct 4 in the South Korean city of Incheon.
"We hardly got any exposure trips before CWG but for the first time in history of the games, we had four boxers in the finals (including Sarita Devi)," Sandhu told PTI in an interview.
In all, India's boxers secured four silvers and a bronze at the Glasgow Games.
Pinki Jangra brought home India's first boxing medal from the 2014 Commonwealth Games though she lost her women's 48-51 kg semi-final bout and had to settle for the bronze at the SECC Hall.
Pinki Jangra, L. Sarita Devi, Devendro Singh, Mandeep Jangra and Vijender Singh reached the semi-finals of boxing.
The enormity of her feat in the trials can be gauged from the fact that she found her first back-up system in the Anglian Medal Hunt Company, which was quick to sign up the promising pugilist.
"It was a close bout and I wish Pinki all the best. I hope she brings India a medal," a disappointed Mary Kom told PTI after the setback.