5 Indian boxers in Youth and Junior World C’ships finals

New Delhi: Indian boxers continued their splendid performance with five of them making it to the final in their respective weight categories at the AIBA Women`s
Youth and Junior World Championships in Antalya, Turkey on Thursday.

Lalenkawli (46kg), Nikhat Zareen (50kg) and Lalfakzuali (52kg) advanced to the final in junior World Championships with comfortable wins over their opponents while Sarjubala Devi (48kg) and Minu Basumatary (64kg) also made it to the summit clash in the youth section.

India are now assured of at least five silver medals - A significant achievement at the inaugural edition of the tournament.

First up in the day was Lalenkawli in the pin weight category. The reigning junior national champion, up against Satoko Nakata of Japan, was leading 12:8 after two rounds of the bout, when she launched a massive attack on her opponent.

With a barrage of punches, the 15-year-old took a six point lead in the third round before winning the bout 22:12 on points. She now takes on Neriman Istik of Turkey in the summit clash.

Nikhat`s bout, in the fly weight category, was a much closer affair. The junior national gold medallist, who was down 6:8 after the first round, made a stunning recovery in the second and held on to claim a spot in the final with a 27:21 victory.

Nikhat is expected to face stiff resistance in the final from local favourite Demir Ulku.

Next up was Lalfakzuali in the light bantamweight category and she plundered her way to the finals, upsetting Aisaule Taiyar of Kazakhstan with a massive 26:8 defeat.

A silver medallist at the Junior National Championships last year, Lalfakzuali was unrelenting in her approach, never allowing the Kazakh girl a moment of relief. She now locks horns with Vuong Thi Vy of Vietnam in the finals.

In the youth section, Sarjubala faced a tough opposition in the form of Kyzaybay Nazym from Kazakhstan, but the National Youth gold medallist was up to the task.

Making full use of her agility and combination punches she went on to defeat her Kazakh opponent 26:21 on points. In the final, she will be up against Russian boxer Svetlana Dmitrieva.

Minu Basumatary dominated proceeding against Irina Gilca from the very beginning, not allowing the Moldavian to settle down. Minu, a silver medallist in the National Youth Championship, led throughout the four rounds of her bout before winning comfortably 25:17. She now faces Turkish Elif Kayan for the championship title.

There was disappointment for Pwilao Basumatary (54kg) and Poonam Chahal (60kg) in the youth division as they lost their semi-final bouts. While Poonam lost out in a one-sided affair to Patrica Berghult of Sweden 3:17, Pwilao went down to Thi Duyen Luu of Vietnam 13:20.