Haryana men and women dominate boxing ring

Updated: Feb 24, 2011, 21:49 PM IST

Jamshedpur: Haryana men and women dominated
the boxing ring today winning five gold medals while hosts
Jharkhand followed with four gold in different weight
categories in the 34th National games at JRD Tata Sports
complex on Thursday.

Haryana`s Pinky Jangra, who created a flutter by
defeating five-time world champion M C Mary Kom two years ago,
caused another upset today in women`s fly weight (51 kg) class
when she outclassed reigning Senior National champion and
former Asian championship medallist L Sarita Devi of Manipur
5-0 in the final to clinch the gold.

The 21-year-old, who had earned lots of accolades after
trouncing Mary Kom in the quarter-final round of the senior
women`s national boxing championship in 2009 at the same venue
here, put up a stiff challenge against the 26-year-old
Manipuri girl.

Both the boxers were locked scoreless till the third
round before Jangra went all out to snatch five quick points
in the last round to leave her opponent stunned.

Jangra exhibited a combination of footwork and powerful
punches as Sarita, who is a medal prospect in the London
Olympics, made abortive attempt to surpass. But the youngster
perfectly blocked her punches.

This is Jangra`s first gold in the National games.

Haryana, however, suffered a setback when its national
championship bronze medalist Suman went down to Jharkhand`s
Sushma Kumari, a bronze medalist of the 11th senior national
boxing championship at Thrissur, 8-1 in the Bantam weight (54
kg) class in the women`s section.

Displaying her perfect footwork, Sushma went all out
right from the first round and kept on grabbing points in each
rounds. After accumulating one point each in first two sets,
Sushma opened up and started delivering perfect punches to
clinch the gold.

National champion Pavitra (Haryana) took the revenge for
Suman`s loss by pipping Mandakini Chann (Jharkhand) 8-3 in the
feather 57 kg class.

Jharkhand`s International Aruna Mishra, a reigning
national champion, won a gold for the host in the light welter
(64 kg) class of the final.

Mishra sailed through right from the start leaving no
scope for her rival to score as she clinch the bout easily
5-2, winning the second gold for Jharkhand.

In another bout, national champion Vanlal Duati (Tripura)
continued her winning streak as she brushed aside Krishna
Thapa of Madhya Pradesh 7-2 in a closely contested final bout
of the women`s light fly (48 kg) class.

Duati, who trounced Monita Devi of Arunachal Pradesh in
the final of the 11th senior national boxing championship
held at Thrissur in last December, maintained her lead right
from the first round even though Thapa kept on mounting
pressure by grabbing points.

Duati went aggressive in the last round and delivered
accurate punches to fetch four points to turn the bout in her

In the men`s section, Sunil Kumar, Sandeep and Dilbag
Singh won first place in different weight categories while
Jharkhand`s International pugilist Mishal Banjamin Lakra won a
gold for the state.

International repute Th Nanao Singh (Manipur) defeated
CWG bronze medalist Amandeep Singh (Punjab) in a tough
contested bout 5-3 to win gold in men`s light fly (49 kgs).

Taking the bout from blue corner, Singh did not allow his
rival to take an upper hand in the first two rounds, which
ended up locked at 0-0 and 1-1.

But then Nanao started to attack and despite a stiff
resistance from Singh, extended the lead to 4-2 in the last
round to grab the yellow medal.

Lakra, who is the cousin of International medallist
Anthresh Lakra, opened the account on a winning note for his
state when he defeated Shiva Thapa (Assam) 4-1 to win gold in
the Bantam 56 kgs weight class.

Sunil Kumar of Haryana beat Santosh Harijan (Goa) 4-0 to
bag the gold metal.