Top boxers move into semifinals

Jamshedpur: Top boxers from Manipur and
Services sailed into the semifinals after winning their
respective bouts in the 34th National Games at JRD Tata Sports
complex here on Monday.

In the women`s fly weight (51 kg) class, Rebecca
Lalinmawaii of Mizoram was no match for Sarita Devi of
Manipur, who was the best boxer of National Championship held
in Kerala last December.

A former world champion and four times Asian championship
gold medallist, Sarita kept on the pressure on her rival with
her left-right punches to widen the margin before she clinched
the bout easily 18-2.

Vinita Mahar of Uttarakhand trounced Rijumoni Patar of
Meghalaya 9-2 to move into the semifinal round in the same
weight category.

Pinky Jangra (Haryana), who created a flutter by
defeating five-time world champion M C Mary Kom in the
quarterfinal of Senior National Boxing Championship at the
same venue two years ago, maintained her form brushing aside
international N Tonibala Chanu of Arunachal Pradesh 10-0 to
move into the semifinals.

In the men`s section, CWG bronze medallist Amandeep Singh
of Punjab, internationals Sandeep of Tripura, Th Nanao Singh
of Manipur and Sanjay Kolte of Services registered wins over
their rivals Madan Lal (Haryana), Amit Kumar Shukla
(Jharkhand), Madan Rai (Sikkim) and Madan Lal of Haryana
respectively to sail into the semifinal round in the light fly
weight (49 kg) category.

In the fly weight (52 kg) class for men, junior
international Gaurav Bidhuri of Delhi trounced L Devendro
Singh (Services) by virtue of better points while Sunil Kumar
of Haryana defeated Sunil Sharma of Jharkhand to move into the

Prakash Darjee of Arunachal Pradesh and Santosh Harijan
also outclassed Debendra Thapa of Orissa and Kulwinder Singh
of Punjab in the same weight category of the quarterfinal
round by points.

Playing before the home crowd, Mishal Banjamin Lakra of
Jharkhand delivered some powerful punches on Arun Kumar Limbu
(Arunachal Pradesh) to emerge 11-5 victorious.


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