The Asian Women Boxing Championships reached the business end of the competition. At the beginning of the semi-final bouts six Indians were hopeful of top honours, but only one could survive to keep hopes alive. India’s Saweety Boora (81 Kg) won her semi-final bout by defeating the Uzbek national champion Dilnovaz Narkhodjayeva.
The other five boxers were overpowered by their opponents as China and Korea proved indomitable at the semi final stage.
Saweety fights for gold
India’s Saweety Boora put up a stellar of a performance against Uzbek national champion Dilnovaz Narkhodjayeva winning the bout 3-0. Saweety who is also a silver medallist at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships is now set for revenge against China’s AIBA World Women’s Xoxing Champion Yang Xiaoli in the finals of the Asian Women’s Boxing Championships later today.
The Indian has her eyes set on the gold and with a victory over rival Yang Xiaoli will only make it sweeter.
India win five bronze medals at Asian Women Boxing Championships
India had players in six of the ten weight categories during the semi final bouts. The second highest number of qualifiers behind hosts China. The women boxers were already assured a bronze medal even if they lost their semi final bouts and that is what happened for five of our boxers. Up against Chinese and Korean boxers, the Indians could not come up with the goods and had to settle for the bronze.
The expectation from India AIBA World Women’s Boxing Championship silver medallist Sarjubala Devi was high as she faced China’s national champion E Naiyan. But, to her dismay Naiyan had a small surprise planned for the Indian as she successfully triumphed in her semi final bout winning 3-0. Other Indian’s too faced the same fate as Meena Kumari, Pwilao Basumatary, Pooja Rani and Seema Poonia also lost their semi final bouts.