Sarjubala Shamjetsabalam (48kg) and Sweety Boora (81kg) extended their winning streak in the AIBA Women World Boxing Championship being held in Jeju and entered the semi-finals. Both boxers are now assured of a bronze medal and will enter the ring on Sunday to improve the colour of their medals. However, the day that began very well did not end well for India after Pavitra (64kg) and Kavita (+81kg) were knocked out of the tournament in the evening.
Sarjubala in Emphatic Form
Manipur’s rising talent Sarjubala Shamjetsabam continued to exert total dominance in the Light Flyweight category. A clear favourite for the gold medal in this category, she has won every bout so far in Jeju on unanimous decisions. Coming into the quarter finals she continued her good form and bullied her way past Indonesia’s Aldriani Suguro to another 3-0 victory.
The AIBA World Youth Champion will now take on Thailand’s Chuthamat Raksat in the semi-final on Sunday.
Sweety Comes Through
While Sarjubala is dominating the ring in the Light Flyweight category, Sweety Boora (whose name has been listed as Saweety on AIBA’s official registration) has also impressed by overcoming strong resistance to reach the semi finals in the Light Heavyweight (81kg) category. While the confusion over the name of Sweety/Saweety has resolved itself, to paraphrase Shakespeare, a win at this level would be tasting as “sweet”.
Soon after Sarjubala, Sweety entered the ring and faced Croatia’s EUBC European Women’s Continental Championships Anmarija Marsic in her quarter final bout. Sweety was clearly the underdog as Anmarija had eliminated Kazakhstan’s gold medal contender Yulduz Mamatkulova in the earlier rounds.
During the bout there was not much to choose between the boxers but Sweety showed more determination. Anmarija had a good start but Sweety kept her work rate high. In the second and third rounds Saweety landed some clean punches on her opponent. Anmarija sparked up a bit again in the final round but it was too little and too late and Sweety was able to defend her way to a surprise victory.
The going will now get tougher for Sweety. The young Haryana state boxer had won Gold in the recent National Boxing tournament a month ago to qualify for this tournament. She now faces an experienced Ukrainian Anastasia Chernokolenko in the semi-finals. Chernokolenko is in formidable form and paved her way through the quarterfinals quite comfortably with a win against USA’s Heidi Henriksen.
A Forgettable Evening
Sarjubala and Sweety provided as much inspiration as they could to their compatriot pugilists Pavitra (64kg) and Kavita (+81kg). It proved insufficient as Pavitra and Kavita failed to make any impact whatsoever against their strong Russian opponents. Pavitra gave in to the quick firing Anastasia Beliakova while Kavita would be considering herself lucky to have survived all four rounds against the vicious punches of Zenfira Magomedalieva.
In Action on Sunday
Only two out of ten Indians have made it through to the semi-finals of AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship in Jeju. They will get a much deserved rest day on Saturday and will be back in action on Sunday. Sarjubala Shamjetsabam will fight against Thailand’s ChuthamatRaksat whereas Sweety Boora will box against Ukraine’s Anastasiia Chernokolenko.
One looks forward to more success from our boxers over the weekend. Follow all the action on SportsRediscovered