Indian pugilists Jyoti Gulia, Shashi Chopra, and Ankushita Boro have confirmed their place in the AIBA Youth women's World Boxing Championships finals in Guwahati after winning their respective bouts. However, Neha Yadav failed to match the results of her compatriots in the heavyweight division.
Jyoti was the first boxer on the day to enter the finals of the 51 Kg flyweight with a victory over Zhansaya Abdraimova of Kazakhstan. The Kazakhstan player tried to stage a comeback in the second round but the Indian was able to hold off her opponent.
"I just couldn't follow the instructions of my coach in the second round. Sir asked me not to move too deep but I couldn't follow it properly. I came back in the final round. Now I'll prepare better for a day in my hand," Jyoti told reporters after her bout on Friday as quoted by TOI.
In the next round, she will play Ekaterina Molchandova of Russia, who defeated Rinka Kinoshita of Japan 5-0.
"I will have to watch videos of Molchandova before I play against her in the final," she added.
Shashi Chopra’s terrific performance in the featherweight bout helped her to end Mongolian Namuun Monkhor's impressive run. The players spent the first three minutes in getting a measure of each other before Shashi decided to go on the offensive in the second round. The dividends were instant for her as Monkhor faced a standing eight count. Monkhor too upped the tempo in the final round but Shashi took advantage of her longer reach which helped her connect some clean straights and ended with a win.
Shashi will face Vietnam’s Do Hong Ngoc in the final on Sunday.
The local favorite Ankushita Boro started the game slowly against her Thai opponent Thanchanok Saksri in the 64 Kg lightweight category. But the Indian raised the intensity in the second and third round to move the contest in her favor and enter the final.
India’s fourth semi-finalist Neha Yadav faced a strong opponent in the shape of Kazakhstan’s Dina Islambekova in 81 kg category who ended the Indian’s campaign with a bronze medal.