Strandja Memorial Boxing | Gaurav Solanki and Nikhat Zareen advance to next round
Indian boxer Gaurav Solanki has made it to the men’s pre-quarters of the 70th Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament in Bulgaria’s Sofia in the 52 kg category. In the women’s event 51 kg, India’s Nikhat Zareen also advanced to the quarterfinal round of the same tournament in Bulgaria.
Solanki defeated American boxer Abraham Perez to progress into the round of 16 where he would be fighting Anvar Muzaparov from Kazakhstan. On the other hand, Zareen got the better of Italy’s Giovanna Marchese in her opening battle of the championship and would be facing Belarus' Yana Burym in the next round.
In the men’s 60 kg category, India’s Ankush Dahiya also played well to make it to the pre-quarters of the prestigious event by winning his first game by a split verdict against Sarkhan Aliyev of Azerbaijan. He will take on Macedonian Jasin
In other bouts, Gaurav Bidhuri (56 kg) lost his first-round game against home player
Former Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist Pinki Jangra was beaten by Irish Magno of Philippines in a split verdict. Nupur (75kg) and Neetu (75kg) were also knocked out of the event after losing to their Italian and Russian opponents.
India grabbed two gold medals and as many as 11 total medals in the tournament last year. In the current edition, more than 300 boxers from 40 different countries are taking part in the event.