Indians shine in World Women’s Youth Boxing Championship, five advance to quarters

Guwahati, Nov. 22: India had a brilliant day in the AIBA World Women's Youth Boxing Championships here on Tuesday, with all five boxers who stepped into the ring winning and advancing to the quarterfinals.

Guli Jyoti(flyweight), Shashi Chopra (featherweight) and Ankushita Boro (light welter)stole the limelight in the afternoon while Nitu (light-flyweight) and Sakshi(bantam) impressed in the evening session. 

Italy’s NicoliRebecca also did well, recording the big shock of the day and upsettingEuropean champion Heijnen Chelsey in the Light-welter weight category. 

Haryana’sdynamo Jyoti and local girl Ankushita were a revelation as they displayed theirskill and class against tougher opponents.

 Shashitreaded cautiously in the opening round, gauging her opponent Lin Li Wei-Yi'sstrengths and weaknesses. But once she figured her out, she made it seem likeanother workout in the gym.   

She easedinto her rhythm, shuffling in the centre of the ring and pummelling heropponent at will. She threw straight punches in ones and twos, cleanly strikingher target on the jaw, head and midriff. She picked up points in style to thedelight of her fans. 

The boxer toimpress, however, was local girl Ankushita. She was clearly the mostaccomplished and stylish boxer of the session. Such was her class that heropponent, Cagla Aluc of Turkey will remember her demolition for a long time inthe welterweight category. 

The Bodogirl demonstrated not just strength and power but footwork and fists of furytoo. It was sweet revenge for her as well as Cagla the European champion, hadbeaten Ankushita in the Ahmet Comert International Boxing tournament in her owncountry in Istanbul, Turkey last month. 

High-performancedirector Rafaele Bergamasco changed Ankushita’s strategy for this rematch afterthe setback in Turkey. It paid dividends as Cagla just did not know what hither, right from the moment she stepped into the roped square till the bell wentoff for the first time. 

Ankushitatrained extremely hard for this and relished every moment in the ring. 

"Shebeat me in her country, so it was only natural that I had to return thecompliment in my country," Ankushita said.

 Nitugot the better of Bulgaria's Emi-Mari Todorova while Sakshi had to dig deep toovercome Indira Shudabaeva of Russia in the evening session. 

Nitu wasdelighted after her victory. “It was an easy bout for me. I had beaten herearlier in Bulgaria too and I knew how to tackle her,” she said. “She didn’tallow me to move freely in the first round and my coach changed my strategymidway that made all the difference,” she added. 

 “Ourstrategy was to go with combination punches because she plays on the counter,”Sakshi said. “I could have done better but I am satisfied with the bout,” sheadded.

 Jyotitoo boxed with conviction, using the straight jab, left hook and throwing herright punch straight from the shoulder to rattle her strong and aggressive Ukraineopponent. 

USA'spopular flyweight boxer Garcia Heaven Destiny probably never expected that heropponent Kim would make hell for her. The Korean came out with loads ofaggression and staccato punches to surprise her. 

Fortunately,Heaven steadied herself by the second and consolidated her position in thefinal round to come out unscathed. Even though she pulled through, the victorylacked conviction. 

"I willdo better in my next bout. Things did not go the way I planned it out,"said the American girl later.


Light Fly(45-48 kg): Nitubeat Emi-Mari Todorova 5-0

Fly(51kg) :Garcia Heaven Destiny (USA) bt Kim Chaewon (KOR) 5-0; Abdraimova Zhansaya (KAZ)bt Heibloem Indianna (AUS) 5-0; Jyoti (IND) beat Lisinska Anastasiia (UKR) 5-0;Marchese Giovanna (ITA) bt Nampai Kittiya (THA) 5-0; Saracoglu Beyza(TUR)  bt Kondakor Emilia (HUN) 4-0; Kinoshita Rinka (JPN) btDelgerkhangai Khongorzul (MGL) 5-0; Molchanova Ekaterina (RUS) bt KholmatovaKhursandoy (UZB) 5-0 ; Chen Tzu-Hsuan (TPE) bt Gaforova Madina (TJK) 3-2.

Bantam (54kg): Sakshi (IND) btIndira Shudabaeva 4-1;  

Feather(57kg):Rodionova Valeriia (RUS) bt Tintabthai Preedakamon (THA) 5-0; Hu Cailling (CHN)bt Abdukholiqzoda Madinai (TJK) 5-0; Do Hong Ngoc (VIE) bt En Havanur (TUR) 5-0;

Martinez(Roma) Linda (USA)  bt Mauermann Emily (GER) 3-2; 

Lue GloverVictoria (SCO) bt Nagy Angéla (HUN) 5-0  ;

MonkhorNamuun (MGL) bt Clarke Labhaoise (IRL) RSC ;

AbilkhanSandugash (KAZ) bt Holland Madison (AUS) 5-0  ;

ChopraShashi (IND) Lin Li Wei-Yi (TPE) 5-0 ; .  

LIGHTWELTER (64kg): Yesseken Marzhan (KAZ) bt Borys Patrycja (POL)  5-0;

BoroAnkushita (IND) bt Aluc Cagla (TUR) 5-0; 

NicolaiRebecca (ITA) bt Heijnen Chelsey (NED) 5-0;

FiedlerSabine (GER) bt Starkova Diana (UKR) 5-0;

DynnikEkaterina (RUS) bt Lawson Emma (AUS) 5-0 ;

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