Mary Kom enters semis along with 3 others in Asian Boxing Championship

Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), November 4: India’s women pugilists asserted themselves in the ring once more, assuring the country of at least four more medals in the Asian Boxing Championships, here on Saturday evening.

Led by MCMary Kom, who has turned her comeback to international boxing into a sweet one,have made it to the semifinals of this prominent continental championship toblock a bronze medal each.

Shikshaand Priyanka Chaudhary were the other two ladies who won their bouts on abusy Saturday to advance to the medal rounds.

Mary Kom wasparticularly impressive in the 48kg category as she defeated Meng Chieh Pen ofChinese Taipei 4-1. She started on a cautious note, respecting her opponent’sknown attacking prowess.

The secondround saw the tall pugilist from Taipei shedding her defensive bearings andusing a combination of left straights and right hooks to up the ante. Mary wasup to the task, though. She ensured that she didn’t suffer too much damagewhile at the same time she landed a few blows of her own.

Mary Komcame into her own in the third round, using her speed to land the punches thatcounted. Her strategy worked perfectly as the blitz handed her a 4-1 victory.

In theBantamweight category, Shiksha turned a fairly tricky encounter againstUzbekistan’s Ferangiz Koshimova into a walk in the park, winning herquarterfinal bout 5-0. She had to be at her best though, as Ferangiz wasexpected to be a tough cookie.

PriyankaChaudhary, in the lightweight category, marked her name on another medal as sheeasily beat Dulanjani Lankapurayalage of Sri Lanka 5-0. Priyanka’s briskmovements gave her an edge from the word go and and she all but cruised intothe next round.

Earlier,Seema Punia had earned herself a medal in the +81kg category as she turned outto be one of only four boxers in the semifinals. 

SaweetyBora, however, couldn’t emulate her compatriots as she suffered a heartbreakingloss against China’s Li Qian.

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