Opening day of AIBA Youth Women's World Boxing Championship throws up exciting fare
Guwahati, November 19: Fancied boxers Waikai Shylah of New Zealand and England’s Chloe Watson met with first-round setbacks on the opening day of the AIBA Women’s Youth Boxing Championships at the Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor stadium on Sunday. Shylah who trains in Australia but represents New Zealand started off her bout well, taking the fight to her Australian opponent Heibloem Indianna but somehow, failed to make much impact with her contact, be it the jab or the flurry of punches as Indianna moved around the ring fluently while slipping her jabs and combination, often connecting to Shylah’s midrift or her face in the opening round.
The second and thirdrounds followed the same pattern with Shylah connecting less in the third butmaking up for it in the fourth, occasionally using the roundhouse to catch heropponent off guard. However, that proved not good enough to win her thebout as Indianna proved the better of the two, sneaking home by a whisker 3-2.
The Chloe-NampaiKittiya bout turned interesting as the English girl’s hands moved like a ruddereach time she moved into attack or while defending whenever the Thai girlturned aggressive. Chloe fired on all cylinders, unleashing a series of combosto her opponent’s solar plexus and face, but sadly quite a many of them missedits target as her taller shielded herself well, and waited for opportunemoments to find her target. She targeted Chloe’s face more often as that waswithin striking distance since the English girl kept low to stay safe. Whilemany believed Chloe had won the fight for her aggressive display, it was theThai girl that struck her opponent neatly to score her points, winning by anarrow margin, 3-2.
Ukraine’s LisinskaAnastasiia looked impressive in her lightfly weight bout against Germany’sHoffman Charlotte. Anastasiaa boxed smartly, back-pedalling eachtime her opponent switched to attack mode only to pounce on her while sheretrieved to catch her off guard. The ploy met with much success, be it thequick jab or the basic 1-2-3 combo. The two boxers tired by the end of thethird, holding and slugging it out in short bursts but longer breaks. But theUkraine boxer had done enough to storm to a convincing 4-1 win.
51kg (lightfly): KimChaewon (Kor) bt Thing Sanu Maya (Nep) 5-0 on pts; Abdraimova Zhansaya (Kaz) btWonyou Johanna (France) 3-2 on pts; Heibloem Indianna (Aus) bt Waikai Shylah(NZL) 5-0 on pts; Lisinska Anastasiia (Ukr) bt Hoffman Charlotte (Ger) 4-1 on pts;Nampai Kittiya (Thai) bt Watson Chloe (Eng) 3-2 on pts; Kumarage Watthe ImeshaSewwandi Fe bt Saracoglu Beyza (TUR) 5-0 on pts; DelgerkhangaiKhongorzul (MGL) bt Stoeva Goryana (Bul) 5-0 on pts; OlchanovaEkaterina (Rus) bt Blaney Shauna (IRL) 5-0 on pts.Gaforova Madina (TJK) bt WANGYan (CHN) 4-1 on pts.