The Indian Boxing contingent has shown their best-ever performance in the Asian Boxing Championship in Dubai. Indian Team won a total of 15 medals in the tournament, bettering their previous highest medal tally of 13. Indian women contingent ended the championship with one gold, three silver, and six bronze medals on Sunday.
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Mary Kom (51kg), Anupama (81kg), and Lalbuatsaihi (64kg) claimed silver medals after suffering marginal defeats in their respective finals.
Eight Indian boxers, Sakshi Chaudhary (64kg), Monika (48kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Saweety (81kg), Jaismine (57kg), and Varinder Singh (60kg) secured bronze medals in the tournament.
Pooja Rani won the gold medal at the Asian Elite Boxing Championships on Sunday for the 2nd time. She defended her title by defeating Mavluda Movlonova in the women’s 75kg category final in Dubai.
𝐌𝐄𝐃𝐈𝐀 𝐖𝐀𝐓𝐂𝐇 📰🗞️@BoxerPooja successfully defended her title and won consecutive 🥇medal at the 2021 ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships. Here's an article from today's @gulftoday about it 👇🏻#PunchMeinHaiDum#AsianEliteBoxingChampionships#boxing pic.twitter.com/B3IrtVAx1X
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Pooja, who has already qualified for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games, defeated her opponent from Uzbekistan and won by a unanimous 5-0 decision to secure the first gold medal for India in the 2021 edition of the Asian Championship. Pooja was given a walkover in the semi-finals.
Asian Boxing Championship & Pooja Rani
Pooja had won her maiden Asian boxing gold in the year 2019 in the 81 kg category. Pooja couldn’t repeat that performance last year as the competition was not organized in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. She had also bagged the silver in 2012 and bronze in 2015 at the Asian Boxing Championships.
Pooja‘s result came just a couple of hours after boxing legend MC Mary Kom lost her 51kg final. Mary Kom had to settle for a silver medal in the championship. Lalbuatsaihi also settled for a silver medal after losing a hard-fought match in the 64kg final against Kazakhstan’s Milana Safronova. She lost the fight via split decision (2-3).