Simranjeet Kaur, an Indian boxer who represented Tokyo in the Olympics, smoothly advanced to the final of the 60kg National Boxing Championships. She secured a narrow victory against Manisha Moun in a competitive showdown between two World Championship medalists on Tuesday. Hailing from Punjab and aged 28, Simranjeet, who earned a bronze medal in the 2018 Worlds, clinched a 4-3 split decision win in a spirited semifinal against Manisha. The latter, a medalist in the 2022 Worlds from Haryana, had moved up a weight class with the aim of competing in the Olympic weight class, for which India is still vying to secure a quota.
Simranjeet Kaur is set to face off against Jaismine Lamboria, the Commonwealth Games bronze medalist, in the final. The 22-year-old, who represents Services, secured a decisive 5-0 victory over Menka Devi from Himachal Pradesh. In the 66kg category, Ankushita Boro from Assam and Arundhati Choudhary from Services will compete in the final after both securing identical 5-0 wins over Deepika from Himachal Pradesh and Sanju from Nagaland, respectively. Unfortunately, World Championship silver medalist Manju Rani bowed out in the semifinals, losing to Minakshi by a unanimous decision in the 48kg category.
Sonia Lather, a silver medalist in the World Championship, advanced to the final by securing a 4-1 victory against Mandeep Kaur from Punjab in the 57kg semi-final.