Indian women boxing team’s good run seems they are on the same lines as they were at the 2006 Women’s World Boxing Championships, where they clinched 8 gold medals to their name.
Sonia Chahal (57 kg category), Pinki Rani (51 kg) and Simranjit Kaur (64 kg) championed their pre-quarterfinal bouts to book their places in the quarterfinals of the 10th AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. With this win, these three boxers are now just a step away from assuring a medal.
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The three boxers joined the other five Indians – MC Mary Kom, Manisha Moun, Lovlina Borgohain, Bhagbati Kachari and Seema Poonia in the last eight stage of the championships.
India’s ace boxer, Seema Poonia has already got a direct quarterfinal entry with other few boxers fighting in her category.
Sonia Chahal’s power-packed performance!
But it was Sonia’s day yesterday. The 21-year old defeated Bulgaria’s former champion Stanimira Petrova in a split verdict of 3:2.
The Haryana boxer seemed very calculative and played her own game throughout. With her determined bouts, Sonia showed her real attacking game at the second game. But it was in the third game when Sonia began aggressively and ended the same way. She used the last 30 seconds with a pack of punches against her opponent. In the end, the split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29, 29-28, 28-29) favoured the blue-corner girl who got the nod from three judges.
After winning her bout, Sonia said, “I followed my coach’s instructions to study my opponent’s style. She was obviously very good and despite my open guard, I had a good defence too. I knew I was lagging being on points in the second and I had to show my forceful intent, getting close to her and deliver the punches. I am happy; I could win the tough battle.”
The Bulgarian boxer and her coach looked unhappy and expressed anger.
In another unanimous game, Pinki Jangra defeated Ebonie Alice Jones, a European champion from England, in the 51-kg category.
“I knew I would win against her (Ebonie) because she was inexperienced. I took my time but I had good counters which helped me win the judges’ verdict,” quoted the happy Pinki.
In another pre-quarterfinal match of the 64 kg category, Ludhiana’s Simranjeet defeated Megan Reid from Scotland. Simranjeet outclassed Megan in an impressive display of boxing.
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