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Nikhat moves into final; Niharika bows out in Women’s boxing nationals

Published: 26th Oct 2021 9:25 pm

Hisar: Telangana’s Nikhat Zareen outclassed Uttar Pradesh’s Rashi Sharma 5-0 in the 52kg semifinal while it was curtains for Gonella Niharika, who lost to Jyothi of Railway Sports Control Board in the 66kg category in the 5th Elite Women’s National Boxing Championship on Tuesday. Niharika lost 1-4.

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Meanwhile, young Haryana boxer Jaismine pulled off a huge upset on the penultimate day when she stunned Olympian Simranjit Kaur of Punjab in the 60kg semi-finals at St Joseph’s International School in Hisar.

Jaismine will now take on Meena Rani of Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB), who beat Mizoram’s Kroshmangaihsangi 4-1 in the semi-finals of the prestigious event which is being hosted by the Boxing Federation of India association with the Haryana Boxing Sangh.

The 2019 World Championships medallist Manju Rani set the tone for RSPB as she made her way into the 48kg final after blanking Tamil Nadu’s S Kalaivani 5-0. Then in the 50kg category, Anamika beat Rajasthan’s Puja Bishnoi with the referee stopping the contest and it was total domination by Shiksha in the 54kg category as she thrashed Chandigarh’s Monika 5-0.

More success was in store for RSPB when Sonia Lather comfortably beat Poonam of Haryana by unanimous margin in the 57kg semi-final. Meena (60kg), Monika (63kg), Jyoti (66kg), Pooja (70kg), Bhagyabati Kachari (75kg), Nupur (81kg) and Nandini (81kg) were the other RSPB pugilists who won won their semi-final bouts and put their team in a commanding position. Meanwhile Jyoti Gulia (52kg) was the only RSPB boxer to settle for bronze after suffering a 3-2 loss to Haryana’s Minakshi in the semi-finals.

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