Eight Indian boxers cruise into semis; confirm medals at IBA Junior World Boxing C'ships

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New Delhi, November 30 (IANS) As many as eight junior boxers secured a medal after a dominating show in the quarterfinals on Day Six of the IBA Junior World Boxing Championships 2023 in Yerevan, Armenia. Extending their phenomenal run at the tournament being conducted at the MIKA Sports Arena, six out of the seven competing junior girls boxers made their way into the semifinals.

The two gold medallists from the Asian junior boxing championships Pari (50kg) and Nidhi (66kg) won their quarterfinal bout with an identical unanimous 5-0 win against Muller Micaela of Romania and Kao Chun Ai of Chinese Taipei respectively.

Payal (48kg) scored a comfortable 5-0 win over Doherty Lauren of Ireland while Amisha (54kg) outperformed Kim Jiae of South Korea for a unanimous decision win. The Asian junior silver medallist Neha Lunthi (46kg) was tested by Hizouskaya Anhelina of Belarus, but Neha emerged victorious with a 4-1 split decision win.

Prachi (54kg), on the other hand, had to work hard against Kazakhstan’s Seiitkhankyzyc Panar. She struggled in the first round and took her time to gauge her opponent but came back strongly in the last two rounds to secure a 3-2 split verdict. Joyshree Devi (60kg) was the lone Indian woman to end up on the losing side as she lost 1-4 against Russia’s Leonova Kira.

Meanwhile, in the boys' section, two out of four boxers managed to progress into the medal rounds.

Asian junior gold medallist Hardik Panwar (80kg) and Jatin (54kg) were on top of their game as they moved to the semifinals with a unanimous decision win over Park Damhyeon of South Korea and Mushkudiani Davic of Georgia respectively. While Brijesh Tamta (46kg) and Divash Katare (50kg) were the two boxers who faced defeat in the quarterfinals.

Five junior boys and girl boxers will play their quarterfinal bouts late on Thursday.

The semifinals will take place on December 2 and the finals are set to be played on December 3 and 4.