Gana Adhikar News, Dubai, May 31 :
India’s star boxer from Assam Shiva Thapa will square off against the 2018 Asian Games silver medalist Baatarsukh Chinzorig of Mongolia in the final of the ASBC Asian Boxing Championships in Dubai later today. Today’s big fight is expected to be a brutal and literally bloody showdown with no room for mercy.
Earlier on Sunday, Indian boxer Pooja Rani (75kg) successfully defended her title to win Gold as she outpunched in-form Mavluda Movlonova to hand the country its first gold at the ongoing 2021 ASBC Asian Boxing Championships.
On Sunday, Manipur’s boxing queen Mary Kom and Lalbuatsaihi finished their campaigns with silver medals after going down fighting in their respective semi-finals.
While Mary Kom lost to the two-time world champion Nazym Kyzaibay by split 2-3, Lalbuatsaihi (64kg) also gave her all in another close-fought gold medal but couldn’t manage to get past Milana Safronova of Kazakhstan and suffered a 2-3 defeat to win silver medal in her maiden outing at the Championships.
In the 51kg high-octane summit clash, both Mary Kom and her Kazakh opponent started the bout with aggressive mindset and soon exchanged powerful blows attempting to unsettle each other. The five-time Asian Championships gold medalist Mary Kom used all her experience against Kayzaibay and made her work hard but it wasn’t enough as the later tilted the hard-fought game successfully in her favour and emerged champion with a narrow 29-28, 28-29, 30-27, 29-28, 28-29 scoreline. It is the second silver for Mary Kom at the Asian Championships who has previously won titles on five occasions — 2003, 2005, 2010, 2012 and 2017 — besides silver in 2008.
On an eventful Sunday evening, Indian boxer Anupama (+81) won silver in the women’s finals at the on-going prestigious Championships, which is jointly hosted by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and UAE Boxing Federation.
Tthe 19-member Indian contingent claimed their best-ever show in Asian Championship by securing record 15 medals while surpassing their previous highest of 13 medals (2 gold, 4 silver and 7 bronze) from the 2019 edition in Bangkok.
Defending champion Amit Panghal (52kg) and two other pugilists Assam’s Shiva Thapa (64kg) and Sanjeet (91kg) will be seen in action on Monday in the men’s finals.
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has allocated USD 4,00,000 prize money for this Championships. The gold medalsts of men’s and women’s categories will be awarded with USD 10,000 while both the silver and bronze medal winners will take home USD 5,000 and 2,500 respectively.
Panghal will be up against the Rio Olympics and world champion Uzbek pugilist Zoirov Shakhobidin of Uzbekistan. While Assam boxer Thapa will be challenged by the Asian Games silver medalist Mongolia’s Baatarsukh Chinzorig. Second seeded Sanjeet will also have a strong challenge of the Rio Olympics silver medallist Vassiliy Levit, who is chasing his fourth gold medal of the Asian Championships.
Eight Indian pugilists Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Jaismine (57kg), Sakshi Chaudhary (54kg), Monika (48kg), Saweety (81kg) and Varinder Singh (60kg) secured bronze medals with their semi-final finish at the event which witnessed participation of 150 boxers from 17 countries including strong Asian boxing nations such as India, Uzbekistan, Philippines and Kazakhstan.