ASBC Asian Youth & Junior Boxing C'ships: Three Indians enter junior finals

While Muskan (46kg) blanked Yelyanur Turganova of Kazakhstan in a one-sided semifinal bout, Rohit Chamoli (48kg) and Bharat Joon (+81kg) advanced into the finals after registering identical unanimous victories.

REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE: In the bantamweight semifinal, Aarzoo (54kg) faced tough competition from Uzbekistan’s Tileubergenova Guldana in an evenly contested bout which she narrowly lost by 2-3.   -  AP

Junior Indian boxer Muskan continued her brilliant form and progressed into the final on the fifth day of the ASBC Asian Youth & Junior Boxing Championships in Dubai.

Muskan (46kg), who hails from Haryana, blanked Yelyanur Turganova of Kazakhstan in a one-sided bout that saw the Indian boxer playing swift and smart boxing from a long range. She maintained her dominance throughout the three rounds and secured a unanimous 5-0 win.

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In the bantamweight semifinal, Aarzoo (54kg) faced tough competition from Uzbekistan’s Tileubergenova Guldana in an evenly contested bout. Both the boxers threw caution to the wind and continuously attacked from the beginning. The Indian pugilist gave her best but narrowly lost the bout 2-3 in an intense match.

Meanwhile, Devika (50kg) and Supriya (66kg) also lost their respective semifinal bouts and had to be content with bronze medals.

In the Junior boys section, Rohit Chamoli (48kg) and Bharat Joon (+81kg) advanced into the finals after registering identical unanimous victories in their respective semifinal bouts. On the other hand, Ankush (66kg) suffered a 0-5 defeat in his semifinal match.

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Having already secured themselves and the country medals, nine Indian Youth pugilists, including four women, will aim for a spot in the final as they play their semifinals on Day 6 of the prestigious continental event, in which both the age groups—junior and youth—are competing together for the first time.

Among men, Vanshaj (64kg), Daksh (67kg), Vishal (80kg), Abhimanyu (92kg) and Aman Singh Bisht (+92kg) will be seen in action while Simran Verma (52kg), Preeti (57kg), Preeti Dahiya (60kg) and Sneha (66kg) will fight in the youth women’s category.

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