Vojvodina Youth Boxing: Thirteen Indians in final

Indian pugilists continued to impress in the tourney in Subotica, Serbia.

Representative Image: Saskhi (51kg), Sakshi Gaidhani (81kg) and Bhavesh Kittamani (52kg) settled for bronze after losing their respective semifinals bouts.   -  AP

Thirteen Indian pugilists, including six women, managed to enter the finals at the 36th Golden Glove of Vojvodina youth tournament in Subotica, Serbia.

The reigning youth world champion Jyoti Gulia (51kg) was among the women who entered the final. She out-punched Russian Liubov Makeeva 5-0 in her semifinal bout on Saturday. Among men, Akash Kumar (56kg), Ankit (60kg), Akash (64kg), Vijaydeep (69kg), and Nitin Kumar (75kg) entered the final.

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Akash Kumar defeated Scotland’s John Casey 5-0 and Ankit had little trouble going past Hungary’s Alex Jakab.

Comprehensive wins

In the 64kg category, Akash blanked Poland’s Daniel Piotrowski 5-0. Vijaydeep, too, pulled off a unanimous verdict in his clash against local favourite Milan Vrankovic. In the middleweight division, Nitin sent packing another crowd favourite in Filip Dzinic with a 5-0 win. S. Barun Singh (49kg) and Aman (+91kg) had made their way to the finals by clinching their respective bouts earlier in the week.

Among women, Nitu (48kg) took less than two rounds to force Russian Kseniia Beschastnova out of the competition. Divya Pawar (54kg) clinched a similar result against Russia’s Mariia Med, while Manisha (64kg) faced a slight challenge Diana Rys, also from Russia, before prevailing 4-1. Lalita (69kg) defeated Poland’s Patrycja Borys 4-1. Neha Yadav (+81kg) got a direct entry into the final due to the small size of the draw in her weight category.

Settling for bronze medals were Saskhi (51kg), Sakshi Gaidhani (81kg) and Bhavesh Kittamani (52kg) after losing their respective semifinals bouts.

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