World Youth Women's C'ship: Nitu, Sakshi enter finals

The Haryana duo of Nitu (48kg) and Sakshi Chaudhary (54kg), who happened to be village mates, won their semifinal bouts to stay in contention for gold medals in the World youth women's boxing championship.

Sakshi Chaudhary

Sakshi Chaudhary outclassed Japanese Sena Irie as the bout was abandoned after 1.31 minutes in the third round   -  Ritu Raj Konwar

India had another fabulous day in the World youth women boxing championship on Saturday with two more home boxers entering the finals.

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The Haryana duo of Nitu (48kg) and Sakshi Chaudhary (54kg), who happened to be village mates, won their semifinal bouts to stay in contention for gold medals.

Altogether five Indians will be seen in action in the finals on Sunday. Jyoti Gulia (51kg), Shashi Chopra (57kg) and Ankushita Boro (64kg) had earlier made it to the title clashes.

Anupama (81kg), who had a direct semifinal entry, lost to a superior Anastasiia Rybak of Russia.

 

Nitu's smart boxing helped her get past Yuan Nie with a 4-1 verdict. The bout was on an even keel after the first two rounds as the two counter-punchers bid their time to find opportunities and deliver shots.

Boxing from a distance, the southpaw Indian changed her combination to gain a distinct advantage in the final round.

“It was a difficult bout. Since the Chinese boxer has a similar style as me, each of us waited for the other to attack. Myself being a southpaw was helpful as I carried out a different plan in the last round,” said Nitu, who would take on Zhazira Urakbayeva of Kazakhstan in the summit clash.

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Sakshi outclassed Japanese Sena Irie as the bout was abandoned after 1.31 minutes in the third round. The 2015 World junior champion predominantly used her left jab as she assessed Sena and her early aggression.

In the last two rounds, Sakshi moved beautifully and used both her hands better to execute some fine counter-attacks. The contest was stopped when the Japanese seconds threw the towel into the ring following Sakshi's absolute domination over Sena.

“I took my time to get used to her style before stepping up my game,” said Sakshi, who will meet Ivy-Jane Smith of England in the final.

The results (semifinals): 48kg: Nitu (Ind) bt Yuan Nie (Chn) 4-1, Zhazira Urakbayeva (Kaz) bt Caitlin Fryers (Irl) 4-1; 54kg: Sakshi Chaudhary (Ind) bt Sena Irie (Jpn) ABD (R3), Ivy-Jane Smith (Eng) bt Isamary Aquino (USA) 4-1; 60kg: Aeji Im (Kor) bt Ella Boot (Aus) 5-0, Vittoria de Carlo (Ita) bt Zhansaya Baltabekova (Kaz) 5-0; 69kg: Citialii Ortiz (USA) bt Alina Popp (Ger) 5-0, Nataliya Sychugova (Rus) bt Canser Oltu (Tur) 5-0; 81kg: Arailym Begdilda (Kaz) bt Yelyzaveta Sliusar (Ukr) 5-0, Anastasiia Rybak (Rus) bt Anupama (Ind) 5-0.