Boxer Monika secures semi-final spot after defeating two-time World Championship medallist at Thailand Open

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Boxer Monika pulled off a stunning win over the two-time World Championship medalist Josie Gabuco of the Philippines in the 48kg category. With the win she has punched her ticket to the semifinals along with two other Indians at the Thailand Open here on Monday. Ashish Kumar (81kg) and Manisha (57kg) are the two other Indian pugilists who also made their way into the last four with contrasting wins against their respective Thai opponents.

Monika enters Thailand Open semi finals

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The 26-year-old Monika, who hails from Rohtak, bested 4-1 over experienced campaigner Gubuco, who won gold and bronze medals at the World Championships in 2012 and 2008 respectively. She will now face Vietnam’s Trinh Thi Diem Kieu, who received a bye in the last round.

Ashish is competing in her first international tournament since the Tokyo Olympics and he is last edition’s gold medallist. He notched a 5-0 win against local boxer Aphisit Khankhokkhruea in the 81kg quarterfinals. The Indian will now clash win Indonesia’s Maikhel Roberrd Muskita in the semifinals.

While, Manisha, who recently qualified for the upcoming World Championships as well as Asian Games, as she defeated two-time Youth Asian champion Thailand’s Porntip Buapa 3-2 in the 57kg quarterfinals. However, Renu (54kg) and Monika (63kg) lost their opening round clashes.

It has been noted that Renu gave a tough fight to Italy’s European U-22 champion Sirine Charaabi but it wasn’t enough as the Indian lost 2-3 in the quarterfinal clash.

While Monika went down in the quarterfinals, losing to Youth Olympic champion local boxer Panpatchara Somnuek by RSC verdict (Refree Stops Contest) in the third round.

On the third day of the competition on Tuesday, Sumit and Gaurav Chauhan will play their quarter-finals against respective opponents from Kazakhstan. Sumit (75kg), who received bye in the last opening round, will take on Timur Nurseitov while Gaurav (91kg) will fight against 2018 Youth Olympics champion Aibek Oralbay.

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