Simranjit Kaur, Sakshi and 2 others clinch Asian Boxing Championships semifinal spot

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Olympic-bound Indian boxing sensation Simranjit Kaur joined hands with Sakshi and two more pugilists from her country in booking their semi final spot at the ongoing Asian Boxing Championships in Dubai.

Joining Shiva Thapa (64kg) in the semis, Simranjit (60kg), Sakshi (54kg), Jaismine (57kg) and Sanjeet (91kg) clinched their last four berths courtesy of winning their respective quarterfinal bouts in Tuesday night.

With MC Mary Kom (51kg), Lalbuatsaihi (64kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Pooja Rani (75kg), Monika (48kg), Saweety (81kg) and Anupama (+81kg) already kicking off their championship campaign from the semis, India is now assured of 12 medals in the tournament, with 10 of them assured just from the women’s contingent.

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Fresh off of her recovery from COVID-19, World Championship bronze medallist Simranjit defeated Raykhona Kodirova of Uzbekistan 4-1 in the quarterfinals and up next, she will take on Rimma Volossenko of Kazakhstan.

Sakshi, on the other hand, completely dominated Ruhafzo Haqazarova of Tajikistan 5-0 and will be facing top seed Dina Zholaman of Kazakhstan. Meanwhile, Jaismine thrashed Oyuntsetseg Yesugen of Mongolia 4-1 and will face another Kazakhi pugilist Vladislava Kukhta. In the men’s quarter final, Sanjeet outplayed Jasur Qurbonov of Tajikistan 5-0 to join his compatriot Thapa in the last four.

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Sanjeet booked his semi final spot with a clean 5-0 win over Jasur Qurbonov of Tajikistan, and will face last edition’s silver-medallist and third seed of this year Sanjar Tursunov of Uzbekistan up next.

Three Tokyo bound pugilists from India Amit Panghal (52kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg) and Ashish Kumar (75kg) will start their championship run on the third day of the event on Wednesday in the men’s semi final.

Panghal will be facing Kharkhuu Enkhmandakh of Mongolia, while Krishan, the Asian Games champion will lock horns against Moslem Malamir of Iran. Ashish Kumar, a silver medallist from the last edition of the championships will square off against World Championships and Asian Games silver-medallist Abilkhan Amankul of Kazakhstan.

Mary Kom and the rest of the Indian women’s contingent will be seen in action on Thursday along with the others in the women’s semi final on Thursday, which is the fourth day of the event.

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