Western Times (English) - Ahmedabad

Local pugilists dominate India Open boxing

Date: 03/02/2018 | Edition: Ahmedabad | Page: 8 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 7 H: 13

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Extracted Text data: Local pugilists dominate India Open boxing New Delhi, M.C. Mary Kom romped to the women's 48 kilogram title as local boxers pro-' duced a dominant show with seven gold medals at the India Open boxing tour-nament here on Thursday. Apart from Mary Kom, Sanjeet (men's 91 kg), Manish Kaushik (men's 60 kg), Pwilao Baumatary (women's 64 kg), Lovlina Borgohain (women's 69 kg) and Pinki Rani (women's 51kg) and Manisha (54 kg) at the Thyagaraj Stadium here on Thursday. .L1zebekistan and Cuba - among the top nations in amateur, boxing -- under-lined their class and domi-nation in the middle and heavy categories, helping themselves to four golds. Five-time world chain- compatriot Pooja in pion Mary Kom got then women's welterweight. loudest cheers as she over- The country, however, a serious injury," Mary said after the bout. "I am looking forward to the commonwealth Games andAsian Games later this year. I am confident that I will win gold at both those tournaments," she added. India had as may as nine boxers in the 10-final afternoon card, with two of them competing for the gold in the bantam-weight category. Assam will be particu-larly proud of their ladies, with Pwilao and Lovlina emerging as the next gen-eration of golden girls. Pwilao got the better of Thailand's Sudapon Seesondee 3-2 in the women's light-welter-weigh't category while Lovlina had it easier against came pain and a deter-mined opponent in Josie -Gabuco of the Phillipines with a 4-1 verdict in the women's light-flyweight fi-nal. She began on a cautious note, ensuring that she had enough power and punch left for the final rounds, showing her swiftness and experience as she beat Gabuco."I had slight niggle in my forearm, but I knew I will be able to breeze through the final. I keep on fighting through minor inju-ries, unless of course, I have suffered an unexpected set-back when former world champion Santa Devi, lost to Finland's Marjut Mira Potkonan by a split decision in the women's lightweight (60kg) category.Sanjeet be-gan the gold march in the men's heavyweight cat-egory,as he managed a split decision verdict over fan-cied Sanjar Tursunov of Uzbekistan.lndia's second disappointment came it, the'middle-weight division where Cameroon's lanky and wiry Essiane Clotilde easily beat Saweety Boora.