Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist boxer Lovlina Borgohain and Commonwealth Games medalists Mohammed Hussamuddin and Jasmine Lamboria entered their weight category finals with dominant wins at the National Games here on Tuesday. Apart from this, heavyweight boxers Sanjeet of Army, Simranjit Kaur and Mandeep Kaur of Punjab, National Championship silver medalists Ankit Sharma and Meenakshi of Haryana also made it to the finals.
Ankushita Boro of Assam will take on Elena Thonaojam of Manipur in the final of the 66kg welterweight category. Host state boxers Asifali Asgharali Syed and Ruchita Rajput had to be content with bronze medals after losing their semi-final bouts. In the women’s 75kg middleweight category, Lovlina dominated against local contender Ruchita, showing her level. Ruchita impressed on a few occasions but the Assam player used her experience to make it to the finals where she will face Haryana’s Sweety Bora.
In the men’s 57kg featherweight category, Asif Ali of Gujarat lost 5-0 to Sachin Siwach of Haryana in a unanimous decision. He will take on two-time Commonwealth Games medalist Husamuddin in the final. Assam’s multiple-time Asian Championship medalist Shiva Thapa, however, suffered a loss. He lost 2-3 in a close match against Sena’s Akash. Their state’s Jamuna Boro (57kg) and Pavilao Basumatari (60kg) also had to be content with bronze medals.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra boxer Nikhil Dubey got a wonderful opportunity to pay tribute to his coach Dhananjay Tiwari. Tiwari died in a road accident while traveling from Mumbai to watch the men’s middleweight 75kg semi-final bout against his disciple Sumit Kundu of the Army. Nikhil made it to the title match against Mizoram’s Malsawamitluanga with a 4-1 win. Malsawamitluan defeated Pushpendra Rathi of Goa 5-0.
Earlier, Asian Championships bronze medalist Jasmine entered the final with a 5-0 win over her rival Praveesh Konthojam of Manipur in the 60kg category. Olympian Simranjit Kaur defeated Pavilao of Assam in the second semi-final. In women’s 66kg, former Asian youth champion Ankushita beat Rajasthan’s Lalita 5-0 in a one-sided match. Elena of Manipur registered a fractured 3-2 win over Komalpreet Kaur of Punjab.
In the men’s 92kg heavyweight category, the reigning Asian champion Sanjeet defeated Neeraj Kumar of Rajasthan. In the title match, Sanjeet will now try to avenge his recent defeat in the Asian Championship Trials against Haryana’s Naveen. Naveen defeated Kanwarpreet Singh of Punjab 4-1. Chandigarh’s Sawan Gill will take on Sena’s Narendra in the men’s over 92kg super heavyweight final. Three other Army boxers Aitash Khan Mohammad (60kg), Akash (67kg) and Sachin Kumar (80kg) also made it to the finals.