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Youth World Boxing: Seven Indian boxers in finals

The dominance of young Indian boxers continued at the IBA Youth Men’s and Women’s World Boxing Championship 2022 as seven Indians entered the finals with emphatic victories in the ongoing tournament in La Nucia, Spain. Young Asian champions Vansh and Vishwanath Suresh, along with Ashish, maintained an all-win record for India in the men’s semi-finals, while in the women’s category, Keerthi (plus 81kg), Bhavna Sharma (48kg), Devika Ghorpade (52kg), kg) and Raveena (63 kg) continue to grow.

In the semi-finals, Chennai’s Vishwanath registered a 4-1 win over Puerto Rico’s Juanma Lopez. The Haryana native defeated DeShawn Croklem of the United States 3-2 in the 63.5kg category. Haryana’s Ashish won 4-3 against Uzbekistan’s Khujnazar Notorjiev in the 54kg category. On the other hand, in the women’s section, Kirti struggled to win 3-2 over Kazakhstan’s Asel Toktasyn while the other Indian boxers won their semi-final bouts with ease.

Raveena and Bhavna defeated their Kazakh compatriots Asem Tanatar and Gulnaz Burbayeva by unanimous decision. Devika of Maharashtra easily defeated Amidah Joy of America by a margin of 4-1. Meanwhile, four other Indian women boxers Tamannaah (50kg), Kunjarani Devi Thongam (60kg), Muskaan (75kg) and Lashu Yadav (70kg) settled for bronze after losing their respective semi-finals.

Indian boxers have once again asserted their dominance in the prestigious championship as 11 of the 17 quarter-finalists have assured themselves of medals. This number is the highest of any other country in this ongoing edition in Spain, which has seen participation of around 600 boxers from 73 countries. Uzbekistan are second with 10 medals while Ireland and Kazakhstan are joint third with seven medals each. India’s dominance in the women’s section has been another highlight of the tournament as eight boxers have assured medals, the most for any other country. India is followed by Kazakhstan (5) and Uzbekistan (4). Bhawna, Devika along with three Indian male boxers will fight for the gold on Friday while the others will go into the finals on Saturday.

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