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Ankushita, 2 others make it to final

Ankushita Boro during interaction with media in the mix zone after winning her semifinal bout against Saksri Thanchanok of Thailand in the 64kg category of the AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championship in Guwahati, on Friday. – UB Photos
 GUWAHATI, Nov 24 - The Indian boxers continued their winning run as three boxers today made it to the finals of the AIBA Youth women’s World Boxing Championships.

In the semifinals at the Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium, Sarusajai here today, Jyoti Gulia (51kg), Shashi Chopra (57kg) and Assam girl Ankushita Boro (64kg) registered convincing victories to enter the summit clashes of their respective weight categories in front of a capacity crowd.

However, the fourth Indian boxer Neha (above 81 kg) went down 0-5 to Kazakhstan’s Islambekove in India’s last challenge of the day.

Jyoti was India’s first boxer to fight and defeated Kazakhstan’s Zhansaya Abdraimova. It was a close contest and Jyoti was declared winner in a split verdict.

Jyoti will take on Russia’s very impressive Ekaterina Molchanova who defeated Japan’s Rinka Kinoshita, in the final in Sunday.

In India’s second bout Shashi took on Mongolia’s Namun Monkhor which was basically fought on defensive tactics. Both the boxers decide to measure each other in the first round. But in the second and third rounds both became aggressive in order to earn points. Shashi took advantage of her longer reach to connect some clean straights and fetch a unanimous verdict.

Shashi will square off against Vietnam’s Do Hong Ngoc in the final.

Then it was turn of local favourite was Ankushita Boro (64kg) against Thailand’s Thanchnok Saksri.

In front of a vociferous home crowd the Assam girl did not have an easy opponent in Saksri, who was quick to exploit the defensive lapses committed by the Indian in the opening three minutes.

Ankushita raised the intensity in the second and third round to earn some points in her favour and enter the summit clash.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal congratulated Ankushita for her victory and wished good luck for the final.

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