The 19-member Indian contingent concluded the Asian Boxing Championship (ABC) 2021 with 15 medals including two gold medals, five silver and eight bronze medals.
So far, this was the best performance by Indian boxers in the ABC. In 2019 championship, India had bagged 13 medals.
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has allocated $4,00,000 prize money for the championship. The gold medalists of men’s and women’s categories are awarded with $10,000 while the silver and bronze medal winners take home $5,000 and $2,500 respectively.
In the men’s category, Sanjeet Singh (91kg) has secured gold and held India on high note. Sanjeet registered convincing 4-1 victory against the Rio Olympic silver medallist Kazkhak boxer and three-time Asian champion Vassiliy Levit.
In women’s category, Pooja Rani (75kg), clinched consecutive gold medal in the championship after outpunching in-form Uzbek boxer Mavluda Movlonova. Pooja had won a gold medal in 2019 in the 81 kg category.
Olympic-bound boxers Amit Panghal (52kg) and Shiva Thapa (64kg) ended their campaign with silver medals after suffering defeat in their respective final matches. Panghal lost to the reigning world and Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan 2-3. Thapa was defeated by Asian Games silver medalist Mongolia’s Baatarsukh Chinzorig in a split 2-3 verdict.
Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom lost the women’s final (51kg) against two-time world champion Kazakhstan’s Nazym Kyzaibay by split 2-3. Mary Kom finished her campaign with silver medal. This is the seventh medal for her in the tournament. She won her first medal way back in 2003 edition.
In maiden outing at the championship, Lalbuatsaihi (64kg) suffered a 2-3 defeat against Milana Safronova of Kazakhstan to win a silver medal.
Anupama (+81kg), who also grabbed a silver medal as she lost to Lazzat Kungeibayeva of Kazakhstan 2-3 in hard fought nail-biting final.
In men category, Vikas Krishan (69kg) and Varinder Singh (60kg) secured bronze medals in the men’s section after losing their semi-final matches.
Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Jaismine (57kg), Sakshi Chaudhary (54kg), Monika (48kg) and Saweety (81kg) secured bronze medals in womens’s category.
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