The final day of the Federation Cup Women’s Boxing Championship presented by Monnet Ispat and Energy Limited and the DSA Ground in Nainital, Uttarakhand offered some high octane pugilism. The starlets of women’s boxing in India exhibited an alluring display of grit and determination, fighting hard with an aim to be crowned the Federation Cup Champions.
First up, the finals of the light fly weight category threw up a surprise in the form of Krishna Thapa of Madhya Pradesh. Thapa a silver medallist at the 12th Nationals Championships came up short against the fire power of Mamta representing Manipur. Mamta, who bagged a bronze medal at the Senior Nationals in October this year, proved to be the better boxer on the day. Her superior footwork and hard hitting punches allowed the 20 year old to maintain a steady lead throughout the 8 minute of play. She finally clinched the yellow metal with a 29:11 victory on points.
Mamta - Red (MAN) Vs Krishna Thapa - Blue (MP)
In the fly weight division Andhra boxer Sonia Lather Singh continued her sublime form as she doused Vinita Mahar of Uttarakhand in a barrage of her punches. Singh, a National Championship silver medallist was in complete control of the bout with her aggressive style of play. She was leading with an 18 point margin in the fourth round when the referee decided to spare Mahar of any further agony. Singh went on to claim her second consecutive Federation Cup gold medal in style.
The light weight category witnessed an enthralling competition between former Asian Champion Nagisetty Usha of Andhra Pradesh and 2009 National Champion Preeti Beniwal of the All India Police team. Both the boxers started strongly, but Preeti managed to secure a two point advantage after the first two rounds of play (5:3). But Nagisetty, a two time silver medal winner at the World Championships and a multiple National Champion, made best use of her experience to get back in the game. After four rounds of intense action the she levelled the score at 13 all. Nagisetty triumphed on count back (40:33) to take the gold and with it the title. “It was not an easy bout to win, Preeti fought well. I was looking to conserve my energy and go all out in the last two rounds. My strategy paid off in the end and I am very happy with my performance”, expressed an elated Nagisetty after the gold medal winning bout.
In another close encounter defending champion in the light welter weight class and National Games silver medallist Suman of AIP defeated Monica Saun representing Uttarakhand. Suman saw off a final round surge from Saun and went on to take the title with a 7:6 win on points. In the super heavy weight cadre Kavita Chahal also representing AIP clinched the title with easy win over local girl Poonam Vishnoi. The International boxer did not event break a sweat to get past the sluggish defence of her opponent. With this victory she claimed her third consecutive Federation Cup title.
The All India Police team bagged the overall title with 2 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 2 bronze, while Andhra Pradesh took home the Runner’s-up trophy with 2 gold medals and 4 bronze medals. The host Uttarakhand claimed the third spot with 1 gold medal, 4 silver medals and two bronze medals.