The final day of championship at the 8th Federation Cup Women?s Boxing Tournament in Guwahati, Assam and last year?s runner?s up and National Champions Haryana emerged as the front runners for the title with six pugilists making it into the final round of the championship. Hosts Assam were close on heels with five of their boxers? making it to the finals.
But the northern state suffered a setback in the very first bout of the day in the summit clash of the light fly weight division. S. Nengneihat Kom of Manipur capped of a brilliant performance as she went on to beat the Haryana state champion Neetu, in what was an enthralling display of skill and agility. Kom?s aggressive style coupled with her exceptional footwork proved to be the undoing of the Haryana boxer. By the end of first two rounds the feisty 17 year old was already leading 13:7. Neetu tried hard to get back in the game. She won the third round 5:6, but the Manipuri boxer came back strongly in the fourth winning it 9:5 (27:18) and along with it her first gold medal on the senior tour. Nengneihat who is a product of five time world champion?s MC Mary Kom?s academy in Manipur has shown great potential and hopes to follow in the footsteps of her idol and coach Mary. She said, ?It was a great victory for me; I have been training hard with my coaches, and all the hard work paid off. I am very happy with my performance and hope carry on the form in future tournaments as well.?
In the light welter weight category it was experience that prevailed over youth. Defending champion Suman of the All India Police team upstaged Current Youth World and National Champion Minu Basumatary of Assam in exciting contest. Basumatary, who was in excellent form and looking to secure her maiden senior gold medal came up short against the skill and maturity of the veteran boxer from Haryana. The 24 year old secured a crucial one point lead in the opening round and slowly kept build on the advantage. In the end Suman secured her third consecutive yellow metal at the Federation Cup with a 12:8 win on points.
In the feather weight division, local girl and 2011 Youth World Championship bronze medallist Pwilao Basumatary barely had to break a sweat against Pooja Pannu of Haryana. The 18 year old was at her menacing best as she devoured the hapless Pooja in just two rounds. The reigning Youth National Champion was leading 17:1 in the second round when the referee decided to stop the contest and hand Pwilao the victory.
Haryana boxers though, came back strongly registering wins in the last three bouts of the day. Sweety Boora successfully defended her title drubbing bronze medallist at the 12th Senior Women National Boxing Championships, Alari Boro of Assam in closely fought contest. In the Super Heavy weight division Former Youth National Champion Nidhi Chopra beat bronze medallist at the senior nationals B V Padmavathi of Andhra Pradesh while in the Heavy weight cadre Darshana overpowered P Lakshmi Latha also of Andhra Pradesh.
With 4 gold medals, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals Haryana bagged the top spot. Host Assam took the runner?s up trophy with 2 gold medals, 3 silver and 2 bronze while AIP brought up the third place with 1 gold medal 2 silver and 5 bronze medals.
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