The starlets of Indian Boxing adorned their battle gear and got down to business as the 12th Senior Women?s National Boxing Championship got underway in Bhopal on Tuesday. The National Championships, often considered as the melting pot of talent, provides a platform for current champions to reassert their dominance in the sport and for emerging boxers to display their skills and excel at the national arena. The event, being organised by the Madhya Pradesh State Boxing Association under the aegis of Indian Boxing Federation assumes added importance with the 2012 AIBA Women?s World Championship and the London Olympics fast approaching, and the fact that World Championships will be the only qualifying tournament for Women's boxing at the Olympics. The event will serve as a selection ground to shortlist players constituting the final core group for the World Championships and the London Olympics camp beginning 23rd October in NIS Patiala.
Arafura Games gold medallist, Pinky Jangra of Haryana opened with a bang in the fly weight division. The reigning Haryana state champions hammered Anjali Machahary of Assam into submission. The 21 year old beat Machahary comprehensively (26:9) to make her way into the next round of the championship.
In the light fly weight division, Youth World and National Champion Sarjubala Devi of Manipur continued her form from the recently concluded Youth Nationals as she pulverized her opponent Madhusmita Sahoo of Orissa. The 18 year old champion was leading 15:1 in the first round when the referee decided to stop the fight. It was resounding victory for Manipur girl who is shaping up to be a great athlete.
In the same weight category Sanasri Brahma of Assam, a quarter-finalist at the Youth World Championships earlier this year, got over her youth nationals loss with a victory over Suman Kumari of Assam. (16:7)
The bantam weight category saw Pooja of Rajasthan overpower Sunita Ekka of Jharkhand 16:6 on points and in the light weight division Neetu Chahal of Haryana had no problems getting past Adhilakshmi Saragada of Andhra Pradesh.
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