India’s good run in the Ahmet Comert International Boxing Championship continued as five women pugilists; Niharika Gonella, Sashi Chopra, Ankushita Boro, Parveen and Soniya making it to finals late on Friday in Instanbul.
In the 75 kg weight category, Niharika beat Selma Karakoyun 3:2 to set up a summit clash against Shamonova Anastasiia of Kazakhstan, while Shashi Chopra punched her way into the finals by registering a 4:1 victory over Sandugash Abilkhan of Kazakhstan in the 57 kgs weight classification. She will now be up against Vladislava Kukhta of Kazakhstan.
Ankushita got better of Aleyna Turk of Turkey to set up a final clash with another Turkish pugilist Cagla Aluc in the 60 kg competition.
In the 48 kg competition, Soniya beat Olga Shalimova and will now take on Zahazira Urakabeva of Kazakhstan, while Parveen beat Ayten Cumentor of Turkey in 54 kg bout to continue her pursuit for gold. She will face Anastasiia Artamonova of Russia in the finals.
The tournament which is an ideal ground for the boxers to get some valuable training ahead of the AIBA World Youth Boxing Championship in Guwahati later this year in Guwahati is an invitational event organised by the Turkish Boxing Federation every year which attracts all the top boxing nations. A total of 90 women boxers from 11 countries – Russia, Kazakhstan, turkey, Mangolia, Thailand, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Armenia, Bulgaria, Australia and India – are participating in the tournament.
SONIYA (IND) VS ZHAZIRA URAKABEVA (KAZ)
PARVEEN (IND) VS ANASTASIIA ARTAMONOVA (RUS)
ANKUSHITA BORO (IND) VS CAGLA ALUC (TUR)
SHASHI CHOPRA (IND) VS VLADISLAVA KUKHTA (KAZ)
NIHARIKA GONELLA (IND) VS SHAMONOVA ANASTASIIA (RUS)