Haryana, Maharashtra pugilists dominate pre-quarters in 3rd Youth Boxing Nationals

Young pugilists from Haryana and Maharashtra dominated the proceedings of the 3rd Youth Men’s and Women’s National Boxing Championship in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand on Monday, a day which witnessed exciting bouts as the winning pugilists progressed into the quarter-finals.
Four boxers from Maharashtra entered the quarter-finals. Following suit was Ankit Narwal who led three others from Haryana who joined the other quarter-finalists on the merit of some superior performances. 
Narwal, the 2018 Youth Asian Championship bronze winner, put up an incredible show in the 60kg men’s category to stave off a resilient challenge from Orissa’s S R Sahoo and advance with a unanimous 5:0 win.
Haryana’s Akshay Kumar also replicated a similar result. The 2018 Youth World Championship bronze winner exposed his opponent’s defence with a flurry of punches to score a comfortable 5:0 victory and assure his berth in the 64kg quarter-finals. 
In the women’s category, the highlight was the bout between Manipur’s Babyrojisana Chanu and Kerala’s Aiswariya Raj P T in the 51kg clash. Chanu proved too strong for her opponent as the referee had to stop the contest in  a few seconds on the clock in R1. 
Haryana’s Bharti and Poonam continued the fine run for the state as well. Bharti registered a well fought 3-2 win against Ekta Saroj (54kg) of Punjab in a bout which went down to the wire; Poonam got the better of Assamese boxer Kimpa Boro in 54kg.
Arshi Khanan scripted an upset to outclass Dama Hetal of Gujarat in a unanimous 5:0 (54kg)verdict. The Rajasthan boxer showed a good mix of defence and aggressive tactics to beat her opponent with ease. 
It was, however, a disappointing day for local boxers Pankaj Kumar and Neeraj Singh Devli. Pankaj suffered defeat at the hands of Vijaydeep of SSCB in a unanimous 5:0 victory while Neeraj went down to 2018 Asian Championship bronze medalist Vinit in the 75kg bout.

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