Bhavesh leads Services' boxers on top, Haryana girls dominate

World Youth bronze medalist Bhavesh Khittimani outpunched his Manipuri opponent Bhimjit Singh Heikrujam to win the 52kg  bout on day 4 at the 3rd Youth National Boxing Championships in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand, on Tuesday.
Along with Bhavesh, three more boxers from the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) advanced to the semi-finals, thereby ensuring a leaders position.
While three boxers from Haryana, two from Uttar Pradesh and one each from Madhya Pradesh, Chandigarh and Assam reached the last four, it was young Sikkimese boxer, Krishna Kailash Roy, who stole the show in the lightweight category. 
Kailash defeated his rival from West Bengal on points as he sailed into the semi-final.
In the girls' category, Haryana continued their dominance on day four, with four pugilists qualifying for the semi-finals, followed by three boxers from Uttar Pradesh.
Manipur's Babyrojisana Chanu continued her sublime run in the tournament, this time getting the better of Uttar Pradesh's Aprajita Mani with a unanimous 5:0 verdict in the flyweight category.
Haryana’s Poonam (54kg) proved too strong for her Manipuri opponent Thotyolo who was left flustered with a flurry of punches and the referee had to stop the contest in the final round. Poonam won the bout 5-0. 
Following suit was yet another promising boxer, Arshi Khanan of Rajasthan who made no errors to oust Chandigarh's Akanksha Rana. 
Khanan looked in rampaging form and ensured the referee intervened to stop the contest in R1.
Shobha Kohli (45-48kg) and Sanjay Kumar (52Kg) from Uttrakhand are the lone representation in the knockout stage in girls' and boys' categories.
While Kumar put up a power packed show to snatch a RSC verdict in R2 against Harshal Phondni from Chandigarh; Kohli dominated over her opponent from West Bengal, too, to register a unanimous win and secure berth in the last four stages.
Mizoram, Assam, Rajasthan, Punjab and Manipur have ensured one boxer each advance to the semi-finals.
After some dominating performances, the young pugilists will now be gunning for the top honours with the semi-finals scheduled for Wednesday.

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