Internet Desk: L Sarita Devi (64kg) and the world silver medalist champion Sonia Lather (57kg) reached the semi finals and asuured themselves a medal apiece in the highly prestigious Asian Women’s Boxing Championships.
Sarita who is a former World Champion has set her eyes on the sixth medal as she defeated Melieva of Uzbekistan.
Sarita, who returned to the amateur fold after trying her luck in the professional circuit earlier this year, took full advantage of her opponent’s reluctance to attack and connected some lusty right hooks to take the upper hand early in the bout.
At the very beginning of the second round, Melieva faced a standing eight count after a flurry of combination punches from the Indian left her dazed. Melieva gave a better account of herself in the final three minutes but Sarita was up for the challenge and displayed some fine ring craft to dodge the attacks.
Sonia, on the other hand, had to stave off a stiff challenge from Kazakhstan’s Nazym Ichshanova in a split verdict to enter the last-four stage, assuring herself of her second medal at the event.
She is a former silver-medallist at the continental meet.
A very aggressive Sonia had Ichshanova on the backfoot early on, the sheer ferocity of her punches standing out.
Although Ichshanova tried her best to match the power, the Indian did just about enough to get a split verdict in her favour.