Asian Championship gold medallist Pooja Rani (75kg) defeated World Champion Atheyna Bylon of Panama in the semi-final bout as 9 Indian Boxers stormed into the finals of 35th Boxam International Boxing tournament in Castellon, Spain on Friday.
Pooja dominated her opponent from the beginning and looked unfazed throughout and assured a unanimous win. She will now square off against Melissa Graham of USA in the final tonight.
Other Women boxers joining Pooja in the final are debutant Jasmine (57kg) and Simranjit (60kg).
Young Jasmine, who is playing her first senior International tournament showed great composure and played from distance to ensure a comfortable 4-1 win over Italy’s Sirine Charaabi.
She will be up against European Champion Irma Testa in the gold medal bout.
World Championship Bronze medallist Simranjit was up against veteran Puerto Rican Boxer Kiria Tapia and in a close encounter which saw both the boxers trade a series of punches throughout but some intelligent ring craft by the Indian ensured a close 3-2 win over her senior opponent.
Simran will take on World Championship Bronze medallist Rashida Ellis in the final bout tonight.
However, six-time world champion MC Mary Kom (51kg) bowed out with a bronze medal.
Boxers from 17 countries, including Russia, USA, Italy, and Kazakhstan are participating in the event.
Six Indian male boxers, including world championship medal winners Manish Kaushik (63kg) and Vikas Krishan (69kg), advanced to the finals of the 35th Boxam International Tournament in Castellon, Spain.
Vikas, back from a professional stint in the USA, defeated Ablaikhan Zhussupov of Kazakhstan, while Manish got the better of Lounes Hamraoui of France. Both the boxers won with identical 3-2 score-lines in bouts held late on Friday night.
Also through to the final was Commonwealth Games bronze-winner Mohammed Hussamuddin (57kg), who won 4-1 against Panama’s Orlando Martinez.
Sumit Sangwan (81kg) beat Raphael Monny of France 5-0 and Satish Kumar (+91kg) clinched it 4-1 against Jonas Jazevicius of Lithuania.
In the 75kg category, Asian silver-medallist Ashish Kumar defeated Romania’s Dumitru Vicol 4-1.
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