Rohtak (Haryana), January 5: Asian Championship bronze medalist Seema Poonia of RSPB annihilated a young Naganika Gonella in a lop-sided affair to advance to the next stage while 2004 World Championship gold medalist Aruna Mishra gave a walkover to Madhya Pradesh’s Upasana Pandey, here in the 2nd Elite Women’s National Boxing Championship held at the National Boxing Academy inside the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium.
Poonia started off the bout on an attacking note and put the burly Niharika Gonella on the backfoot as she showered her might on her opponent.
Nonetheless, Gonella fought back to land her jabs from close range but Poonia’s strong hooks shook the Telangana lass. Still, Gonella persevered through the rounds and tried her best to take the fight to her opponent.
At the end of three rounds, Seema registered a comprehensive 5-0 victory to advance to the next round where she would face a staunch fight from Uttar Pradesh’s Arpita Singh who dominated her opponent and set up a mouth-watering clash against the recently crowned Asian Championship bronze medalist.
In another highly intense encounter, veteran boxer Bhagyabati Kachari of RSPB displayed her experience in the ring as she towered over Chandigarh’s Himani and asserted her dominance from the word go.
The initial phases of the first-round saw the RSPB boxer land vicious punches which left her opponent with no answers to the onslaught. Into the second round, the referee halted the contest twice before declaring Himani not fit to fight anymore.
RESULTS (Day 1)
Light Flyweight (45-48kg): R. Lalinmawii (MIZ) bt Uma Bauri (WB) – (5-0); Puja Ranpal (SKM) bt Manasa Mattaparthi (TEL) – (3-2)
Featherweight (54-57kg): Kamla Bisht (UTK) bt Sangeetha M (TN) – (RSC-1)
Lightweight (57-60kg): Priyanka Thakur (PUN) bt Charma Shachikant (D&D) – (RSC-1); Aradhana Patel (UP) bt Shiwani Kumar (JHA) – (5-0); Monika (HAR) bt Suparna Das (WB) – (RSC-1)
Light Welterweight (60-64kg): Aarti Kama (GUJ) bt A. Manisha (AP) – (WO); Sohini (CHD) bt Poonam Kaithawas (MAH)– (5-0);) Anjali Machahary (ASM) bt Majjiga Mounika Yadav (TEL) – (RSC-1)
Welterweight (64-69kg): Nupur (HAR) bt Babita Bisht (UTK) – (5-0)
Middleweight (69-75kg): Upasana Pandey (MP) bt Aruna Mishra (JHK) – (WO); Alari Boro (ASM) bt Kumari J (TN) – (WO); Kavita Goyat (AIP)bt Renu (UP) – (5-0)
Middleweight (75-81kg): Laxmi Padaya (JHA) bt Saara Qureshi (TEL) – (RSC-1); Bhagyabati Kachari (RSPB) bt Himani (CHD) – (RSC-2)
Heavyweight (82kg): Jigyasa (MP) bt Sangeeta (UTK) – (5-0); Arpita Singh (UP) B. Ravi Chandrika (AP)– (RSC-1); Seema Poonia (RSPB) bt Naganika Gonella (TEL) – (5-0)
About Boxing Federation of India (BFI)
The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) is recognised by AIBA and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India (GOI) as the nodal body responsible for the development and promotion of Olympic-style boxing in India. BFI has hosted six national tournaments in last one year, attracting over 300 boxers in each of the championships. It has hosted the AIBA 1-star course R&J certification course and seminar as well as the AIBA Cutman course this year. BFI, in association with AIBA and SAI, is also setting up a world-class boxing academy at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi. It also plans to start 8 satellite academies across the country. BFI is also organising for the first time the AIBA World Youth (Women) Boxing Championship from November 19, 2017 and BFI will also host the prestigious AIBA Women’s World Championship in 2018 and the AIBA Men’s World Championship in 2021.