India Open Boxing: Sumit Sangwan, Sarjubala guarantee medals; Shiv Thapa in quarter-finals

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Sumit Sangwan

Asian silver medallist Sumit Sangwan (91kg) and world championship silver medallist Sarjubala Devi (51kg) were among those four Indian boxers who won medals in the first $100,000 India Open tournament in the men's and women's category. Second-seeded Sumit Sangwan defeated compatriot Virendra Kumar 5-0 but he got hurt on his eyebrows, which might impede his further progress. Sarjubala Devi (51kg) and Pinky Jangra (51kg) entered the semi-finals in the women's competition.

Naman Tanwar, who won a bronze medal in the top-seeded category of heavyweight (91kg) in the World Youth Championship, defeated Jordan's Ashes Hussain in the senior circuit, making a place in the semi-finals and securing the medal.

Top seeded and three-time Asian medallist Shiv Thapa (60kg) ensured a place in the quarter-finals with an easy win. He defeated Dorji Wangdi of Bhutan in the initial match and now he will face Sherben Ashmatulayev of Uzbekistan. The current national champion Manish Kaushik (60kg) had a spectacular win by defeating Rubbie Armando Martinez of Cuba.

Top-seeded Sarjubala confirmed a medal on the first day of the tournament by defeating Kinni's Kristin Ongare 5-0. The Manipuri boxer, who was the silver medallist at the World Championship, was aggressive from the start. She will now face Jorgalan Ochirbat of Mongolia, who defeated 13th seed and former Junior World Champion Nirvat Jarin 3-2.

Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Pinky Jangra (51kg) also assured herself of a medal by winning 5-0 on Jordan's Al-Mriel. In the men's category, World Championships quarter-finals and Asian bronze medallist Amit Phangal entered the last-eight stage without fighting, because his opponent Ramesh Rahmani of Afghanistan gave him a walkover.

Laldin Mavia has also joined them in the quarter-finals. He defeated Commonwealth Games silver medallist L Devendro Singh (52kg). Mavia got a cut on the right eye, so the referee had to stop the bout in the third round. Mavia will now face another Indian Sheikh Salman Anwar.

Amit Phangal will clash with Cameron's Fotsala Simplice, who ended the challenge of Mohammad Foud bin Redjuan of Malaysia. King's gold medallist Shyam Kumar (49kg) also made it to the quarter-finals, but for that, he had to face a tough challenge from compatriot Neeraj Swamy, though his score was 5-0. Asian Youth silver medallist Ashish (64kg) had a brilliant victory over Sabirjan Abilov of Kazakhstan, which kept the dominance of Indians intact in the tournament.

World Youth champion Sachin Siwach (49kg) had to face defeat against Thailand's Thani Narinam in a close match. Prior to that, Pooja (69kg) guaranteed a medal in the semi-finals as the draw was small.

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Edited by Sudeshna Banerjee
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