Young Indian men and women boxers made headway at the Golden Glove of Vojvodina, an international boxing tournament in Kikinda, Serbia. 4 men and 5 women boxers rallied into the finals of the tournament after defeating their respective opponents in the semi-finals of the event yesterday.
The event for the men, saw Youth World Championships bronze medal winner Lalitha P Prasad (49kg), 2012 Aglorav cup silver medallist A Silambarasan (52kg), Neeraj Parashar (64kg) and Manish Solanki (69kg) all power through to the title round of the championship.
17 year old Prasad, who bagged the light fly weight title at the 2012 Tammer International tournament in Finland, gave a brilliant account of his boxing skills against Patrik Horvath of Hungary in what was a completely one sided affair. The Hungarian was no match against the express pace of Prasad’s punches. He won against Patrik after an unanimous decision from the judges and will face the Russian Perminov Ilia in the final.
Silambarasan, who beat local lad Gligoric Aleksa by a technical knockout in round 2 of his quarter-final bout, was once again in top form. But this time the 17 year old got some stiff competiton from Mihaylov Dushko of Bulgaria. In the end, he emerged victorious on a spit decision to advance to the final round, where he will take on Scottish boxer Stephen Boyle.
Reigning National Champion Neeraj Parashar overhauled local boxer Mitrovi? Slobodan with a spirited performance. His hard hitting three punch combination proved too difficult for the Serbian to handle and he won on an unanimous decision. In the finals the 17 year old will lock horns with Samuel Ball also from Scotland.
Manish Solanki blanked Jakub Korbel of the Czech Republic to make his way in to the finals. He now takes on Stanojevi? Lazar from Serbia.
The other Indian boxer in the semi-finals, 2011 Junior World Boxing Championship Naveen Kumar (56kg) lost out to Ukashir Farooq from Scotland after a hard fought contest. In spite of the technical soundness and the class displayed by Naveen along with a 2nd round warning given to Ukashir (for lowering his head) the consistent pressing and determination of the Scotsman seemed to have outweighed the Indian. Nonetheless Naveen will return with a bronze medal performance from the tournament.
In the women’s segment 2012 Junior Women’s Nationals bronze medal winner Rajesh Kumari (48kg), former Junior National Champion Chanda Udanshive (51kg) both advanced into the finals of the event. Kumari will now lock horns with Poptoleva Valentina of Bulgaria, while her compatriot also faces a Bulgarian opponent, Buyuklieva Marina, in the fight for the gold.
Silver medal winner at the previous edition of the tournament Marthamma Sattivada (64kg) made it to the finals of the event, where she meets Jeli? Jelena from Serbia for the title.
Heavy weight boxers Diksha (91kg) and Pema Chotan (+91kg) also made their place in the championship round and both will now square off against Kazakh boxers. While Diksha takes on Rylina Anastasia, Pema will contest with Sadykova Umida.
But there was disappointment for AIBA Junior World Boxing Championship silver medallist Lalfakzuali, as she lost by a split decision to Kazakhstan boxer Akerke Nauryzbayeva in a closely fought semi-final encounter.