Four Indian Women Bag Gold; Shiva Thapa signs with money

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In an iconic feat achieved through powerful performances on Friday, four Indian women won gold medals at the Asian Boxing Championship currently taking place in Amman, Jordan.

While Lovlina Borgohain won a gold medal in the 75 kg category, Parveen Hooda won hers in the 63 kg category. Saweety Boora won a gold medal in the 81 kg category and Alfiya Pathan got his in the 81 kg category. All four women won their first titles in the championship, etching their names into gold in the history of the sport.

India won a total of 12 medals at the tournament – four gold, two silver and six bronze – including seven female pugilists. Currently, India is in first place in the women’s section.

Lovlina, Parveen, Saweety, Alfiya record wins

For Lovlina, it was her first international event after moving up to 75kg for the Paris Olympics. The Tokyo silver medalist, with her flexible attacks, landed punches from distance on Uzbekistan’s Shokhiba Ruzmetova. Even when Ruzmetova showed aggression, Lovlina held her ground and outsmarted the 2021 Asian silver medalist at 81kg to win with a 5-0 verdict, reports The Hindu.

Relying on her impeccable footwork and well-directed hooks and uppercuts, World Championship bronze medalist Parveen held on to eventually defeat Japan’s Mai Kito with a 5-0 result.

While it looked tough to beat Kazakh’s well-built boxer Gulsaya Yezhan, former world silver medalist Saweety threw more punches at her opponent to secure a 5-0 win.

2021 World Youth Champion and 19-year-old Alfiya Pathan was declared the winner in the 81kg-plus category after Amman favorite Islam Huusaili was disqualified in the first round for biting the Indian’s right shoulder, despite two standing counts.

Shiva Thapa suffers an injury and signs with the money

By winning his third silver medal and his sixth overall in the tournament, star boxer Shiva Thapa concluded the Asian championship for India. His victory with the silver medal makes him the most successful male pugilist in the history of the championship.

Thapa faced Uzbekistan’s Abdullaev Ruslan in the 63.5 kg category. While Thapa looked confident and in his zone early on, in the second round he injured his right knee, forcing the referees to declare Ruslan the winner with an RSC verdict.

In the women’s category, Minakshi, who was contesting her first Asian championship, was beaten by 2017 World Junior bronze medalist Rinka Kinoshita of Japan with a 4-1 verdict in the 52kg flyweight division. While Minakshi won her silver medal, Preeti (57 kg) and Ankushita Boro (66 kg) earned a bronze medal.

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