NEW DELHI: Young Indian boxers are on a roll as Asian youth champions muscan, Tamana and two other pugilists recorded dominant wins to reach the IBA semi-finals World Youth Boxing Championships in La Nucia, Spain on Wednesday.
Kirti (+81 kg) and Devika Ghorpade (52 kg), silver medalist of the Asian Youth Championships, were the other two boxers to confirm their medals by obtaining their place in the 4th finals.
With the addition of four more medals, India’s total medal count now rises to 11 – as in the last edition, held in Poland.
Tamanna started the day for India on an aggressive note by defeating Japan’s Juni Tonegawa by unanimous decision in the women’s 50kg quarter-final. Devika also picked up an easy 5-0 win over German boxer Asya Ari.
Muskan (75kg) and Kirti proved too strong for their respective opponents – Mongolians Zyeinyep Azimbai and Livia Botica from Romania – as they were declared the winners by the verdict of the referee who stopped the contest in the first three minutes of the fights.
Meanwhile, Preeti Dahiya (57kg), Rhythm (+92) and Jadumani Singh Mandengbam (51kg) exited after losing their respective bouts in the quarter-finals.
Eight female boxers from India, including Muskan, Tamanna, Devika, Kirti, Kunjarani Devi Thongam (60kg), Bhawna Sharma (48kg), Ravine (63kg) and Lashu Yadav (70 kg) will meet in the semi-finals on Wednesday evening.
Vanshaj (63.5kg), Vishwanath Suresh (48kg) and Ashish (54kg) will lead the Indian charge into the men’s semi-finals of this prestigious event, which saw the participation of almost 600 boxers from 73 countries.
The finals will be played on Friday and Saturday.



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