NEW DELHI: India’s young stars continued to dominate the men’s and women’s World Youth Boxing Championships as seven of them burst into the final after picking up stunning victories in La Nucia, Spain.
Youth Asian Champions Vanshaj and Vishwanath Suresh walked in the title clash with Ashish to maintain the record of all wins for India in the men’s semi-final, while Kirti (+81kg), Bhawna Sharma (48kg), Devika Ghorpade (52 kg) and Ravina (63 kg) qualified for the final in the women’s section.
While Chennai lad Vishwanath picked up a 4-1 win over Puerto Rico’s Juanma Lopez, Haryana natives Vanshaj (63.5kg) and Ashish (54kg) secured narrow 3-2 wins and 4-3 against American Deshawn Crocklem and Uzbekistan Khujanazar. Nortojiev respectively in their thrilling semifinal bouts.

The female boxers, meanwhile, recorded comfortable wins aside from Kirti’s 3-2 win over Kazakhstan’s Assel Toktassin.
Ravina and Bhawna defeated Kazakh opponents Assem Tanatar and Gulnaz Buribayeva respectively by unanimous decision. Devika got the better of American Aameedah Joy with a 4-1 margin.
Meanwhile, four other Indian women in action — Tamanna (50kg), Kunjarani Devi Thongam (60kg), Muskan (75kg) and Lashu Yadav (70kg) – picked up bronze medals after losses in their respective semi-finals.

Indian boxers asserted their supremacy at the prestigious championships as 11 out of 17 quarter-finalists confirmed their medals – the highest of any country in the current edition, in which nearly 600 boxers participated from 73 countries .
Uzbekistan are second with 10 confirmed medals while Ireland and Kazakhstan are ranked third with seven medals each.
India’s dominance in the women’s section is another tournament highlight as eight boxers won medals, which is the most of any country followed by Kazakhstan (5) and Uzbekistan (4) .
Bhawna and Devika will fight for gold on Friday along with three male boxers while others will play their finals on Saturday.

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