BHOPAL: Reigning World Champion Nikhat Zareen and Tokyo Olympics Bronze Medalist Lovlina Borgohain continued their strong run to qualify for the Women’s National Championships final here on Sunday.
Eight railroad boxers, including 2019 World Championships silver medalist Manju Rani (48kg) and 2017 World Junior Champion Jyoti Gulia (52kg), also made it to the top here.
Nikhat (50kg), who represents Telangana, comfortably won 5-0 against AIP’s Shvinder Kaur to stage a top-flight clash with Anamika for the coveted yellow metal.
Lovlina of Assam (75kg) also had an easy outing against Jigyasa Rajput of Madhya Pradesh as she dictated the terms throughout the fight and won by unanimous decision to advance to the final.
She will face 2021 Junior World Champion Arundhati Choudhary of SSCB in the gold medal fight.
The reigning Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) champions, however, dominated proceedings with eight of their boxers producing sensational performances in the tournament.
Manju showed great composure against Madhya Pradesh’s Anjali Sharma in a one-sided fight. She played long distance and won the fight convincingly 5-0 to set up a final date with S Kalaivani of Tamil Nadu.
Jyoti started on the back against Sonia of Uttar Pradesh and took some time to assess her opponent’s strategy.
However, she bounced back in the final two rounds, played close and landed consistent punches to secure a 4-1 verdict in her favor.
She will face SSCB’s Sakshi in the final.
The other 6 railway boxers who qualified for the final are Anupama (50 kg), Shikhsa (54 kg), Poonam (60 kg), Shashi (63 kg), Anupama (81 kg) and Nupur (81+ kg).
Manisha, bronze medalist at last year’s World Championships (57 kg) and bronze medalist at the World Championships Simranjit Kaur (60 kg) also continued their good run to qualify for the final.
Manisha defeated the RSPBs Sonia Moss 4-1 in a close contest and will battle Himachal Pradesh’s Vinakshi in the final, while Simranjit got the better of AIP’s Kros Hmangaihsangi with a comfortable unanimous 5-0 verdict.
She will face RSPB’s Poonam in the summit clash.
The ongoing prestigious event saw the participation of 302 boxers, competing in 12 weight classes. The finals will be played on Monday.



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