Indian Boxers assured 12 medals at Adriatic Pearl in Montenegro

Rohtak’s Vinka and Manipur’s Babyrojisana Chanu in action

Ankit Narwal and Akash in fray for medals

New Delhi, February 19, 2021: 2019 Asian Youth Gold Medallists Babyrojisana Chanu (51kg) and Vinka (60kg) advanced to the semi-finals of 30th Adriatic Pearl Tournament in Budva, Montenegro and secured Bronze medals with dominating wins in the first round.

Manipur’s Babyrojisana Chanu who trains at MC Mary Kom’s academy did not put a foot wrong and dominated her opponent, Georgieva Blagovesta from Bulgaria from the word go and as a result, the referee had to stop the contest in the 1st round. She will face Uzbekistan’s Feruza Kazakova in the semi-final.

Rohtak’s Vinka was up against Uzbekistan’s Sevara Ashurova in the quarter-final bout and produced a flawless display of her attacking prowess which led to referee stopping the contest in the 1st round. The young pugilist’s attacking acumen was widely appreciated by everyone as she advanced to the last-four stage where she will face Finland’s Suvi Tujula.

2018 Best Asian Women’s Junior Boxer Arundhati Choudhary (69kg) also started her campaign impressively as she blanked Finland’s Evelina Taimi 5-0 and ensured a Bronze medal for her.

However, it was a tough day for the Men Boxers as Arambam Naoba Singh (52kg), Sumit (69kg), Vishal Gupta (91kg) lost their respective quarter-final bouts, held on Thursday. Jugnoo (91+kg) moved to the semis courtesy of a walkover by his opponent.

Apart from Babyrojisana Chanu (51kg), Vinka (60kg) and Arundhati Choudhary (69kg), Neha (54kg) and Sanamacha Chanu Thokchom (75kg) will be the other Women Boxers in contention to reach the final tonight whereas Alfiya Pathan (81+kg) will face Moldova’s Daria Kozorev for gold medal later on Friday.

Two male Boxers – Akash Gorkha (60kg) and Ankit Narwal (64kg) will be competing in the Quarter-finals tonight.

Other Women Boxers assured of medal are Preeti (57kg) and Lucky Rana (64kg) as they are already in semis while Geetika (48kg) and Raj Sahiba (75kg) will play in the finals.

Among Men, Priyanshu Dabas (49kg) and Jugnoo (91+kg) have secured atleast a Bronze medal as they will be seen in action in last-four stage.