February 6, 2023

Chennai, Nov 24 : Young Indian boxers continued their dominance at the IBA

Youth Men’s and Women’s World Boxing Championships 2022 as Chennai-based

Vishwanath Suresh and six others stormed into the finals recording stunning wins

in La Nucia, Spain.

Youth Asian champions Vishwanath Suresh and Vanshaj marched ahead along

with Ashish to maintain an all-win record for India in the men’s semi-finals, while

Kirti (+81kg), Bhawna Sharma (48kg), Devika Ghorpade (52kg) and Ravina

(63kg) progressed in the women’s section.

While Vishwanath claimed 4-1 win over Juanma Lopez of Puerto Rico in the

48 kg category, Vanshaj (63.5kg) and Ashish (54kg), who hail from Haryana,

posted close 3-2 and 4-3 wins against USA’s Deshawn Crocklem and

Uzbekistan’s Khujanazar Nortojiev respectively in their thrilling semifinal

bouts.

Women boxers, on the other hand, recorded comfortable wins. Apart from Kirti’s

3-2 victory against Kazakhstan’s Assel Toktassyn, Ravina and Bhawna outpunched

their Kazakh opponents Assem Tanatar and Gulnaz Buribayeva respectively by

unanimous decision.

Maharashtra girl Devika got the better of USA’s 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)—signed off with bronze

medals after defeats in their respective semi-finals.

Indian boxers have reasserted their supremacy in this prestigious championship

as 11 out of 17 quarterfinallists went on to confirm medals–highest for any country

in the on-going edition, wherein close to 600 boxers from 73 countries have

participated.

Uzbekistan was second with 10 confirmed medals while Ireland and Kazakhstan

are placed jointly in the third position with seven medals each.

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India’s dominance in the women’s section is another highlight of the tournament

as eight pugilists have secured medals which is most for any country followed

by Kazakhstan (5) and Uzbekistan (4).

Bhawna, Devika will fight for gold on Friday along with all three male boxers,

while others will play their finals on Saturday.