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Punjab boxers dominate Day 2 of 3rd Elite Women’s Boxing Championship  Karnataka’s Bhagya put up a scintillating fight; Babita Bisht of Uttrakhand stole the show with a thunderous victory

From a Correspondent
Vijayanagara, Jan 2,

The New Year started on a great note for the young boxers from Chandigarh, Delhi and Punjab as they swept away majority of the wins on the second day of the JSW Sports presents 3rd Elite Women’s National Boxing Championships at the Inspire Institute of Sport (IIS) yesterday.
The day began with a dominating performance by Delhi’s Riya Tokas in the 54kg category as she landed a flurry of punches in the first round against her opponent, V.Vinodhini from Tamil Nadu. Riya continued her attacking approach in the next two rounds and registered a unanimous 5-0 victory. She next faces World Championship quarter-finalist, Manisha Moun in the next round.
Sohini from Chandigarh was in sublime form getting the better of Sai Sree Reddy from Telangana in the 69 kg category. She went on the offensive right from the start and landed some mighty blows, only for the referee to stop the bout in the first round. 
The closest bout of the day was fought between Babita Bisht of Uttarakhand and Suman Khoda of Rajasthan in the 69kg category. Both the boxers kept the audience engaged as they traded some strong blows right from the start. It was an even contest till the dying seconds and only in the last one minute of the third round the bout turned in the favour of Babita. The Uttarakhand pugilist avoided a lot of punches with her sound defence and launched a string of clear punches to eventually win the match with a 3-2 verdict. 
In the 60 kg category, Karnataka girl Bhavya gave some reason to the local crowd to cheer as she displayed some fine technical skills and won the bout convincingly by 4-1 against Som Maya Subba of Sikkim. In the Bantamweight category, Riya Chouhan of Punjab started her game against Poulomi Sarkar from Bengal. Though she started the contest with caution in the first round, went all guns blazing in the second round only to be stopped by the referee.
Himachal’s Pradesh’s Sandhya won her bout against Sonal Rasal in the 64 kg category. Sandhya used her technical superiority and played a waiting game before going on offensive in the last and final round and finishing off the bout in her favour. Sandhya will be up against World Championship Bronze Medalist Simranjit Kaur tomorrow.
In the Welter Weight category, Gagandeep Kaur of Punjab rounded off a great day for her State by winning against Simran Mendon of Maharashtra, 5-0. She played all the three rounds at a consistent pace and with her immaculate defensive abilities, never letting her opponent get a sniff of her. 
Day two witnessed 18 RSC results with 32 bouts being played out. The third day of the championships will witness the international stars in action with the likes of Nikhat Zarin, Piny Jangra, Simranjit Kaur, Sonia Lather and Shashi Chopra battling it out for the top honours.

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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