AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing: Four Indians in fray on day 1 of semisNovember 24, 2017
Four of the seven Indian boxers in the semifinals will be in action on Friday with local favourite Ankushita Boro (64kg) taking centre-stage when the first set of last-four stage bouts take place at the AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships in Guwahati.
Ten bouts — in the flyweight, featherweight, welterweight, middleweight and heavy categories — are on the cards on Friday.
Jyoti Gulia will kick off India’s challenge in the flyweight, taking on Kazakhstan’s Abdraimova Zhansaya, who beat USA’s Heaven Garcia, the pre-tournament favourite.
Next in line will be Shashi Chopra (57kg), up against Mongolian Monghor Namuun.
Boro will take on Thailand’s Saksri Thanchanok in the welter category.
“I never put a count on medals because I believe in good performances. Medals will come if you box well. I had aimed for seven medals and I’m very happy that we have achieved that. I believe we could have won a couple more though,” said India coach Rafaelle Bergamasco.
India’s fourth boxer in the fray, Neha Yadav (+81kg), will take on Islambekova Dina of Kazakhstan.
“We have gone through the videos of all our opponents and have our strategy in place. I will give the coaches individual methodology for the boxers and ask them to work on it. No hard training today,” he added.