Five-time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa to fight for gold on Saturday
Indian women boxing stars Lovlina Borgohain, Parveen Hooda, Saweety Boora and Alfiya Pathan triumphed in the women’s finals in scintillating fashion and bagged gold medals at the 2022 ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships in Amman, Jordan on Friday.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Lovlina dominated the 2021 Asian Championships silver medallist Ruzmetova Sokhiba of Uzbekistan and secured a convincing 5-0 win in the 75kg final showcasing strength, athleticism and resolute defence.
Similar to Lovlina, Parveen (63kg), who was also making her maiden appearance in the Asian Championships final, looked confident against Kito Mai of Japan. The 2022 World Championships bronze medalist Rohtak-born boxer outpunched her Japanese opponent in a 5-0 win.
The 2016 World Championships silver medalist Saweety (81kg) was squaring off against the Gulsaya Yerzhan of Kazakhstan in her second final in the Asian Championships. Having suffered a defeat in the 2016 final, Saweety looked in no mood to settle for another silver this time round as she displayed sheer confidence before winning the bout 5:0.
Up against the local favourite Islam Husaili, Alfiya (81+kg) handed India its fourth gold in the women’s section after her opponent was disqualified by the judges towards the end of the first round.
This was Indian women’s third best performance at the prestigious tournament in terms of winning gold medals, after seven gold medals in 2005 and five in 2003.
Meanwhile, debutant Minakshi (52kg) signed off with a silver medal as she fell to a 1-4 defeat against 2017 Youth World Championships bronze medalist Kinoshita Rinka of Japan.
On Saturday, five-time Asian Championships medallist Shiva Thapa (63.5kg) will look to clinch his second gold medal when he takes to the ring against Abdullaev Ruslan of Uzbekistan. Having already confirmed his sixth medal, Thapa is the most successful male pugilist in the competition’s history.