Pooja Rani of India has managed to save her title at the ongoing Asian Boxing Championships in Dubai, while 3 other women boxers including MC Mary Kom won silver medals. Pooja earned India’s first gold medal by unilaterally defeating Mavluda Moldonova of Uzbekistan in the 75kg final of the 2021 ASBC Asian Women’s and Men’s Boxing Championships released in Dubai on Sunday. Pooja Rani, who won the title in 2019 and qualified for the Olympics, beat Moldonova 5–0.
This is the fourth medal in the Asian Championship of Pooja of Haryana’s Bhiwani, while the second consecutive gold medal. Pooja, who won the bronze medal at the Incheon Asian Games, won gold in 2019 in Bangkok, while earlier in 2015 she won bronze and silver in 2012. Earlier, the fearless young boxer of India, Lalbutsahi, who considered six-time world champion MC Mary Kom as his inspiration, lost in the finals.
Earlier, the fearless young boxer of India, Lalbutsahi, who considered six-time world champion MC Mary Kom as his inspiration, lost in the finals. Lalbutsahi faced Milana Safronova of Kazakhstan in the 64kg final. Mary Kom was defeated 3–2 by two-time world champion Nazim Kazabe in the final of the 51kg category. Mary Kom has won the silver medal for the second time, taking part in the Asian Championship for the seventh time. Anupama (81+) also received the silver medal.
Eight Indian boxers Simranjit Kaur (60 kg), Vikas Krishna (69 kg), Lavlina Borgohain (69 kg), Jasmine (57 kg), Sakshi Chaudhary (64 kg), Monika (48 kg), Sweety (81 kg) and Varinder Singh (60 kg) had to face defeat in the semi-finals. All of them have won a bronze medal for the country. It is noteworthy that 150 boxers from 17 countries including strong boxing nations like India, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Philippines and Kazakhstan participated in this championship.