World Youth Boxing Championships | Indians Devika and Preeti land in their neighborhoods

Indian boxers Devika Ghorpade and Preeti Dahiya picked up emphatic victories to advance to the quarter-finals while three others suffered defeats in the last-16 stage on day six of the Men’s and Women’s World Boxing Championships in the IBA Youth 2022 in La Nucia, Spain on Monday.

Pune-based pugilist Devika made light work of Ireland’s Margaret Lambe in the 52kg bout. His impressive attacking display from the start eventually forced the referees to stop the contest in the third round and declare India the winner by RSC verdict.

Preeti, from Haryana, also put on an equally dominating show in the 57kg bout and barely allowed her opponent Benedicta Maekinen of Finland to score a point before winning it overall by unanimous decision. Meanwhile, it was heartbreaking for Mahak Sharma (66kg), Sahil Chauhan (71kg) and Bharat Joon (92kg) – whose challenges ended in defeats in their respective bouts.

Mahak lost to Kazakhstan’s Bakyt Seidish by 0-5 in the women’s section while Sahil and Bharat were beaten by Uzbekistan’s Fazliddin Erkinboev and England’s Damar Thomas by 0-5 and 2-3 respectively in the men’s category.

Day seven of the prestigious tournament will see 10 Indians, including five women, battle it out in the quarter-finals. Kunjarani Devi Thongam (60 kg), Lashu Yadav (70 kg), Griviya Devi Huidrom (54 kg), Ravina (63 kg) and Bhawna Sharma (48 kg) will play in the women’s section while Vanshaj (63.5 kg), Deepak (75kg), Mohit (86kg), Vishwanath Suresh (48kg) and Ashish (54kg) are the country’s male boxers to be in action.

The semi-finals will take place on Wednesday while the finals on Friday and Saturday.

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