Minakshi, Rituz and Anchu win on the opening day of women's national boxing

KANNUR: Punjab's Minakshi Chandigarh Rituz and crowd favorite Anchu Sabu emerging winners on the opening day of the fourth National Women's Elite Boxing Championship here on monday

A total of 235 boxers from 33 teams will be seen in action at Mundayad Indoor Stadium.

A total of 23 matches were played on the first day with Punjab pugilist Minakshi (48kg) displaying superb control and movement to beat Meghalaya's Eva Marbaniang 5-0.

Rituz also began her campaign emphatically as she defeated Ladakh's Dechen in a one-sided affair in the light fly weight category after the referee had to stop the contest in round one itself.

Spurred by home support, Anchu Sabu (48kg) sprung the surprise of the day as she landed a string of power-packed punches on Manika Kumari from Bengal and bagged the bout with an RSC verdict in round 2.

However, the most exciting match of the day was played between Priya Gorh of Assam and Anjali Sharma of Madhya Pradesh in the 48 kg category. Both fighters fought side by side in the three rounds before Priya prevailed at the end with a 3-2 split verdict.

The fourth edition of the tournament will witness some of the most important boxers in India in the silver medal of the Sonia Chahal world championship (57 kg), the junior youth champion Jyoti Gulia (51 kg) and the 2017 world youth champion Shashi Chopra (60 kg), the gold medalist of the President Monica Cup. (48 kg), the gold medalist of the World Cup in Cologne Meenakumari Devi (54 kg) and the gold medalist of the Indian Open Bhagyabati Kachari (81 kg) among others.

The boxers will compete in the 10 weight categories: 48 kg, 51 kg, 54 kg, 57 kg, 60 kg, 64 kg, 69 kg, 75 kg, 81 kg and + 81 kg.

Last year, Haryana finished at the top of the podium followed by Railways. Preliminary matches will be played the first four days in a row of the qualifying stage starting on December 6. The final matches will be played on December 8.