Sonia Chahal, Meenakumari Devi enter national boxing semifinals

KANNUR (Kerala): last year's World Championship silver medalist Sonia Chahal (57 kg) and gold medalist of the Cologne World Cup Meenakumari Devi (54 kg) confirmed medals when they broke into the semifinals of 4th Elite National Women's Boxing Championship on Friday.

Chahal, who won the 57kg gold in 2016 and the bronze in 2017, had to fight hard against Himachal Pradesh's Vinakshi on her way to a gritty 3-2 win. All India Police's Meenakumari Devi got closer to the defense of her 54kg title with a dominant 5-0 victory over Jharkhand's Sabiha Khanam.

Just won the coveted gold medal at the 2019 World Police and Fire Games, Arjuna awarded Kavita Chahal (+ 81kg) brought that form of sterling to the Nationals to continue their winning spree.

The two-time bronze medalist of the Women's World Boxing Championship went one step closer to the top podium when she got a series of punches to knock out Barbara Sampson of Rajasthan 5-0.

Former World Youth Champion Shashi Chopra (60 kg), from Haryana, also presented an impressive performance in his quarterfinal match against Manju de Chandigarh, winning 5-0.

Former youth world champion Ankushita Boro of Assam set the ring on fire with a 64 kg secured display that saw her strongly beat Mizoram's Abisak Vanlalmawii by an identical marker.

The Indian Open champion Bhagyabati Kachari (81 kg) was also at her best aggressive moment and the referee had to stop the competition in her favor in Round 1 against Saara Qureshi of Telengana.

While Lalita of Rajasthan and Anjali of Delhi advanced by 69 kg, Nupur de Haryana (75 kg) emerged as winner of the referee detention contest (RSC) in round 1 on Neha Chauhan of Uttarakhand to continue his return since he played the Asian Championship

The runner-up of the Indian Open Vanlal Duati (51 kg) had no problems advancing to the last four with a 5-0 victory over Deepa Kumari of Madhya Pradesh, while Ritu de Chandigarh (57 kg) shined with a demolition by 5 -0 from the Jyoti of Delhi.

Punjab also had a good number of winning boxers, with Parminder Kaur (81 kg), Minakshi (48 kg), Mandeep Kaur Sandhu (57 kg) all entering the semifinals.

The semifinals will be played on Saturday and the final bouts are scheduled for December 8.