Boxing: Winless day for India as Sarita Devi and Nandini bow out of AIBA Women’s World Championships


By Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi, 6 October: It turned out to be a winless day for India as two boxers in the fray – former world champion Sarita Devi (60kg) and debutant Nandini (81kg) -lost their respective bouts to bow out of the AIBA Women’s World Championships in Ulan-Ude, Russia on Sunday.

After receiving a first-round bye, Veteran Sarita Devi , seeded fourth in her category, put up a convincing first round as the five-times Asian gold medalist, managed to land some clear punches initially but the Russian pugilist Shadrina Natalia made a strong comeback in the second and third round to overpower the experienced Indian and won the bout 5-0.

In another bout , 20-year-old Nandini failed to find her rhythm at the World stage and was found wanting in all three rounds. The first woman boxer from Chandigarh to represent at the Championships, the young boxer fell short in experience and tactics compared to her German counterpart, Irina-Nicoletta Schonberger, who won the bout 5-0 on points.

With Jamuna Boro (54kg) and Saweety Boora (75kg) already confirming their place in the pre quarters, Monday will witness the last set of debutants, Manju Rani (48Kg) and Manju Bamboriya (64kg) taking the ring. Young Manju Rani seeded sixth in the lightfly weight category will take on Ven Tayonis Cedeno of Venezuela while Manju Bamboriya will face fourth seed Italy’s Angela Carini.

-India News Stream