ASBC Asian Youth and Junior Boxing Championships: Yakshika and Vidhi enter medal round

Indian boxers Yakshika and Vidhi put up powerful performances to advance to the junior girls semi-finals with identical victories by unanimous margin at the 2022 ASBC Asian Youth and Junior Boxing Championships in Amman, Jordan on Friday.

While Yakshika beat Nepal’s Swostika Tiruwa in the 52kg quarter-final, Vidhi shut out Uzbekistan’s Odinakhon Ismoilova in the 57kg category.

Starting the day in impressive fashion for India, Yakshika put on a great attacking display and her persistent heavy punches tripped the Nepalese boxer several times. The fight, a one sided affair, ended with the Indian winning it comfortably.

Vidhi further extended India’s winning streak on day three of the continental tournament when they secured an equally dominant victory in the quarter-finals.

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However, it was the curtain for Tamanna, who gave it her all in an intense Junior Girls 66kg Round of 16 match against Kazakhstan’s Aruzhan Zhangabayeva but ended in a 4-1 split decision loss.

After securing at least bronze medals, Yakshika and Vidhi will face Kazakhstan’s Shakhnaz Tairzhan and Tajikistan’s Hangoma Isoeva respectively in the semi-finals on Tuesday.

Later in the evening, the country’s five boxers – Harish Saini (63kg), Jackson Singh Laishram (70kg), Dev Pratap Singh (75kg), Rishabh Singh Shikharwar (80kg) and Gaurav Mhaske (+81kg) – will seek to secure medals in the juniors. boys category since they will fight in their respective quarter-finals.

In the young men’s match, played on Thursday night, last edition’s silver medalist Vanshaj made his way into the 63.5kg quarter-finals with an easy unanimous decision victory over local boy Abdallah Almharat.

The ongoing championships, where the men’s and women’s age groups – young and junior – are played together, witnessed strong competition attended by 352 boxers from 21 countries including India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

The finals will be played on March 13 and 14.

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