Pooja Rani takes gold as Mary Kom and others take silver in women’s categories
Tokyo Olympic boxer Pooja Rani was the only Indian woman to win a gold medal at the 2021 Asian Boxing Championships in Dubai. The 30-year-old defeated Uzbekistan Mavluda Movlonova in the final of the women’s 75 kg (middleweight) category by a unanimous decision of 5-0.
Pooja Rani dominated all three rounds and emerged as the deserved winner. Movlonova looked battered on the last lap as she struggled to maintain her balance.
Pooja Rani was kicked in the semi-finals and her last fight against Movlonova was her first at the 2021 Asian Boxing Championships. She also won the gold medal at the 2019 Bangkok tournament. However, she competed in the light heavyweight (81 kg) category at that time.
Pooja Rani’s victory should cheer him up as the Tokyo Olympics draw near.
Mary Kom loses against Nazym Kyzaibay of Kazakhstan in the women’s 51 kg category
The night started on a sour note for the Indians as London 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Mary Kom had to settle for a silver medal. Kazakhstani Nazym Kyzaibay beat her in the final with a split decision of 2-3.
Lalbuatsahi later lost her final to Kazakhstani Milana Safronova in the women’s 64 kg category by a verdict of 3-2. The last Indian in the fray on Sunday, Anupama, also lost to Kazakhstan’s Lazzat Kungeibayeva by a 3-2 lead.
The action moves to the men’s categories on Monday as Indians Shiva Thapa (64 kg), Amit Panghal (52 kg) and Sanjeet (91 kg) will be in action in the final.
2021 Asian Boxing Championships Women’s Finals Results
Kazakhstan’s pugilists stole the show by winning eight out of ten gold medals in the women’s category at the 2021 Asian Boxing Championships.
Light fly weight (48 kg) – Alua Balkibekova (Kazakhstan) beats Gulasal Sultonalieva (Uzbekistan)
Fly weight (51 kg) – Nazym Kyzaibay (Kazakhstan) defeated Mary Kom (India)
Bantamweight (54 kg) – Dina Zholaman (Kazakhstan) defeats Sitora Shogdarova (Uzbekistan)
Featherweight (57 kg) – Sitora Turdibekova (Kazakhstan) defeated Vladislava Kukhta (Uzbekistan)
Lightweight (60 kg) – Rimma Volossenko (Kazakhstan) defeated Huswatun Hasannah (Indonesia)
Light welterweight (64 kg) – Milana Safronova (Kazakhstan) defeated Lalbuatsaihi (India)
Welterweight (69 kg) – Valentina Khalzova (Kazakhstan) defeated Navbakhor Khamidova (Uzbekistan)
Average weight (75 kg) – Pooja Rani (India) beats Mavluda Movlonova (Uzbekistan)
Light heavyweight (81 kg) – Fariza Sholtay (Kazakhstan) beats Sokhiba Ruzmetova (Uzbekistan)
Heavyweight (+81 kg) – Lazzat Kungeibayava (Kazakhstan) beats Anupama (India)