New Delhi: Indian women boxers competed in the final of the four weight category at the 2021 ASBC Asian Women and Men Boxing Championships released in Dubai on Sunday, of which Pooja Rani managed to get India her first gold of the tournament in just 75 kg. In the rest of the weight category, five-time champions MC Mary Kom, Lalbuatsaihi and Anupama lost.
Silver medal of three more boxers decided
India has won a total of 15 medals, one gold, three silver and 8 bronze in this prestigious championship jointly organized by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and UAE Boxing Federation. In the men’s category, three players have reached the final and they are sure to win at least the silver medal. In the men’s category, defending champion Amit Panghal (52kg), who has won five medals so far in this tournament, Shiva Thapa (64kg) and Sanjeet (91kg) will be seen in action for the final time on Monday.
Pooja won her first gold medal
Pooja Rani gave India the first major success of the day. She has managed to save her title in the Asian Championship. Pooja won the first gold medal by defeating Mavluda Movlonova of Uzbekistan in a 75 kg final match unilaterally. Pooja Rani, who qualified for the title-winning Olympics in 2019, defeated Movlonova 5–0.
This is the fourth and the second consecutive gold medal in the Asian Championship of Pooja of Haryana’s Bhiwani. Pooja, who won a bronze medal at the Incheon Asian Games, won gold in 2019 in Bangkok, while bronze was won in 2015 and silver in 2012. Lalbutsahi lost in the finals Earlier, Lalbuatsaihi, who considered six-time world champion Mary Kom as her idol, lost in the final. Lalbuatsaihi, who worked in the police for the first time playing in the Asian Championship and won the gold medal in the 2019 World Police Games, faced Nazym Kyzaibay of Kazakhstan in the final of 64 kg. She did not scare the experienced Safronova at all and rained heavily but she lost the match 2-3.
Before Lalbutsahi, Mary Kom lost her record sixth gold. Mary was defeated 3-2 by two-time world champion Nazim Kazabe in the final of the 51kg category. Mary has won the silver medal for the second time, taking part in the Asian Championships for the seventh time. Their names are five gold and two silver.
The special thing about this year is that the prize money for the championship has been increased drastically. The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has allocated the US $ 4,00,000 prize money for this championship. Gold medalists in the men’s and women’s categories are being awarded the US $ 10,000, while silver and bronze medalists are being awarded US $ 5,000 and US $ 2,500 respectively.