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Asian boxer: Mary Kom draws tough final against Kazakh champions

Kolkata: Mary Kom, the highly decorated Indian boxer, set her up for a sixth gold medal in the Asian Championships when she shook off the challenge of Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg of Mongolia in the 51kg semi-final for women in Dubai on Thursday night. The owner of six medals in the championship, including five gold, Mary Kom, will cut her task against Kazakhstan’s two-time world champion Nazym Kyzaibay – who entered the final after overpowering Sri Lanka Nadeeka Pushpakumari with the referee strike (RSC) after the first round. After a rest day on Saturday, the women’s final on Sunday is with the men the next day. A six-time world champion, Mary Kom, made a defensive start and took her time in the first round, making her Mongolian opponent work hard for the corners. The Indian veteran felt good in the next round when she landed on time and powerful blows to put pressure on Altantsetseg. The 38-year-old, who has only played her second match since the shutdown after recovering from a dengue attack, kept calm and used all her experience to tackle the match and secure a 4-1 victory . There was an element of drama in Indian Sakshi Chaudhary’s duel when the two – time world youth champion beat the 2016 world champion Dina Zholaman of Kazakhstan 3-2 in the 54 kg semi-final. However, the Kazakh boxer appealed for the final round of the fight and the jury confirmed it to reverse the result 3-2 in favor of Zholaman.

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Big defeats

Meanwhile, Simranjit Kaur (60 kg), Monika (48 kg) and Jasmine (57 kg) had to be content with bronze medals after suffering 5-0 in the semi-finals against Kazakh boxers Rimma Volossenko, Alua Balkibekova and Vladislava Kukhta respectively. attacks. With 15 medals confirmed in the running event, the Indian contingent achieved their highest medal match and improved the previous best of 13 from the 2019 edition in Bangkok, where they finished third with two gold, four silver and seven bronze medals. The International Boxing Association, AIBA, has awarded US $ 4.00,000 in prize money for the event, which is jointly hosted by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and UAE Boxing Federation. The gold medal winners in the men’s and women’s categories will be awarded $ 10,000, while both the silver and bronze medal winners will take home $ 5,000 and 2,500 respectively.