Boxing: Impressive debut by young Jasmine as four Indian women assure medals at Boxam International

By Harpal Singh Bedi

Boxing: Impressive debut by young Jasmine as four Indian women assure medals at Boxam International
New Delhi, 4 March : Young  Jasmine (57 Kg) made a dazzling  debut  at  a senior level in an  international  tournament chalking out a  stunning 5-0 win over  star USA pugilist  Andrea Medina and  along with three other compatriots made it to the  semi-finals in the respective categories  on the second day  thus  assuring India of four medals at the Boxam International Tournament in Castellon, Spain.

The Haryana girl Jasmine,  scouted during an open challenge before participating at the national camp last year, showed her skillset blanking silver medallist from recently-concluded Strandja Memorial Tournament Medina.

Apart from Jasmine, three more women pugilists–six-time world champion Mary Kom (51kg), Simranjit Kaur (60kg) and Pooja Rani (75kg)–also made it to the last-four stage.


Playing her first tournament since Asian Olympic Qualifiers held in March last year, the Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom  had to fight hard  for  3-2 victory against Italy’s Giordana Sorrentino.
World Championships bronze medallist Simranjit Kaur and Asian champion Pooja Rani  notched up comfortable 5-0 victories against Spain’s Eugenia Albons and Italy’s Assunta Canfora  respectively in their quarter-finals.

However, Lovlina Borogohain (69kg), who also played first tournament after a year, and Manisha Moun (57kg) could not progress into the last-four stage. While Lovlina lost 5-0 to Russia’s Saadat Dalgatova, Manisha Moun also suffered 5-0 defeat against Italy’s Irma Testa.

A 14-member Indian contingent (eight men and six women), including nine Olympic qualified and other top boxers, is taking part at the 35th edition of the tournament.




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