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Three Indians boxers  open their campaign on  winning note at 72nd Strandja Memorial Tournament

By Harpal Singh Bedi

Three Indians boxers  open their campaign on  winning note at 72nd Strandja Memorial Tournament

New Delhi, 23 February : Asian Championship silver medallist Deepak Kumar, Naveen Kumar and  Jyoti Gulia put up dominate performances  as  they   opened their campaign on winning note on the opening day at the 72nd Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria.
 

Deepak (52kg) was in complete control throughout the contest against Kazakhstan’s Olzhas Bainiyazov  and chalked out an impressive 5-0 win
In  91 kg category, Naveen Kumar  beat USA’s Darius Fulghum 3-2 . He will fight against France’s Wilfried Florentin in the next round.
In the women section, 2017 World Youth champion and 2019 national champion Jyoti Gulia  came up with  a solid  display to record  4-1 victory against Ukraine’s Tetiana Kob in the  51kg category. Jyoti will face Kazakhstan’s Nazym Kyzaibay in her next round match later today.
Meanwhile, Sakshi (57kg), Shashi Chopra (60kg) and Lalita (69kg) suffered defeats in their respective opening round matches.
While Sakshi went down USA’s Andrea Medina 4-1, Chopra lost to Brazil’s Beatriz Ferreira 5-0. Lalita also lost her bout 5-0 against Uzbekistan’s Navbakhor Khamidova.

 

A 12-member Indian team (seven men and five women) is taking part in the tournament which will see participation of boxers from 30 countries including top boxing nations such as the USA, Ukraine, France and Russia.

HSB

 

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