Asian Boxing C’ship: Lovlina, Parveen, Alfiya and Minakshi storm into final

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At the 2022 ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships, which were held on Wednesday in Amman, Jordan, bronze medalists Lovlina Borgohain from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Parveen from the 2022 World Championship, Alfiya Pathan, and Minakshi, who were making their competition debuts, all put on intense performances to earn their spots in the finals.

The Assamese fighter outclassed the South Korean throughout the three rounds by showcasing her tremendous strength and superior technical skills to completely dominate her and eliminate any hope of a comeback.

Alongside Lovlina, Alfiya Pathan (81 kg), Parveen (63 kg), and Minakshi (52 kg) all had equally commanding victories in their respective semifinal matches, winning 5:0 by unanimous decision.

Alfiya faced off against Lazzat Kungeibayeva, the 2016 World Champion. Alfiya has already defeated Kungeibayeva twice this year. The 2021 Youth Boxing World Champion defeated the Kazakh on her home court to capture gold in her maiden senior international match in the 2022 Elorda Cup final.

On the other hand, Minakshi faced Mongolia’s Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg, who won the bronze medal at the 2021 Asian Championships, and the Rohtak-born boxer won with ease.

According to the press release, all four boxers will give it their all to bring gold to the nation, as Lovlina will face Ruzmetova Sokhiba, who won silver at the 2021 Asian Championships; Alfiya will face Islam Husaili of Jordan, and Minakshi and Parveen will face Kinoshita Rinka and Kito Mai of Japan in the final.

Later tonight, Saweety (81 kg) will square off against Jordan’s Lina Jaber in the semifinals.

On Thursday, the semi-finals will feature five Indian male boxers, including Shiva Thapa (63.5 kg), a six-time Asian medallist, and Mohammad Hussamuddin (57 kg), who owns two bronze medals from the Commonwealth Games.

The competition has 267 competitors from 27 top boxing nations.