Four of the seven Indian boxers in the semifinals will be in action on Friday with local favourite Ankushita Boro (64kg) taking centre-stage when the first set of last-four stage bouts take place in the AIBA Women's Youth World Boxing Championships in Guwahati. Also advancing to the quarterfinals were Shashi Chopra (57kg), Jyoti Gulia (51kg), a Golden Glove Tournament gold- medallist, Neetu (48kg) and Sakshi Choudhary (54kg).
Haryana's dynamo Jyoti and local girl Ankushita were a revelation as they displayed their skill and class against tougher opponents.
Meanwhile, Shashi treaded cautiously in the opening round, gauging her opponent Lin Li Wei-Yi's strengths and weaknesses. She threw straight punches in ones and twos, cleanly striking her target on the jaw, head and midriff. She was clearly the most accomplished and stylish boxer of the session. Ankushita demonstrated not just strength and power but footwork. Boro, a silver-medalist from the Balkan Youth International Boxing Championship, defeated Aluc Cagla of Turkey in her last match.
High-performance director Rafaele Bergamasco changed Shashi's strategy for this rematch after the setback in Turkey.
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Jyoti too boxed with conviction, using the straight jab, left hook and throwing her right punch straight from the shoulder to rattle her strong and aggressive Ukraine opponent. I had aimed for seven medals and I'm very happy that we have achieved that.
She also added: "It was also a memorable moment for me as I fought the bout in front of my family members". She advanced into the championship after coming strong over Indira Shudabaeva of Russian Federation.
USA's popular flyweight boxer Garcia Heaven Destiny probably never expected that her opponent Kim would make hell for her.
Fortunately, Heaven steadied herself by the second and consolidated her position in the final round to come out unscathed. "I could have done better but I am satisfied with the bout". Both were declared unanimous winners, making their victories even more special. "Things did not go the way I planned it out", said the American girl.
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