The Asians won eight out of the ten female gold medals in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships
The women’s finals delivered fantastic successes for the Asian boxers at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Kielce, Poland. Ten female boxers earned their titles in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and among them eight have been collected by the Asians. India won record number of seven gold medals in the event while Uzbekistan also took a historical title.
Altogether 414 boxers from 52 nations are attending in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. Many of the Asian National Federations worked hard to give chances to their youth boxers to compete in the international stage again and 11 sent their talents to Kielce. Boxers who were born in 2002 and in 2003 are eligible to attend in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Kielce which is the first ever global event in Poland.
India’s first gold medal was achieved by Gitika
India’s Gitika achieved silver medal at the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament this February and she was able to increase her preparation level before the start of the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. The Indian light flyweight (48kg) boxer eliminated the most difficult European rivals during her road to the finals. Her possible best opponent, Uzbekistan’s Farzona Fozilova missed her quarter-final contest therefore Gitika was the favourite for the gold medal against Poland’s Natalia Kuczewska. The energetic Indian launched at least 100 attacks per round and her impressive performance delivered a gold medal for Gitika.
India’s Naorem Babyrojisana Chanu defeated Linkova in the women’s flyweight (51kg)
India’s next impressive boxer, ASBC Asian Youth Champion and unbeaten hope in the international stage, Naorem Babyrojisana Chanu dominated all of her contests in Kielce. The Indian flyweight (51kg) boxer met with Russia’s Valeria Linkova in the second final of the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. Following the first tactical minutes, Chanu increased her tempo in the second and she was able to catch her Russian opponent with dozens of clear punches. Linkova could not use her height advantage due to the Indian boxer’s amazing rhythm therefore Chanu claimed the second title for her country.
Uzbekistan’s historical success was taken by Nigina Uktamova
Uzbekistan’s Nigina Uktamova arrived to the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships as the main favourite of the women’s bantamweight (54kg) and she realized her golden dreams in Kielce. Uktamova robbed into the world of boxing when she won the gold medal at the Fujairah 2019 ASBC Asian Junior Boxing Championships. The 17-year-old eliminated Russia’s Anastasia Kirienko in the semi-finals and in the final she had difficulties in the first round against Ukraine’s Khrystyna Lakiichuk. Her European opponent used her long distance tactic in the first round well but after that Uktamova changed her rhythm and turned back the contest delivering Uzbekistan’s historical gold in the women’s level.
Poonam achieved India’s third gold medal in Kielce
India’s current ASBC Asian Youth Champion and multiple international tournament winner Poonam had a tough semi-final contests against Uzbekistan’s Sitora Turdibekova in Kielce but she managed to win that contest. Poonam faced in the final of the featherweight (57kg) with France’s Sthelyne Grosy who eliminated tough opponents in Kielce. Following the tactical two minutes, Poonam had a fantastic combination near to the ropes and the standing count supported her advantage after three minutes. The French used her long distance tactic against Poonam but the Indian had the control until the last seconds.
India’s Vinka continued her nation’s winning path
India’s next impressive fighter, ASBC Asian Youth Champion Vinka had a tough opening battle against a Russian boxer in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships but following that close contest, she dominated all of her bouts. The experienced and internationally unbeaten Indian received some punches in the first round from Kazakhstan’s Zhuldyz Shayakhmetova but from the second, she has done better job. The referee counted the Central Asian boxer three-times in the second part of the contest therefore Vinka won the final by RSC.
India’s Arundhati Choudhary earned a well-deserved gold medal in Kielce
India’s Arundhati Choudhary used her height advantage in the semi-finals of the welterweight (69kg) against Uzbekistan’s Khadijabonu Abdullaeva and for the title, she had to meet with a host nation’s boxer, Barbara Marcinkowska. The Indian, who was named as the Best Asian Women’s Junior Boxer in 2018, had a close first round against the Polish hope. Choudhary was better round by round and she could catch Marcinkowska with tough punches mostly in the second and third periods. Choudhary was better in all aspects of boxing and acquired India’s fifth-in-a-row gold medal in Kielce.
India’s Sanamacha Thokchom Chanu had a narrow success over Dana Diday
Kazakhstan’s Zhuldyz Shayakhmetova lost her final contest but their second finalist, ASBC Asian Junior Champion Dana Diday was near to get a gold medal for the Central Asian boxing power. India’s defending ASBC Asian Youth Champion Sanamacha Thokchom Chanu was slightly better in the first round than Diday and she had small advantage after three minutes. Diday came back to the final with strong jabs but Chanu worked well enough to win the middleweight (75kg) title bout.
India’s seventh gold medal was taken by Pathan at the heavyweight (+81kg)
India’s Alfiya Tarannum Akram Khan Pathan began boxing four years ago and she impressed first in the Fujairah 2019 ASBC Asian Junior Boxing Championships. The 17-year-old Indian continued her winning path in Kielce where she won all of her contests by large margin of differences. Pathan kept the focus from the first seconds against Moldova’s EUBC European Youth Champion Daria Kozorez and she was quicker than her opponent. Pathan worked well in the final and she celebrated her gold medal after the last gong which was India’s seventh title in the women’s competition.