Indian female boxers Nitu (48kg) and Anamika (50kg) advanced to the quarterfinals of the 73rd Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria, after overcoming impressive opening-round victories. Nitu defeated Chumgalakova Iuliia Russia 5-0, while Anamika defeated local Chukanova Zlatislava 4-1 to advance to the last eight on Monday (February 21).
Nitu and Anamika will face Italy’s Roberta Bonatti and Algeria’s Roumaysa Boualem respectively in their next match. However, Shiksha (54kg) and Akash (67kg) lost their struggles to surrender out of contention. While Shiksha lost to Kazakhstan’s former world champion and reigning Asian gold medalist Dina Zholaman, Akash is best represented by German Deniel Krotter. Both of them lost by an 0-5 margin.
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On Tuesday, young world champion Arundhati Choudhary (71kg) alongside national champion Rohit Mor (57kg) and six other Indian boxers will begin their campaign. The competition features over 450 boxers from 36 countries, including traditional powerhouses such as Kazakhstan, Italy, Russia and France.
A total of 17 Indian members, including seven men and 10 women, are taking part in the competition. India won two medals in the last edition with Deepak Kumar and Naveen Boora guarding silver and bronze respectively.