National boxing: Karnataka’s Bhavya storms into quarters

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Karnataka's Bhavya (right) lands a punch on Prasanna Laxmi of Telangana.

Vijayanagara (Bellary), January 2: Karnataka’s D. Bhavya defeated Laxmi Prasanna of Telangana with 4-1 verdict in the 60 kg class at the JSW Sports presents 3rd Elite Women’s National Boxing Championships at the Inspire Institute of Sport here on Wednesday.

Though it was a split verdict in favour of the Karnataka girl, Bhavya deserved to make it to the quarterfinals after a fantastic showing right from the beginning of round one.

Meanwhile, it was a mere formality for World Championships silver and bronze medal winners Sonia Lather and Simranjit Kaur along with CWG bronze medal winners Pinki Jangra and Manisha Moun to enter in the quarterfinals of the

Twenty-year-old Pinki of Haryana defeated Delhi’s Pratibha in 51 kg class while Simranjit and Manisha Moun, too joined, Pinki in the quarters as the Punjab pugilist defeated Himachal’s Sandhya 5-0 without having to exert herself much in 64 kg while Manisha, in bantam class (54 kg) accounted for another Delhi girl, Riya Tokas, with a 5:0 decision.

Asian Championship medal winner Sonia Lather wasted no time to enter the pre-quarters with a 5-0 decision over Saloni Singh of Maharashtra.

World Championship bronze medalist, Lovlina Borgohain of Assam, who will open her campaign on Thursday, is also expected to move up without a hassle as did Simranjit, Manisha, Pinki and Sonia Lather.

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