Sonia Chahal, 2018 World Championships silver medallist in 57kg and youth world champion Jyoti Gulia (51kg) overcome stiff challenge from their respective opponents to reach the quarter-finals of the 4th Elite Womens National Boxing Championships at the Mundayad Indoor Stadium, Kannur, Kerala on Wednesday.
Chahal, who won the 57kg gold in 2016 and the bronze in 2017, endured some stiff resistance from All India Polices Sandhyarani Devi but carved out a 4-1 victory.
I started slow but was able to go on all-out attack in the third round. Overall, I am happy with my performance. Getting the gold here is important for me as it will give me the confidence to play the trials for the Olympic qualifiers. I hope to give my best and get the gold, said Chahal after the bout.
Gulia, representing Railways had a much tougher time in the ring. India Open silver medallist Monika from Chandigarh forced the youth world champion to dig deep to register a 3-2 victory.
Cologne World Cup gold medallist Meenakumari Devi, who is also the defending champion in 54kg, did not need to exert much effort as she was declared the winner by RSC (Referee Stop Contest) in Round 3 against UPs Kanika Chaudhary.
Pwilao Basumatary also made an impressive...