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Minakshi secures medal for India; Sakshi bows in four

Female boxer Minakshi secured India a medal by reaching the semifinals of the 2022 Asian Elite Boxing Championship on Saturday, while compatriot Sakshi crashed out of the fight after losing her quarterfinal.

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Minakshi defeated Ireland’s Magno from the Philippines 4-1 on Saturday in a 52kg women’s quarterfinal in Amman, Jordan. That secured her a medal in the prestigious event as all semi-finalists get a medal. Minakshi now hopes to win her fight in the last four stages to capture a better color medal.

Her compatriot Sakshi faced a stronger opponent when she lost 0-5 to Hsiao-Wen Huang of Chinese Taipei in the 54kg weight category quarterfinals, putting an end to her hopes of winning a medal.

Also on Saturday, five more Indian female boxers, including Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain, will compete in their quarter-finals.

In addition to Lovlina, Preeti (57 kg), Parveen (63 kg), Ankushita (66 kg) and Pooja (70 kg) will fight their respective battles on Saturday.

Lovlina, who has changed her weight category from 69 kg, will appear in her first international tournament in the 75 kg weight category, as she competes in the ring against the 2016 world champion, Valentina Khalzova of Kazakhstan.

Late Friday night, Indian Ananta Chopade defeated Japan’s Tanaka Shogo 5-0 in a round of 16 fights in the 54kg weight category.

However, compatriot Etash Khan lost 2-3 to Thai Khunatip Pidnuch in a round of 16 fights in the 60kg weight class at the Asian Elite Boxing Championships.

Earlier on Friday, five-time Asian Championships medalist Shiva Thapa along with Sachin and Amit Kumar reached the quarter-finals by winning their respective fights in the elite competition.

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