Sarjubala, Mamta reach second round

Reigning National and youth world champion Sarjubala Devi powered her way to the second round of the senior women’s national boxing championship after inflicting a crushing 29-7 defeat on Neetu on the opening day of the tournament, here on Sunday. 

Sarjubala, the nimble footed Manipuri girl, proved too strong for the Chandigarh girl in the light flyweight category as she produced a series of devastating punches - her cracking left hook being most lethal.

The 21-year-old Mamta, last year’s nationals’ bronze medallist, opened her campaign with a comfortable win against Rekha Pradhan of Maharashtra.

Pradhan had no answers to power hitting of the Haryana girl and hardly put up a fight.  
In the same category, Gurharkirat Kaur of Punjab faced some challenge from Pynjanai Sancley of Meghalaya, but in the end the 24-year-old came through in fine fashion. 

She dominated proceedings in the final round of play with some swift combinations and took the game away from the Meghalaya boxers.  

The flyweight class also saw some power packed performances with Pinky Jangra playing for the Railways and Van Lal Duati of Mizoram marching into the round of 16.

Both the fighters scored victories with an RSC (Referee stopped the contest) decision from the referee.   

2012 Asian Championship bronze medallist Jangra drubbed Neelam Singh of Chattisgarh while veteran boxer and former National champion Duati beat Neha Bhambu of Rajasthan. 

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